Broulee, Batemans Bay
Lazy Society Beach rating: 4.5/5
Type: 3 beaches to choose from – a curvy 7 kilometre long beach with good waves, a calm little bay and a beach to easy surf breaks
Waves: Calm to medium breaks
Feel: Mostly chilled out, but gets a bit busy during the school holiday summer months
Good for: Boogie boarding, body surfing, beach sports, snorkelling, diving, fishing, rock pools
Water Temp: Warmest from mid-February to mid-March
Facilities: Toilet and shower facilities, surf life saving club with café, playground and car park
Patrolled: Yes on South beach
Broulee is a small coastal town located a cruisy 20 minutes down south from Batemans Bay. Broulee is perfect for a lazy weekend getaway from Canberra or Sydney. This area gets busy in peak summer months between November and March. The best time to go and avoid the crowds is a cheeky mid-week trip or sometime in February or March. I love to randomly take a day off and drive down for a day trip on a hot summer’s day before or after the school holidays, which is mid-December to the end of January.
Broulee is the ideal place for a holiday with the family and what I love about is choice. There are 3 three distinctively different beaches which you can easier get to by walking:
North Beach: A 1 kilometer stretch of coastline ideal for beginner surfers. This quiet and peaceful beach where the Broulee Surf School operates if the family wants to learn how to surf. The waves are gradual, so surfers can walk far in the ocean with a board making it ideal for beginners. There is also a sandy shallow inlet area to the top of the beach in which the kids will fall in love and have hours of fun.
South Beach: Located in front of the surf club, this is a patrolled beach offering something for everybody. This is my favorite beach in Batemans Bay in terms of its overall look and feels and my usual getaway spot from Canberra. When the conditions are right, South beach has the best waves for surfers, boogie boarders, and bodyboarders. I’ve also seen a few kite surfers strutting their stuff out from this beach. There are 7 kilometers of sandy beach to play around, a rocky area to the left of the beach to keep the kids entertained for hours, and you can snorkel around the side. In between or after these activities, you can easily access the club for a lazy lunch, and there are excellent toilet/shower facilities. What else do you want?
Shark bay: This little bay sits between the North and South beaches, has no surf, and is a great little beach for the family to play around. Kids can how to swim, snorkel, or just enjoying building sandcastles without being destroyed by any waves. Not sure why they call it Shark bay, but the Broulee area is not renowned for sharks.
My tips for Broulee beaches
- Booking a lazy weekend trip from mid-January to the end of February and look for cheap accommodation via Airbnb.
- Do all your grocery and grog shopping at Batemans Bay before heading down the highway to Broulee.
- Stop over at Mogo for a unique shopping experience with specialty items and goodies for the kids.
- Bring snorkeling gear, a boogie board/surfboard, and beach ball sporting gear to keep yourselves entertained. It’s not like Bondi beach, there’s lots of space to play.
- A good quality beach tent will come in hand on a very hot day – there are no palm trees on this stretch of coastline.
- Book a surfing lesson at the Broulee Surf School, which is apparently the best on the south coast.
- The rockpool beach area to the left of South beach is perfect to keep the kids entertained for hours and try your luck with fishing off the edges.
How to get to Broulee Beach, Batemans Bay
From Sydney Airport:
From Canberra:BROULEE WEATHER
Check our lazy weekend guide to Batemans Bay here.