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Batemans Bay, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Batemans Bay, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Batemans Bay?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Batemans Bay, they said:

"Batemans Bay, located in New South Wales, Australia, is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, fishing spots, and national parks. Before moving, expats should know that the cost of living in Batemans Bay is relatively lower compared to major Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The primary language spoken is English, but the community is diverse and welcoming to people from different cultural backgrounds. The climate in Batemans Bay is temperate, with mild winters and warm summers, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The town is small, with a population of around 11,000 people, so it offers a slower, more relaxed pace of life compared to larger cities. The healthcare system in Australia is excellent, and Batemans Bay has its own hospital and several medical centres. Public transportation is limited, so owning a car is beneficial for getting around. The town has a range of public and private schools, making it a suitable place for families. The job market is primarily centered around tourism, retail, and healthcare, but there are also opportunities in sectors like construction and education. Batemans Bay has a range of housing options, from apartments to larger family homes, and the real estate market is more affordable than in larger cities. The town has a strong sense of community, with numerous events and festivals taking place throughout the year. It's also worth noting that Australia has strict quarantine laws, so if you're planning to bring a pet, you'll need to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements. Finally, while Batemans Bay is a safe place to live, like any location, it's advisable to take standard precautions to protect your home and belongings," explained one expat living in Batemans Bay, Australia.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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