Bateman's Bay. The waterfront to the Clyde River and the Clyde River bridge.
Bateman’s Bay. Captain Cook named Bateman’s Bay in 1770. Pretty Bateman’s Bay on the Clyde River (bridge built 1956) is the closest coastal area to Canberra and popular with its residents hence the many restaurants and upmarket accommodation places. Today apart from tourism oyster farming in the bays is an important industry. Historically the settlement began in 1860 with oyster farming as at that time oysters were a cheap food readily available for the working classes. White settlement here began in 1859 after the discovery of the Clyde River by the Illawarra Shipping Company. Forestry and timber cutting was a major factor in the settlement of the bay and the shipping company needed a good port for shipping out cut timber. The urban area has over 17,000 residents today.