The best hotels and resorts on the South Coast

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Corrigans Cove

Corrigans Cove, one of the most recommended resorts on the South Coast. Photo: Supplied.

Sand, sea and salty air. Close to Canberra, the South Coast is a great destination for a quick get-away or longer holiday. The beaches are great, the views are breathtaking and there are many opportunities to get up-close and personal with the locals!

With a multitude of reasons to visit the South Coast, the least of your worries should be booking accommodation. Lucky for you, the South Coast is spoiled for choices of places to stay, with many hotels and resorts available close to beaches, immersed in nature and at all different price points.

But with so many to choose, how do you know which place to book? In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when looking for accommodation along the South Coast, and share where to find the best.

What makes a great hotel or resort?

Choosing the right hotel or resort can make or break your stay on the South Coast. Most likely, you’re looking to book accomodation for your holiday – and you don’t want your relaxing time to be spoiled by the place you’re staying at.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a hotel or resort.

  • Style. Each hotel and resort has its own style and personality. Some operate at luxury level, some are comfy and affordable, and some focus on family-friendly accommodation. Check options online, and review the hotel or resort photos, to choose what best suits your needs.
  • Location. Accommodation on the South Coast tends to be well located, each in their own way. Depending on your taste, you might want a hotel or resort that’s more secluded. Or you might want to be in walking distance to the hustle bustle of a town. Also check proximity to beaches and bush walks.
  • Cost. As with all accommodation, cost varies with hotels and resorts on the South Coast. Some are more expensive, depending on their offering, and others very affordable. The best hotels and resorts will be fair with their pricing. With many different price points available, be sure to choose one that suits you. But, do keep in mind that cost may reflect quality.
  • Amenities. If a range of amenities is important to you, check online for what hotels and resorts offer. Some have their own pools, bars, restaurants, and even beauty treatments. Others are a walking distance to a town. The best hotels and resorts will make your stay as convenient as possible, and will be able to provide any service (or recommendation for one nearby) to fulfill your need.
  • View. Let’s be real. You didn’t come all the way to the South Coast to view a busy road. The best hotels and resorts will go out of their way to provide guests with a stunning view.

The best hotels and resorts on the South Coast

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Corrigans Cove

Corrigans Cove

Stylish Corrigans Cove, just minutes from Batemans Bay, offers 4.5 star spacious and contemporary resort-style accommodation. Studio rooms, spa apartments and self-contained 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments are available. All rooms have a balcony or courtyard and beautiful water views of the Clyde River, Snapper Island or the pool.

Location is everything. Corrigans Cove is across from Corrigans Beach, a long, calm beach perfect for families. Resort goers also love relaxing and eating by the solar-heated pool with its cascading waterfall feature and large deck, nestled among landscaped gardens. Guest BBQs are a popular facility.

Corrigans Cove has its own restaurant, Ccooks@Corrigans, open for breakfast and dinner. Enjoy a cocktail with the seafood tower. Room services also available.

Other services at Corrigans Cove include massage and beauty therapists and secure parking. The resort is just a short walk from the bustling Batehaven shops, with its cafes, grocery store, newsagent, and fish and chip spots. A huge ‘all-abilities’ playground is across the road.

Corrigans Cove is a perfect spot for weddings, special occasions, functions and conferences.

Zach Renford wrote on Google, “Great, friendly staff. Close to beach. Nice restaurant. Room spacious and has everything you need. Short drive from centre of town. Perfect.”

204 Beach Road
Batehaven ACT 2536

Abode Malua Bay

Abode Malua Bay has 52 stylishly appointed self-contained, apartment-style rooms, great for short or long stays. The hotel is across from Malua Bay Beach, with easy access to the ocean, nature walks and cultural landmarks. Abode’s rooms include inter-connecting options for families or groups, pet friendly rooms and studios designed with disability access. All rooms have kitchenette facilities, a washer/dryer and bathroom amenities.

On Google, Manpreet Gambhir wrote, “Really enjoyed the place, awesome ocean views, best location, easy parking.”

Araluen Motor Lodge

Araluen Motor Lodge offers modern seaside accommodation to suit all budgets. Spa rooms, waterview suites, family rooms, self-contained rooms and apartments are available. Araluen Motor Lodge is across the road from Corrigans Beach and Reserve. It’s a short walk to shops, cafes, restaurants, and a childrens’ playground. Donegan’s Steakhouse is onsite.

Geoffrey Reeves wrote on Google, “This place is really value for money. Decided to book a room on a spur of the moment. I did not regret it.”

Bannisters by the Sea

Bannisters by the Sea is pure escapism. Perched clifftop with sprawling ocean views, this stunning coastal retreat offers luxury accommodation. Classic rooms, spa retreats, beach houses and penthouses are available, surrounded by scenic Mollymook. Rick Stein at Bannisters offers superb dining and features freshly caught seafood and great wine. For a more relaxed vibe, head to Bannisters Pool Bar—spectacular views, gourmet pizzas and killer cocktails.

On Google, Ken Martin wrote, ”Virtually faultless. Fantastic seafood, service and atmosphere.”

Lincoln Downs Resort

A boutique country retreat overlooking a picturesque private lake and charming gardens, Lincoln Downs is just over a kilometre to the Batemans Bay town centre and Surfside Beach. Contemporary rooms and suites offer free WiFi and free parking. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, gym and gazebo. Briars Restaurant and a bar are on site.

On Google, Morgan Morrison wrote, “Such a beautiful resort. We really enjoyed the calmness and relaxation of the place.”

Bannisters Pavilion

Bannisters Pavilion, located just 80 metres from iconic Mollymook Beach, offers guests contemporary accommodation in an ideal location. Stylish, beach-chic rooms and suites, a short wander from the beach, makes Bannisters Pavilion a great coastal getaway. The Pavilion is laidback. Guests spend sunny days poolside and enjoy the relaxed tree-top atmosphere of The Rooftop Bar & Grill.

Nikki McGrath wrote on Google, “Pure class, amazing food that reflects the freshest local produce. Great service in an intimate and beautiful setting.”

Bay Breeze Motel

Unwind in the elegant simplicity of chic decor, casual luxury and the wonderful scenery of Bay Breeze’s private front-row waterfront location. Right on the Promenade in Batemans Bay, the retreat enjoys spectacular, uninterrupted views of changing tides and glorious sunsets. The motel is a stroll to the cafes, bars and shopping in Batemans Bay.

Jay Potterific wrote on Google, “Stayed for a romantic couples’ getaway for the weekend, had the premium luxury waterfront room which had amazing views …”

If you’re looking for more information on holidaying near Canberra, you might like our articles on the best beaches and best restaurants and bars the South Coast has to offer. Or, check out our article on 10 things to do on the NSW South Coast if you’re stuck for activities.

Your experience with hotels and resorts on the South Coast

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on hotels and resorts on the South Coast. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the hotels and resorts listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of hotels and resorts are on the South Coast?
A huge range of accommodation is available, from comfortable through to pure luxury. Many hotels and resorts have great facilities and are close to many amenities. Importantly, many have stunning views and easy access to beaches and bush walks.
Are there family and pet-friendly hotels and resorts on the South Coast?
Some hotels and resorts cater exceptionally well to families and some to pets. Explore options online.
What is the price range for accommodation at hotels and resorts on the South Coast?
Price varies depending on many factors. This includes the quality of the hotel or resort, its location, facilities and amenities. Research price points before booking.
What should I look for in a hotel or resort on the South Coast?
This depends on what you’re looking for during your stay. You might want fabulous views and easy access to beaches. You want to be secluded or walk to a nearby town. You may want dining facilities on site and facilities like a pool. Make your list and check it twice online.
Is it easy to book accommodation on the South Coast?
Some hotels and resorts let you book online. Others you need to call. Remember that the South Coast gets super busy during peak periods. This includes school holidays, Christmas and Easter. Don’t leave booking too late.

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5 Responses to The best hotels and resorts on the South Coast
Michelle Morgan Michelle Morgan 9:42 pm 08 Nov 20

Corrigans Cove is the best

Greg Pearce Greg Pearce 9:29 am 08 Nov 20

Coast Resort, Merimbula. It’s got 2 heated pools, tennis counts, bbq’s and a 5 3 minute walk to the beach.

Donna Burns Donna Burns 9:39 pm 07 Nov 20

We stayed at Sails in Merimbula, it was lovely. Highly recommend it.

Jennifer Mary Jennifer Mary 8:40 am 07 Nov 20

Corrigan's Cove. Absolutely!

Denise Johns Denise Johns 6:52 am 07 Nov 20

Yes..definitely Corrigans Cove for a great escape!

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