Batemans Bay is a lovely place to bring up a family, however the job variety is not fantastic and opportunities for your kids future not so crash hot either as it is a small coastal area where they may have to move away like most other teenagers when they hit uni, we are looking at leaving the area for these reasons.
If you do not mind the massive flock of tourists during the school holidays - yes it is. Mogo however, in my opinion, is not a suitable place to raise children for the simple reason that the town is mostly comprised of pothead environmentalists. Not exactly the best type of people to have kids around unless you too are a greenie yourself.
Batemans Bay is great though. Just keep in mind that there ARE snobs/jerks in every coastal town as big as the bay.
Think very carefully before relocating to a place like BBay. 'If you have skills. you will find a job'. Nonsense. Area has very high unemployment. Every second retail store has a for lease sign, and more a closing doors every week. Any work is casual/seasonal/ part time. Economically the area is in decline, and no new big investments for years. The new bridge promised big jobs: rubbish. Contractors brought in crews from Sydney and Canberra.
Housing is not affordable. Rents are skyrocketing, and huge competition for finding a decent place to rent. Buying a place anywhere south of Batehaven is getting upwards of a million or more.
It's actually cheaper to rent in outer Sydney than down here. Don't take my word for it. Compare a 3-4 br house in Malua Bay and outer sydney.
I have a young son starting high school. Choices are very limited, if any choice at all. Went to orientation night last week at local state high....the Head master said we're encouraging our students to do barista and food prep so when they leave here they can work making coffee and waiting tables as this is a coastal area.
Wow! that's ambition.
Health; no bulk billing GPs, period. and don't ask them. Only fee free option is the A + E at BBay hospital. Good luck with that.
I just laugh when i read comments about children having the great lifestyle down here. Not much of one when there's few job prospects, and one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country. A beach is a beach.. And travel's only an hour or two.
If you have no social ties in the area. it's very hard breaking in. True locals are suspicious of outsiders. And then you've got the millionaires and their new range rovers
out beyond Batehaven down to Rosedale and Guerilla Bay. They're tight and mostly ex-Canberra/Sydney/Melbourne.
So we're out of here next year. back to Sydney and civilzation.
Batemans Bay is a lovely area to live. The climate is the best that I have ever experienced, the weather is always nice, even if it rains it is lovely. It is not humid like some parts of Australia, that is hard to take. We are very happy with everything living in the Bay. Our family are grown up but I believe the schools are very good. We have found Batemans Bay to be a safe area to live, if there were a problem the Police are close by. The business people are all lovely, yes it has been tough following the fires but the support in our area has been of a sharing community. I have read a lot of reviews about various age groups, the way we see it we live in a lovely community and we would do anything to assist or to make a difference, as we take pride in our area. There is good and not so good in lots of areas of Australia we believe Batemans Bay to be a standout place to live and to visit for lovely beach holidays. Everyone sees different things along their path, we have nothing but gratitude for our time here in last 17 months. The worst that I see here is people who dump shopping trolleys all over town, which spoils it, this can be corrected if right people do the right thing. Gratitude goes a long way, if all citizens did the right thing this makes a difference for everyone. Well have a lovely day.
I don't like it here at all and it's just full of entitled Baby Boomers that have money and the privileged and the snob type of people.
I only live here because my parents live here in Batemans Bay, but when theyve gone I'll go back to Goodna Queensland or Launceston Tasmania where people will accept you for you are.
It's a great place for retirement people that have money that have a business and they can mix with those same type of people.
If you're not in the same league with them forget it they will never accept you, but for the other people it's only good for a holiday for a few weeks.
Moved here from Sydney 4 years ago. If you have skills you will find a job. Just be prepared to give it time for the right opportunity. Homes are affordable and everywhere is close to the beach. Malua Bay, Lilli Pilli, Broulee, all great locations. Nothing wrong with kids moving away to gain further education and independence. We will never return to a big city and our 3 children,have a great lifestyle here.
I've lived in Batemans Bay for about 10 years and the worst thing I've encountered is...Religious Callers - very, very intrusive.
I don't have kids but BB is a very safe place. Doesn't take long for Police to identify the ratbags.