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If you fancy some serious fishing, contact OB1 Charters, Marina, Beach Road, Batemans Bay (tel. 02/4471 2738, or 0416/241 586 mobile; www.southcoast.com.au/ob1). The company runs full-day game-fishing trips and morning snapper-fishing trips (afternoon snapper trips in summer, too). The trip includes all tackle, bait, and afternoon and morning tea, but you must provide your own lunch. It costs A$900 to hire the six-person boat for the day; if there are just a couple of you, the charter company may be able to fill the rest of the boat if you make reservations far enough in advance.

A river cruise on the MV Merinda, Innes Boatshed, Orient Street, Batemans Bay (tel. 02/4472 4052; fax 02/4472 4754), is a pleasant experience. The 3-hour cruise leaves at 11:30am daily and travels inland past townships, forests, and farmland. It costs A$22 for adults, A$11 for children, and A$50 for families; a fish-and-chips lunch is A$6 extra, and a seafood basket for two is A$12.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.