ALFA ROMEO OWNERS CLUB OF AUSTRALIA
Batemans Bay, New South Wales
Date: Thursday 1st to Monday 5th April 1999
Batemans Bay is the jewel in the Crown of Eurobodalla. The Eurobodalla Coast, Land of Many Waters, is where the lush greens of the south east forests meet the rolling blue thunder of the Pacific. Romantic beaches are flanked by rugged head lands, rock pools teem with life and the backdrop is the spectacular escarpment of the Great Dividing Range.
There are unique art galleries and historic villages crammed with arts, crafts and provincial fare brought to you by local artists and traditional village artisans, their work featuring throughout the region from quaint village stores to sophisticated galleries.
The first white man to see beautiful Batemarts Bay was Captain James Cook, when he cruised the New South Wales coast in the Endeavor in 1770 and named the Bay after his old friend, Nathanial Bateman.
The Aboriginal tribes of the district were hostile to newcomers and it was not until the 1820s that the first white settlers moved into the area, establishing pastoral runs, timber, oyster and fishing industries.
The discovery of gold at Mogo, Araluen and Braidwood increased the prosperity of the area. For many years the port of Nelligen – up river from Batemarts Bay – was the most important town in the district where large steamers plied the Clyde River bringing supplies from Sydney and other eastern ports and carrying back the wool, starch, timber and dairy products produced in the area.
It was not until 1956, when the present bridge was built, that the Bay settlement began to grow rapidly from the small fishing village to become one of the State’s most popular tourist resort towns.
Our program is styled to show you a large slice of this beautiful and intriguing area with many of the usual activities associated with Alfesta but with a few surprises as well. The theme for the Theme Night was also be in keeping with the area with your costume to start with the letter B.
A free BBQ on Thursday evening to welcome all the participants arriving from the far corners of Australia and the Globe.
The Country Comfort Inn Batemans Bay is situated overlooking the Clyde River with sweeping views towards the heads and up river, and just a short walk across the bridge to the town itself. Just four hours drive south of Sydney and two hours from Canberra. The hotel also has lots of recreational facilities to offer, a day/night tennis court, pool, spa, games room, 5 hole chip ‘n puff golf course, volley ball and barbecue area.
Full Alfesta package, prices per person:
|Family Suite(2 rooms)||$528||$466||$436|
Children, 5 to 12 years old, sharing with 2 adults $200.00.
Single Supplement price on application.
Activities packages for day and evening activities will be available, subject to space availability.
Written by Phil Storr