Category: The Hub

Festival 2016 Opening Event Highlights


Festival Director Marion Roubos-Bennett welcomes guests to the opening of Festival 2016.

The opening was held in the Festival Hub Marquee.



Tim Fischer AC gives the opening address, Tango in Travel and Travel Writing: Bhutan to Batemans Bay!



Opening address is followed by a fun debate, Pictures Speak Louder than Words. Moderated by Paul Brunton OAM.


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Festival-goers enjoy the opening event

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And vote for the winning team in the debate.



Venue: Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

Venue: Coachhouse Marina Resort, Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay

Enjoy winter walks along stunning beaches
Enjoy winter walks along stunning beaches

What better way to spend a Spring weekend than at Beautiful Batemans Bay. Bring your reading glasses, grab your book-spending money, pack for the weekend and enjoy the Writers Festival and other delights Batemans Bay has to offer. Enjoy winter walks along the many stunning beaches; Clyde River oysters in the regional restaurants; fishing and bushwalking; views to the rocky islands and weathered headlands; or a cruise past the oyster beds along the river.

Getting There

Batemans Bay is four hours drive south from Sydney, two hours drive east from Canberra and two hours drive north from Merimbula.

Our Venue

The venue for the Bateman’s Bay Writers Festival is the Coachhouse Marina Resort 49 Beach Road Batemans Bay NSW

Map 1 Batemans Bay and the Coachhouse Marina Resort

Map 2: At our venue

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Looking towards our venue
Looking towards our venue


Refreshments will be available in the Festival Hub marquee
Espresso coffee, cakes and snacks will be available for sale all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
Lunch details will be available closer to the event.

You can also buy a drink from the bar at the Hub. Free tea and coffee is served near the Corrigans Room and Clyde Room each session.

The Coachhouse Marina Resort has a restaurant open for dinner Friday and Saturday from 6 pm and is situated opposite the 27-hole Club Catalina Golf Course which also has a restaurant.

Both are 20 minutes walk from central Batemans Bay and many excellent restaurants.


Adequate parking is available on site at the Coachhouse Marina Resort during the Festival and for the Literary Lunch. Platinum pass holders will get priority parking.

Meet you at the Hub!

Meet you at the Hub!


In the Bay Festival Hub marquee you can mingle with other interested readers, chat with the authors, buy books, enjoy lunch and refreshments or just relax between sessions in an informal and relaxing atmosphere.

Book your lunch when booking your tickets

You can also buy a drink from the bar

8.00am to 4:30pm Saturday 10 September and to 2:30pm Sunday 11 September.

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Local self-publishing authors will have a presence in the Festival Hub marquee. They will have their  books with them and are able to talk about their writing as well as having facilities for promotion, all adding to the atmosphere and the sharing of experiences.

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Meet up, eat up, drink up and experience the Festival as an insider.

Bar Hours
Saturday and Sunday 11.30am to 2.30pm





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Batemans Bay Writers Festival 2016

9, 10 and 11 September 2016

Coachhouse Marina Resort 49 Beach Road Batemans Bay

Lunch for Festival-goers


Saturday 10 September

For catering purposes please pre-book your lunch for Saturday 10th.

Please indicate your preferences by email to:

Each item is $12 and please pay cash and pick up your lunch ticket at the registration desk.

Collect your lunch any time between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm Saturday from the Festival Hub marquee.


Delicious ham, chicken or vegetarian Wrap, Baguette or Salad  

(for example 1 x Vegetarian Baguette and 1x Chicken salad)

or Pumpkin and chickpea curry with rice

Tea, coffee and other light refreshments available throughout the day.



Lunch on Sunday 11 September?

Batemans Bay Writers Festival Literary Lunch

with Tim Fischer AC

Turning points in our great country: Bean, Melba, Monash, Menzies and Molly Meldrum ― more to come!

Hosted by Ian Campbell

Time: 12 for 12.30 pm

Venue: Festival Hub marquee CoachHouse Marina Resort

Cost: $60 ($40 for Platinum Ticket-holders)

Bookings essential

Includes a two course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival. And there could be an author at your table ― one of the authors or presenters at Festival 2016

Sounds great!


Literary Lunch Bookings: or phone 0417 267 771

Cash sales daily at Hooked on Books, Village Centre Batemans Bay