4 Great Things to Do in Bateau Bay

Bateau Bay is a charming coastal village on the Central Coast, Australia.

Central Coast Bateau Bay

It's a popular getaway destination for Sydney siders and locals who enjoy beach activities, bushwalking and whale watching.

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The village is located south of the popular town of The Entrance and north of Wyrrabalong National Park.

Pack your swimmers and walking shoes and come for a visit! 

Below are our favourite things to do in and around Bateau Bay. 

Top Things to Do in and Around Bateau Bay

1. Enjoy Water Activities at Bateau Bay Beach

Central Coast Bateau Bay

Bateau Bay is a curving 200-metre stretch of sand in the small Wyrrabalong National Park.

It’s protected from the big swell and wind by two headlands on both sides, so the beach is sheltered and quiet.

Bateau Bay is rarely crowded and perfect to get away from the summer crowds. It's a great spot for kids to walk on the large flat rocks and explore the rock pools.

Enjoy swimming (the beach is not patrolled, though), kayaking and fishing. 

Park in the free carpark on Reserve Drive corner Harbour Street to access the beach.

Note: If you'd rather surf and safely swim between flags, check out the neighbouring Shelly Beach.

2. Have a Picnic

Central Coast Bateau Bay

A couple of great picnic spots are located in Bateau Bay. 

Behind the beach, you'll find picnic tables, toilets and seats that overlook the ocean. The picnic ground has direct access to the beach and The Coast walk in Wyrrabalong National Park. 

Large trees provide plenty of shade.

The picnic ground is located on Reserve Drive, corner Rushby Street.

The picnic area at Crackneck lookout is even better – the views are fabulous! Bring a picnic rug and relax in the grassy area. There are seats and a picnic table.

To get to Crackneck lookout, follow Hilltop Street to the free carpark at the end. 

3. Enjoy Whale Watching at Crackneck Lookout

Central Coast Bateau Bay - Crackneck Lookout

Crackneck Lookout is one of the most scenic viewpoints on the Central Coast. The views are amazing!  

As I said, the lookout is a fantastic picnic spot - set up a rug on the grass and spend some time relaxing and admiring the views. 

Look out for migrating whales between June and August. 

This site is also a popular hang gliding & paragliding launch site. 

To get to Crackneck Lookout, drive to the free carpark at the end of Hilltop Street or walk from Bateau Bay Beach. Crackneck Lookout is situated mid-way along The Coast walking track.

4. Experience The Coast Walking Track

Central Coast Bateau Bay - The Coast Walking track in Wyrrabalong National Park.

The Coast walking track in Wyrrabalong National Park is one of the most popular Central Coast walks.

The track follows the clifftops for 3 kilometres between Bateau Bay Beach and Forresters Beach.

You'll walk past clearings with stunning coastal views, including midway at Crackneck Lookout.

Graded moderate, the walk follows a well-defined track and stairways. It's short enough for most kids to manage. And runners can be seen exercising.

Walking this track is a great way to experience Bateau Bay's best points of interest while enjoying scenic views.

Where to Eat in Bateau Bay

A few excellent cafes are situated along Bateau Bay Road, the second road parallel to the beach. Check out Cafe Mocha and Bateau Beach Cafe for a delicious coffee, breakfast and lunch. 

If you need to stock up on food and things, Bateau Bay Square has Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, Dan Murphy's and Kmart. Located 12 Bay Village Road. 

Where to Stay in Bateau Bay

Central Coast Bateau Bay

Looking for a caravan park? Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is in a perfect location beside the ocean - it has direct access to Shelly Beach. It is a short walk to Bateau Bay and Wyrrabalong National Park.

Most visitors prefer to stay in a holiday rental – many holiday houses are located in or near Bateau Bay. Check what's available for your dates on Airbnb

Where is Bateau Bay

Located 1hr 25min north of Sydney via the M1. Check for directions on Google Maps

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Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bush walks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 


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