Bateau Bay

Bateau Bay Beach

Bateau Bay is a quiet coastal village and beach located a few kilometres south of The Entrance NSW.

The highlights here are:

  • A picturesque beach
  • A stunning lookout that is perfect for whale watching 
  • A scenic coastal walk along the clifftops 

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If you’re planning to visit this area read more tips below on things to do and place to stay…

The Beach

Bateau Bay is a curving 200-metre beach in Wyrrabalong National Park.

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

If you’re looking to get away from the summer crowds this beach is rarely crowded.

It’s a wonderful spot to explore in winter as well. Kids like to walk on the large flat rocks.

Bateau Bay Beach
Bateau Bay Beach
Bateau Bay Beach
Bateau Bay Beach

The beach is not patrolled but you can still have a dip. You can also kayak, snorkel, fish and picnic at the picnic area beside the beach.

The next beach north is Shelly Beach, a popular beach for surfing and swimming.

Picnic Area

The picnic area beside the beach has picnic tables, toilets, seats that overlook the beach and large trees that provide plenty of shade. From here you can directly access the beach.

Located corner Reserve Drive and Parkside Avenue.

Picnic area

You can also access The Coast walking track in Wyrrabalong National Park from the picnic area. 

I recommend doing this walk at least to Crackneck Lookout. 

Crackneck Lookout

Crackneck Lookout is one of the best lookouts on the Central Coast. You see panoramic views up to Norah Head.

View from Crackneck Lookout

Soak in the view from the large grassy area, have a picnic, and grab an excellent coffee from Juwanna Coffee van.

If you’re here between June and August take binoculars. You’ll spot whales for sure.

Crackneck Lookout

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

To get to Crackneck Lookout drive to the free carpark at the end of Hilltop Street.

Or walk on the Wyrrabalong Coast walking track from the beach. The track ascends slightly for 1.5 kilometres to Crackneck Lookout. It should take about half an hour.

You can stop at Crackneck Lookout but I recommend you walk all the way to Forresters Beach. That part of the walk is even better. 

Wyrrabalong Coast Walking Track

The Coast walking track in Wyrrabalong National Park is a terrific walk. It follows the clifftops between here and Forresters Beach for 3 kilometres.

You come across clearings with stunning coastal views. As I have said the walk cuts through Crackneck Lookout mid-way.

Wyrrabalong Coast walking track

The walk is rated medium.

It follows a well-defined track and stairways. It’s short enough for kids to manage. And runners can be seen exercising.

Walking this track is a great way to experience the best points of interest in this beach town while enjoying beautiful views.

Where to Stay 

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is a caravan park in a great location. It has direct access to Shelly Beach and it’s a short walk to Bateau Bay and Wyrrabalong Coast walking track.

There are heated pools and spa and a tennis court. 

The beachfront cabins and the family cabins have been refurbished.  

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Blue LagoonThe view from Blue Lagoon Beach Resort

Where is Bateau Bay

Located 1 hr 25 min north of Sydney via the M1 or 10 min south of The Entrance.

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When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks 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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