Bateau Bay, New South Wales

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Bateau Bay
Central CoastNew South Wales
Crackneck Lookout
Population 11,759 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,704/km2 (4,410/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2261
Area 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
LGA(s) Wyong Shire
Parish Tuggerah
State electorate(s) The Entrance
Federal Division(s) Dobell
Suburbs around Bateau Bay:
Killarney Vale Long Jetty Shelly Beach
Tumbi Umbi Bateau Bay Pacific Ocean
Tumbi Umbi Forresters Beach Pacific Ocean

Bateau Bay is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.[2] It is part of the Wyong Shire local government area. Bateau Bay lies in the area known as Darkinjung to Indigenous Australians. "Bateau" is French for "boat."


Bateau Bay is about 6 km south of the town of The Entrance and 17 km northeast of Gosford's central business district. In 2006, it had a population of 11,599 people.[3] Bateau Bay Beach provides access to Crackneck Point, which is a popular local surfing spot. Crackneck Point Lookout (about 100 metres above sea level) is a short distance from the beach, where there is a large clearing and carpark with information boards and a picnic-barbecue area.

Wyrrabalong National Park[edit]

Much of the Bateau Bay area is dominated by the southern 140 ha section of Wyrrabalong National Park. A distinctive foreshore feature of the park's coastal cliffs are extensive rock platforms, which are good bases for rock fishing or low tide exploration. Wyrrabalong National Park is a haven for marine, bird, and native wildlife, which include goannas, bandicoots, fantails, and the tawny frogmouth. A 1.6 km walk through Wyrrabalong National Park links Crackneck Point Lookout and Forresters Beach.

Sporting facilities and parks[edit]

EDSACC South Fields

Bateau Bay is home to several parks that facilitate all sports including rugby league, rugby union, soccer, Australian rules football, softball, baseball, and cricket. The Entrance District Sporting and Community Centre (EDSACC) is located on The Entrance Road, between Yakalla Street and Eastern Road. The precinct is separated into three areas: EDSACC North Ovals (soccer), EDSACC South Ovals (rugby league), and a Sports Centre that bisects the two. At the very south of the precinct is a golf driving range and a ten-pin bowling centre. EDSACC is home to the Killarney District Football Club and The Entrance Tigers Rugby League Club, as well as EDSACC Croquet Club.

The Bateau Bay Recreation Centre (now known as the PCYC) offers tennis courts, indoor basketball courts, and a gymnasium, and was opened in 1979 by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Roden Cutler.

The precinct also has a golf driving range, which was formerly a football field, but was deemed unsafe due to its uneven surface. The home side—The Entrance Bateau Bay Blues—was forced to relocate to a field on Mingara's property at Tumbi Umbi. The Blues have since resettled at Eastern Road Oval.

Pat Morley Oval, located on Cresthaven Avenue, was until the early 1980s a rubbish tip and nightsoil depot and was used as a football oval in the 1990s. Development of a new oval adjacent to the existing Pat Morley Oval will be completed in 2010, and will be used for cricket and Australian rules football. The Entrance Bateau Bay Blues AFL Club will relocate there in 2011. Central Coast Softball will also use the new ground in the summer season. The main ground is home to The Entrance Bateau Bay United Soccer Club, the oldest soccer club on the Central Coast, having been established in 1949.

Sir Joseph Banks Oval, located behind Cresthaven Shopping Centre, is used by The Entrance Rams Rugby Union club.


Bateau Bay is home to Bateau Bay Square, formerly known as Stockland Bay Village, a shopping centre formerly known as Bay Village which was opened on 24 January 1985 and is operated by Stockland, a major property developer in Australia. Major retailers include Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and K-mart. Free-standing McDonalds and Red Rooster restaurants are located on the shopping pad to the north-east of the main centre.

A smaller centre, Cresthaven Shopping Centre, with an IGA, Brumby's and Video Ezy, opened in 2003. Several other clusters of shops are located throughout Bateau Bay. There are also shops on Bateau Bay Road between Harbour Street and Parkside Avenue, the corner of Bateau Bay Road and The Central Coast Highway as well as on Coleridge Road.


Bateau Bay Bowling Club

Bateau Bay Bowling Club is located on the corner of Pheasent Avenue and Bias Avenue. It is owned by the Canturbury Leagues Club and features TAB facilities, a bar, and a bistro, as well as an undercover carpark. The club has three bowling greens, has more active bowling members than any other club in the state,[citation needed] and is strong in competitions run statewide.

The Entrance Leagues Club was established in 1992 and is located on The Entrance Road adjacent to Stockland Bay Village. It has 11,000 members and has recently undergone renovations. It now features a large carpark as well as TAB facilities, bar and bistro, function room, and courtesy bus. The Entrance Leagues Club is a major sponsor of The Entrance Tigers Rugby League Clubs.

The Bateau Bay Hotel is located on The Entrance Road between Lumby Drive and Cresthaven Avenue. Its approval date for building was 4 February, and the day of opening was 8 September, in 1980. It features a large carpark as well as TAB facilities, two bar areas, drive-through bottle shop, bistro, and beer garden, as well as a motel. Bateau Bay Hotel is now a sponsor of The Entrance Rams Rugby Club.

Notable citizens[edit]

  • Ryan O'Hara (born 1980) formerly played for The Entrance Tigers. He has played in the NRL with the Canberra Raiders. O'Hara is currently contracted to the Wests Tigers.
  • Joseph Furst (born in Vienna, Austria, 1916; died in Bateau Bay, 2005) was an international film and television actor known for his English language roles. He appeared as Professor Zaroff in the Doctor Who story The Underwater Menace. He also had recurring roles in The Young Doctors and four episodes of A Country Practice.
  • Israel Cannan is a local musician. In 2004, his Heroes In Heaven EP was released by ECP Records. The first single, Deep, received airplay on local and national radio stations and the video made it to MTV and Channel V. He has also appeared on the Australian soap opera Home & Away and, beginning with the 2007 season, Cannan performed the opening theme. He has also played with a range of Australian artists, including The Whitlams, Sarah Blasko, and Ash Grunwald.
  • Adam Harvey, an Australian country music singer, lives in Bateau Bay.
  • Nathan Buckley, a Collingwood Magpies player, was born in Bateau Ba,y and is a regular back in his home town during the off seasons. Buckley is an ardent supporter for the Central Coast Bears to join the NRL.
  • Teigan Van Roosmalen, an Australian Paralympian.


Bateau Bay Public School

There are three State schools in Bateau Bay:

  • Bateau Bay Public School[dead link] was established in 1980 and has an enrolment of 739 students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
  • Brooke Avenue Public School was established in 1985 and has an enrolment of 452 students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
  • Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (The Entrance Campus) was originally opened as The Entrance High School in 1970. The High School was effectively closed in 2001 when the NSW State Government announced that the school, alongside Tumbi High School and Berkeley Vale High School, would form the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College. It became Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (The Entrance Campus) in 2002. It has 576 students in Years 11 and 12.


The suburb is bisected by The Entrance Road, a main Central Coast arterial route. Residents of the eastern side and many of the area's real estates have campaigned for the eastern side to be called East Bateau Bay, as it is expected that property values would be boosted.

Bateau Bay is also home to one of New South Wales' highest revenue collecting speed cameras.[citation needed] The camera is located on The Entrance Road between Shelly Beach Road and Yakalla Street. The camera is the seventh largest collector of revenue, collecting 14,057 fines for $1,813,086.[citation needed] The camera has achieved notoriety because it is placed in a school zone that operates at slightly different hours to most school zones in the area. Its reliability has been questioned after an incident in 2005, in which a driver was fined for speeding twice in two minutes.[4]

A sewage treatment plant was built in the late 1960s in the middle of the suburb, and treated sewage is expelled into the sea near one end of Shelley Beach (Wonga Point). Some people protest that sewage may end up on the nearby beaches:,6785385&dq=wonga+point+bateau&hl=en


Main article: Red Bus Services
Red Bus on The Entrance Road

Red Bus Services is the local bus operator and runs several routes through Bateau Bay. The operator's depot is also located at Bateau Bay on Coleridge Road. Routes that operate through Bateau Bay can be found on the Red Bus website.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bateau Bay (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Bateau Bay". Destination NSW. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Bateau Bay, New South Wales. (2006). Academic dictionaries and encyclopedias. Retrieved (23 August 2010) from
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