Charming and beautiful, Bateau Bay is a popular destination on the Central Coast of NSW for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, bushwalking, hang-gliding and whale watching. Pack your swimmers and a towel and make your way to Bateau Bay Beach, a lovely sandy strip between two headlands.
The beach is in the southern section of Wyrrabalong National Park, a picturesque wilderness with walking tracks, gorgeous beaches and picnic areas. In the park is one of the prettiest walks on the Central Coast, The Coast walking track from the Bateau Bay Beach picnic area to Forresters Beach.
Along the trail is Crackneck Point lookout, a vantage point for spotting humpback whales on their annual migration between May and November. Soak up stunning views too of The Entrance, Tuggerah Lake and beyond, and watch surfers calve up the waves rolling onto Shelly Beach.
In spring on the narrow walking track wildflowers bloom, including colourful ground orchids and flannel flowers, the floral emblem of NSW for the Centenary of Federation. The park is also great for birdwatching, with sea eagles, kestrels and Australia’s largest waterbird, the Australian pelican.
With plenty of fish near the shore, try your luck beach or rock fishing. Please read these fishing safety tips before your adventure, especially when rock fishing. For more fun adventures, you can play 18 holes at the Shelly Beach Golf Club or take the family to the Bateau Bay Ten Pin Bowl.
Places to stay in Bateau Bay include camping, caravanning, cabins and villas at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort and the Shelly Beach Holiday Park. You’ll find delicious restaurants in Bateau Bay, and at the Bateau Bay Square shopping mall you can stock up on supplies and browse enticing boutiques.
Getting to Bateau Bay is easy, with the drive north from Sydney and south from Newcastle about 80 minutes. There is public transport as well. You can hop on a Central Coast-bound train and alight at either Gosford or Tuggerah for a bus to Bateau Bay, named after the French word for boat.