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Bateau Bay
Central CoastNew South Wales
Crackneck Lookout
Population 11,759 (2011 census)
 • Density 1,704/km2 (4,410/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2261
Area 6.9 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
LGA(s) Central Coast Council
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 suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Central Coast Council local government area. Bateau Bay lies in the area known as Darkinjung to Indigenous Australians. "Bateau" is French for "boat." The suburb was previously known as Boat Harbour, it was changed to the French version as a marketing activity in the 1970s.


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. 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-barbeque area. It provides views of The Entrance peninsula and north across Tuggerah Lakes.

Wyrrabalong National Park

Part of Bateau Bay is covered by the southern 140 ha section of Wyrrabalong National Park. A 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.

Notable citizens

  • 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 and 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 Bay 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.


The suburb is bisected by The Entrance Road, a main Central Coast arterial route. There is no differentiation on either side of The Entrance Road, both areas contain housing stock built in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Bateau Bay sewerage treatment plant was built in the late 1960s when at the time there was very little nearby development. Treated sewage is discharged into the sea off Bateau Bay at Wonga Point. Some people protest that sewage may end up on the nearby beaches. There has been no major sea pollution from the plant, there is a smell though over the Eastern side of the suburb. The treatment plant has operated for longer than most people have been resident.


Red Bus of Red Bus Services (Bateau Bay, New South Wales, Australia)
Red Bus on The Entrance Road

The Entrance Red Bus Services are 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.

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