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Central CoastNew South Wales
Panorama taken from Patonga Beach
Population 202 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2256
LGA(s) Central Coast Council
Parish Patonga
State electorate(s) Gosford
Federal Division(s) Robertson
Suburbs around Patonga:
Little Wobby Brisbane Water National Park Pearl Beach
Little Wobby Patonga Lion Island
Broken Bay Sport & Recreation Centre Hawkesbury River Broken Bay

Patonga is a suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the north bank of the Hawkesbury River, southwest of Woy Woy. It is part of the Central Coast Council local government area.


Patonga is a small and semi-isolated riverside community occupying a one kilometre long sandy spit projecting from the rocky and elevated headland of the Brisbane Water National Park to the north. The spit, at the mouth of the estuarine Patonga Creek which feeds into the Hawkesbury River at Broken Bay, forms a beach frontage onto Brisk Bay to the east and a sandy foreshore on the creek to the west.

Patonga can be accessed by road along Patonga Drive from Umina to the north, by ferry from Palm Beach and Brooklyn, or by private watercraft. The community extends to housing, accessible only by watercraft, which occupies Patonga Creek's foreshore on the opposite bank. Various bush tracks provide hiking access to Patonga and the surrounding reserves.

Patonga Creek was once navigable by fairly large vessels, but now averages about half a metre in depth. Gosford City Council have acknowledged the siltation problem. Lion Island is located in Broken Bay to the suburb's southeast.

The nearby towns of Umina Beach, Ettalong Beach and Woy Woy are significant neighbouring communities which provide many facilities and services not available at Patonga.

Origin of name

Patonga means "oyster" in the Guringai people's language, whose country stretched from the north side of Port Jackson to the southern end of Lake Macquarie. Early English language maps of the area spelt Patonga as "Betonga".

Patonga and the film industry

Patonga provided the setting for the fishing village of Graves Point in the 1996 television movie loosely based on Peter Benchley's novel, 'The Beast', a sci-fi horror-drama in which a rare giant squid threatens a small seaport community. The featured sea-side cottage near the wharf was constructed as a film set and demolished on completion. Patonga has also featured in many other movies and TV shows such as oyster farmer, Micro nations, home and away and many other big known titles.

Coordinates: 33°32′56″S 151°16′05″E / 33.549°S 151.268°E / -33.549; 151.268

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