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Bateau Bay

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bateau Bay is 12,375, with a population density of 17.07 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bateau Bay is bounded by Eastern Road, Castlereagh Crescent, McColl Park, Wyong Road, The Entrance Road, Yakkalla Road, Bateau Bay Road and the suburb of Shelly Beach in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, the suburb of Forresters Beach and Bellevue Road in the south, and the locality of Tumbi Umbi and Sherry Street in the west.

Name origin

Bateau Bay is named from a French word meaning "boat harbour".

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1828, although population was minimal until the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the 1960s. Rapid growth took place during the 1970s and 1980s. The population increased during the early 1990s, and then was relatively stable between 1996 and 2011, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Bateau Bay is a residential area, with a commercial area in the north, and national park in the east. Bateau Bay is home to a number of large retirement villages.

Major features

Major features of the area include Wyrrabalong National Park, Bateau Bay Beach, Bateau Bay Flora Reserve, Crackneck Point Lookout, Bateau Bay Square shopping centre, Cresthaven Shopping Centre, Bateau Bay Police and Community Youth Club, Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre, Bateau Bay Community Hall, Banksia Family Centre, Bateau Bay Golf Range, Entrance District Sporting and Community Centre (including EDSACC Oval North and EDSACC Oval South), Apex Park, Bateau Bay Mini Park, Bateau Bay Oval, Coleridge Reserve, Faye Close Reserve, Pat Morley Oval, Sir Joseph Banks Oval, Sutton Reserve (Bruce Burgess Park) and Bateau Bay Public School.