Bateau Bay Beach Loop
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

20 min to 30 min

880 m
circuit

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Hard track
A short and very scenic walk around the beautiful Bateau Bay, taking in the stunning views from the hilltop picnic areas, as well as a walk along the beach. There are well-built steps and paths to make the beach access easier. Lunch at one of the picnic areas would really enhance this walk and its stunning views, making a great day out. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Steps and boardwalk to the beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Well built path. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Views along Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps to Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Path from the beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Access track to Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Fun for the kids. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Beautiful spot to sit. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coastal forest at Bateau Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Great ocean views. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Narrow and shaded track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Coastal forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Stunning views across Bateau Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic area above Bateau Bay beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.3820196,151.4840305)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Central Coast Highway, A49
  • Turn on to Dane Drive, A49 then drive for 6.5 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 3.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 710 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 1.6 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Enterence Road, A49 and drive for another 100 m
  • Continue onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 870 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto The Entrance Road, A49 and drive for another 340 m
  • Turn right onto Bateau Bay Road and drive for another 1.3 km
  • Turn right onto Harbour Street and drive for another 170 m
  • Turn left onto Reserve Drive and drive for another 60 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection, this walk goes down the timber steps, towards the beach. The walk follows the boardwalk and timber steps down the hill until reaching Bateau Bay Beach.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 1 m turn right.
After another 410 m continue straight.
After another 115 m turn right.
After another 70 m find the "Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area" (9 m on your left).
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area
Southern Bateau Bay beach picnic area

This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.
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This picnic area, near the intersection of Reserve Dr and Rushby St, Bateau Bay, overlooks the southern end of Bateau Bay and the beach. The facilities include toilets, picnic tables, garbage bins and some slides for the kids. There are great views along the coast and out to sea. There is plenty of shade.

After another 135 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 50 m head into the park.
After another 95 m come to a seat.
"Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout".
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout
Bateau Bay Beach picnic area and lookout

This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.
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This unnamed picnic area and lookout is within Wyrrabalong National Park, at the intersection of Reserve Dr and Harbour St, Bateau Bay. The picnic area overlooks Bateau Bay and the beach. There are large grass areas, plenty of shade and facilities including picnic tables, garbage bins, and beach access steps. There are beautiful views along the coast and out to sea from the picnic area. There are free electric BBQs at Sutton Reserve, a block further south along Reserve Dr. Takeaway food is available at a small shopping centre near the intersection of Harbour St and Bateau Bay Rd, one block from the picnic area.

The end.
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Terrain
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Bateau Bay Beach Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 880 m
Time 20 min to 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 730 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 920 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
730 m[toilet]
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