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Central Coast Council area

About the area

Name origin

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

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.

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.

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.

Regional labour force

Wyong Shire labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into Wyong Shire to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.