Bateman Bay is a spacious beach that feels remote and free. It is a fantastic spot for fishing and wildlife watching, in particular for sea turtles during their summer nesting season.
The southern end of Bateman Beach, known as Maud’s Landing, is easy to get to from Coral Bay town by driving across the airfield. This is the site of the original Coral Bay settlement, but all that remains are a few posts that were once part of a jetty.
Bateman Beach is less calm and protected than other Coral Bay beaches. Sometimes large waves break along sections of the beach. There is a large gap in the Ningaloo Reef off shore, so it is not part of the sheltered lagoon.
Coral Bay Turtles and Other Wild Life on Bateman Beach
During the turtle nesting season you can walk along the beach and see their nests. And if you come down at night-time, you might even see one come ashore to lay eggs, or later in the season see the baby turtles hatching and crawling down to the ocean.
The last time I went for a walk along Bateman Beach, I spotted three turtles swimming alongside the beach. They were right in close to shore near where the waves were breaking, so I got a very good view of them.
Along with the turtles, other wildlife on the beach includes crabs like the one pictured below, and flocks of migratory birds.
Occasionally manta rays come in quite close to Bateman Beach, too. If you’re really lucky you could end up swimming with them!
Maud’s Landing at the Southern End of Bateman Beach
Maud’s Landing, the section of beach at the southern end of Bateman Bay next to Point Maud, is named after the schooner, Maud, that landed there in 1884, bringing the first European visitors to this part of the WA coast.
From 1896, when the town was gazetted, until 1947, Maud’s Landing was an important trading post for the remote North West Cape of Western Australia, despite being such a tiny isolated settlement. The town had a jetty and a woolshed, and was the point through which pastoralists received supplies and exported their sheep and wool.
Today, all that remains of the Maud’s Landing settlement are some of the jetty’s wooden posts. All the other wood from the jetty was taken up to the Point Cloates whaling station (the ruins of which you can see if you visit Ningaloo Station).
Fishing at Maud’s Landing
Maud’s Landing is a good beach fishing spot, especially if you don’t have a 4WD and so can’t easily get out to more remote beaches outside of the Maud Sanctuary Zone.
Getting to Maud’s Landing and Bateman Bay from Coral Bay town
Maud’s Landing is the closest part of Bateman Beach to Coral Bay. You can get there by driving (2WD suitable) across the airfield or by walking north along the Bill’s Bay beach past the Reef Shark Nursery and around Point Maud.
From Maud’s Landing you can walk the full length of Bateman Beach all the way to the beautiful beaches and snorkeling sites of the Bateman Sanctuary Zone. This takes about 2 hours at a nice leisurely walking pace. Between April and September you can also drive along the beach to the Oyster Bridge, but outside of that time you’re only allowed to drive as far as the Sanctuary Zone boundary and must take the 4WD tracks through the dunes
Here’s a map showing Bateman Beach, Point Maud and Bill’s Bay:
- Dark Blue: Oyster Bridge, at the northern end of Bateman Beach
- Light Blue: Maud’s Landing
Last Updated: 18th June, 2014.
First posted on 1st January, 2014 by Bonny.
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