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Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.7 km SE of Woy Woy
Length: 27 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 27 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Bouddi National Park
Climb: 1206 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1206 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This overnight walk takes in the majority of the magnificent Bouddi National Park. The walk starts from the pleasant Putty Beach camping area, with its very friendly Brush Turkeys. The walk heads along the ridge towards Little Beach, then along the beaches. This circuit walk visits many beaches and views from lookouts before returning to Putty Beach campsite. The second day explores the Box Head and Lobster Beach areas, with a shorter day allowing time to drive and drop in to Hardy's Bay. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Bouddi National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Putty Beach Camping Area
House fence corner Int.
House fence corner Int.
Jacqueline Ave
Jacqueline Ave Cul-de-sac
Int. of Baden St Service Trail and Scenic Rd Service Trail
Int. of The Scenic Rd Service Trail and The Scenic Rd
Marie Byles Lookout
Int of Maitland Bay InfoCentre Trk and Bullimah LO Trk
Int. of Killcare Heights Lookout Trk and Bullimah Lookout Trk
Bullimah Outlook
Int. of Killcare Heights Lookout Trk and Bullimah Lookout Trk
Int. of Maitland Bay Info Centre Trk and Bullimah Lookout Trk
Maitland Bay Information Centre
Stroms Fire Trail Southern Gate
The Scenic Rd Gate Trk
Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Int. Mt Bouddi Rd and The Scenic Rd
Int. The Scenic Rd and Macmasters Fire Trail
Int. The Scenic Rd and Grahame Dr
Grahame Dr car park
Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk
Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk
Sandy Clearing Little Beach Access Trail Int.
Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
Int. Graham Drive Carpark Trk and Bouddi Trail
End of Caves Bay management trail
Int. Bouddi Coastal Trk and Dingeldei Picnic Trail
Eastern corner of Maitland Beach
Eastern corner of Maitland Beach
Maitland Beach Ck
Maitland Beach West End
Int. of Maitland Bay Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Gerrin Point
Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Putty Beach
Putty Beach Camping Area Trk
Putty Beach Camping Area
Putty Beach Camping Area Trk
Putty Beach
Putty Beach car park
Hawke Head Drive NE
Int. Northern Service Trk and Hawke Head Dr
Hawke Head Drive car park
Hawke Head Drive
Box Head Trail
Box Head
Box Head Trail
Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail
Little Tallow Beach
Little Tallow Coast Trk
Tallow Beach Trail
Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail
Box Head Trail
Hawke Head Drive
Killcare and Wagstaff Int.
Water tank Int.
House Int.
Saddle above Lobster Beach Int.
Lobster Beach
Saddle above Lobster Beach Int.
House Int.
Water tank Int.
Killcare and Wagstaff Int.
Hawke Head Drive
Hawke Head Drive car park
Int. Northern Service Trk and Hawke Head Dr
Hawke Head Drive NE
Starting point for this hiking track: Putty Beach Camping Area

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Photo Gallery

 
Putty Beach Day use area BBQ
 
Putty Beach Day use area BBQ +
 
Banksia
 
Banksia +
 
The Scenic Rd
 
The Scenic Rd +

 
Putty Beach in the foreground with Broken Bay in the background
 
Putty Beach in the foreground with Broken Bay in the background +
 
Pink markers on track
 
Pink markers on track +
 
Maitland Bay Area
 
Maitland Bay Area +

 
Stairs up to Maitland Bay Information Centre
 
Stairs up to Maitland Bay Information Centre +
 
Eastern Gate Graham Drive
 
Eastern Gate Graham Drive +
 
Sandy service trail between Bombi Point Track and Third Point Tracks
 
Sandy service trail between Bombi Point Track and Third Point Tracks +

 
Rock pool near Maitland shipwreck
 
Rock pool near Maitland shipwreck +
 
Maitland Bay Creek
 
Maitland Bay Creek +
 
Gerrin Point lookout to Maitland Bay
 
Gerrin Point lookout to Maitland Bay +

 
Gerrin Point rocksheld looking to maitland Bay
 
Gerrin Point rocksheld looking to maitland Bay +
 
Casuarina
 
Casuarina +
 
Bullimah Beach Headland
 
Bullimah Beach Headland +

 
Cliff side Rock patterns
 
Cliff side Rock patterns +
 
Burnt headland before Putty Beach on Bouddi Walk
 
Burnt headland before Putty Beach on Bouddi Walk +
 
Hawke Head Drive
 
Hawke Head Drive +

 
Track to Wagstaff
 
Track to Wagstaff +
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland +
 
Driveway down to Lobster and Pretty Beach Int.
 
Driveway down to Lobster and Pretty Beach Int. +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 27km
Time 2 Days
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 9km has short steep hills. Whilst another 970m is very steep and the remaining 820m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
18km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 3.3km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
17km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (4.6km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 27km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 27km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
17km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (2.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to Putty Beach Camping Area
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Putty Beach Camping Area to House fence corner Int.
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 369 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 92 m Descent = 0 m
From the campsite, this walk heads away from the ocean, passing through the campsite on the uphill side of the road. The track leads up through the back of this campsite and into the bush. Winding up the hill, the track comes to a fenced house, then turns right and soon comes to an intersection with another track.

(0.37 km) House fence corner Int. to Lookout
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 20 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the house and towards the sea. The track soon mounts a rocky landing, an informal, unfenced lookout.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

(0.37 km) House fence corner Int. to Jacqueline Ave
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 44 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the ocean, passing a 'Bouddi National Park' sign[1] and some power poles near the road.

(0.41 km) Jacqueline Ave to Jacqueline Ave Cul-de-sac
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 255 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -4 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the bitumen road, following the 'Jacqueline Ave' street sign (leaving 'McDonald St' behind and Babs Rd to the left). The road passes a 'No Through Road' sign (on the right) and a line of houses (on the left), and soon comes to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road.

(0.67 km) Jacqueline Ave Cul-de-sac to Int. of The Scenic Rd Service Trail and The Scenic Rd
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 274 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the cul-de-sac, the walk heads through the bushes along the track, away from the ocean and the houses. The track opens up into a management trail, which heads up the hill and continues to an intersection with another management trail (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, away from the ocean, for a short time. The trail narrows to pass between boulders and continues as a track up the hill to The Scenic Road.

(0.94 km) Int. of The Scenic Rd Service Trail and The Scenic Rd to Marie Byles Lookout
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 380 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road, with the ocean views to the right. After about 350m, the walk merges to the right into a car park, at the lookout.

(1.32 km) Marie Byles Lookout to Int of Maitland Bay InfoCentre Trk and Bullimah LO Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 89 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows the track past the information board(reported as removed), keeping the road through the trees and your left. The track winds through the bush for approximately 25m to an intersection with another track (on the right).

Marie Byles Lookout Alt = 147 m
This lookout, also known as the Killcare Heights Lookout, is beside The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights, about 400m south of the intersection with Maitland Bay Drive. There are beautiful views to the south, along the coast, and over parts of Broken Bay. The lookout is named after Marie Byles, the first proponent of a Bouddi National Park. According to her wikipedia page, Marie Byles is also "known as a committed conservationist, the first practicing female solicitor in New South Wales, mountaineer, explorer and avid bushwalker, feminist, author and an original member of the Buddhist Society in New South Wales." More info

(1.41 km) Int of Maitland Bay InfoCentre Trk and Bullimah LO Trk to Bullimah Outlook
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 801 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -64 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the track, away from the road and main trail. The track winds back on itself a few times, passing around some boulders, and continues to an intersection at the top of a spur.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows a bush track along the ridge towards the sea. The track follows the high ground, winding down the hill and through a saddle. The walk passes two short side tracks to rocky landings on the left, which act as excellent lookouts over Maitland Bay. The walk continues down the ridge to Bullimah Outlook, marked by a plaque in the rock.

(2.21 km) Bullimah Outlook to Maitland Bay Information Centre
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.17 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -21 m
Turn around: From the Outlook, this walk follows the bush track away from the ocean, climbing gently, before dropping a little through a saddle. From the saddle, the walk climbs to the top of the ridge, to the intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside, with the slope leading up the hill on the left. The track then drops slightly down the hill as it winds through some boulders. The track then continues for a while to the sign marked intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk goes up the staircase, following the 'Parking Area' sign up the hill. The staircase continues for some time until it reaches the car park intersection. From here, the walk turns right, passing an information board, to the brick building next to the road - Maitland Bay Information Centre.

Maitland Bay Information Centre Alt = 153 m
Maitland Bay Information Centre, was once the old Maitland Store and residence[2]. The store was a influential piece of infrastructure as it acted as a meeting place for Trustees and a hub for early tourism. Today the store is still a hub for tourism but as an Information Centre open on weekends and public holidays. As well as information on the area there is also parking, a public phone and drinking water.

(3.38 km) Maitland Bay Information Centre to Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.12 km Time = 41 mins
Climb = 66 m Descent = -69 m
Turn sharp right: From Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads along the footpath towards the public phone box. The walk then turns left down the management trail, to the gate marked with 'Bouddi National Park' signs.
Turn left: From the gate, this walk turns left, heading down the hill. The track then continues along the lightly undulating management trail, leading soon to an intersection with another management trail on the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, leaving the management trail and gate behind on the left. The walk winds and undulates for some time as it passes a rocky outcrop and a house (both above on the left). The walk climbs up a small hill, to pass a gate and continue onto the road.

(5.5 km) Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd to Dingeldei Picnic Area
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - road
Length = 618 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk leaves "Strom's Fire trail" gate behind on the right and follows the road down the hill. The walk continues for a short time down to a car park and picnic shelter.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter Alt = 156 m
The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter was built in 1962, thanks to volunteers. A.W. (Bill) Dingeldei was a trustee of the park who did considerable work on it himself. Today the Dingeldei picnic area is a quiet, leafy spot, perched on the hill behind Mount Bouddi. The picnic area contains a picnic table, toilets, BBQ and rubbish facilities. It also has a new car park with ample spaces.

(5.5 km) Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd to Grahame Dr car park
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.95 km Time = 40 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -135 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road to the 'T' intersection with 'The Scenic Road' about 50m away.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the large fork in the road, then follows The Scenic Road (the sealed road) as it bends to the left. The walk continues along the roadside around the hill, crossing to the other side of the road where safe (so the road is now on your right). Ignoring side tracks, the road then leads to an intersection with a gated management trail and the 'MacMasters Ridge Fire Trail' sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road down the hill, keeping the valley to the left. Before long, the bush gives way to houses and, ignoring some side streets, the road comes to the intersection with 'Grahame Drive' at the 'Bouddi National Park' signpost.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill past the 'Bouddi National Park' sign, following Grahame Drive (the road) past a few houses. The walk follows Grahame Drive to the car park at the end of the road, just before the locked gates.

(7.45 km) Grahame Dr car park to Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 279 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -20 m
Turn left: From the car park, this walk follows the 'Little Beach' sign along the management trail, passing around a gate. The walk heads down the hill, crosses a creek, and climbs up the hill out of the gully. The walk then winds down to a signposted intersection, with a bush track to the right.

(7.73 km) Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk to Little Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 316 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, following the 'Little Beach 200m' sign. After approximately 300m, the walk comes to Little Beach campsite and continues to the point where the creek meets the beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Little Beach Alt = 3 m
Little Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a small 100m-long stretch of sand and rocks, facing out to the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean. The beach is backed by a gully and sided by steep rocky headlands. The beach has a south easterly aspect and has its own campsite.

(7.73 km) Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk to Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
Track: Hard - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.02 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -8 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, following the 'Maitland Bay' sign. The track winds up the hill, tending left along a white sandy section of track, then continues through the scrub for approximately 300m to the signposted intersection in a large sandy clearing.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bombi Point' arrow along the sandy track, going down the hill. The track winds down the hill for some time before climbing to the signposted intersection.

(8.76 km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point to Bombi South
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 746 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -53 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Third Point' sign up the slight hill. The track is walled by dense banksia bushes on either side. The walk continues down the hill for some time to an intersection, with a smaller track to the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south into the bush, keeping the ocean to the left. After approximately 30m, the track comes to an unfenced cliff edge.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(8.76 km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point to End of Caves Bay management trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 699 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -42 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the sea far on the left of the track. The trail continues down to a large sandy area marked by a 'Little Beach car park' sign.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, in the opposite direction to the Little Beach car park. The trail winds down the spur for some time, then straightens out and continues for a while before ending in a larger clear area, signposted 'Bouddi Coastal Walk'.

(9.45 km) End of Caves Bay management trail to Eastern corner of Maitland Beach
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km Time = 46 mins
Climb = 103 m Descent = -172 m
Turn right: From the clearing, this walk follows the 'Maitland Bay' arrow along the bush track, going down the hill and keeping the ocean to the left. The walk then descends and climbs steeply, with numerous steps, crossing two creeks, before coming to a third creek crossing with a wooden bridge. From the bridge, the walk climbs to the top of the stairs then continues along the hillside to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Maitland Bay' arrow along the bush track, going down the hill. After a while, the walk drops into a clearing, on the saddle between the headland and the spur, and turns right, going down some steep steps to the beach.

Maitland Beach Alt = 1 m
Maitland Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a 500m-long sandy beach sitting north west of Putty Beach. The beach's south-westerly aspect provides views over the South Pacific Ocean to Barrenjoey and Avalon headlands at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. A creek breaks the centre of the beach, and the wreck of S.S. Maitland (after which the beach and bay are named) is found on the eastern rock point.

(11.01 km) Eastern corner of Maitland Beach to S.S. Maitland Shipwreck
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - notrack
Length = 312 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the cliff line out towards the sea, beneath the rocky headland. The walk heads over rocks and boulders, to the rock flats at the point. Here lies the S.S.Maitland shipwreck.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

S.S. Maitland Shipwreck Alt = 2 m
The S.S. Maitland was a paddle steamer brought to Australia from Glasgow, Scotland, to transport people and cargo between the Hunter and the Hawkesbury Rivers. There was no rail line from Newcastle to Sydney in the 1800's. The Maitland was on its route out of the Barrenjoey Headlands when it was overwhelmed by the aptly-named 'Maitland Gale'. The storm which wrecked the Maitland also took numerous other ships on May 6, 1898. Of the 36 passengers aboard the Maitland, 24 lost their lives. Many of the survivors were commended for their heroism.

Wreckage of the Maitland can still be seen today, with parts of the boiler and a section of the iron hull strewn across the rock flats of the point. The bay was previously known as Boat Harbour, then renamed Maitland Bay after the disaster in 1898. More info

(11.01 km) Eastern corner of Maitland Beach to Maitland Beach West End
Track: Hard - beach
Length = 598 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the eastern end of the beach, this walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the left. The walk continues along the beach to an area where a creek has cut its way through the sand.

Continue straight: From the creek, this walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean on the left. The walk leads to the base of some paved steps, which lead up the hill away from the beach.

(11.61 km) Maitland Beach West End to Int. of Maitland Bay Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 245 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the western end of Maitland Beach, the walk follows the paved track up the hill at the point marked by the sign. The track winds its way up the hill then straightens out before the signposted intersection.

(11.86 km) Int. of Maitland Bay Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk to Gerrin Point
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.33 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 74 m Descent = -68 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, following the track marked by the 'Bouddi Coastal Walk' sign. The track goes over many rises with steps, and crosses fenced bridges over the valleys between. This continues for some time, until the track arrives in a clearing before a fenced lookout, Gerrin Point.

(13.19 km) Gerrin Point to Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 325 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -36 m
Turn right: From Gerrin Point lookout, this walk follows the track down the hill, keeping the water below on the left. The track continues along steps and boardwalks, following the hillside to the sign posted intersection.

(13.51 km) Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk to Bullimah Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 136 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the boardwalk track following the 'Bullimah Beach' sign. The walk follows the boardwalk staircase down to the beach below.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Bullimah Beach Alt = 9 m
Bullimah Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a small, yellow sand beach pressed into Gerrin Point headland and the surrounding cliffs. The beach is south-west facing, with views over the South Pacific Ocean to the Barrenjoey and Avalon headlands.

(13.51 km) Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk to Putty Beach Camping Area
Track: Hard - bushtrack,beach,bushtrack
Length = 974 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -47 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the edge of the headland following the railed pathway, with the ocean below on the left. As the track rounds the headland to Putty Beach, it passes a red rock area and continues down to a staircase onto the beach. The walk then heads approximately 150m along the beach, to where the creek has cut through the sand.
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk heads west along the beach, keeping the water on the left. After approximately 200m, the walk reaches a spot on the beach opposite a white-roofed building behind the dunes, just before another wide (dry) creek entry.
Turn right: From the beach, this walk heads away from the ocean towards the white-roofed building behind the beach. The track winds along the fenced sandy track to Putty Beach camping area.

Putty Beach Camping Area Alt = 2 m
Putty Beach camping area is a spacious, grassed area with easy access to the beach. The campsite is also home to many Brush Turkeys. Facilities include drinking water, flush toilets, open-air showers, rubbish bins, BBQ's (gas/electric). Wood fires not permitted.
Campsites must be booked in peak periods, up to 3 months in advance. They can be booked by phoning (02) 4320 4203.
A campsite costs $14/ adult (16+) and $7/child (5-15).
Park Entry and parking: Parking and entry costs $7/ 24 hours. Single park entry passes can be picked up from Killcare Cellars and General Store - 56 Araluen Drive, Killcare. Alternatively they can be obtained from ticket dispensers in the Picnic and Camping Areas.
General enquiries - call DECC Central Coast (02) 4320 4200 or 4329 4280.

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(14.49 km) Putty Beach Camping Area to Putty Beach car park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,beach,bushtrack
Length = 1.23 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -7 m
Turn around: From the camping area, this walk heads towards the BBQ area, taking the lower, fenced sandy track, which winds onto the beach.
Turn right: From a spot on the beach opposite a white-roofed building behind the dunes, this walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the left. The walk continues past numerous beach access routes, on the right, until it comes to the lifeguard tower (near the car park).
Turn right: From the beach, this walk heads up the hill along a stony path, to the car park behind the beach.

(15.72 km) Putty Beach car park to Hawke Head Drive NE
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 771 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 41 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk walks onto Beach Drive and turns right to head up and away from the beach, to the intersection with The Scenic Road. A short distance up the hill, this walk soon takes the first left onto Nukara Ave. The walk continues up Nukara Ave to the second road on the left, Hawke Head Drive.

(16.49 km) Hawke Head Drive NE to Box Head Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.01 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -45 m
Continue straight: From the start of Hawke Head Drive, this walk heads up the hill following the road and power lines. The walk winds up Hawke Head Drive, where the road becomes unsealed and has numerous speed bumps. The walk continues along the road to the intersection with a management trail, and gate on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail up the hill, leaving the gated management trail behind on the right. The trail undulates along the ridge line for some time, with views to the right of the track over the Rip Bridge and Woy Woy. The trail then starts to head downhill, arriving at a car park, to the right, signposted 'Tallow Beach 900m'.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail past the 'Tallow Beach 900m' signpost. The walk soon passes around a gate and continues down the hill. The walk passes an unfenced cliff warning sign and (ignores) a track signpost ('Tallow Beach') before heading up the hill to the intersection, signposted 'Tallow' and 'Killcare'.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tallow' arrow along the management trail, going down the hill. The trail tends right for approximately 30m, to the signposted intersection for 'Box Head' and 'Tallow Beach'.

(18.5 km) Box Head Trail to Box Head
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.26 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -79 m
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Box Head' sign along the track. The walk follows the track for a short time, then crosses a rocky area before passing through a small clearing. The track narrows and meanders for some time, crossing numerous rock surfaces and rocky outcrops, then follows the top of the cliff line of Box Head out to a point that overlooks Barrenjoey, Lion Island, Broken Bay and out across the ocean.

(19.76 km) Box Head to Box Head Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.26 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 79 m Descent = -24 m
Turn around: From Box Head, the walk follows the track away from the sea and the opposite headland, generally following the cliff line up the ridge. The track drops into a saddle, then climbs up the ridge for some time, crossing many rocky outcrops. The track then widens as it enters a small clearing and continues for a short time to the signposted intersection.

(21.01 km) Box Head Trail to Little Tallow Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 567 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -74 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the ocean. The track tends left as it descends over numerous speed bumps. After a short time, the track heads down the hill to reach an intersection with a bush track on the right. If the track turns left (north) down the hill you have gone too far.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the track, away from the management trail and towards the ocean. The track comes down onto the rock platform above Little Tallow Beach and continues to the right, then follows the creek down onto the beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Little Tallow Beach Alt = 9 m
Little Tallow Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a small 50m stretch of sand, wedged into a rocky outcrop. The beach is backed by a steep gully and rocky headwalls on all sides, and faces south-west out to the Tasman Sea and South Pacific Ocean.

(21.01 km) Little Tallow Beach to Tallow Beach Trail
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 505 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From Little Tallow Beach, this walk heads away from the ocean and towards the hill, following the creek bed. This soon comes upon two round boulders, at which this walk turns right, crossing the creek and then heading around the rocky northern headland of Little Tallow Beach. From the rocky platform at the point, this walk turns left up the bush track, leading across the hillside with the ocean on the right of the track. The track heads down the hill parallel to the sea for a little while before climbing slightly to the intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the beach. The walk winds down to an intersection with a small track, leading to the beach on the right.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Tallow Beach Alt = 6 m
Tallow Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a large 400m-long beach with a south-westerly aspect. The beach is set between two rocky headlands and backed by a large campsite.

(21.01 km) Tallow Beach Trail to Box Head Trail
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 729 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 68 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, away from the campsite and ocean. The track winds into a gully and then out to a bend in the track, where the bush track intersection can be found on the ocean side (left) of the service trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the ocean. The track tends left as it separates the eucalypts on the left with the heath on the right. The track continues to rise over numerous speed bumps as it heads up to the signposted intersection.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

(21.01 km) Box Head Trail to Hawke Head Drive
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 65 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail up the hill away (following neither the 'Box Head' nor 'Tallow Beach' arrows). The walk continues away from these signposted trails, going down into a saddle and up the hill on the other side to the sign-marked intersection.

(21.08 km) Hawke Head Drive to Lobster Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.58 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 67 m Descent = -156 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, following the sign towards 'Lobster Beach' and 'Wagstaff'. The track climbs the knoll heading right, then swings left rounding the back of the knoll for approximately 100m to the signposted intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lobster Bch. - Wagstaff' sign along the ridgeline. The track then winds to the left of a knoll, towards the sea, and leads along the fenceline. The track undulates down the hill to a sign 'Pretty Beach, Wagstaff'. The track turns left here, following the sign down the rocky surface for a short time, before coming to the intersection above some houses and two large green water tanks, on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads steeply down the hill to the left, with the water tanks below to the right. The track passes a set of gates on the left, to continue away from the houses. The track heads past a house with a steep roof (on the left) to continue over a driveway. The walk then leads along the back fence of a house, to the corner at the sign marked intersection.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs following the sign to 'Lobster Beach'. The walk follows the many stairs up the hill, to the ridge line with a house on the left.
Continue straight: From the ridge, this walk heads down the hill towards the beach. The track heads steeply down to a lookout platform above the beach. The track then continues along the hillside to a set of boardwalked stairs which tend right, down to Lobster Beach.

Lobster beach Alt = 1 m
Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a 300m long, west-facing beach on Broken Bay. The beach, backed by a steep hill and edged by rocky shores, provides westerly views over Broken Bay to Pearl and Ocean beaches. The beach has toilet and garbage facilities just above the sand.

(22.66 km) Lobster Beach to Hawke Head Drive
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.58 km Time = 39 mins
Climb = 156 m Descent = -67 m
Turn around: From Lobster Beach, this walk heads away from Broken Bay up the boardwalked stairs. The track tends left up the hillside, to a lookout platform. The walk then heads up the steep stairs to the top of the ridgeline - near the top of the ridge is a bench. The track then continues up the intersection on the ridge, opposite a house.
Continue straight: From the ridgeline, this walk heads down, away from the beach by the steep staircase to the signposted intersection at the corner of two fence lines.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along a fenceline (keeping the fence on the left). At the end of the fenceline, the walk passes over a driveway to continue up the hill. The track continues up the hill past a house (on the right) with a notably steep roof, to swing left. The track leads past a set of gates (on the right) as it rounds to the back of a few houses with two large green water tanks. The track heads right, steeply up the hill away from the houses and water tanks, to the intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the water tanks (below on the left) to a sign marked 'Pretty Bch Wagstaff'. The track turns right, heading up the hill, and continues to climb the undulating ridgeline. The track then follows a fence left, with views of Broken Bay on the right. The track winds towards the sea, around a knoll, to follow the ridgeline for some time a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tallow Bch. - Killcare' sign along the flat. The track quickly swings right with views of Box Head before heading down to a signposted intersection.

(24.24 km) Hawke Head Drive to Hawke Head Drive NE
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.94 km Time = 42 mins
Climb = 37 m Descent = -80 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Killcare' arrow along the management trail. The walk passes (ignoring) a track signpost ('Tallow Beach') and passes an unfenced cliff warning sign before climbing a little. The walk passes around a gate and continues a short distance to a parking area, signposted 'Tallow Beach 900m'.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail up the slight hill, leaving the car park and signpost behind, to the left. The trail undulates for some time, with views of the Rip Bridge and Woy Woy to the left. The trail begins to go downhill and arrives at an intersection with a gated service trail, to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, with views of the water to the left. The walk continues for some time down the hill, passing over many speed bumps, and continuing when the road becomes a sealed surface. The walk passes a few houses on both sides of the road and soon comes to the intersection with Nukara Ave.

(26.19 km) Hawke Head Drive NE to Putty Beach car park
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 771 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -41 m
Continue straight: From Nukara Ave, this walk continues down the hill to turn right onto The Scenic Road. The walk immediately takes the first right onto Beach Drive, which it follows down to turn left into the second (larger) car park

Drive from Putty Beach car park
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Campsites in the park
Little Beach camping area
Putty Beach camping area
Tallow Beach camping area


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 10.1 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 11.7 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 13.4 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.1 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 16.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 12 km (to the NW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 18 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 23 km (to the WSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
34 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 51 km (to the SW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
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Bouddi National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Bouddi National Park is south east of Woy Woy and encompasses the Box Head headland. Bouddi NP has numerous secluded beaches and some great surf beaches too. The park also offers fantastic coastal walking with views out from the tall headlands over Broken Bay, Woy Woy and the South Pacific Ocean. Bouddi NP also boasts one of the first marine extensions in NSW, with a 300ha protection zone out of Maitland Bay for the marine life. The mosquitoes in Bouddi NP can be fierce so it might be an idea to pack insect repellent.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Bouddi National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail
There is no public access available through private property to Old Wagstaffe trail. Signs indicate where public access is not permitted. Penalties apply for non-compliance For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on (02) 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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Mick - Bouddi Car park IP:137.166.68.xxx | 2008-04-09 09:59:31
Just thought I might tell everyone that you have to pay $7 for parking in the National Park carpark, whereas the Putty Beach car park is free and only another kilometre down the beach.

Have fun walking :) ,
Mick
bron - Geocaching Registered | 2008-04-14 10:42:25
For those of you into geocaching there's a cache along this coastal walk. Reference: GC109FR
Alex - Theives warning IP:121.44.116.xxx | 2009-01-09 15:25:26
My car was broken into on a Wednesday night while doing this overnight walk. Parked just outside the NP carpark.
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