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Hawke Head Drive to Box Head
Time: 1 hr 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
11.2 km S of Gosford
Length: 3.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Bouddi National Park
Climb: 126 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 126 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk, from Hawke Head Drive, is the most direct route to Box Head. The walk explores Box Head headland and the many rocky outcrops on the way. There is great variation in the vegetation and a great variety in the views across the ocean and up into the mouth of Broken Bay. The cul-de-sac at the end of Hawke Head Drive has limited parking. (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 Hawke Head Drive to Box Head

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Hawke Head Drive to Box Head
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Hawke Head Drive car park
Hawke Head Drive
Box Head Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Hawke Head Drive

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Car park next to gate
 
Car park next to gate +
 
Gate on car park at the end of Hawke Head Drive
 
Gate on car park at the end of Hawke Head Drive +
 
Box Head Intersection
 
Box Head Intersection +

 
Rocky surface before track narrows on Box Head
 
Rocky surface before track narrows on Box Head +
 
Spiders
 
Spiders +
 
Box Head bushtrack under tree branch
 
Box Head bushtrack under tree branch +

 
Box Head and Barrenjoey in background
 
Box Head and Barrenjoey in background +
 
Track to Box Head
 
Track to Box Head +
 
Lion Island from Box Head bushtrack
 
Lion Island from Box Head bushtrack +

 
Track out to Box Head
 
Track out to Box Head +
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flowers)
 
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flowers) +
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3.1km
Time 1 hr 15 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*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
This whole walk, 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 65m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 1.5km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 1.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 1.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to Hawke Head Drive car park
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
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Hawke Head Drive car park to Box Head Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 286 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -20 m
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'.

(0.29 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.

Box Head Alt = 20 m
Box Head is the northern entrance to Broken Bay, and has panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean, Barrenjoey Headland, Lion Island and the rest of the bay. Box Head is an unfenced area with no other facilities. The track to the headland makes it reasonably accessible, with some great views along the way and stunning views from the point.

Drive from Hawke Head Drive car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


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)
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 12.1 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 14 km
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 11.3 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.4 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 14.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Hawke Head Drive to Box Head.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Hawke Head Drive to Box Head
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 12 km (to the NNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 20 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 21 km (to the WSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
32 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 49 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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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Susie - Lovely Walk IP:114.73.31.xxx | 2009-10-18 20:46:38
This is a great walk. About 35min each way. The road is very rough and rocky (unsealed) and if wet, you may need a 4WD to get to the car park.
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