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Maitland Bay Information Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay
Time: 2 hrs 15 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.1 km ESE of Woy Woy
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Bouddi National Park
Climb: 287 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 287 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 walk forms a loop, starting at the Maitland Bay Information Centre. The walk visits Maitland Bay, with an optional side trip to the S.S. Maitland Shipwreck, best seen at low tide. The changes in vegetation with altitude are evident and provide a lot to see along the track. (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 Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay
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Maitland Bay Information Centre
Stroms Fire Trail Southern Gate
The Scenic Rd Gate Trk
Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Dingeldei Picnic Area and Carpark
Bouddi Lookout
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 Info Centre Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
Int. of Maitland Bay Info Centre Trk and Bullimah Lookout Trk
Starting point for this hiking track: Maitland Bay Information Centre

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

 
Stroms Fire Trail Gate
 
Stroms Fire Trail Gate +
 
Strom's Fire Trail
 
Strom's Fire Trail +
 
Ferny area on Strom's Fire Trail
 
Ferny area on Strom's Fire Trail +

 
Steps to Dingeldei Picnic Area
 
Steps to Dingeldei Picnic Area +
 
Turtle Shell Rock
 
Turtle Shell Rock +
 
Concentric circles in rock
 
Concentric circles in rock +

 
Maitland Beach
 
Maitland Beach +
 
View from Maitland Bay Track over the bay
 
View from Maitland Bay Track over the bay +
 
Maitland Bay Information Centre and S.S.Maitland Bell
 
Maitland Bay Information Centre and S.S.Maitland Bell +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi -  Maitland Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi -  Maitland Bay 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 6km
Time 2 hrs 15 mins
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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
2.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.3km has short steep hills. Whilst another 620m is flat with no steps and the remaining 390m is very steep.

Quality of track
4.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 960m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 620m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 390m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
3.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 2.3km has minimal directional signs. The remaining (620m) is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
2.3km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 2.1km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1.6km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to Maitland Bay Information Centre
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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Maitland Bay Information Centre Alt = 153 m
Maitland Bay Information Centre, was once the old Maitland Store and residence[1]. 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.

(0 km) Maitland Bay Information Centre to The Scenic Rd Gate Trk
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 718 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -49 m
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.

(0.72 km) The Scenic Rd Gate Trk to Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.4 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 42 m Descent = -20 m
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.

(2.12 km) Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd to Dingeldei Picnic Area
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.

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.

(2.74 km) Dingeldei Picnic Area and Carpark to Bouddi Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 890 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -74 m
Continue straight: From the Mt Bouddi carpark (at the end of Mt Bouddi Rd, off Scenic Road), this walk heads past the sandstone building, following the 'Little Beach' sign. The walk goes down a few flights of stairs, and meanders for some time, passing some old metal fence posts, passing through another saddle, and arriving at Bouddi Lookout, on a small rocky outcrop.

Bouddi Lookout Alt = 119 m
Bouddi Lookout, Bouddi National Park, is a great first look at the Bouddi Coast as you come out of the bush on Bouddi Spur. There are views of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the heath covered headlands in front of the lookout. Not as grand a view as other lookouts in the area, but worth a pause on your way to the Bouddi Coast Track.

(3.63 km) Bouddi Lookout to Int. Bouddi Trail and Dingeldei Picnic Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 351 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -56 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, the walk follows the bush track down the ridge line. The walk winds down the hill for some time, using a lot of steps, to a signposted intersection.

(3.98 km) Int. Bouddi Coastal Trk and Dingeldei Picnic Trail to Eastern corner of Maitland Beach
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 391 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -67 m
Veer right: 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.

(4.37 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

(4.37 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.

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.

(4.97 km) Maitland Beach West End to Maitland Bay Information Centre
Track: Hard - footpath,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.06 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 151 m Descent = -2 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.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Parking Area' sign along the bush track. The track winds up the hill to a bridge and then continues on, passing a large overhang (on the right), above which is a view from a rock landing. The track continues up the stairs for some time, coming to an intersection.
Veer right: 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.

Drive from Maitland Bay Information Centre
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
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Getting there

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Driving Directions
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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)
Boots Great Outdoors 201 The Entrance Rd , Erina (02) 4367 0396 9.2 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 11.2 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 12.8 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 12.6 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 17.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from Maitland Bay Info Centre - Mt Bouddi - Maitland Bay
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 12 km (to the NW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 17 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 25 km (to the WSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
36 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 53 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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