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Bushwalking track notes, photographs, maps and more for Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach are found in each of the tabs below
Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach
Time: 3 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
4.3 km SE of Woy Woy
Length: 7.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 7.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Bouddi National Park
Climb: 360 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 360 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: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk is a great one way walk to do after spending some time at Putty Beach. The walk uses Hawke Head Drive to head along the ridge to Box Head. The headland has superb views over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland and out to sea. Lobster Beach is another great beach in the area with views over to Woy Woy. A great walk from beach to beach. (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 Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach
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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
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.
Starting point for this hiking track: Putty Beach car park

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)

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 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Putty Beach headland west
 
Putty Beach headland west +
 
Hawke Head Drive beginning
 
Hawke Head Drive beginning +
 
Woy Woy from Hawke Head Drive
 
Woy Woy from Hawke Head Drive +

 
Track to Box Head
 
Track to Box Head +
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland
 
Box Head lookout over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland +
 
Stairs down to Lobster Beach
 
Stairs down to Lobster Beach +

 
Lobster Beach south
 
Lobster Beach south +
 
Track to Road
 
Track to Road +
 
Pretty Beach access track from road
 
Pretty Beach access track from road +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach 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 7km
Time 3 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
Around 6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 1.7km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (770m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 970m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.9km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Putty Beach
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.
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Putty Beach Alt = 1 m
Putty Beach, Bouddi National Park, is a large south-easterly facing beach that is almost completely framed by National Park. On the north-eastern end of the beach is the Bouddi Trail, and a large car park and campsite. At the south-western end of the beach is the Killcare Surf Lifesaving Club. Putty Beach is a patrolled beach and and locals enjoy it for a surf, swim or dive.

(0 km) Putty Beach to Hawke Head Drive NE
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road
Length = 827 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -6 m
From the beach, this walk heads up the hill along a stony path, to the car park behind the beach.
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.

(0.83 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'.

(2.84 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.

(4.09 km) Box Head to Hawke Head Drive
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.32 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 87 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.
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.

(5.42 km) Hawke Head Drive to Water tank Int.
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 956 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -72 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.

(6.37 km) Water tank Int. to House Int.
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 280 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -29 m
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.

(6.65 km) House Int. to Lobster Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 346 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -55 m
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.

(7 km) Lobster Beach to Wagstaff Ave Int.
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath
Length = 484 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 55 m Descent = -49 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.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Pretty Bch, Wagstaff' sign down the hill between the fencelines. The track continues between the houses to the road below.

Drive from Wagstaff Ave Int.
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.
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Getting there

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

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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 10.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 11.9 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 13.7 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 13.2 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 15.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Putty Beach, Box Head, Lobster Beach to Pretty Beach
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 12 km (to the NNW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 19 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 22 km (to the WSW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
33 km (to the SW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 50 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.


Walker Feedback

Comments
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Melanie - Dogs? IP:139.130.94.xxx | 2009-02-03 11:44:08
Hello!

First of all, great site!

I was wondering if dogs were permitted on portions of the walks/on the beach?

Thanks!

Mel
admin - re: Dogs? Super Administrator | 2009-02-03 12:05:56
Melanie wrote:
I was wondering if dogs were permitted on portions of the walks/on the beach?

Hi Mel.
Glad you like wildwalks, thanks for your kind words.
Pets are not allowed into any national parks in NSW (with the exception of specific working dogs such as guide dogs). This is inplace to help protect the local flora and Fauna and the ensure the comfort of other visitors to the park.

more info here
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/lookingafterparks/PetsInParks.htm

In time we hope to document more walks where pets are welcome. As a general rule dogs are welcome in State forests and Council reserves.

Hope that helps

Happy walking

Matt :)
marg - camping on lobster beach? IP:124.183.191.xxx | 2010-04-12 03:44:36
we want to paddle around to lobster beach...may we camp overnight on the beach?
admin - re: camping on lobster beach? Super Administrator | 2010-04-12 09:07:00
marg wrote:
we want to paddle around to lobster beach...may we camp overnight on the beach?

Hi Marg, you may want to chat with the rangers at the park, but it is not a designated camping area. There are several campsites further east around Box Head (but obviously less protect waters).
Matt :)
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