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Tallow Beach and Box Head
Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.8 km SE of Woy Woy
Length: 8.5 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.5 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Bouddi National Park
Climb: 323 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 323 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 explores some of Bouddi National Park's hidden beaches and the Box Head lookout. The views over the South Pacific Ocean and Broken Bay are magnificent, while the secluded beaches of Tallow and Little Tallow are great spots for lunch and to dip the toes in. The vegetation is mostly heath along the service tracks, and larger eucalyptus trees along the bush tracks. (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 Tallow Beach and Box Head

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Tallow Beach and Box Head
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Hawke Head Drive NE
Int. Northern Service Trk and Hawke Head Dr
Hawke Head Drive car park
Hawke Head Drive
Box Head Trail
Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail
Little Tallow Beach
Little Tallow Coast Trk
Entrance to Tallow Beach Campsite
Tallow Beach
Tallow Beach Trail
Tallow Beach Trail
Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail
Box Head Trail
Box Head
Box Head Trail
Hawke Head Drive
Hawke Head Drive car park
Int. Northern Service Trk and Hawke Head Dr
Starting point for this hiking track: Hawke Head Drive NE

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

 
Hawke Head Drive
 
Hawke Head Drive +
 
Tallow Beach and Box Head track intersection
 
Tallow Beach and Box Head track intersection +
 
The top of Little Tallow spur track
 
The top of Little Tallow spur track +

 
Little Tallow Beach on Bouddi National Park coast
 
Little Tallow Beach on Bouddi National Park coast +
 
Tallow Beach Campsite
 
Tallow Beach Campsite +
 
Tallow Beach from headland between Tallow and Little Tallow Beaches
 
Tallow Beach from headland between Tallow and Little Tallow Beaches +

 
Young Banksia
 
Young Banksia +
 
Lion Is. in Broken Bay
 
Lion Is. in Broken Bay +
 
Box Head looking south out over the Southern Ocean
 
Box Head looking south out over the Southern Ocean +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Tallow Beach and Box Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Tallow Beach and Box Head bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Tallow Beach and Box Head bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Tallow Beach and 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 9km
Time 4 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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
Around 8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 970m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (160m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 160m has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 8km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 160m has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Drive to Hawke Head Drive NE
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) Hawke Head Drive NE to Box Head Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.01 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 80 m Descent = -45 m
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'.

(2.01 km) Box Head Trail to Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 405 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -37 m
Veer left: 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.

(2.41 km) Int. Little Tallow Spur Trk and Service Trail to Little Tallow Beach
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 162 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -37 m
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.

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.

(2.58 km) Little Tallow Beach to Tallow Beach
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 557 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 16 m Descent = -18 m
Turn around: 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.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the sandy track to the top of Tallow Beach.

Tallow Beach Campsite Alt = 8 m
Tallow Beach campsite is a large grass clearing set behind Tallow Beach, some 30m away. The campsite has room for seven sites and has a single toilet facility and rubbish facilities.

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.

(3.13 km) Tallow Beach to Box Head Trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail,servicetrail
Length = 872 m Time = 21 mins
Climb = 78 m Descent = -2 m
Turn around: From Tallow Beach, this walk heads along the sandy track, away from the beach and ocean. The walk leads up the hill to the start of a management trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads away from the beach and up the hill. The track turns left as it climbs the hill for approximately 30m, to an intersection on the left, after a speed bump.
Continue straight: 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.

(4 km) Box Head Trail to Box Head
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.26 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -79 m
Turn left: 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.

(5.26 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.

(6.52 km) Box Head Trail to Hawke Head Drive NE
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.01 km Time = 44 mins
Climb = 45 m Descent = -80 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.
Turn right: 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.

Drive from Hawke Head Drive NE
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

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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 10.1 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 11.3 km
Camping World Shop 18, 482 Pacific Hwy, Wyoming (02) 4324 6515 13.1 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 15.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Tallow Beach and Box Head.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Tallow Beach and Box Head
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8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 11 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 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
°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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Alex Portnoy - PO Box 1048, Bo - BE CAREFUL OF HAWKE-HEAD DRIVE IP:203.45.126.xxx | 2010-04-13 06:59:45
BE CAREFUL OF HAWKE-HEAD DRIVE!!!

The semi-tarred Gosford Council road finishes abruptly at the top of the hill, and you are immediately faced with a dirt-and-sand unsealed track.

This unsealed track goes for the next 10 minutes or so, until you reach the Gate - the beginning of the Box Head walk.

If you car is even remotely dodgy below, do not to drive on the unsealed road here. It will rip your exhaust apart, even before you get to the beginning of the Walk! And NRMA refuses to assist on all National Park roads.

So be aware of this - either bicycle, motorcycle or walk.
Alex Portnoy - PO Box 1048, Bo - BEWARE of Hawke Head Drive! IP:203.45.126.xxx | 2010-04-13 07:01:00
BE CAREFUL OF HAWKE-HEAD DRIVE!!!

The semi-tarred Gosford Council road finishes abruptly at the top of the hill, and you are immediately faced with a dirt-and-sand unsealed track.

This unsealed track goes for the next 10 minutes or so, until you reach the Gate - the beginning of the Box Head walk.

If you car is even remotely dodgy below, do not to drive on the unsealed road here. It will rip your exhaust apart, even before you get to the beginning of the Walk! And NRMA refuses to assist on all National Park roads.

So be aware of this - either bicycle, motorcycle or walk.
Fiona IP:114.198.40.xxx | 2011-04-25 05:26:17
We have a 4w drive so started this walk at the end of the unsealed road. It is a great walk, easy and lots of opportunities for photos of the great views. The view from Box Head is amazing and we did it on a beautiful sunny autumn day..it was great. Also enjoyed the section down to the beaches. A great walk!!
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