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The Walks and Trails of Bouddi National Park

The Walks and Trails of Bouddi National Park

We just finished a blog all about Bouddi National Park. We told you about its diverse landscapes, aboriginal history, and beautiful beaches. Bouddi National Park is also known for its bushwalking trails and beach tracks with spectacular views. Walking through the park’s close to 20 different trails and tracks is an excellent way to explore the 1500+ hectares of the park (or at least as much walking as your feet can take). Of course, if you camp here overnight, you can take in more walks over several days. Whenever you are going on bush walks, be sure to exercise safety precautions before your walking exercise. This means to let someone know where you are going and when you will return, take plenty of drinking water and apply sunscreen regardless of the season or level of sunshine. Review the details of each track or trail before embarking on your adventure and make sure that everyone in your party is up to the fitness level listed as the grading. Remember also that the grading represents the most difficult part of the trail, so the entire trail is likely not as hard as the listing. If you are unsure, check with the Maitland Bay Information Centre to address your concerns. You can bring fishing gear and swimming essentials with you. Use caution as none of the beaches are patrolled.  As always, remember to observe the protected status of all National Parks: Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints. Now, here are highlights of Bouddi National Park walks.

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Bouddi National Park Map Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Hiring a Car near Bouddi National Park

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Bouddi National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Gosford Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

Even though you’ll be walking through the park, you still need to get to the park from wherever you are coming from. Bouddi National Park is located about a 30 minute drive north of Sydney and very close to the town of Gosford. You can hire a car in Gosford  or pick up a rental vehicle in nearby Mardi at the Tuggerah car hire location. Of course, there are plenty of convenient Budget car rental locations all around Sydney  too. Let our car rental agents know your travel plans so that they can give you local tips and recommend the best vehicle for the terrain you will be driving on. Gosford is on New South Wales’ Central Coast. Here are some other blogs we have covered that include holiday ideas for Sydney, the New South Wales Central Coast, and surrounds:

Amazing Outdoor Wedding Destinations near Sydney

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Free Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to see in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

The Amazing Pacific Coast Drive: Sydney to Brisbane

Things to Do at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Visit Australia’s Oldest National Park: Royal National Park

Quirky Places to Stay in NSW near Sydney

Best Scenic Drives: Greater Blue Mountains Drive

 

Bouddi Coastal Walk

 

Bouddi Coastal Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Bouddi Coastal Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

‘Bouddi Coastal Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Bouddi Coastal Track Map in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Gerrin Point Lookout in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The Bouddi Coastal Track is on the southeast coast line of the park from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach. The track is 8 km one-way and the suggested time to complete it is 4 hours. It has a medium grade level which requires a moderate fitness level.  The Bouddi Coastal Track features some distinctive rock platforms and is home to bush turkeys. Along the way you can always take a break and swim in the ocean or relax along the beaches. There are barbecue facilities in this area if you’d like to bring a lunch, or go fishing and grill up your catch! While on this walk you might see wild flowers or migrating whales, depending on the season. Be sure to stop at the Gerrin Point Lookout for some beautiful, sweeping views of the coast and Tasman Sea. You can also break this walk down into 3 shorter walks:

 

  • Putty Beach to Maitland Bay (3 km)
  • Maitland Bay to Little Beach (3.5 km)
  • Little Beach to MacMasters Beach (1.7 km)

 

Maitland Bay Track

 

Maitland Bay Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

This popular walking track is a short but steep walk down to the picturesque crescent shaped Maitland Bay. Maitland Bay is one of the most popular swimming and snorkelling spots in the park. It is famous for the shipwreck of the PS Maitland, a paddle steamer that sunk and has been grounded here since 1898. If you don’t want to swim, you can still see the wreck at low tide. It is a 1.5 km walk one- way and the suggested time to allow is about 30 minutes – probably less for the way down but more for the way back up. The grading is a medium.

 

Box Head Track

 

Box Head Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Box Head Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Box Head Track Lookout in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The Box Head Track is an easy walk and allows you to see the varying landscapes of Bouddi National Park since it takes you through the bushland to the Box Head lookout. The lookout shows you the scenery across the Hawkesbury River, over Broken Bay, Tallow Beach, Little Tallow Beach, Lion Island, and south to Sydney. Along the way, in addition to the scenic views, keep an eye out for birdlife among the trees of the bushland. The track is 1.3 km one-way and you should allow about one hour for this easy graded track.

 

Flannel Flower Walking Track

 

Flannel Flower Walking Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

’Flannel Flowers Photo Credit: “Flannel Flowers” by Toby Hudson – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

 

The Flannel Flower Walking Track intersects with the Box Head Track, so if you choose to do so, you can pick up this track when you complete the Box Head Track. The Flannel Flower walking track is a medium graded track that is 1.3 km one – way and you should allow an hour to complete it. During springtime, the Flannel Flowers are in full bloom. The track takes you from Hawke Head Drive to Lobster Beach winding through the tall trees of the angophora forest. If you are camping at the Tallow Beach Campground, then look for the Tallow Beach trail which will take you down to the campsites.

 

Bullimah Spur Track

 

Bullimah Spur Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Bullimah Spur Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Bullimah Spur Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

This is another track with many different scenic views of bushland and the coast. It is a 1 km walk one- way and you should allow 1 hour for this medium graded track. The track starts at the Maitland Bay Information Centre where you can take either the Maitland Bay Track or the Bullimah Spur Track. Follow the signs and it is easy to navigate your way through either track.

Daley’s Point Walking Track

 

Daleys Point Walking Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Daleys Point Walking Track is a great one for exploring the natural beauty of the park as well as the Aboriginal cultural heritage here. It is an easy graded track that is 1.7 km one-way. You should allow about 45 minutes for the walk. As you meander through the woodlands, listen for the unique and recognisable call of the glossy black cockatoos. In spring time this walk is filled with the colours of the wild flowers. The end of the walk is Daleys Point where you can see with panoramic views of the Cockle Bay Nature Reserve and Brisbane Water. Along the way you can see sandstone engravings at Milligans Cave also known as Fish Hook Shelter. Remember that these sites are important to the Aboriginal culture and to be respectful of their history by not touching or damaging the engravings.

Mount Bouddi Walk Track

 

Mount Bouddi Walking Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Mount Bouddi Walking Track in Bouddi National Park Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

We saved the best for last. The Mount Bouddi Walking Track is an easy hike that is graded medium level considered by most to be a must-do when visiting Bouddi National Park. It is 1.2 km one- way and takes about 30 minutes to walk. The spectacular coastal views are what make this so special. You also get to see the bushlands including the eucalypt woodlands. The flashes of bright colours you might see in the trees are parrots and you can hear the laughing call of the kookaburras. From the top, you can follow the Maitland Bay track and Strom loop back to Mount Bouddi Road or go back through the Mount Bouddi Walking Track and perhaps have a picnic lunch and the Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area.

Stay tuned for part three of our tour of Bouddi National Park which will cover the cycle paths and mountain biking options within the park.

National Parks of New South Wales

 

Visiting the National Parks is a great way to enhance your holiday, or even take a long weekend getaway. You definitely have one nearby wherever you are in New South Wales, or even on the border of the adjacent states because there are over 850 national parks in NSW. Explore as many as you can and choose your favourite. Let us know which one it is and why. We will be highlighting some of the most popular ones, make sure we include your favourite! We originally journeyed through many of the National Park in Queensland  and now we are making our way through New South Wales.

Here are some of the previous New South Wales National Parks we have featured:

Barrington Tops National Park

Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park

Camping in Barrington Tops National Park

Lane Cove National Park

Tapin Tops National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

Royal National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

The Oldest National Park in Australia, Royal National Park

Wollemi Pine National Park

Warrumbungle National Park

Washpool National Park

The Rainforest Way  highlighted Wollumbin National Park and Nightcap National Park

Our post about some of the Best Nature Walks in New South Wales  included Dorrigo National Park and Eurobodalla National Park

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park was covered in our blog post about Wandering the Waterfall Way

Barrington Tops National Park  is so vast that it took 4 blog posts to cover it all including:

Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park,

Looking Out Over Nature in Barrington Tops National Park,  and

Camping in Barrington Tops National Park

A Look at Lane Cove National Park

Tapin Tops National Park

Capertee National Park and Gardens of Stone National Park

Enjoy the Diversity in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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