Bouddi National Park may not be on top of everyone’s list when looking for new walking tracks to explore, but this 15 km2 national park is home to some very pretty and unique bush and coastal walks. Lots of these walking tracks include some of the most beautiful secluded beaches you can find in New South Wales.
Established in 1967 as a National Park, Bouddi was named after the local Aboriginal name of the area. There are still lots of Aboriginal sites to be found in the park, such as middens, engravings and rock shelters.
Located on the southern point of the New South Wales Central Coast near Gosford and Woy Woy, Bouddi National Park is an excellent weekend getaway destination, with lots of opportunities for not only hiking but also swimming, fishing, camping and cycling.
The park has a very distinct landscape, with thriving bushland, sandstone cliffs, beautiful coastal paths and long, isolated beaches. What’s great is that some of these beaches can only be reached via walking tracks.
|Bouddi Coastal Walk||8 km (one way)||4 hours||Moderate|
|Mount Bouddi Walking Track||2.4 km (return)||1.5 hours||Easy / moderate|
|Little Beach Trail||1.5 km (return)||1 hour||Easy|
|Rocky Point Trail||2 km (return)||1 hour||Easy|
|Maitland Bay Track||3.6 km (return)||1.5 hours||Moderate|
|Bullimah Spur Track||2.4 km (return)||1 hour||Easy|
|Box Head Track||3.2 km (return)||1.5 hours||Easy|
|Daleys Point Fire Trail||3.2 km (return)||1.5 hours||Easy|
8 Best Bouddi National Park Walks
Here are 8 of our favourite walking tracks in Bouddi National Park, ranging from an easy 1.5 km to a more challenging 8 km in length.
If you prefer an even longer hike, it’s possible to combine some of the below walking tracks as they are all located close together.
1. Bouddi Coastal Walk
Enjoy 8 kilometres of quiet beaches, lookout points, boardwalks and panoramic ocean views as you hike from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach along the coast of Bouddi National Park.
Highlights of this classic Central Coast walking track are the Gerrin Point Lookout, Maitland Bay and Bullimah Beach.
If 8km is a bit too much, this walk can easily be divided into three smaller sections: MacMasters Beach to Little Beach, Little Beach to Maitland Bay and Maitland Bay to Putty Beach.
|Bouddi Coastal Walk|
|Distance:||8 km (one way)|
2. Mount Bouddi Walking Track
The short but pretty Mount Bouddi walking track starts at the Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area and guides you through beautiful bushland to the Bouddi Lookout offering great views of Maitland Bay.
This walking track connects with the Bouddi Coastal Walk and the Maitland Bay track. If you’re feeling energetic, you could return to the picnic area via the Maitland Bay track and the Strom trail which would probably take an extra hour.
|Mount Bouddi Walking Track|
|Distance:||2.4 km (return)|
|Grade:||Easy / moderate|
3. Little Beach Trail
The short walking trail to Little Beach takes you though a peaceful stretch of rainforest and over a little bridge all the way to the sand and rocks of Little Beach.
While perhaps not the best spot to swim, Little Beach is great for exploring and relaxing with a picnic.
There are also several camping spots available right behind the beach with excellent BBQ facilities. The Bouddi Coastal walks also runs past Little Beach.
|Little Beach Trail|
|Distance:||1.5 km (return)|
4. Rocky Point Trail to Allen Strom Lookout
The Allen Strom Lookout faces west, offering scenic, panoramic views over Hardys Bay and Brisbane Water.
The Rocky Point trail that takes you to the lookout is an easy 2km return walk through bush and woodland that is also very popular as a beginner cycling track.
This is by no means a hugely spectacular walking track, but it’s great for young children and the lookout is very rewarding. You can park your car on Wards Hill Road at the intersection with Maitland Bay Drive.
|Rocky Point Trail|
|Distance:||2 km (return)|
5. Maitland Bay Track
The Maitland Bay track is a short but steep bushwalk that winds its way down from the Bouddi National Park Information Centre to the stunning beach of Maitland Bay through beautiful rainforest.
While the walk down to the beach may be very easy, the return trip is actually quite hard with some very steep sections.
Once you’ve set foot on the yellow sand of the beach, it’s recommended to venture out further east towards Bouddi Point where you can discover the remains of an old shipwreck.
|Maitland Bay Track|
|Distance:||1.8 km (return)|
|Distance to Bouddi Point:||3.6 km (return)|
6. Bullimah Spur Track
Just like the Maitland Bay track, the Bullimah Spur track also starts at the Bouddi National Park information centre but heads south towards the Bullimah Lookout.
The exciting track winds its way through bushland with the occasional glimpse of Maitland Bay.
The views from the lookout across Broken Bay, Palm Beach and Lion Island and are very much worth the effort. Parking is available at the Information Centre on Scenic Road.
From there, follow the Maitland Bay track for only a few metres which then branches out into the Bullimah Spur track.
|Bullimah Spur Track|
|Distance:||2.4 km (return)|
7. Box Head Track
The 3.2km Box Head track winds its way down through bushland towards the ocean, similar to the Maitland Bay track.
In this case though, the destination is the popular Box Head lookout located at the most southern tip of the Bouddi National Park peninsula.
From the lookout the panoramic views across Broken Pay, Hawkesbury River and the Barrenjoey Headland are amazing.
|Box Head Track|
|Distance:||3.2 km (return)|
8. Daleys Point Fire Trail
The start of the Daleys Point fire trail is very close to where the Rocky Point trail starts. It’s best to park your car on Wards Hill Road at the intersection with Maitland Bay Dr, and then make your way north west towards the Daleys Point lookout.
This easy 3.2 km return trip takes you past several Aboriginal engraving sites with the largest sandstone drawings clearly visible at the end of the walk.
From Daleys Point you can enjoy scenic views over Cockle Bay Nature Reserve, Rileys Island and Brisbane Water.
|Daleys Point Fire Trail|
|Distance:||3.2 km (return)|
Map of Bouddi National Park
Bouddi National Park can be easily accessed via the M1 Freeway. You can either head into the park via Gosford (Central Coast Hwy and Avoca Dr), or via Woy Woy (Woy Woy Rd and Empire Bay Dr).
The Scenic Road runs right through Bouddi National Park and gets you to most of the walking and cycling tracks.
The Maitland Bay information centre is located at 227-231 The Scenic Rd in Killcare Heights, from where you can start several walking tracks such as the Maitland Bay track and the Bullimah Spur track.
Most of these walks also connect with the Bouddi Coastal walk. Enjoy!