Box Head Walking Track in Bouddi National Park

The short but scenic Box Head Track in Bouddi National Park winds its way through bushland towards the Box Head lookout, offering panoramic views of Broken Bay, Lion Island, the Hawkesbury River and the Barrenjoey Headland.

There is an option to extend the walk by doing a short detour to beautiful Lobster Beach via the Flannel Flower walking track.

Box Head Track:
  • Distance: 3.2 km (return)
  • Time: 1.5 hours (including stops)
  • Grade: easy to moderate (sections with rocky surface)

Getting to Box Head

Part of Bouddi National Park in the Central Coast, Box Head is a large headland that marks the northern entry point to Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. It was named that way because the headland actually looks like a large box as viewed from the ocean.

Driving to Box Head from Sydney is a bit of a hassle as you’ll need to go north via Gosford and then south towards the southern tip of the Bouddi National Park peninsula. This part of the Central Coast is quite scenic though, which makes the drive more enjoyable.

There are also plenty of cafes along the way to fuel up with breakfast or lunch. Hardys Bay for example, the last stop before Box Head, is one of those nice places to have a break with a few cafes to choose from.

Box Head walk start

To get to the starting point of the Box Head walking track, turn into Hawke Head Drive in Hardys Bay. Follow this road until you reach a small car park at a sign as in the above image.

Be mindful that the last stretch of Hawk Head Drive is actually a dirt road with a few challenges, but still manageable with a normal car.


Box Head Walking Track Notes

From the car park, follow the walking track past the Bouddi National Park Tallow Beach sign and walk around the gate further up the trail.

The track arrives at an intersection where you can choose to turn right to visit Lobster Beach (see further below) or to turn left to continue on to the Box Head lookout.

This intersection is followed by another intersection for Tallow Beach and Box Head. Simply veer right at this point and follow the track until it reaches a rocky area.

Box Head track

From this point on, the trail continues through bushland and patches of heath until it follows the edge of the cliff line leading all the way to the lookout point.

As you get closer to the Box Head Lookout, the views of Tallow Beach, Little Tallow Beach and Maitland Bay on the left are absolutely amazing.

Box Head


Box Head Lookout

The walk ends right at the very end of Box Head where the lookout offers breathtaking views of Broken Bay, the Barrenjoey Headland and Lion Island.

There is a bench at the lookout where you can have a well deserved rest while soaking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Box Head views


Lobster Beach via Flannel Flower Walking Track

If time permits and the weather is nice, it’s highly recommended to visit Lobster Beach via the Flannel Flower walking track. The start of this 1.5km (one way) walk is at the intersection close to the Box Head car park.

This easy bushwalk through a forest of red gum trees offers great views of Broken Bay and the beaches nearby. Lobster Beach itself is a beautiful 300m secluded strip of sand facing Brisbane Water with Umina and Pearl Beach on the other side.

Lobster Beach

Alternatively, you can drive to High View Road in Pretty Beach (accessible via Hardys Bay) and park your car close to a sign that says “Lobster Beach walking track”.

From there it’s a pleasant 15 minute walk to the beach up and down through bushland.



Follow Hawke Head Drive until you reach a small car park. The start of the Box Head walking track is at the Bouddi National Park sign.

Box Head track map

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