Bouddi National Park
Heavily timbered hills and cliffs rise behind a cluster of lovely beaches at Bouddi National Park south-east of Gosford. The park is of special signiﬁcance for its Aboriginal heritage. The Hawkesbury River and the Paciﬁc Ocean provided a rich source of bush tucker with freshwater ﬁsh and marine seafood for the Guringai (Kurringgai) people, the traditional custodians of this region. Around 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded on the Bouddi Peninsula, including middens, rock engravings and rock shelters.
Today the park is a mecca for those seeking sun, sand and surf, peaceful camping and a spot of ﬁshing. Putty Beach, crescent-shaped Maitland Bay (ideal for swimming and snorkelling) and Lobster Beach (favoured by boaters) are all popular. None of the beaches are patrolled. The remains of the paddlesteamer Maitland, wrecked off Maitland Bay in 1898, can be seen rusting in the surf. A marine extension to the park extends across Maitland Bay, protecting all marine life. Sweeping Tallow Beach is subject to strong rips and currents, but keen surfers will ﬁnd good breaks, mainly between MacMasters Beach and Box Head. Walkers can strike out on a number of tracks through the heathland, eucalypt woodland and open forest. Maitland Bay Track (850 metres, 30–40 minutes return) from the visitor centre to Maitland Bay is worthwhile, but is quite a steep haul on the way back. The more energetic might tackle Bouddi Coastal Walk (8 km, 4 hours return, medium difﬁculty) from the eastern end of Putty Beach then climb the stairs to Gerrin Point Lookout for panoramic coastal views. Call in at the Maitland Bay visitor centre for advice on other walking tracks. Rock ﬁshing is popular but take care on rock platforms.
There are 3 camping areas in the park
Location and access
95 km north of Sydney; 19 km south-east of Gosford via Scenic Rd (access is at Putty Beach)
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Gosford (02) 4320 4200
- Camp bookings (02) 4320 4203
Terrigal (02) 4343 4400, 1300 132 975
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