Bouddi National Park

Camping

There are three camping areas in Bouddi National Park allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the area.  Walk-in camp sites as well as car-based provide opportunities for all.

General information on camping in national parks

It's a good idea to pack a gas or liquid fuel stove for camping trips in national parks. Wood and solid fuel fires are not permitted in some parks, and although you'll find open fireplaces in many campgrounds, firewood may not be supplied. In many parks it's forbidden to collect firewood from the bush

In parks where campfires are allowed, make sure you completely extinguish all fires before leaving an area or going to bed. A small amount of glowing embers can start a huge bushfire. Heavy fines may apply if campfires or other unshielded flames are left unattended

Please don't feed native animals - it can damage their health and make them dependent on campers for food. To avoid attracting scavengers, store food and garbage in a secure container. Find out more about the dangers of feeding native animals: how it can affect them, their behaviour and you. See other ways to tread softly when you camp.

Campgrounds

Little Beach campground (6 sites)

Little Beach in Bouddi National Park (Image: Susan Davis/DECCW)The small but popular Little Beach campground offers beachfront tent camping ideal for surfers and nature-lovers.

The campground is tucked into a pretty cove and surrounded by littoral rainforest. It’s equipped with sheltered barbecues and toilets, but beyond that it’s just you and the great outdoors.

Bring your surfboard to make the most of the early morning swell at Little Beach, or start the day with a swim and a wander along the beach’s rocky shore. See if the fish are biting or pull on your hiking shoes – there are several lovely walks to enjoy in the area, including the lovely Bouddi coastal walk.

When the day is done and you’re ready to relax, cook up a feast on the free gas barbecues while the sun sets and share stories about your spectacular day at Little Beach.

View a map of the camp sites [PDF 165KB]

Activities: day walking, picnics and barbecues, swimming, surfing, fishing, birdwatching, whale watching

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Little Beach campground is in the Little Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

To get there from Gosford:

  • Follow the Central Coast Highway towards Erina
  • Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber
  • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive
  • Turn left into Cochrone Street and then right onto The Scenic Road
  • Continue through MacMasters Beach and turn left at Grahame Drive to the end where the track starts
  • From the carpark at the end of Grahame Drive it’s a 750m walk along a management trail to the campground

Facilities: gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Water supply: No water available, please bring your own.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Central Coast, Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries), 02 4320 4203 (camping enquiries)

Putty Beach campground (20 sites)

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible, with a wheelchair-accessible toilet and campsites.

Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park (Image: DECCW)Accommodating 20 sites, Putty Beach campground is the largest of Bouddi National Park’s camping areas. Located near Killcare, this Central Coast campground is easily accessed from Gosford and Sydney.

The campground sits just steps from the Putty Beach sand and offers good facilities in a natural setting.

When camping at Putty Beach, you can wake with the birds and start your day with a swim in the Tasman Sea. Fancy a bushwalk through the eucalypts? The spectacular Bouddi coastal walk begins at the beach’s eastern end and will take you to Gerrin Point lookout. Check out the interesting rock platforms in the area, enjoy a spot of fishing or a barbecue, and stop to say hello to the area’s resident brush turkeys.

View a map of the camp sites [PDF 41KB].

Activities: day walking, swimming, fishing, picnics and barbecues, camping

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Maitland Bay map

Getting there: Putty Beach campground is located in the Putty Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

To get there:

  • Turn into Wards Hill Road at Empire Bay
  • Turn right into The Scenic Road at Killcare Heights
  • Turn left into Putty Beach Road and follow to the campground

Facilities: picnic tables, flush toilets, drinking water, cold showers, gas/electric barbecues (free)

Water supply: Town water is available

Not permitted here: Gathering firewood. No wood fires are permitted

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Central Coast, Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries), 02 4320 4203 (camping enquiries)

Tallow Beach campground (6 sites)

Savour the simplicity of camping by the beach at picturesque Tallow Beach campground.

This quiet camping area accommodates only six tents, though you’re bound to share the area with plenty of wildlife as well.

It’s a bit of a hike to get there from the carpark, but you’re bound to agree the scenic seclusion makes the trip well worth it. First order of business is a swim or surf in the ocean – you may find you’re lucky enough to have that to yourself too. Next up, why not try a spot of rock fishing? Just remember to bring your own stove to cook your catch.

After that, there’s plenty of time left in the day for exploring the area’s bushwalking tracks. Follow Box Head track through red gum bushland or try Flannel Flower walking track, which leads to gorgeous Lobster Beach and offers views across the water to Woy Woy.

View a map of the camp sites [PDF 165KB]

Activities: day walking, swimming, surfing, fishing, birdwatching, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Natural setting: heathlands

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Tallow Beach campground is in the Tallow Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

To get there from Gosford:

  • Follow Central Coast Highway towards Erina
  • Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber
  • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive
  • Turn left onto Wards Hill Road
  • Turn right onto The Scenic Road
  • Turn left onto Nukara Avenue, then take the second left to Hawke Head Drive.
  • From the end of Hawke Head Drive at Killcare, it’s a steep 1.2km walk to the campground.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Water supply: No water is available at the site, all water must be carried in.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Central Coast, Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries), 02 4320 4203 (camping enquiries)

Tallow Beach in Bouddi National Park (Image: Joel Winter/DECCW)

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