Bouddi National Park

Swimming

Swimming

Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park (Image: DECCW) 

There are a number of beaches popular for swimming in Bouddi National Park, especially in summer. Please note these beaches are not patrolled.

You can go for a dip at:

 

  • Putty Beach. The eastern end of the beach is the most protected.
  • Maitland Bay is a protected crescent-shaped bay which is popular for swimming and snorkelling and is the heart of the Marine Extention providing excellent snorkling conditions.
  • Lobster Beach is at the mouth of Brisbane Water opposite Umina Beach. It's a popular beach for boat users as it's easy to reach by water and is protected by Box Head and Lion Island.
  • Tallow Beach is an open stretch of beach which is not patrolled and can have strong rips and currents. For strong swimmers only.

 

Nude bathing is not permitted on any of the beaches within the park.

Make sure you stay safe at the beach.

 

Surfing

 

The stretch of coastline between MacMasters Beach and Box Head has a number of small beaches and reefs which are popular for surfing. In most cases the adventurous surfer faces a long walk. Most breaks perform best under a southerly swell and are protected from north-easterly winds. Take care because these areas are remote and not patrolled, and can be dangerous at times.

 

Where to go

Little Beach campground

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

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

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

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

Camping fees: All campsites – site fee: $28 per night (2-person inclusive), $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years).

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)

Lobster Beach

Leave the city beaches to the crowds while you spend the day at Lobster beach with barely a soul in sight within Bouddi National Park.

Lobster Beach is a sheltered beach just a short walk from the carpark. The area is perfect to pop by if you’re sailing or boating around at Brisbane Water National Park, just across from Bouddi. Marvel at the beautiful angophoras, stringy barks and banksias along the way, before arriving at this pretty beach fringed by natural bushland.

Enjoy a refreshing swim or wander along this sandy beach. Find a spot to throw in a fishing line and take in the serenity. Keep your eyes out for dolphins or sea eagles swooping for fish at Lobster Beach and don’t forget to pack your snorkelling gear. You're sure to find just as many natural wonders to admire beneath its sparkling waters as on land.

Activities: swimming, walking, paddling, sailing and boating, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing, picnics and barbecues

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Getting there: Lobster Beach is within Bouddi National Park and near Brisbane Water National Park. To get there:

  • From Gosford, take Central Coast Highway and then turn right onto Avoca Drive.
  • Follow Avoca Drive through Kincumber and then turn right onto Empire Bay Drive
  • Follow Empire Bay Drive and then turn left onto Wards Hill Road
  • Turn right onto The Scenic Road and follow to Hardys Bay
  • Turn left at Araluen Drive, follow until Pretty Beach, and then turn left onto High View Road.
  • Access to Lobster Beach walking track is signposted and on the left

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - no motor vehicle access.

Opening hours: The park is open at all times, except during extreme fire danger.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, lookout, trackhead/access point

Water supply: There is no drinking water at Lobster Beach, please take your own.

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

Putty Beach campground

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

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD (no long vehicle access).

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

Water supply: Town water is available

Vehicle entry fee: $7 per vehicle per day. Please note vehicle entrance fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees. Purchase at the local office or buy an annual pass online.

Camping fees: All campsites – site fee: $28 per night (2-person inclusive), $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years).

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

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.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 4WD only.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

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

Camping fees: All campsites – site fee: $20 per night (2-person inclusive). $10 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $5 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years).

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)