Bouddi Coastal Walk: update April 2020

The first stage of works will be near Bullimah Beach, on the section of track linking the constructed boardwalk to bridge 8. Work will commence on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Family on the coast walk, Bouddi National ParkNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is undertaking a project to upgrade and maintain the Bouddi Coastal Walk in Bouddi National Park. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as a key stakeholder who may be interested in the Bouddi Coastal Walk upgrade project and we want to keep you updated.

The Bouddi Coastal Walk upgrade is a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) project to enhance the spectacular eight kilometre coastal walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach in Bouddi National Park, Central Coast. The NSW Government has funded the upgrade works to enhance the visitor experiences and improve visitor’s safety.

About the Bouddi Coastal Walk

Bouddi National Park has pristine secluded beaches, coastal walks, picnic and camping areas and an abundance of outstanding views. This makes it one of the most popular national parks on the Central Coast and the Bouddi Coastal Walk is the jewel in the crown.

The walk traverses through beautiful forests, heathlands, sun-soaked beaches and provides spectacular views of the coastline. The 8km walk is extremely popular with locals and visitors and receives a great deal of pedestrian traffic.

About the upgrade

The track is in a coastal environment and subject to erosion and impacts from weather and high pedestrian use. The works will improve the longevity of the track and assist with future maintenance.

The walking track contains a number of bridges, steps and soft surface areas that require maintenance and upgrade to keep visitors safe and control erosion on this popular track. Some areas of the track can become slippery in wet conditions and this work will improve safety for walkers. 

The NSW Government has provided funding specifically for these upgrade works which are scheduled to be undertaken in stages over the next 4 years. Sections of the track may be temporarily closed during periods of construction or during helicopter operations to fly in construction materials to remote work sites. These closures are put into place to ensure the safety of park visitors, staff and contractors. 

The proposed works are permitted under the Bouddi National Park plan of management as maintenance works to an existing walking track. 

Current work

The first stage of works will be near Bullimah Beach, on the section of track linking the constructed boardwalk to bridge 8. Work will commence on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

The remoteness of the work means that a helicopter will be used to fly construction materials on a long line to the site. For safety reasons the helicopter operations will require temporary closure of the track for up to two days.

This first stage of scheduled construction works will take up to 4 weeks to complete, weather dependant. The work will include replacing old, damaged wooden steps with stone ones and sealing some surfaces to reduce erosion and make them safer for park visitors during wet conditions. The work will be undertaken by NPWS staff.

Next steps

At the completion of stage one, work will continue along the track over another 4 stages. The next scheduled work will be carried out south of Gerrin Point Lookout.