Bouddi Coastal Walk: update July 2020

Part two of stage one works between bridge 8 to Gerrin Point Lookout has commenced and great progress is being achieved.

The Bouddi Coastal Walk upgrade is a NSW Government funded project under the Improving Access to National Parks program. The project will upgrade the spectacular 8-kilometre coastal walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach in Bouddi National Park, Central Coast.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is delivering this project to enhance visitor experiences and improve visitor safety and access to this popular walking track.

Temporary track closures

The Bouddi Coastal Walking track will be temporarily closed on Tuesday 28 July 2020 between Putty Beach and Maitland Bay while helicopter operations are underway to fly construction materials to the site.

There may also be a need to close the track for up to a week from 28 July while the surface material is installed. Any closures will be notified on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website. People should check the website before visiting to avoid disappointment.

A further helicopter lift on Monday 31st August 2020 will require track closure between Putty Beach and Maitland Bay.

Whilst staff endeavour to keep the track open at other times while work is being undertaken, we ask visitors to take care, follow the directions of staff and maintain physical distancing in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. Please ensure on-site staff are aware of your presence when in the area to help maintain safe practices.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

What do you think?

We know that the Bouddi Coastal Walk has the highest number of visitors compared to other walking tracks in Bouddi National Park, with the Maitland Bay track running a close second.

We want to learn more about how people use the track and what they would like to know so we can build a better experience. We have a quick, anonymous survey to find out more. We'd love to hear from you and would appreciate you taking 3 minutes to complete Bouddi Coastal Walk survey.

We appreciate your time.

Current work

Part two of Stage One works between bridge 8 to Gerrin Point Lookout has commenced and great progress is being achieved.

Forty-two steps were flown in by helicopter to the site. Each step, weighing around 160 kilograms, required 4 people to lift it into place using a 'rock grabber'.

The rocks beside each of the steps will hold the steps in place and help reduce the chances of the steps being undermined by water. These rocks, along with the steps, are from a local quarry and the natural sandstone used to blend in with the environment.

Great care is taken by NPWS staff to reduce the impact on the environment while making a safe passage for park visitors to enjoy this spectacular walk.

The work is tough but the NPWS staff are making great progress. During their hard earned breaks they enjoyed great views of whales, turtles, sea eagles and falcons - just some of the wildlife seen from this spectacular track.

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 three 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. Closures will be advised on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.

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

Next steps

The next scheduled work will be carried out between Little Beach and Mourawaring Moor. This stage is scheduled to be undertaken in late 2020 or early 2021. Temporary track closures will be required during these construction works to ensure the safety of visitors and construction staff. Advice on closures will be provided on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website. The work will include installation of 318 sandstone steps along a 285 metre steep section. The works will be undertaken by contractors.