(0km) Putty Beach Camping Area → House fence corner Int.
(0.37km) House fence corner Int. → Lookout
(0.37km) House fence corner Int. → Jacqueline Ave
(0.41km) Jacqueline Ave → Jacqueline Ave Cul-de-sac
(0.67km) Jacqueline Ave Cul-de-sac → Int. of The Scenic Rd Service Trail and The Scenic Rd
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, away from the ocean, for a short time. The trail narrows to pass between boulders and continues as a track up the hill to The Scenic Road.
(0.94km) Int. of The Scenic Rd Service Trail and The Scenic Rd → Marie Byles Lookout
(1.32km) Marie Byles Lookout → Int of Maitland Bay InfoCentre Trk and Bullimah LO Trk
Marie Byles Lookout
(1.41km) Int of Maitland Bay InfoCentre Trk and Bullimah LO Trk → Bullimah Outlook
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows a bush track along the ridge towards the sea. The track follows the high ground, winding down the hill and through a saddle. The walk passes two short side tracks to rocky landings on the left, which act as excellent lookouts over Maitland Bay. The walk continues down the ridge to Bullimah Outlook, marked by a plaque in the rock.
(2.21km) Bullimah Outlook → Maitland Bay Information Centre
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside, with the slope leading up the hill on the left. The track then drops slightly down the hill as it winds through some boulders. The track then continues for a while to the sign marked intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk goes up the staircase, following the ‘Parking Area’ sign up the hill. The staircase continues for some time until it reaches the car park intersection. From here, the walk turns right, passing an information board, to the brick building next to the road – Maitland Bay Information Centre.
Maitland Bay Information Centre
(3.38km) Maitland Bay Information Centre → Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd
Turn left: From the gate, this walk turns left, heading down the hill. The track then continues along the lightly undulating management trail, leading soon to an intersection with another management trail on the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the hill, leaving the management trail and gate behind on the left. The walk winds and undulates for some time as it passes a rocky outcrop and a house (both above on the left). The walk climbs up a small hill, to pass a gate and continue onto the road.
(5.5km) Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd → Dingeldei Picnic Area
The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter
(5.5km) Int. Stroms Fire Trail and Mt Bouddi Rd → Grahame Dr car park
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the large fork in the road, then follows The Scenic Road (the sealed road) as it bends to the left. The walk continues along the roadside around the hill, crossing to the other side of the road where safe (so the road is now on your right). Ignoring side tracks, the road then leads to an intersection with a gated management trail and the ‘MacMasters Ridge Fire Trail’ sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road down the hill, keeping the valley to the left. Before long, the bush gives way to houses and, ignoring some side streets, the road comes to the intersection with ‘Grahame Drive’ at the ‘Bouddi National Park’ signpost.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill past the ‘Bouddi National Park’ sign, following Grahame Drive (the road) past a few houses. The walk follows Grahame Drive to the car park at the end of the road, just before the locked gates.
(7.45km) Grahame Dr car park → Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk
(7.73km) Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk → Little Beach
(7.73km) Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk → Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Bombi Point’ arrow along the sandy track, going down the hill. The track winds down the hill for some time before climbing to the signposted intersection.
(8.76km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point → Bombi South
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads south into the bush, keeping the ocean to the left. After approximately 30m, the track comes to an unfenced cliff edge. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(8.76km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point → End of Caves Bay management trail
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, in the opposite direction to the Little Beach car park. The trail winds down the spur for some time, then straightens out and continues for a while before ending in a larger clear area, signposted ‘Bouddi Coastal Walk’.
(9.46km) End of Caves Bay management trail → Eastern corner of Maitland Beach
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Maitland Bay’ arrow along the bush track, going down the hill. After a while, the walk drops into a clearing, on the saddle between the headland and the spur, and turns right, going down some steep steps to the beach.
(11.01km) Eastern corner of Maitland Beach → S.S. Maitland Shipwreck
S.S. Maitland Shipwreck
(11.01km) Eastern corner of Maitland Beach → Maitland Beach West End
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean on the left. The walk leads to the base of some paved steps, which lead up the hill away from the beach.
(11.61km) Maitland Beach West End → Int. of Maitland Bay Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
(11.86km) Int. of Maitland Bay Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk → Gerrin Point
(13.19km) Gerrin Point → Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk
(13.51km) Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk → Bullimah Beach
(13.51km) Int. of Bullimah Beach Trk and Bouddi Coastal Walk → Putty Beach Camping Area
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk heads west along the beach, keeping the water on the left. After approximately 200m, the walk reaches a spot on the beach opposite a white-roofed building behind the dunes, just before another wide (dry) creek entry.
Turn right: From the beach, this walk heads away from the ocean towards the white-roofed building behind the beach. The track winds along the fenced sandy track to Putty Beach camping area.
Putty Beach Camping Area
End of day 1
(14.49km) Putty Beach Camping Area → Putty Beach car park
Turn right: From a spot on the beach opposite a white-roofed building behind the dunes, this walk heads along the beach, keeping the ocean to the left. The walk continues past numerous beach access routes, on the right, until it comes to the lifeguard tower (near the car park).
Turn right: From the beach, this walk heads up the hill along a stony path, to the car park behind the beach.
(15.72km) Putty Beach car park → Hawke Head Drive NE
(16.49km) Hawke Head Drive NE → Box Head Trail
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail up the hill, leaving the gated management trail behind on the right. The trail undulates along the ridge line for some time, with views to the right of the track over the Rip Bridge and Woy Woy. The trail then starts to head downhill, arriving at a car park, to the right, signposted ‘Tallow Beach 900m’.
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail past the ‘Tallow Beach 900m’ signpost. The walk soon passes around a gate and continues down the hill. The walk passes an unfenced cliff warning sign and (ignores) a track signpost (‘Tallow Beach’) before heading up the hill to the intersection, signposted ‘Tallow’ and ‘Killcare’.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tallow’ arrow along the management trail, going down the hill. The trail tends right for approximately 30m, to the signposted intersection for ‘Box Head’ and ‘Tallow Beach’.
(18.5km) Box Head Trail → Box Head
(19.76km) Box Head → Box Head Trail
(21.02km) Box Head Trail → Little Tallow Beach
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill along the track, away from the management trail and towards the ocean. The track comes down onto the rock platform above Little Tallow Beach and continues to the right, then follows the creek down onto the beach. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Veer right.
Little Tallow Beach
(21.02km) Little Tallow Beach → Tallow Beach Trail
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the beach. The walk winds down to an intersection with a small track, leading to the beach on the right. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn sharp right.
(21.02km) Tallow Beach Trail → Box Head Trail
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the ocean. The track tends left as it separates the eucalypts on the left with the heath on the right. The track continues to rise over numerous speed bumps as it heads up to the signposted intersection. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Turn left.
(21.02km) Box Head Trail → Hawke Head Drive
(21.08km) Hawke Head Drive → Lobster Beach
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lobster Bch. – Wagstaff’ sign along the ridgeline. The track then winds to the left of a knoll, towards the sea, and leads along the fenceline. The track undulates down the hill to a sign ‘Pretty Beach, Wagstaff’. The track turns left here, following the sign down the rocky surface for a short time, before coming to the intersection above some houses and two large green water tanks, on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads steeply down the hill to the left, with the water tanks below to the right. The track passes a set of gates on the left, to continue away from the houses. The track heads past a house with a steep roof (on the left) to continue over a driveway. The walk then leads along the back fence of a house, to the corner at the sign marked intersection.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs following the sign to ‘Lobster Beach’. The walk follows the many stairs up the hill, to the ridge line with a house on the left.
Continue straight: From the ridge, this walk heads down the hill towards the beach. The track heads steeply down to a lookout platform above the beach. The track then continues along the hillside to a set of boardwalked stairs which tend right, down to Lobster Beach.
(22.66km) Lobster Beach → Hawke Head Drive
Continue straight: From the ridgeline, this walk heads down, away from the beach by the steep staircase to the signposted intersection at the corner of two fence lines.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along a fenceline (keeping the fence on the left). At the end of the fenceline, the walk passes over a driveway to continue up the hill. The track continues up the hill past a house (on the right) with a notably steep roof, to swing left. The track leads past a set of gates (on the right) as it rounds to the back of a few houses with two large green water tanks. The track heads right, steeply up the hill away from the houses and water tanks, to the intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the water tanks (below on the left) to a sign marked ‘Pretty Bch Wagstaff’. The track turns right, heading up the hill, and continues to climb the undulating ridgeline. The track then follows a fence left, with views of Broken Bay on the right. The track winds towards the sea, around a knoll, to follow the ridgeline for some time a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tallow Bch. – Killcare’ sign along the flat. The track quickly swings right with views of Box Head before heading down to a signposted intersection.
(24.24km) Hawke Head Drive → Hawke Head Drive NE
Continue straight: From the car park, the walk follows the management trail up the slight hill, leaving the car park and signpost behind, to the left. The trail undulates for some time, with views of the Rip Bridge and Woy Woy to the left. The trail begins to go downhill and arrives at an intersection with a gated service trail, to the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, with views of the water to the left. The walk continues for some time down the hill, passing over many speed bumps, and continuing when the road becomes a sealed surface. The walk passes a few houses on both sides of the road and soon comes to the intersection with Nukara Ave.
(26.19km) Hawke Head Drive NE → Putty Beach car park
Maps for the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Broken Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||91301N BROKEN BAY||NSW-91301N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 9km has short steep hills. Whilst another 970m is very steep and the remaining 820m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
18km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 3.3km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.4km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
17km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 6km is clearly signposted. The remaining (4.6km) has minimal directional signs.
This whole walk, 27km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 27km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
17km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (2.3km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This walk from Grahame Drive car park to Little Beach follows the service trail straight through the tall forest, down the hill to the isolated beach. The beach is popular with surfers, and the campsite provides a nice place for a rest. A great spot to get your toes wet during a BBQ lunch (great BBQ facilities provided by NPWS).
Total climbing: 47m
1.2 km Return
1.8 km Return
From Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads straight down the hill to Maitland Beach. On the way down, the track passes many rock landings which act as lookouts over Maitland Bay and the lush bush of the surrounding gullies. Maitland Bay Beach itself is a wonderful sandy beach which is popular for swimming (although there are no beach patrols).
Total climbing: 153m
2.1 km Return
Starting from the Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads down and around the hill to follow the spur out to Bullimah Lookout. The track winds through the bush giving glimpses of Maitland Bay from several rocky landings. The views along the way, and from the lookout are fantastic.
Total climbing: 95m
2.3 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
Starting on Hawke Head Drive, this walk explores the southernmost ridge in Bouddi NP. The walk provides excellent views over Woy Woy, Broken Bay, Hawkesbury River and the Tasman Sea. It takes in spectacular views over Lion Island and Pearl Beach from the many rocky outcrops along the Box Head ridge.
Total climbing: 126m
3.1 km Return
This walk, from Hawke Head Drive, is the most direct route to Box Head. The walk explores Box Head headland and the many rocky outcrops on the way. There is great variation in the vegetation and a great variety in the views across the ocean and up into the mouth of Broken Bay. The cul-de-sac at the end of Hawke Head Drive has limited parking.
Total climbing: 126m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk is great following lunch at Dingeldei Picnic area. The walk explores the rock flats of Maitland Bay, with many interesting shells and the shipwreck of the S.S. Maitland. The walk provides the option to spend time at Maitland Beach on the way to the wreck. The wreck is best seen at low tide, along with the rest of the rock flats below the headland.
Total climbing: 271m
3.9 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
From the Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads straight down the hill to Maitland Beach and the shipwreck of the S.S. Maitland. On the way down, the track passes many rock landings providing great views of Maitland Bay and the bush of the surrounding gullies. Perched on the edge of the rock shelf, in the water east of the beach, are the remains of the S.S Maitland. The walk down to the shipwreck is magnificent and it is well worth spending some extra time to enjoy the beach.
Total climbing: 195m
3.9 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk is an excellent way to see some of Bouddi National Parks greatest views. The walk follows the Maitland Bay Track and the Bouddi Coastal walk to Putty Beach. The track shows off Maitland Bay from a number of different lookouts, while passing through different types of vegetation. There are also many interesting rock patterns along the coastal cliffs.
Total climbing: 126m
4.5 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This walk curves around from Graham car park, taking in the secluded Little Beach and Caves Bay before finishing at Mt Bouddi’s Dingeldei Picnic Area. The walk passes through many different types of vegetation. The service trail from above Little Beach to above Caves Bay is very sandy, in contrast to the dirt track followed for the rest of the walk. This walk has excellent views of headlands and out into the Tasman Sea.
Total climbing: 343m
5 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
5.2 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
6 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This walk explores a large part of the Bouddi National Park coastline. Features of this walk include the walk out to Bombi Moors and down to Little Beach. The tracks connecting these spots explore some excellent rainforest areas and wonderful heath covered headlands. Interesting, beautiful and a great place for a swim, this walk is well worth the effort.
Total climbing: 297m
6.5 km One way
This walk is a great one way walk to do after spending some time at Putty Beach. The walk uses Hawke Head Drive to head along the ridge to Box Head. The headland has superb views over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland and out to sea. Lobster Beach is another great beach in the area with views over to Woy Woy. A great walk from beach to beach.
Total climbing: 360m
7.5 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This is one of the longer walks in the Bouddi National Park and it is rich in scenery. The walk follows the coastline with many side trips to lookouts, beaches and even a shipwreck. This walk makes a wonderful one way trip from Graham Drive down to Putty Beach, with views around every corner.
Total climbing: 364m
8.1 km One way
This walk explores some of Bouddi National Park’s hidden beaches and the Box Head lookout. The views over the South Pacific Ocean and Broken Bay are magnificent, while the secluded beaches of Tallow and Little Tallow are great spots for lunch and to dip the toes in. The vegetation is mostly heath along the service tracks, and larger eucalyptus trees along the bush tracks.
Total climbing: 323m
8.5 km Circuit
This is a great circuit walk, leading walkers from the hills, down to the beach. The circuit takes in the vast changes in vegetation as it descends to Little Beach, then follows the coast, heading up to Dingeldei Picnic Area. The sandy service trails and views out to sea make this a magnificent walk.
Total climbing: 439m
9.1 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
This is a great way to walk off a lunch if picnicking at Dingeldei Picnic Area. The Bouddi Lookout walk meanders through the bush, without any views of the ocean, until it reaches the rocky platform of Bouddi Lookout. After enjoying the view, you can head back up the hill to Dingeldei Picnic Area in time for another snack break.
Total climbing: 112m
1.8 km Return
This lovely short walk takes you from the large water tank, along an old trail and track to two fantastic fenced lookout platforms. There are a few unfenced views along this shaded walk. A picnic table among the Sydney Red Gums, just before the two main lookouts, makes a wonderful spot for a snack. The lookouts provide great views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park, Pearl Beach and out to the ocean. A great spot on a sunny day or for a sunset.
Total climbing: 34m
1.4 km Return
This walk follows a wide trail then a track to the fantastic views from Warrah Lookout. From Pearl Beach, this walk follows the roads to the lower end of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. Continuing up this trail, the walk passes some sandstone caves and further on, enjoys the fenced Warrah Lookout. There are some great views before returning the same way back to Pearl Beach.
Total climbing: 189m
5.1 km Return
This walk starts at the top of the ridge and leads through a field of wildflowers (in spring and early summer), past some panoramic water views and down to Patonga Village for fish and chips. Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. After a short walk along a wide trail, you then follow the Patonga Track down the hill, passing some large angophoras and more water views before heading down to the beach at Patonga.
Total climbing: 39m
2.2 km One way
Starting on the Tony Doyle track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig before enjoying the views from Warrah lookout. The walk follows the wide trail down the hill to Pearl Beach. There are many great wildflowers in spring and if you are quiet, you may spot a Lyrebird or two. If you are feeling energetic, you can have a refreshing lunch and allow extra time to walk back or catch the bus home from Pearl Beach.
Total climbing: 27m
2.8 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk takes you from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path to Warrah Lookout. From the lookout there are fantastic views spanning from the distant Barrenjoey headland, across the Hawkesbury river to Brisk Bay and Patonga. There are no facilities provided at the Warrah Trig Station but the Lookout is fenced for safety. After the walk, it is also worth a trip down to Patonga for lunch, or just to explore the local area.
Total climbing: 51m
756 m Return
Glasson’s Trail starts near the main entrance to Kincumber Mountain Reserve and follows a series of management trails and tracks up to the main picnic area. The walk offers a great way to explore the diverse vegetation and visiting some interesting rock formations. The walk is signposted and crosses the road a few times before coming across a single picnic table near the end of the walk. The walk finishes at the more popular picnic area at Honeman’s Rock.
Total climbing: 158m
1.7 km One way
This walk explores the main highlights of Kincumber Mountain Regional Reserve. Starting on the Glasson’s trail, the walk explores a variety of forests along the way to Honeman’s Rock and picnic area. After a rest, you visit a large cave on Kanning Walk and continue to the views at Colin Watters Lookout. You then follow a track down the ridge, passing some interesting rocky outcrops before arriving at the end of Sandringham Close, Terrigal.
Total climbing: 220m
4.5 km One way
This walk explores a section of Brisbane Water National Park between the villages of Patonga and Pearl Beach. From Patonga, this walk takes you up a track following the Great North Walk route, and then a wider trail brings you to a short (and very worthwhile) side trip to Warrah Lookout. From here, the walk follows the wide trail down to Pearl Beach for lunch at the cafe or a dip at the beach. Enjoy the wildflowers in spring and also great water views on sunny days.
Total climbing: 189m
4.3 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
This three day walk follows the Great North Walk from Patonga, through Brisbane Waters National Park, to the Somersby General Store. The two campsites can be found near the summit of Mt Wondabyne, and along the banks of the Mooney Mooney Creek. Water is available from Kariong Brook and often from tributaries feeding into the Mooney Mooney Creek, and should be treated before drinking.
Total climbing: 1811m
41.5 km One way
This great walk explores much of the main ridge ridge running through Brisbane Water National Park. The walk visits a number of great lookouts and has two worthy side trips, one up to the top of Mt Wondabyne and another to the falls in Kariong Brook. The walk requires a bit of planning for transport, but is well worth a car shuffle. Allow time to relax and enjoy the views.
Total climbing: 702m
17 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores some grand views, pleasant cascades, varied bushland and remote areas of Brisbane Waters National Park. From Patonga you will walk up the ridge and take a short side trip to enjoy the wonderful views from Warrah Lookout, before following a series of dirt roads and management trails to Patonga Creek in the heart of the national park. The walk then leads along a mix of trails and tracks mostly passing Mt Wondabyne, a worthwhile side trip, before crossing a few gullies with cool creeks and cascades. Past Myron Brook you will walk back down the waters edge at the remote and unique Wondabyne Train Station.
Total climbing: 861m
Note: There is no car transport option from the end of this walk.
19.5 km One way
7 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/bracw
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.