Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 Days

27 km Circuit

1206 m

Hard track
This overnight walk takes in the majority of the magnificent Bouddi National Park. The walk starts from the pleasant Putty Beach camping area, with its very friendly Brush Turkeys. The walk heads along the ridge towards Little Beach, then along the beaches. This circuit walk visits many beaches and views from lookouts before returning to Putty Beach campsite. The second day explores the Box Head and Lobster Beach areas, with a shorter day allowing time to drive and drop in to Hardy’s Bay.

Maps for the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk

Daily actual walking time estimates

Day Walking Time Length
1 6 hrs 13 mins 16.6 km
2 5 hrs 12 mins 14.3 km

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.

Length 27 km
Time 2 Days

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Bouddi Ridge and Coastal Walk walk starts and ends at the Putty Beach Camping Area (gps: -33.52747, 151.37162)
Your main transport option to Putty Beach Camping Area is by;
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each 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 Forest

This walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂