Bouddi National Park... Is it possible that every single walk can end at a secluded beach or a lookout with stunning coastal views?
Bouddi National Park has seven beaches – six you can only reach through a bush track, so they don’t attract crowds.
And from the bush tracks along the cliffs the view is spectacular. Always!
Check out the best walks in Bouddi National Park ranging between 1.5 and 6 km return. Some are great to walk with children. You only need to set aside 2-3 hours, car trip included.
6 KM RETURN - 1 HR 40 MIN - EASY
The Coastal Walk is for good reason the most popular walk in Bouddi. It was nominated as one of the 18 best day walks in Australia by the Australian Geographic.
The track follows the coastline partly on a boardwalk.
The coastal views are amazing. You’ll find many opportunities to take great photos so remember to take your camera.
The walk passes Bullimah Beach, then Gerrin Lookout and ends in Maitland Bay. Maitland Bay is a secluded beach. If the tide is low you may see the remains of a shipwreck.
The walk is graded medium but I didn't find anything difficult about it.
If you want to shorten the walk turn around at Gerrin Point Lookout (2.4 km return). You get views of Maitland Bay from the lookout.
Here I'm only talking about the boardwalk section of the walk from Putty Beach to Maitland Bay. The Coastal Walk continues for 8 kilometres up to Macmasters Beach.
Parking – Putty Beach Rd, Killcare Heights. Drive to the end of the road. Pay $8 parking fee in the machine (exact money or credit card). The walk starts at the end of the beach. Or park for free near the middle of the beach.
1.8 KM RETURN - 1 HR - STEEP
Maitland Bay Track is a short but steep walk through the Bouddi Grand Deep rainforest.
Walking down the well-maintained steps, of course, means you have to climb them on the way back but it’s worth it.
We did this walk with our four-year-old and he managed most of the walk without too much whining.
The walk is graded medium. The only difficult part is the return (30 minutes climbing stairs).
The walk ends again at Maitland Bay – the most popular isolated beach in Bouddi.
Parking – next to the Maitland Bay Information Centre on Scenic Rd, corner Maitland Bay Dr, Killcare Heights.
3.2 KM RETURN - 1 HR 30 MIN - PARTLY HARD
The walk starts in a dense forest with a closed canopy that keeps the hot sun out.
A little further are grass trees and burrawangs. Then the bush thins out; the sun rays start to infiltrate the canopy. The track starts to descend steeply.
From the top of the steps, the coast seems far away but the descent is not as bad as it appears from the top.
As you walk down the sound of the ocean becomes louder and louder. You approach the coast and start getting filtered views of Maitland Bay.
Again the walk ends at Maitland Bay. Dip your toe in the
ocean and get ready for the little workout.
The only difficult part is climbing stairs on the way back (only 10 minutes though).
Parking – at the end of Mount Bouddi Rd, Killcare Heights.
3 KM RETURN - MEDIUM - 1 HR 15 MIN
This track follows the top of the cliff line on Box Head to the tip of the headland.
You get elevated views of the ocean to the left and Broken Bay to the right.
On the tip of the headland you get sweeping views of Palm Beach and the mouth of the Hawkesbury River.
The track is graded medium but again I can’t see
what’s hard about it. Maybe because you walk over boulders and uneven terrain.
If you take children keep them close to you – scary cliffs are flanked on the sides of the track toward the end.
Parking – at the end of Hawke Head Dr, Killcare. Walk past the fence and down the management trail. Follow the sign to Tallow Beach then take the fork indicated “Box Head”.
2 KM RETURN - EASY - 45 MIN
Walk through a delightful forest filled with Angophora trees and cycads.
You can hear the sound of waves crashing to shore in the distance and you get filtered views of the ocean.
At the end of the walk you stand on a large rock where another stunning view of the ocean and Putty Beach awaits.
Watch children… there’s no fencing at the lookout (see on the photo below).
This walk is easy.
You can also do a scenic circular walk... a track at the end of Bullimah Spur track links to the Coastal Walk and Maitland Bay.
Parking – next to Maitland Bay Information Centre on Scenic Rd, corner Maitland Bay Dr, Killcare Heights.
Follow the walk to Maitland Bay a few metres and take the track that branches off indicated 'Bullimah Spur Track'.
1.5 KM RETURN - EASY - 1 HR
A short easy walk through beautiful remnant rainforest. Little Beach trail ends at Little Beach, a secluded cove with a barbecue and non-flush toilets.
It’s so easy toddlers can walk there and back
on their own. You can even wheel an all-terrain pram. We’ve walked this one
countless times with the babies/kids.
Take a picnic and chill out at the beach.
It’s very relaxing.
Parking – on Grahame Dr in Macmasters Beach. Drive just past the houses. You’ll see signs for the walk.
2.4 KM RETURN - MEDIUM - 1 HR 15 MIN
Flannel flowers are sprinkled along the trail.
Near the start of the walk you get beautiful views of Pearl Beach and Ocean Beach.
The walk becomes prettier down the hill in Wagstaffe.
Walk past the 'Pedestrian give way to vehicles' fences, then follow the sign to Lobster Beach to the left. Climb the stairs up then down to Lobster Beach, another isolated beach inside Broken Bay.
Lobster Beach is the highlight of the walk.
Parking – at the end of Hawke Head Dr, Killcare. Walk past the fence to the end of the management trail. A track indicates 'Lobster Beach and Flannel Flower Walking Track'.
Shortcut to Lobster Beach – If you’d like a quick way to Lobster Beach, take the shortcut which is less than 1 km return.
Starts on High View Rd, corner Venice Rd, Wagstaffe. Climb the stairs up then down to Lobster Beach. You can't wheel a pram because of the stairs.
2.4 KM RETURN - 1 HR - STEEP
This walk is on a management trail that begins on top of Box Head and ends at Tallow Beach.
Tallow Beach is another isolated beach and camping ground.
Some people even cycle the track on mountain bikes.
Along the walk you get elevated views of Tallow Beach backed by sandstone escarpments.
It’s a short but steep walk.
If you like surfing carry your surfboard down there!
Parking – at the end of Hawke Head Dr, Killcare. Walk past the fence to the end of the management trail. Take the left track indicated 'Tallow Beach'.
2 KM RETURN - 1 HR - EASY
Although I don’t find this management trail through dry woodland alluring, it ends at a beautiful lookout.
The lookout overlooks Hardys Bay which is dotted with sailing boats.
Plus it’s another easy walk for children. My son did
This management trail would be more fun on an off-road bicycle.
Parking – on Wards Hill Rd, corner Maitland Bay Dr, Killcare Heights. The start of the walk is a couple of metres down the street.
3.4 KM RETURN - 1 HR 45 MIN - MEDIUM
Daleys Point Trail leads to an Aboriginal engraving site and a lookout.
This easy management trail through dry woodland is like Allen Strom Lookout trail but longer.
I also think this trail would be
more fun on an off-road bicycle.
During the walk you’ll come across a couple of intersections. Continue straight pass Fishermen’s Trail intersection.
At the next Y-intersection take the left to the Aboriginal engraving site or the right to the view of St-Hubert’s Island and Brisbane Water.
The highlight of the walk is the Aboriginal engraving site. The drawings on the large flat rock are fascinating to look at and are well worth the walk.
Parking – in the carpark on Wards Hill Rd, corner Maitland Bay
Dr, Killcare Heights.