A guide for what to see and do in Bouddi National Park… Located about an hour north of Sydney on the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park offers some spectacular walks, pristine beaches and stunning lookouts. While it’s not a huge national park, it spans a long section of coastline along the Bouddi Peninsula – and even extends into the Tasman Sea to create a fully protected land, shore and marine habitat. (The national park consists of three discrete areas, which are separated by residential properties and private land). The park contains one of the last mature temperate rainforests on the Central Coast, Fletchers Glen. Most of the bushwalks are fairly short, but can be joined to form longer walks, with the Bouddi Coastal Walk following the entire length of the main section of the park. Bouddi National Park also has three designated campsites (bookings required) and a few picnic areas. There are some Aboriginal engraving sites in the park, of which two (Daleys Point and North West Ridge) are signposted.

  • Bushwalks – a summary of the most interesting bushwalks in Bouddi National Park
  • Trails – a listing of all the firetrails and bushwalking tracks in Bouddi National Park
  • Beaches – an overview of the Bouddi National Park beaches (and how to get to them)
  • Lookouts – where to go for the best views in Bouddi NP
  • Picnic Areas – details of the three official picnic sites
  • Campsites – Bouddi NP has three official campsites, all quite different in their nature
  • Mountain Biking – trails that are authorised for cycling
  • Maps – topographical maps and bushwalking resources

Best bushwalks in Bouddi National Park

While all the bushwalks in the Bouddi National Park generally lead to a secluded beach or a nice vantage point, some of the tracks are wide service trails that can be a bit dreary in summer, while are others are more shaded and pleasant bushwalking tracks. Many beaches have multiple access tracks. The bushwalks below (listed from shortest to longest) are those that provide the best experiences – or you can refer to the list of all walking tracks further down to plan your own itinerary.

 

Maitland Bay via Mount Bouddi – 3.9km return​

There are a few different ways to get to the beautiful and sheltered Maitland Bay: the Mount Bouddi Track follows the ridge down from the end of Mt Bouddi Road and is a nice and generally less-busy route. Most of the track is well-shaded and never very steep; there’s a few steps at the start of the walk and the steepest section is the last few hundred metres down to the beach. The track reaches Maitland Bay at Bouddi Point on the eastern side of the beach. At low tide you can see the remains of the SS Maitland, which sank in 1898, just off the rocks at Bouddi Point.
Start Point: Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area
Distance: 3.9km return (1-1.5 hours)  / 
Grade: Easy
More info: Maitland Bay via Mount Bouddi

Bullimah Spur Circuit – 4.6km loop

The Bullimah Spur Track provides spectacular views over Maitland Bay and Putty/Killcare Beach from the Bullimah Outlook. A rough track continues beyond the lookout, descending steeply to meet the Coastal Walk near the Gerrin Point Lookout. Take the Coastal Walk to Maitland Bay and return via the Maitland Bay Track to get some of the best views and beaches that Bouddi NP has to offer (it’s like the “best of the Bouddi Coastal Walk”!) Best to descend via the Bullimah Spur Track, as it can be tricky to find the unmarked junction of this track with the Coastal Walk.
Start Point: The Scenic Road near Maitland Bay Information Centre
Distance: 4.6km loop. /
Grade: Moderate
More info: Bullimah Spur Loop

Daleys Ridge Circuit – 6.8km

This loop walk connects the Daleys Point Fire Trail and Rocky Point Trail (two easy fire trails) with some unofficial bushwalking tracks, to make a more challenging bushwalk. There are a few easy-to-miss junctions, so best to use an online map (see More Info). There’s a few ascents and descent, as you visit the Allen Strom Lookout and Daleys Point Aboriginal Site, and drop into some of the valleys. For an easier walk, stick to the two main firetrails and return the same way.
Start point: Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road
Distance: 6.8km loop (3 hours)
Grade: Moderate. Some rough / indistinct tracks.
More info: Daleys Ridge Circuit

Bombi Moor Circuit – 7km

The Bombi Moor Loop (which combines the Bombi Moor Firetrail and Old Quarry Trail) is only about 2.5km, and a rather dreary and exposed walk. But add some of the side-trails, and you get some great coastal views, a hidden Trig Station and a visit to picturesque Little Beach. Best outside summer, as there’s very little shade along this bushwalk.
Start point: End of Grahame Drive 
Distance: 7km loop with side-trails (2 hours). 2.5km for just Bombi Moor Loop.
Grade: Easy. Almost all on fire trails. 
More info: Bombi Moor Circuit

Box Head Loop – 7.2km

The Box Head Track from the end of Hawke Head Drive provides spectacular views over the coast. Rather than returning the same way, you can combine the Box Head Track with the Tallow Beach Trail and an informal bushwalking track along the coast from Tallow Beach to Box Head, for a mix of beaches, rocky coastline and great views. For an easier walk, go out and back on the Box Head Track for some great views.
Start point: Junction of Hawke Head Drive and Old Wagstaffe Trail (Killcare)
Distance: 7.2km loop (3 hours)
Grade: Moderate.
Some rough / indistinct tracks.
More info: Box Head Loop

Bouddi Coastal Walk / Loop – 14-18km

The longest and arguably best bushwalk in Bouddi National Park, the Bouddi Coastal Walk follows the coast from MacMasters Beach to Putty Beach, passing a few bays and beaches, and crossing some headlands. You can return the same way, or there are a few ways you can turn this into a loop walk. If you ate starting at MacMasters Beach or Little Beach, you can can have lunch at Killcaere at the far end, before walking back to the car.
Distance: 14-18km (4-6 hours) depending on route
Grade: Easy/Moderate
More info: Bouddi Coastal Walk

Trails

Bouddi National Park has a network of firetrails and bushwalking trails accessing almost all the beaches and many of the headlands; the Bouddi Coastal Walk runs along the main section of the park. Some of the trails run close to or in some cases through private property, and residential development has resulted in the closure of some tracks due to land access issues. The trails below are listed in order of length.

 

Trail Summary

  • 72 Trail. 0.3km one-way. Easy. Firetrail off Mourawaring Moors Trail that goes to edge of cliffs  Scenic View Icon
  • Little Tallow Beach Trail0.4km/1.4km one-way. Easy. Walking track from Tallow Beach to end of Box Head along coastline. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
  • Second Point Trail0.5km one-way. Easy Firetrail off Mourawaring Moors Trail that goes to end of headland and offers great views Scenic View Icon
  • Daleys Point North Trail0.5km one-way. Easy. Firetrail along ridge off Daleys Point Trail. Nice views. Scenic View Icon Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Little Beach Trail0.6km one-way. Easy. Wide service trail down to Little Beach. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Little Beach Walking Track0.7km one-way. Easy bushwaking track down to Little Beach. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free Aboriginal Art Symbols - ART ARK®
  • 78 Trail0.8km return. Easy. Firetrail off Bombi Moor Trail down to cliffs. Nice views Little Beach and Mourawaring Point. Scenic View Icon
  • Fishermans Trail0.8km one-way. Easy. Firetrail that ascends from Fishermans Parade to Daleys Point Track.
  • Mourawaring Moors Trail1km one-way. Easy. Fire trail from MacMasters Beach to Little Beach.
  • Turkey Trail1km one-way. Easy. Fire trail running roughly parallel to The Scenic Road, which meets the N W Ridge TrackBicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Maitland Bay Track1km one-way. Easy. Steep but short walking track down to Maitland Bay; one of the most popular walks. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
  • Rocky Point Trail1km one-way. Easy. Firetrail down to Allen Stom Lookout, which has great views over Brisbane Water.  Scenic View Icon Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Old Quarry Trail1.1km one-way. Easy. Firetrail from Little Beach carpark to Bombi Moor Trail
  • North West Ridge Trail1.1km one-way. Firetrail from The Scenic Road to Aboriginal engraving site Aboriginal Art Symbols - ART ARK® Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Tallow Beach Trail1.1km one-way. Easy. Firetrail down to Tallow Beach (and can be used to reach Little Tallow Beach.  Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ...
  • Old Wagstaff Trail1.1km one-way. Easy. Firetrail parallel to Hawke Head drive; alternate track to Flannel Flower Track.
  • Bombi Moor Trail1.3km one-way. Easy. Firetrail between Little Beach and Maitland Bay.
  • Bullimah Spur Track1.5km one-way. Easy/Moderate. Spectacular views from lookout; continues as more challenging track down to Coastal Walk  Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
  • Third Point Trail1.5km return. Easy. Firetrail off Bombi Moor Trail down to cliffs. Ocean views & hidden trig station. Scenic View Icon
  • 81 Trail1.6km return. Easy. Firetrail off Bombi Moor Trail down to cliffs. Nice views over the coast to the north. Scenic View Icon
  • Box Head Track1.6km one-way. Easy. Spectacular coastal views from the track, and from the lookout at the end. Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
  • Mount Bouddi Track1.7km one-way. Easy. Pleasant walking track from Mount Bouddi down to Maitland Bay. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
  • Daleys Point Track1.8km one-way. Easy. Firetrail along ridge to Daleys Point Aboriginal Site. Scenic View Icon Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ... Aboriginal Art Symbols - ART ARK®
  • Stroms Trail2.3km one-way. Easy. Firetrail that runs parallel to The Scenic Road.  Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...
  • Bouddi Coastal Walk8.5km one-way. Moderate. Route along the coast, traversing multiple beaches, bays and headlands. Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free
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72 Trail (0.3km one-way) Scenic View Icon

Branching off the Mourawaring Moors Trail, the short and sandy 72 Trail goes to the top of the cliffs. You need to continue a few metres through light scrub to get to the cliff-edge, from where there are sweeping views over the ocean and adjoining headland.

Suggested walks:  Explore this side-trip on the MacMasters Beach to Little Beach bushwalk (Moderate, 7.1km) – Map / Description

Location Track is off Mourawaring Moors Trail
Distance 0.3km one-way to end of fire-trail
Grade Easy. 5m / 25m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Little Beach bushwalk

Hardys Bay Trail (0.3km one-way) Scenic View Icon

Branching off the Mourawaring Moors Trail, the short and sandy 72 Trail goes to the top of the cliffs. You need to continue a few metres through light scrub to get to the cliff-edge, from where there are sweeping views over the ocean and adjoining headland.

Suggested walks:  Return the same way from Hawke Head Drive (Easy, 0.8km return)

Location Track is off Old Wagstaff Trail
Distance 0.3km one-way to end of fire-trail (from Old Wagstaffe Trail)
Grade Easy. 5m / 25m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Box Head Loop bushwalk

Little Tallow Beach Trail (0.4km / 1.4km one-way) Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ... Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free

The Little Tallow Beach Trail descends from the Tallow Beach Trail to Little Tallow Beach; the bushwalking trail is not signposted other than a post with a “no camping” sign next to the narrow trail that heads into thick scrub. The track soon bcomes more obvious as it traverseas the bush above Tallow Beach, and it’s possible to scramble down to the southern end of Tallow Beach. After crossing a small headland, the trail reaches Little Tallow Beach.

Officially, the Little Tallow Trail stops here. It actually continues along the coast, staying well above the high-tide mark. With a bit of rock scrambling around the of Box Head, the rough track continues up to the top of the headland to meet the Box Head Track.

Suggested walks: – Return the same way from (Easy, 2.6km return from Hawke Head carpark) – Map – Continue to Box Head and return via Box Head Track (Moderate, 7.2km loop) – Map / Description

Location Off Tallow Beach Trail just before the end. Start at carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended)
Distance 0.4km one-way from Tallow Beach Trail to Little Tallow Beach
1.4km one-way from Tallow Beach Trail to top of Box Head (junction with Box Head Track)
Grade Easy. 90m / 0m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Wildwalks Tallow Beach and Box Head track notes

Second Point Trail (0.5km one-way) Scenic View Icon

Heading up the ridge from the Mourawaring Moors Trail, the Second Point Trail goes to the end of Mourawaring Point (also known as Second Point). A rough bushwalking track continues for a few hundred metres beyond the firetrail, providing some great views over MacMasters Beach, Copacabana and Tudibaring Head.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way from end of Beachview Esplanade (Easy, 1.3km return) or MacMasters Beach (Easy, 2.8km return)
– Explore this side-trip on the MacMasters Beach to Little Beach bushwalk (Moderate, 7.1km) – Map / Description

Location Track is off Mourawaring Moors Trail
Distance 0.5km one-way to end of fire-trail
Grade Easy. 5m / 35m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Little Beach bushwalk

Daleys Point North Trail (0.5km one-way) Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ... Scenic View Icon

The Daleys Point North Trail branches off the main Daleys Point Trail, down a side-ridge. There are some nice views along the trail over St Huberts Island and the ridges of Brisbane Water National Park in the distance, and at the end of the firetrail some interesting sandstone formations. A walking trail continues beyond the end of the firetrail towards Empire Bay Drive, but goes through private properties.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way from end of Beachview Esplanade (Easy, 1.3km return) or MacMasters Beach (Easy, 2.8km return)
– Explore this side-trip on the MacMasters Beach to Little Beach bushwalk (Moderate, 7.1km) – Map / Description

Location Access from Wards Hill Carpark on Wards Hill Road. Also possible to access from From Fishermans Parade via Fishermans Trail.
Distance 4.3km return from Wards Hill. 2.6km retiurn from Fishermans Parade (shorter but steeper route).
Grade Easy. 0m / 25m ascent from Wards Hill | 25m / 85m from Fishermans Parade (depending on direction)
More Info Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk

Little Beach Trail (0.6km one-way) Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ...

A wide service trail which descends to Little Beach from the carpark at the end of Grahame Drive. This is the more popular route to the beach for campers, as it’s possible to cart supplies down in a wheelbarrow or trolley. If you’re travelling light, take the Little Beach Walking Track instead, which is a nicer route.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 1.2km return) or return via Little Beach Walking Track (Easy, 1.3km return)
– Forms part of the long Bouddi Coastal Walk between Little Beach and Maitland Bay (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Track starts end of Grahame Drive, MacMasters Beach
Distance 0.7km one-way from road to Little Beach
Grade Easy. 60m total ascent from beach.
More Info Wildwalks Little Beach Trail

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The Little Beach Walking Track descends to Little Beach from Grahame Drive, starting just before the end of the road (it is signosted). It’s a nicer track than the service trail… but it converges about half way with the Little Beach Trail and becomes a wide firetrail. Near the walking trail is an Aboriginal engraving site.

Suggested walk:
– Return the same way (Easy, 1.2km return) or return via Little Beach Trail (Easy, 1.3km return)
– Forms part of Bouddi Coastal Walk between Little Beach and Maitland Bay (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Track starts near the end Grahame Drive, MacMasters Beach
Distance 0.6km one-way from carpark to Little Beach
Grade Easy. 60m total ascent from beach.
More Info N/A

78 Trail (0.8km return)  Scenic View Icon 

The shortest of three trails that branch off the Bombi Moor Trail (the other two being the Third Point Trail and 81 Trail, this one has the best views from the end. You need to continue beyond the end of the firetrail another hundred metres down a bushwalking track, to get great view over Little Beach almost directly below, and Mourawaring Point (the next headland).

Suggested walks: Include in the Bombi Moor Circuit (Easy, 7km with side-tracks) – Map / Description

Location Access from end of Grahame Drive via Little Beach Walking Track & Bombi Moor Trail
Distance 2.5km return from Little Beach carpark (Grahame Drive)
Grade Easy.
More Info Bombi Moor Circuit blog post

Fishermans Trail (0.8km one-way)

The Fishermans Trail is a firetrail that ascends from Fishermans Parade (Daleys Point) up to the ridge, where it meets the Daleys Point Track. It’s the shortest route to the Daleys Point Aboriginal Site, which is at the end of the Daleys Point Track. It’s a pleasant but not particularly interesting walk.

Suggested walks:
– Access Daleys Point Aboriginal Site from Fishermans Parade (Easy, 2km return – shortest route to engraving site)
– Forms part of a loop with Daleys Point Track, Rocky Point track & informal tracks to create a longer loop walk (Moderate, 7km loop) – Map / Description

Location From Fishermans Parade (Daleys Point) up to Daleys Point Trail
Distance 0.8km one-way (15min)
Grade Easy. 10m / 85m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk

Mourawaring Moors Trail (0.9km one-way)

The Mourawaring Moors fire trail follows the edge of Bouddi National Park from the end of Beachview Esplanade in MacMasters Beach to Little Beach (the last 300m which descends steeply from the fire trail to the beach is technically called the “Little Beach Walking Track” – not to be confused with another track with the same name that’s on the other side of the beach). There are no views from Mourawaring Moors Trail which as it’s inland, although a couple of side-tracks (Second Point Trail and 72 Trail) lead to the edge of the cliff, from where there are views along the coast. The firetrail is part of the Bouddi Coastal Walk, between MacMasters Beach and Little Beach.

Suggested walks:
– Walk from MacMasters Beach to Little Beach (Easy, 4km return) – Map / Description
– Forms part of Bouddi Coastal Walk between MacMasters Beach and Little Beach (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location From end of Beachview Esplanade (MacMasters Beach) to Little Beach
Distance 0.9km one-way (15min)
Grade Easy.  60m / 15m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Little Beach bushwalk

Turkey Trail (1km one-way)

This firetrail starts on The Scenic Road and roughly follows the road, before meeting the North West Ridge Trail. It’s pleasant walking through tall forest, but not particularly interesting. If you’re doing one of the cycling routes recommended by NPWS, it allows you to avoid riding along part of the busy Scenic Road. But it’s otherwise not a walk I’d really recommend…

Suggested walks: 
– Combine with North West Ridge Trail to form a loop, visiting Aboriginal engraving site – Map
– Combine with Scenic Road, North West Ridge trail, and Stroms Trail to form Stroms Loop cycling route. (Easy, 5km loop) – NPWS info

 

Location Starts on The Scenic Drive (Killcare Heights)
Distance 1km one-way (15min)
Grade  Easy. 40m total ascent
More Info None available

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The well sign-posted Maitland Bay Track is the easiest way to get to Maitland Bay (arguably the best beach in Bouddi NP), and is one of the most popular tracks in the park. Starting near the Maitland Bay Information Centre, where there is a large carpark, the track immediately starts descending through the bush. Although the track is quite steep in places with lots of steps, it’s a well-formed track and is aways well-shaded. There’s a nice section of ferns near the start, and ocassional filtered views of Maitland Bay. The track passes a junction with the Bullimah Spur Track after 100m and the Bouddi Coastal Walk after 700m.

You’ll end up at the western end of the beach where you should find some shade – walk another 800m along the the beach to explore the rocks around Bouddi Point. At low tide you’ll also see the shipwreck of the SS Maitland, which foundered on the rocks in 1898.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way is the easiest option if you just want to get to Maitland Bay (Easy, 2km return) – Map
– Combine with Bullimah Spur Track to form a longer loop that has some great views (Moderate, 4.7km) – Map / Description
– Combine with Mount Bouddi Track to form a not-so-nice loop, partly on-road and fire-trail (Easy, 4.7km) – Map

Location Trail starts on The Scenic Road near Maitland Bay Information Centre
Distance 1km one-way +800m to eastern end of the beach.
Grade Easy (steep but well-formed track). 135m ascent.
More Info National Parks Maitland Bay Track

Rocky Point Trail (1km one-way) Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ... Scenic View Icon

Starting at Wards Hill near the longer Daleys Point Track, the Rocky Point Trail is a firetrail that descends gently to the Allen Strom Lookout (the last 100m is a walking track). From the fenced lookout, there’s a great view over Brisbane Water to Wagstaffe and Ettalong. The firetrail ends in a small clearing soon after the path down to the lookout, but it’s possible to continue down an informal path that to form a loop with the  Daleys Point Track.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 2km return)
– Return via Daleys Point Track and informal bushwalking tracks to create a longer loop walk (Moderate, 7km loop) – Map / Description
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Location Start at Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road
Distance 1km one-way + 0.6km to end of Daleys Point ridge
Grade Easy. 10m / 50m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info National Parks Rocky Point trail

Old Quarry Trail (1.1km one-way)

The Old Quarry Trail is a firetrail that ascends from the carpark at Little Beach to the Bombi Moor Trail. If you’re doing the Bouddi Castal Walk from Little Beach, you can use this track to join the Coast Track, reducing the distance slightly or providing an alternate return route.

Suggested walks:
– Combine with Bombi Moor Trail to create the rather dreary Bombi Loop walk (Easy, 2.4km loop)
Map – Use this trail to join the Bouddi Coastal Walk if starting at Little Beach (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Firetrail between from Little Beach carpark to Bombi Moor Trail
Distance 1.1km one-way.
Grade Easy. 40m / 5m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info N/A

North West Ridge Trail (1.1km one-way)

From The Scenic Road, the North West Ridge firetrail descends gently along a wide ridge before flattening out. At the end of the trail is the signposted North West Ridge Aboriginal Site – unfortunately the engravings are very weathered and impossible to make out (the Daleys Point Aboriginal Site is far more interesting). Just next to the North West Ridge Trail is a narrow and unofficial bushwalking/MTB track, which provides an alternate option. This firetail also forms part of the cycling routes recommended by NPWS.

Suggested walks: 
– Combine with Turkey Trail to form a loop, visiting Aboriginal engraving site – Map
– Combine with Scenic Road, Turkey Trail, and Stroms Trail to form Stroms Loop cycling route. (Easy, 5km loop) – NPWS info

Location Starts on The Scenic Drive (Killcare Heights)
Distance 1.1km one-way (15min)
Grade Easy. 40m total ascent
More Info None available

Tallow Beach Trail (1.1km one-way) Ocean Pools In Australia Swimming Pool, PNG, 512x512px, Ocean ...

A service trail down from Box Head to Tallow Beach, the Tallow Beach Trail provides allows access to the Tallow Beach and Little Tallow Beach as well as the Tallow Beach Campground. The trail branches off the Box Head Trail, just after the carpark at the end of Hawke Head Drive. A side-track provides access to Little Tallow Beach (you can also “rock hop” across the rocky shore from Tallow Beach at low tide).

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way to access Tallow or Little Tallow Beach (Easy, 2.5km return) – Map
– Combine with informal trail to return via Box Head Trail (Moderate, 7.2km loop) – Map / Description

Location Firetrail from Box Head Trail to Tallow Beach. Carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended)
Distance 1.1km one-way.
Grade Easy. 90m / 0m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info Wildwalks Tallow Beach and Box Head track notes

Old Wagstaffe Trail (1.1km one-way)

The Old Wagstaff Trail branches off Hawke Head Drive, and runs parallel to Hawke Head Drive (it’s closed to traffic). At the end of the firetrail a bushwalking track connects to the Flannel Flower Track. Note – the firetrail crosses the corner of a private block and as a result the trail has been technically closed; the property boundary is marked by a “track closed” sign.

Suggested walk: Combine with Box Head Track & informal trails to create loop walk (Moderate, 7.2km loop) – Map / Description

Location Park at junction of Old Wagstaffe Trail & Hawke Head Drive, Killcare. 4WD recommended.
Distance 1.1km one-way.
Grade Easy. 20m ascent (in each direction)
More Info Box Head Loop bushwalk

Bombi Moor Trail (1.3km one-way)

The Bombi Moor Trail is a wide and fairly boring inland firetrail, which forms part of the Bouddi Coastal Walk between Little Beach and Maitland. There’s really no reason to walk this trail unless you’re doing the Bouddi Coastal Walk – although if you enjoy firetrails you can combine this with the Old Quarry Trail to form a loop. The Bombi Moor Trail has a few-side tracks which all go the edge of of the coastal cliffs and offer some views: the 78 Trail, 81 Trail and Third Point Trail.

Suggested walks:
– Combine with Old Quarry Trail to create the rather dreary Bombi Loop walk (Easy, 2.4km loop) – Map / Description
– Forms part of Bouddi Coastal Walk between Little Beach and Maitland (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Firetrail between Little Beach and Maitland Bay
Distance 1.3km one-way.
Grade Easy. 5m / 60m ascent (depending on direction)
More Info N/A

Bullimah Spur Track (1.5km one-way)  Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free

You can take this track from the Maitland Bay carpark (it branches off the Maitland Bay Track near the start), or from the Marie Byles Lookout. The official track goes to a lookout at the end of Bullimah Spur – there are great views over Maitland Bay along the track, and even more spectacular views from the Bullimah Outlook over Putty and Killcare Beach. Beyond the lookout, you can continue along an unofficial track that descends steeply to meet the Coastal Track (some rock scrambling required).

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 3.9km return) – Map
– Combine with Maitland Bay Track to form a longer loop via Maitland Bay beach (Moderate, 4.7km) – Map / Description

Location Track starts off Maitland Bay Track or at the Marie Byles Lookout on The Scenic Road
Distance 1.5km one-way from Maitland Bay carpark (1.2km from Marie Byles Lookout)
Grade Easy to Bullimah Spur lookout. Moderate to Bouddi Coastal Track.
More Info National Parks Bullimah Spur Track

Third Point Trail (1.5km return)  Scenic View Icon 

Branching off the Bombi Moor Trail, the Third Point Trail heads down to the edge of the cliffs at the end the Third Point headland. A wide firetrail, it goes though low coast scrub so there’s not much shade. There’s an old trig station (TS10862) hidden in the scrub at the end of the trail, and some nice views – but the views are better from the nearby 78 Trail and 81 Trail.

Suggested walks: Include in the Bombi Moor Circuit (Easy, 7km with side-tracks) – Map / Description

Location Access from end of Grahame Drive via Bombi Moor Trail or Old Quarry Trail
Distance 3.8km return from Little Beach carpark (Grahame Drive)
Grade Easy.
More Info Bombi Moor Circuit blog post

81 Trail (1.6km return)  Scenic View Icon 

The 81 branches off the Bombi Moor Trail and follows a spur down to the edge of the cliffs. Passing though low coastal scrub (like the Third Point Trail and 78 Trail) there’s very little shade along the track. Some nice views at the end to the north toward Mourawaring Point and Tudibaring Point (Copacabana).

Suggested walks: Include in the Bombi Moor Circuit (Easy, 7km with side-tracks) – Map / Description

Location Access from end of Grahame Drive via Little Beach Walking Track & Bombi Moor Trail
Distance 3km return from Little Beach carpark (Grahame Drive)
Grade Easy.
More Info Bombi Moor Circuit blog post

Box Head Track (1.6km one-way)  Scenic View Icon Hiking Clip Art, PNG, 1024x1024px, Hiking, Area, Backpacking, Black, Black  And White Download Free

Some of the best views in Bouddi National Park can be found along this trail, which starts as a firetrail that descends from a small parking area at the end of Hawke Head Drive. Soon after the junction with the Tallow Beach Trail, which descends to the beach, the wide trail becomes a narrow bushwalking track. Mostly shaded by trees, the Box Head Track continues along the ridge to the end of Box Head. There are some great views looking northwards up the coast from various points along the trail, and sweeping views from the lookout at the end over Broken Bay including Lion Island, Middle Head, West Head on and Barrenjoey Head.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 3.2km return) – Map
– Combine with Tallow Beach Trail and an informal coastal walking track to form a varied loop (Moderate, 7.2km) – Map / Description

Location Carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended)
Distance 1.6km one-way from carpark. (1hr return)
Grade Easy. 100m total ascent.
More Info National Parks Box Head Track

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The Mount Bouddi Track descends from the Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area at the end of Mount Bouddi Road to Maitland Bay, reaching the picturesque bay at the eastern end next to Bouddi Point. Most of the track is fairly well shaded, although there is an exposed section near the bottom of the track. Towards the bottom of the track are some nice views of the coastline, including Bouddi Point and the Maitland Bay bombora. Most of the track has a fairly gently incline, although the very last part of the track is fairly steep.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 3.9km return) – Map
– Combine with Maitland Bay Track to form a not-so-nice loop, partly on-road and fire-trail (Easy, 4.7km) – Map
– Return this way as part of a long Bouddi Coastal Track Loop walk (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Track starts at Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area
Distance 1.7km one-way + 800m to western end of beach
Grade Easy. 180m total ascent.
More Info National Parks Mount Bouddi Walking Track

Daleys Point Track (1.8km one-way) Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ... Scenic View Icon Aboriginal Art Symbols - ART ARK®

An easy bushwalking and cycling track, the Daleys Point Track follows a ridge to the signposted Daleys Point Aboriginal Site, where there aew multiple rock engravings, sharpening grooves and cave art. There are some nice views through the trees over Cockle Bay Nature Reserve and Brisbane Water from the rock platforms around the Daleys Point Aboriginal Site. An informal walking track continues west along the ridge for another 600m, ending at another rock outcrop that offers even better views over the surrounding area.

Suggested walks:
– Return the same way (Easy, 3.6km return)
– Return via Rocky Point Trail and informal bushwalking tracks to create a longer loop walk (Moderate, 7km loop) – Map / Description

Location Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road
Distance 1.8km one-way + 0.6km to end of Daleys Point ridge
Grade Easy. 60m total ascent (in each direction).
More Info National Parks Daleys Point walking track

Stroms Trail (2.3km one-way) Bicycle Cycling Icon Design, PNG, 512x512px, Bicycle, Area ...

Running parallel to The Scenic Road, the Stroms Trail is a wide firetrail suitable for bushwalking and mountain-biking. The trail undulates through tall forest and is a fairly well-shaded, albeit slightly boring walk. It forms part of the Stroms Loop cycling route, which is suitable for beginners. It can also be used to create a loop with the Bouddi Coastal Walk.

Suggested walks:
– Combine with Scenic Road, North West Ridge trail, and Turkey trail to form Stroms Loop cycling route. (Easy, 5km loop) – NPWS info
– Combine with other tracks and some on-road sections for longer Bouddi Ridge Explorer MTB trail (Moderate, 10km loop) – NPWS info
– Return this way as part of a long Bouddi Coastal Track Loop walk (Moderate, 17km) – Map / Description

Location Track starts/finishes at Maitland Bay carpark and top of Mount Bouddi Road
Distance 2.3km one-way
Grade Easy. Approx 50m total ascent (in either direction).
More Info National Parks Stroms Loop and Bouddi Ridge Explorer web pages

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The Bouddi Coastal Walk is a signposted route that (mostly) follows the coastline from MacMasters Beach in the north, to Putty Beach in the south. It’s technically not one contiguous track; while long sections of the route are actually called the Coastal Walk, it also uses other tracks and firetrails. But the entire route is signposted as the “Bouddi Coastal Walk” and is easy to follow. Along the Bouddi Coastal Walk is Little Beach, Maitland Bay and Bullimah Beach, as well as spectacular views from Gerrin Point Lookout and many informal vantage points along the coast. Public transport at both ends is very limited, so unless you’ve arranged a car shuffle, there are a few options to make this into a loop walk (see More Info below.)

Location Track starts/finishes at MacMasters Beach SLSC and Putty Beach carpark. Alternate start/end point is the Little Beach carpark.
Distance 8.5km one-way. 14-18km return or loop walk (depending on route taken)
Grade Moderate. Approx 600m total ascent.
More Info Bouddi Coastal Walk bushwalk

Beaches

There are many pristine beaches to pick from along the length of Bouddi National Park – the list below is arranged from north to south. The Bouddi Coastal Track passes by a number of the beaches; if your time is limited Maitland Bay is the one I would visit!

MacMasters Beach

Technically just outside Bouddi National Park, I’ve included MacMasters Beach as it’s the official starting point of the Bouddi Coastal Walk. A popular and busy surf beach in summer, the beach has a rock pool at the southern end, and stretches all the way to Copacabana Beach at the northern end.
Access: Marine Parade, MacMasters Beach.
Bushwalks: Start point for Bouddi Coastal Walk (& MacMasters to Little Beach walk)
Patrolled: Yes (7 days)
Facilities: Surf Club with kiosk, toilets, showers
More info: Beachsafe MacMasters Beach info

Little Beach

A small beach tucked into a deep, narrow valley, Little Beach can only be reached on foot. There are two walking tracks down to the beach – a bush track and a fire trail, which converge about mid-way The beach is fairly sheltered, but a bit rocky which makes it less popular for swimming. There are picnic facilities here, and a camping area.
Access: From end of Grahame Drive, MacMasters Beach (0.6km one-way).
Bushwalks: MacMasters Beach to Little Beach (4km), Bouddi Coast Walk (14-18km loop)
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Picnic tables, gas BBQ, toilets
More info: Beachsafe Little Beach info

Maitland Bay

IMG_0376-LR Named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked off Bouddi Head in 1898 during a violent storm, Maitland Bay is the “jewel in the crown” in terms of Bouddi National Park  beaches. It’s a beautiful, crescent-shaped bay, which is well protected from most swell entering Broken Bay by its south-southwest orientation, so the water is generally calm. Although the beach can be accessed via multiple walking tracks, it requires (at least) a 1km walk so the beach never gets overly busy. You can normally find some shade at both end of the beach, as as well in the middle. At the eastern end is Bouddi Point where at low tide you’ll see the shipwreck of the SS Maitland. (Maitland Bay is in the fully-protected Bouddi National Park Marine Extension area, so no fishing allowed.)
Access: From Maitland Bay Info Centre (1km) or Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area (1.7km)
Bushwalks: Maitland Bay from Mount Bouddi (3.8km return), Bullimah Spur Loop (4.6km loop), Bouddi Coastal Walk (14-18km loop)
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Nil
More info: Beachsafe MacMasters Beach info

Bullimah Beach

A fairly small and secluded beach tucked away behind Gerrin Point, which is bordered by steep cliffs. Although just off the popular Bouddi Coastal Trail (via a short side-track) and less than a kilometre from Putty Beach, the beach is not very popular and there’s good chance you’ll have it to yourself.
Access: About 0.9km from the Putty Beach carpark
Bushwalks: Bouddi Coastal Walk (14-18km loop)
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Nil
More info: Beachsafe Bullimah Beach info

Putty Beach / Killcare Beach

Putty Beach is at the eastern end of a wide bay, and is the only beach within the Bouddi National Park that you can drive to, with multiple carparks along Putty Beach Drive. Killcare Beach (which has a surf club and kiosk) is at the western end of the bay. Putty Beach is usually fairly calm and a popular spot for swimming. It has limited shade.
Access: Putty Beach carpark on Putty Beach Drive
Bushwalks: Start/end point of the Bouddi Coastal Walk (14-18km loop)
Patrolled: Sometimes (roving beach patrol in summer)
Facilities: Picnic area, toilets, gas BBQ, camping area
More info: Beachsafe Putty / Killcare Beach info

Tallow Beach

Another secluded and less-known beach, Tallow Beach is set between two headlands on Box Head, at the western end of Bouddi National Park. It’s reached via a fairly steep walk down the Tallow Beach Firetrail. The benefit of the walk down is that you’ll have the 500m long beach almost to yourself. Waves average about 1.3m and there can be strong rips, so use caution if swimming here.
Access: 1km from carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended)
Bushwalks: Box Head Loop (7.2km circuit)
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Camping area with toilet
More info: Beachsafe Tallow Beach info

Little Tallow Beach

Adjoining Tallow Beach, you can reach Little Tallow Beach at low tide across the rocks, or via a walking trail off the Tallow Beach Firetrail. Only 100m wide, the beach is at the end of a long and steep valley. and bordered by rock headlands. Like Tallow, expect some moderate surf and potentially a strong rip.
Access: 1km from carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended)
Bushwalks: Box Head Loop (7.2km circuit)
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Nil
More info: Beachsafe Little Tallow Beach info

Lobster Beach

Lobster Beach is the most sheltered and “child friendly” beach in Bouddi National Park, being located deep inside the entrance to Broken Bay. The 320m beach is most easily accessed by a short but steep walk over the 50m high ridge from Wagstaff, as well as via a longer walking track from Box Head… or by boat or kayak! Lots of shade along the beach under the trees.
Access: 0.4km via walking track from High View Road (Pretty Beach) or Flannel Flower Track from Box Head (1.8km)
Bushwalks: Incorporate into Box Head Loop from end of Hawke Head Drive
Patrolled: No
Facilities: Toilet
More info: NPWS Lobster Beach, Beachsafe Lobster Beach info

Lookouts

There are too many lookouts to list all of them – this is a summary of some of the most spectacular vantage points in Bouddi National Park.

Marie Byles Lookout
Located along The Scenic Road, the Marie Byles Lookout is clearly marked and has a large carpark. The views aren’t spectacular, but you can see across Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Peininsula West Head and North Head. Worth a quick stop for the interpretative signage, which points out the key landmarks that you can see.
Distance: 0km return
How to get there: The Scenic Road (Killcare Heights) just south of Bouddi National Park Visitor Centre
Second Point Lookout
Continue a few hundred metres on a rough bushwalking track beyond the end of the Second Point Trail, and you get some great views over MacMasters Beach, Copacabana and Tudibaring Head.
Distance: 1.3km return
How to get there: Closest access is end of Beachview Esplanade, MacMasters Beach
More Info: MacMasters Beach to Little Beach bushwalk
Gerrin Point Lookout
Gerrin Point Lookout has a timber platform perched on the edge of the cliffs, with sweeping views of the crescent-shaped Maitland Bay and over the Bouddi National Park Marine Extension. Distance: 2.2km return How to get there: On Bouddi Coastal Walk. Closest access is from Putty Beach. More info: Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk
Bullimah Outlook
I’d argue the best views in Bouddi National Park are from the Bullimah Outlook, as well as informal lookouts along the Bullimah Spur Track. There are views over Maitland Bay to the east, and Putty Beach to the west.
Distance: 3km return walk
How to get there: Bullimah Spur Track from Maitland Bay Information Centre
More info: Bullimah Spur Loop bushwalk
Allen Strom Lookout
Named after Allen Axel Strom, a teacher and conservationist who was instrumental in the development of the national park and nature reserve system in New South Wales in the 1950s and 1960s, the fenced lookout provides a nice view over Brisbane Water to Wagstaffe and Ettalong.
Distance: 2km return walk
How to get there: Rocky Point Trail from Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road
More info: Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk
Daley Point
There are some views over Booker Bay and across Brisbane Water to Wagstaffe from the Daley Point Aboriginal Site. Continue to a rocky outcrop at the end of the ridge for better views.
Distance: 3.6km return walk (+1.2km return to end of Daley Point ridge)
How to get there: Daleys Point Trail from Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road
More info: Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk
Daley Point North Trail
Views from along Daleys Point North Trail over St Huberts Island, with the ridges of Brisbane Water National Park in the distance.
Distance: 4.3km return walk
How to get there: Via Daleys Point Trail from Wards Hill Carpark, on Wards Hill Road

More info: Daleys Ridge Circuit bushwalk
Box Head Lookout
Fenced lookout area at the end of Box Head, providing a panoramic view over Broken Bay: to the south-west is the distinctive Lion Island, with Middle Head to the right and West Head on the left. Directly south, to the left of Lion Island, is Barrenjoey Head and Barrenjoey Lighthouse.
Distance: 3.2km return walk
How to get there: Box Head Track from carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive

More info: Box Head Loop bushwalk
Little Tallow Beach overlook
An informal lookout oveer Little Tallow Beach and down the coast to Box Head and over Broken Bay. 
Distance: 1.4km return
How to get there: Tallow Beach Trail from carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (turn right onto unnamed bushwalking track 650m from carpark).
More info: Box Head Loop bushwalk
Hardys Bay Trail
Some nice views from multiple rock platform along the trail, over Brisbane Water to Wagstaffe and Ettalong.
Distance: 0.8km return
How to get there: Old Wagstaffe Trail from Hawke Head Drive 

Picnic Areas

A guide to the picnic areas in Bouddi National Parks, and what to expect…

Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area
Built in the 1960s, this picnic area is showing its age a little. There are no views from the picnic area and it’s a 1.7km walk down to the beach… so it’s not really a spot I’d recommend. If you walk about 400m along the Mount Bouddi Track, there are some large, flat sandstone rocks that would make a much nicer spot for a picnic.
Distance: 0km from carpark.
Facilities: Toilets, shelter, water, wood BBQ (no firewood provided)
Location: End of Mount Bouddi Road
More info: National Parks Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area
Little Beach
A very modern, covered picnic table with gas BBQ, and some additional picnic tables make this a popular spot, and arguably the best picnic area in the park! The picnic area is in the middle of a small camping area, but can also be used by day-trippers. The beach itself is about 50m away, although it’s not a great swimming beach being quite rocky.
Distance: 0.6km via walking trail or firetrail
Facilities: Toilets, shelter, gas BBQ Location: End of Grahame Drive, MacMasters Beach

More info: National Parks Little Beach campground
Putty Beach
A very popular picnic area right by Putty Beach, next to a camping area (which has it’s own picnic area). The large, grassy area is just behind the beach, and has both a covered table with gas BBQ, and some older timber picnic tables. This area gets very busy in summer.
Distance: 0km from carpark (look for Picnic Area carpark)
Facilities: Toilets, shelter, water, gas BBQ Location: Putty Beach carpark on Putty Beach Drive
More info: National Parks Putty Beach campground

Camp sites and overnight walks

Bouddi has three camping areas, of which one can be accessed by car. All must be booked in advance, which can be done on-line on the National Parks website (you’ll need to book a long way in advance to secure a spot in holiday periods). There are no “real” overnight walks in Bouddi National Parks, although it’s possible to turn some of the longer bushwalks into an overnight hike:

  • Bouddi Coastal Walk – starting at MacMasters or Little Beach, camp at Putty Beach before returning (either the same way, or there are a few alternate routes you can take to form a loop)
  • Bouddi NP Full Loop – this combines the Bouddi Coastal Walk with a walk along Hawke Head Drive to Box Head, but involves some road-walking between the two sections of the park. Start at MacMasters beach or Little Beach, and camp at the more remote and secluded Tallow Beach campground. Map.
  • Extended Coast Walk – this is cheating a little (as it’s partly outside Bouddi NP)… but for an epic coastal walk that takes in eleven beaches and traverses six headlands, combine the Bouddi Coastal Walk with the 5 Lands Walk, which takes you from Terrigal to Putty Beach (or Box Head). If you start at Terrigal (or Avoca) you can camp at Putty Beach (18-20km one-way) or Tallow Beach (24-27km one-way). Or, start at Box Head/Putty Beach and book accommodation at Terrigal, for more of a glamping experience! Map.
Putty Beach
This is the largest camping area in Bouddi NP, with 20 numbered sites. The sites are all fairly close to each other around a grassy central area, but separated by vegetation and fairly well shaded by trees. The campground has multiple picnic areas, with a single toilet block at one end. It’s a very short walk to the beach.
Distance: 0km from carpark.
Facilities: Toilets, picnic shelter, gas BBQ, water, rubbish & recycling bins 
Location: Putty Beach carpark on Putty Beach Drive
More info: National Parks Putty Beach campground & bookings
Little Beach
A small camping area, with six marked campsites around a central grassy area (site #1 is the most private, and also the most popular). There’s a short walk down a firetrail, so you can cart tent/s and supplies in a wheelbarrow or trolley.
Distance: 0.7km one-way.
Facilities: Toilets, shelter, gas BBQ
Location: End of Grahame Drive, MacMasters Beach.
More info: National Parks Little Beach campground & bookings
Tallow Beach
The most “remote” and basic campground, Tallow Beach is reached via a fairly steep walk down the Tallow Beach Firetrail from the end of Hawke Head Drive. The small, grassy campground has space for six tents.
Distance: 1.2km one-way.
Facilities: Toilets, rubbish bins
Location: Carpark at end of Hawke Head Drive (4WD recommended) 
More info: National Parks Tallow Beach Campground

Mountain Biking

Most of the trails – including fire trails – only permit bushwalking. There are two recommended cycling routes, and a few firetrails that can be done separately as “out and back ride”. Note – both the routes proposed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service include sections along The Scenic Road, which I wouldn’t be comfortable riding on with younger children.

  • Rocky Point Trail – 2km return. Easy. Out-and-back trail along firetrail to Allen Strom Lookout; last 100m is a bushwalking path. (this is part of the NPWS Bouddi Ridge Explorer cycling route). 
  • Daleys Point Trail – 3.6km return. Easy. Out-and-back trail along firetrail to the Daleys Point Aboriginal Site at the end of the ridge (this is part of the NPWS Bouddi Ridge Explorer cycling route).
  • Stroms Loop – 5km loop. Easy. Combines Stroms Trail, The Scenic Road, North West Ridge trail, and Turkey Trail to form a circuit (approx 1km on-road). No steep sections and suitable for beginners. NPWS Strom Loop info
  • Bouddi Ridge Explorer – 10km partial loop. Easy/Moderate. Extends the Stroms Loop with an out-and-back ride down Daleys Point Trail to the west and MacMasters Ridge Trail to the east. 

Maps

One topographical map covers all the main trail in Bouddi National Park:

There is a detailed National Parks Bouddi Visitor Guide [PDF], which includes a basic sketch map showing all the official walks.

A Bouddi National Park interactive topographical map in AllTrails has al the official AND unofficial walks listed, as is a a great resource for creating more interesting and challegnging bushwalks. [KEY: Light Blue trails – bushwalking trail / firetrail; Red – on-road section connecting trails]

On a mobile device / phone, I would recommend AllTrails (has the most trails) or Avenza (you can purchase any of the NSW 1:25K topographical maps, and access them off-line). You will need these for the Daleys Loop and Bullimah Spur Loop, which include some informal trails.

Books & Resources

The books listed below provide more detail on some of the bushwalks listed above – some may be out of print or hard to find…

4/5. Five bushwalks with photos and colour maps. Wildwalks 4/5. Six walks representing a good selection of Bouddi NP walks Ebook 09599160753/5. Two Bouddi NP walks in Vol 1 and four in Vol 2.

For detailed track notes on many of these walks, have a look at the Wildwalks Bouddi National Park Web page.

National Parks and Wildlife Service have an official Bouddi National Park web page, although it only lists the more popular tracks. Check here for alerts on track closures.