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Bouddi National Park

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Alerts for Bouddi National Park: closed areas


Updated: 31/03/2014 12:58 PM

"Spend the weekend camping by the beach, enjoying coastal day walks, fishing and scenic picnics. There is even a shipwreck to discover."

Located on the Central Coast near Gosford, north of Sydney, the beautiful Bouddi National Park offers spectacular diverse landscapes - from beaches and steep cliffs through to rainforest and heathland - and makes for a great weekend getaway. Bouddi National Park is home to countless attractions, including one of Australia’s first marine protected areas, significant Aboriginal sites, unique animals and plant life and even an old paddle steamer wreck. Make the most of the park’s coastal location and camp beside the tranquil Maitland Bay, go swimming, fishing or whale watching, or take in sweeping views on the Box Head track.


Why you should visit

Bouddi National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Culturally fascinating 
The park and surrounding area contain numerous Aboriginal sites, more than 100 significant sites have been recorded, with more still likely to be found. Rock shelters adorned with engravings and Aboriginal art, grinding grooves, middens and other archaeological deposits are fascinating to behold, and make a visit to Bouddi National Park a very special experience.

A coastal gem 
Located south-east of Gosford, the park spans over 1,500 hectares, including the fully-protected Bouddi National Park Marine Extension area. As well as offering pristine beaches and marine habitat, the park’s coastal position boasts million-dollar ocean views, which are best enjoyed from one of its lookouts.

A natural paradise 
A variety of animals and birds live in Bouddi National Park, enjoying its quiet beaches and native vegetation as much as its visitors do. Remember to take your camera as you may be lucky enough to spot a resident sea-eagle, bandicoot or tree frog. Plus, photos of the park’s fascinating rock formations provide excellent memories of your visit.

A must for marine-lovers 
The 300-hectare Bouddi National Park Marine Extension protects the park’s diverse marine life and is one of Australia’s earliest Marine Protected Areas. The park also offers great whale watching opportunities from one of its many lookouts– spot humpback whales between May and July and again in September and October and southern right whales from late July.

So many outdoor activities 
Bouddi National Park is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors – both in water and on land. From abundant walking tracks, mountain biking trails, fishing spots, campsites, picnic areas and beaches just waiting for swimmers, surfers and snorkellers, this park really does have it all. You can even join an adventure tour.

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closed areas

Old Wagstaffe Fire Trail - no public access available through private property.
No public access is available through private property. Signs indicate where public access is not permitted.

Getting there


From Sydney

  • Follow the F3 and take the Gosford exit.
  • Follow the signs to Woy Woy, then Kincumber.
  • Take Maitland Bay Drive, then Empire Bay Drive.
  • Look for The Scenic Road at Killcare Heights and take Putty Beach Road.

Driving from Gosford

  • Follow the Central Coast Highway towards Erina. Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber.
  • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive and take Scenic Road

Get driving directions


 Opening times

Bouddi National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.


Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated 'pay and display' machines - please bring correct coins.

 Close to

Bouddi National Park is close to:

  • Gosford (20km)
  • Sydney (95km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug):

  • Grab the camera and spot humpback whales as they migrate north between May and July

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov):

  • Take the Bouddi Coastal walk to be amazed by the colourful wildflowers on display in spring

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb):

  • Cool off with a dip at one the park’s gorgeous beaches or try snorkelling at Maitland Bay
  • Surf the popular coastline between MacMasters Beach and Box Head


Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug):

  • The area’s average temperature ranges between 9°C and 17°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperate is 3.4° C

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb):

  • The area’s average temperature ranges between 20°C and 26°C
  • The area’s highest recorded temperate is 42.4°C


  • The mean annual rainfall for the area is 1,230mm with the wettest months being January through to March
  • The area’s highest recorded rainfall is 246mm in one day


Please help to preserve the natural environment and cultural sites by observing the following:

  • respecting Aboriginal sites and places
  • all fauna, flora and rock formations are protected
  • use rubbish bins where provided, otherwise take your rubbish with you when you leave
  • please leave your pets at home; they are not permitted in national parks
  • please do not feed native animals as this may make them sick; their food is in the surrounding environment
  • fires are not permitted in coastal parks; free gas barbecues are available at a number of locations.


Central Coast

Phone: 02 4320 4200 (general enquiries)
Street address: Suites 36-38, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford NSW
Opening hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday


Phone: Contact our Central Coast office on (02) 4320 4200 for more details
Street address: Corner of Maitland Bay Drive and The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights NSW
Opening hours: The visitor information centre is staffed by local volunteers on weekends, generally between 11am and 3pm.

Sunset, Putty Beach campground, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek