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Allen Strom lookout

“It was so cool looking across to Ettalong from this lookout. My brother was sure we could see our house from there.”

Clear your mind and refresh your senses with the stunning vistas on offer at the Allen Strom lookout, located on the ridge above Rocky Point.

Standing at this fenced lookout, it’s a pleasure to watch the boats bobbing up and down in Hardys Bay. The views extend across to Wagstaffe and Ettalong and you can even see as far as Brisbane Water National Park.

It’s easy to reach the lookout by foot or bike – simply combine Rocky Point trail to your Bouddi Ridge explorer experience. This trail commences near the intersection of Wards Hill Road and Maitland Bay Road, and you’ll tread a carpet of flannel flowers if you plan a springtime visit.

Allen Strom lookout was named in memory of the man who dedicated much of his life to the establishment of many national parks and nature reserves in the state.


Getting there

Getting there:

Allen Strom lookout is in the Maitland Bay precinct of Bouddi National Park and is accessible via Rocky Point trail.

To get there from Gosford:

  • Follow Central Coast Highway towards Erina
  • Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber
  • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive
  • Turn left into Cochrone Street and then right onto The Scenic Road
  • Turn right into Maitland Bay Drive at Maitland Bay Information Centre
  • Turn left into Wards Hill Road and continue 50m to the gravel carpark on the left
  • Follow the signage along Rocky Point trail to the lookout

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at the trail head on Wards Hill Road.

Important info


  • Lookout
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Access to Allen Strom lookout is via a 800m fire trail and is suitable for walking and mountain biking

Opening hours:

Allen Strom lookout is:

  • Always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger

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Allen Strom Lookout, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Susan Davis