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Bouddi coastal walk

Important information

Alerts for Bouddi National Park: closed areas, fire bans


Updated: 23/11/2014 12:01 AM

“Take it easy, snap a few photos and stop for lunch and a swim at Maitland Bay. There’s no need to rush on this beautiful hike.”

The 8km Bouddi coastal walk runs from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach. Boasting beaches, boardwalks and birdlife, it’s known as one of the most beautiful central coast walks. This relatively easy hike is characterised by sweeping views, shady rainforest and inviting picnic spots.

There’s a photo opportunity around every corner on Bouddi coastal walk. You might see wildflowers or migrating whales from Gerrin Point lookout, along with the Bouddi National Park Marine Extension and the PS Maitland shipwreck at the eastern end of Maitland Bay. Stay overnight before you set off at Putty Beach campground or stop along the way at Little Beach campground.

Prefer a shorter walk? Break the walk into shorter sections:

  • Putty Beach to Maitland Bay (3km)
  • Maitland Bay to Little Beach (3.5km)
  • Little Beach to MacMasters Beach (1.7km)

Take a virtual tour of Bouddi coastal walk on Google Street View.


Getting there

Getting there:

Bouddi coastal walk begins at Putty Beach picnic area, located in the Putty Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

To get there:

  • Turn into Wards Hill Road at Empire Bay
  • Turn right into The Scenic Road at Killcare Heights
  • Turn left into Putty Beach Road and continue past the campground to the picnic area
  • The walk commences approx 300m away at the eastern end of Putty Beach

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - All weather


Parking is available at Putty Beach picnic area.

Important info


8km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way


Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It's a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • This walk is quite long and requires a moderate fitness level
  • You’ll find places to stop for a swim, a snorkel or a picnic along the way so pack your towel and goggles
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at this beach - take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • It’s a good idea to pack extra sunscreen, along with insect repellent to keep the mozzies at bay

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- Alerts

Bouddi National Park

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.

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Sunday 23 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Sunday 23 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:

The view of the ocean from the cliffs. Photo: John Yurasek