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Bouddi coastal walk

Bouddi National Park


Located near Gosford, Bouddi coastal walk is known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife. Go whale watching, picnic or swim at Maitland Bay, or simply absorb the ocean views.

Bouddi National Park
8km one-way
Time suggested
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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

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)

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Park info

  • in Bouddi National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Bouddi National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Current: $7 per vehicle per day applies in the Putty Beach precinct only. From 6 October 2015: $8 per vehicle per day in the Putty Beach precinct. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

    Buy an annual pass.
  • More
    • Killcare
      (02) 4320 4200 (Central Coast office)
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Corner of Maitland Bay Drive and The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights NSW
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The view of the ocean from the cliffs. Photo: John Yurasek