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Putty Beach campground

Bouddi National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Putty Beach campground.

Getting there and parking

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    Putty Beach campground is located in the Putty Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

    To get there:

    • From Empire Bay, turn onto Wards Hill Road
    • Turn right into The Scenic Road at Killcare Heights
    • Turn left into Putty Beach Road and follow to the campground

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    There are small bitumen carparks along the length of Putty Beach Road, which leads through the campground. There's also a larger bitumen carpark at the end of the road.

    Best times to visit


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


    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 .


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

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    20°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    9°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month

    January to March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    • Campsites are marked, unpowered and suitable for tents only.
    • All sites (except 13 and 18) are suitable for 1 large tent (4–6) people or 2 small tents (2–3 people), with a maximum of 6 people per campsite.
    • Sites 13 and 18 are suitable for 1 small tent (2–3 people), with a maximum of 3 people per campsite.
    • No power is available.
    • Rubbish and recycling bins are available.


    There is an accessible flush toilet at the campground.

    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    There are picnic tables and barbecue shelters set on concrete slabs. From the carpark, you'll need to cross over grass to get to the picnic facilities.

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Drinking water

    You can access town water at the campsite, but it's a good idea to bring your own drinking water as well.


    There is one accessible, outdoor cold water shower at this campground.

    • Cold showers

    Step-free access

    The campground is step-free and mostly flat, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over grass to get from the carpark to most parts of the campground.

    There are 2 beach access points, one with 9 steps and one that's step-free.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Camping safety

    Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


    Disability access level - easy

    • The campground is step-free and mostly flat, but there are no pathways.
    • You'll need to cross over grass to get from the carparks to most parts of the campground, including the campsites.
    • There is an accessible toilet and the cold, outdoor shower is also accessible.
    • There are accessible picnic tables, set on concrete slabs and surrounded by grass.
    • There's step-free access to the beach.



    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.


    Putty Beach is a family friendly campground. Please be considerate of others during your stay: 

    • For the comfort of all campground visitors, we ask that you keep noise to a minimum.
    • Noise restrictions apply after 10pm.

    Amplified music

    Amplified music is not permitted, fines apply.

    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Wood fires are not permitted at this campground.

    Gathering firewood


    Generators are not permitted, fines apply.


    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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