Putty Beach campground

Bouddi National Park

Book now

Overview

Discover Putty Beach campground in Bouddi National Park for your next camping trip. This great central coast campground is a top spot to fish, swim or bushwalk.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 20
Camping type Tent, Don't mind a short walk to tent
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • A minimum nightly rate applies, which includes the first 2 occupants.
  • Minimum stays may apply
  • Nightly rate: $34 (includes 2 people); $17 per additional adult (16+ years); $8.50 per additional child (5–15 years); infants free (0–4 years).
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your camping fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note

Check in after 12pm. Check out before 12pm.

Book now

Accommodating 20 sites, Putty Beach campground is the largest of Bouddi National Park’s camping areas. Located near Killcare, this Central Coast campground is easily accessed from Gosford and Sydney.

The campground sits just steps from the Putty Beach sand and offers good facilities in a natural setting.

When camping at Putty Beach, you can wake with the birds and start your day with a swim in the Tasman Sea. Fancy a bushwalk through the eucalypts? The spectacular Bouddi coastal walk begins at the beach’s eastern end and will take you to Gerrin Point lookout. Check out the interesting rock platforms in the area, enjoy a spot of fishing or a barbecue, and stop to say hello to the area’s resident brush turkeys.

Take a virtual tour of Putty Beach campground captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/putty-beach-campground/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    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

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available in the carparks along the campground road.

    Best times to visit

    Spring

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

    Summer

    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

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

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    42.4°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    9°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    3.4°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January to March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    246mm

    Facilities

    • 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.

    Toilets

    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    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.

    Showers

    There is one outdoor cold water shower available at this campground.

    • Cold showers

    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 + 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).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    This area is fully wheelchair-accessible, with a wheelchair-accessible toilet and campsites.

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    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

    Generators are not permitted, fines apply.

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Visitor centre

    Nearby towns

    Gosford (10 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Killcare (1 km)

    A quiet costal town on the NSW Central Coast, Killcare is a great location for a beach getaway. The surrounding Bouddi National Park offers a variety of walking and cycling tracks, lookouts, picnic and camping areas, as well as secluded beaches such as Putty Beach, Little Beach and Lobster Beach.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Sydney City Centre (28 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

    Learn more

    Putty Beach campground is in Bouddi National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A coastal gem

    Mount Bouddi walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    • Bouddi coastal walk 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.
    • Gerrin Point lookout Experience stunning views at Gerrin Point Lookout, a short walk from Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park on the NSW central coast. Enjoy whale watching during the winter months, birdwatching or just absorb the view.
    • Putty Beach campground connections Join us at Putty Beach to discover the coastline of Bouddi National Park. Tour this stunning part of the NSW Central Coast with a guide, uncovering beach treasures and enjoying ocean views.
    • Rockpool discovery: Putty Beach Come along to discover a range of coastal creatures living in rockpools along Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park.

    A natural paradise

    Daleys Point walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    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, echidna or tree frog. Plus, photos of the park's fascinating rock formations provide excellent memories of your visit. 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.


    • Box Head track This easy walk winds through bushland to the Box Head lookout, offering scenic views across the Hawkesbury River and cross Broken Bay and Lion Island to Sydney.
    • Gerrin Point lookout Experience stunning views at Gerrin Point Lookout, a short walk from Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park on the NSW central coast. Enjoy whale watching during the winter months, birdwatching or just absorb the view.
    • Putty Beach campground connections Join us at Putty Beach to discover the coastline of Bouddi National Park. Tour this stunning part of the NSW Central Coast with a guide, uncovering beach treasures and enjoying ocean views.
    • Rockpool discovery: Putty Beach Come along to discover a range of coastal creatures living in rockpools along Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park.

    Culturally fascinating

    Bouddi Ridge Explorer, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath

    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.

    • Daleys Point walking track Daleys Point walking track offers easy walking, spectacular views and a place to take in the natural beauty and unique Aboriginal cultural heritage of Bouddi National Park.

    So many outdoor activities

    Gerrin Point lookout, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

    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.

    • Bouddi coastal walk 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 Ridge explorer Try the awesome Bouddi Ridge Explorer mountain biking trail in Bouddi National Park near Gosford. Looping several smaller track the 10km trail offers great variety and scenery.
    • Maitland Bay track Maitland Bay track is one of the central coast's most popular bushwalks. This short, steep walk takes you downhill to the beautiful Maitland Bay and its shipwreck.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

      The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

    • Sugar glider. Photo: Jeff Betteridge

      Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)

      The sugar glider is a tree-dwelling Australian native marsupial, found in tall eucalypt forests and woodlands along eastern NSW. The nocturnal sugar glider feeds on insects and birds, and satisfies its sweet tooth with nectar and pollens.

    Plants

    • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

      Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

      The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

    • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

      Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    A person fishing on the beach and sunrise. Photo: John Yurasek