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Tallow Beach campground

Bouddi National Park

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Visitor info

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

Getting there and parking

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    Tallow Beach campground is in the Tallow Beach precinct of Bouddi National Park.

    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 onto Wards Hill Road
    • Turn right onto The Scenic Road
    • Turn left onto Nukara Avenue, then take the second left to Hawke Head Drive.
    • From the carpark at the end of Hawke Head Drive it's a 1.2km hike down a steep, gravel fire trail. It's a fairly strenuous hike and is not recommended for elderly or very young campers.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available in the carpark 1.2km from the campground. You'll need to carry all your camping equipment and drinking water from the carpark to your campsite. Consider bringing a wheelbarrow or trolley to make carrying your equipment easier.

    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 unmarked, unpowered and suitable for tents only.
    • No power or water is available.
    • Rubbish bins are not available. Please take all rubbish with you or fees may apply.

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    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 - no wheelchair access

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    Tallow 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.

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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:

      $8 per vehicle per day in the Putty Beach precinct. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins.

      Buy annual pass

    Visitor centre

    Aerial view of 3 people walking along Tallow Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE.