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Lobster Beach

Bouddi National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lobster Beach.

Getting there and parking

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    Lobster Beach is within Bouddi National Park and near Brisbane Water National Park. To get there:

    • From Gosford, take Central Coast Highway and then turn right onto Avoca Drive.
    • Follow Avoca Drive through Kincumber and then turn right onto Empire Bay Drive
    • Follow Empire Bay Drive and then turn left onto Wards Hill Road
    • Turn right onto The Scenic Road and follow to Hardys Bay
    • Turn left at Araluen Drive, follow until Pretty Beach, and then turn left onto High View Road.
    • Access to Lobster Beach walking track is signposted and on the left

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • No vehicle access

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    • Street parking is available nearby to the attraction on High View Road.
    • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so boat parking might be limited.

    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

    • Drinking water is not available in this area
    • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

    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.

    Boating safety

    If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

    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).

    Paddling safety

    To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    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.

    Lobster Beach

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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

    Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer