Mourawaring Moors bushcare

Bouddi National Park

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Overview

Would you like to play an active role in restoring the natural vegetation of an important section of Bouddi National Park? You can when you volunteer with Mourawaring Moors bushcare group at MacMasters Beach. Join like-minded individuals for an afternoon a month to remove invasive weeds from the area.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
When

3rd Saturday of every month, 2pm–5pm.

Where
Bouddi National Park
Grade
Medium. Walking on uneven terrain.
Price
Free
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By volunteering with NSW National Parks at Bouddi National Park, you can help to remove weeds and restore Australian native plants.

Join us for volunteer work in open forest and heathland environments, removing invasive weeds such as bitou bush, cassia, lantana and asparagus fern at MacMasters Beach.

Your efforts to eradicate these weeds will encourage growth of Australian native plants and, in turn, protect and restore habitat for Australian animals and Australian birds native to the area such as:

  • Yellow-bellied glider
  • Sugar glider
  • Powerful owl
  • Glossy black cockatoo

This volunteering activity takes place behind Beachview Esplanade at MacMasters Beach.

Training, support and tools are all provided. NSW National Parks Mourawaring Moors bushcare looks forward to having you along. Please contact us for more information about this volunteering opportunity.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Getting there and parking

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    To get to Bouddi National Park from Sydney:

    • Follow the F3 and take the Gosford exit
    • Follow the signs to Woy Woy, then Kincumber.
    • Take Maitland Bay Drive, then Empire Bay Drive.
    • Look for The Scenic Road at Killcare Heights and take Putty Beach Road

    From Gosford:

    • Follow the Central Coast Highway towards Erina. Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber.
    • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive and take Scenic Road

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    Mourawaring Moors bushcare 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.

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    Lobster Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer