Volunteer at Maitland Bay Information Centre

Bouddi National Park

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Overview

Maitland Bay Information Centre is the first port of call for most visitors to Bouddi National Park. How would you like to be there to introduce people to this NSW national park and tell them all about your local area?

Work
Visitors, events, education, tour guides
When

Weekends and public holidays, 11am–3pm.

Where
Maitland Bay Information Centre, Bouddi National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
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Built in 1945, Maitland Bay Information Centre commenced its life as a family home. These days, it's the charming Maitland Bay Information Centre. NSW National Parks welcomes new staff for volunteer work at the centre on weekends and public holidays.

The role of volunteers is to:

  • Provide maps and brochures
  • Direct visitors to the displays
  • Discuss the centre, park and surrounds.
  • Answer questions

If you’re a good communicator with plenty of energy for interacting with the public, have an interest in the natural environment, and good general knowledge of the NSW Central Coast, please contact us for more information about this great volunteering opportunity. Training and support are provided.

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/things-to-do/volunteer-activities/volunteer-at-maitland-bay-information-centre/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Volunteer at Maitland Bay Information Centre .

Getting there and parking

To get to Maitland Bay Information Centre from Gosford:

  • Follow the Central Coast Highway towards Erina
  • Turn right onto Avoca Drive and continue through Kincumber
  • Turn right at Empire Bay Drive
  • Turn left into Cochrone Street and then right onto The Scenic Road
  • The centre is located opposite the intersection of Maitland Bay Drive and The Scenic Road in Maitland

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Volunteering

Volunteering with NPWS offers is a great way to help protect our national parks and wildlife. These volunteering safety tips will help create a safe working environment for all volunteers.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • No wheelchair access to downstairs section of Maitland Bay Information Centre

Visitor centre

Learn more

Volunteer at Maitland Bay Information Centre 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.
  • Monday Meanderers: Little Beach Come on a 3km guided walk to Little Beach in Bouddi National Park, on the NSW Central Coast. We'll pass through beautiful forest on the way to the beach.

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.

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)

Maitland Bay Information Centre, Bouddi National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin