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Maitland Bay track

Bouddi National Park

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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.

Bouddi National Park
2km return
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade 3
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply in the Putty Beach area only

Please note
  • This walk requires a moderate fitness level as it’s quite steep and includes some steps.
  • You might like to stop for a swim at Maitland Bay, so bring your swimmers and towel. It's also a good idea to bring insect repellant to ward off mosquitoes.

Maitland Bay track is one of Bouddi National Park’s most popular bushwalks. This short, steep walking track begins at Maitland Bay Information Centre. It then winds downhill to the secluded Maitland Bay, past the Bullimah Spur track junction, rock landings, gullies, Hawkesbury sandstone and Bouddi Grand Deep rainforest.

Stop to swim, look for shells or simply dip your feet in the water. If it’s low tide, head to the bay’s eastern end to see remains of the PS Maitland, tragically wrecked in 1898. Allow 15–20 minutes to walk down the hill and 30–40 minutes to get back up. Some find it tough going on the return, so you may wish to walk the flatter 3km to Putty Beach and have someone pick you up there.

Take a virtual tour of Maitland Bay track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

General enquiries

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
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Looking along the beach to the headland. Photo: John Yurasek