1 hr 15 mins
(0km) Hawke Head Drive car park → Box Head Trail
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tallow’ arrow along the management trail, going down the hill. The trail tends right for approximately 30m, to the signposted intersection for ‘Box Head’ and ‘Tallow Beach’.
(0.29km) Box Head Trail → Box Head
Maps for the Hawke Head Drive to Box Head walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Broken Bay||1:25 000 Map Series||91301N BROKEN BAY||NSW-91301N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||1 hr 15 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
This whole walk, 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.
Quality of track
Around 1.5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 65m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
This whole walk, 1.5km has directional signs at most intersection.
This whole walk, 1.5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 1.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 1.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
Starting on Hawke Head Drive, this walk explores the southernmost ridge in Bouddi NP. The walk provides excellent views over Woy Woy, Broken Bay, Hawkesbury River and the Tasman Sea. It takes in spectacular views over Lion Island and Pearl Beach from the many rocky outcrops along the Box Head ridge.
Total climbing: 126m
3.1 km Return
This walk is a great one way walk to do after spending some time at Putty Beach. The walk uses Hawke Head Drive to head along the ridge to Box Head. The headland has superb views over Broken Bay to Barrenjoey Headland and out to sea. Lobster Beach is another great beach in the area with views over to Woy Woy. A great walk from beach to beach.
Total climbing: 360m
7.5 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk explores some of Bouddi National Park’s hidden beaches and the Box Head lookout. The views over the South Pacific Ocean and Broken Bay are magnificent, while the secluded beaches of Tallow and Little Tallow are great spots for lunch and to dip the toes in. The vegetation is mostly heath along the service tracks, and larger eucalyptus trees along the bush tracks.
Total climbing: 323m
8.5 km Circuit
This overnight walk takes in the majority of the magnificent Bouddi National Park. The walk starts from the pleasant Putty Beach camping area, with its very friendly Brush Turkeys. The walk heads along the ridge towards Little Beach, then along the beaches. This circuit walk visits many beaches and views from lookouts before returning to Putty Beach campsite. The second day explores the Box Head and Lobster Beach areas, with a shorter day allowing time to drive and drop in to Hardy’s Bay.
Total climbing: 1206m
27 km Circuit
Other Nearby walks
This lovely short walk takes you from the large water tank, along an old trail and track to two fantastic fenced lookout platforms. There are a few unfenced views along this shaded walk. A picnic table among the Sydney Red Gums, just before the two main lookouts, makes a wonderful spot for a snack. The lookouts provide great views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park, Pearl Beach and out to the ocean. A great spot on a sunny day or for a sunset.
Total climbing: 34m
1.4 km Return
1.8 km Return
5.2 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows a wide trail then a track to the fantastic views from Warrah Lookout. From Pearl Beach, this walk follows the roads to the lower end of Pearl Beach / Patonga fire trail. Continuing up this trail, the walk passes some sandstone caves and further on, enjoys the fenced Warrah Lookout. There are some great views before returning the same way back to Pearl Beach.
Total climbing: 189m
5.1 km Return
6 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
Starting from the Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads down and around the hill to follow the spur out to Bullimah Lookout. The track winds through the bush giving glimpses of Maitland Bay from several rocky landings. The views along the way, and from the lookout are fantastic.
Total climbing: 95m
2.3 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This walk is an excellent way to see some of Bouddi National Parks greatest views. The walk follows the Maitland Bay Track and the Bouddi Coastal walk to Putty Beach. The track shows off Maitland Bay from a number of different lookouts, while passing through different types of vegetation. There are also many interesting rock patterns along the coastal cliffs.
Total climbing: 126m
4.5 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
From Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads straight down the hill to Maitland Beach. On the way down, the track passes many rock landings which act as lookouts over Maitland Bay and the lush bush of the surrounding gullies. Maitland Bay Beach itself is a wonderful sandy beach which is popular for swimming (although there are no beach patrols).
Total climbing: 153m
2.1 km Return
From the Maitland Bay Information Centre, this walk heads straight down the hill to Maitland Beach and the shipwreck of the S.S. Maitland. On the way down, the track passes many rock landings providing great views of Maitland Bay and the bush of the surrounding gullies. Perched on the edge of the rock shelf, in the water east of the beach, are the remains of the S.S Maitland. The walk down to the shipwreck is magnificent and it is well worth spending some extra time to enjoy the beach.
Total climbing: 195m
3.9 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk starts at the top of the ridge and leads through a field of wildflowers (in spring and early summer), past some panoramic water views and down to Patonga Village for fish and chips. Starting on the Tony Doyle Track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig and then visits Warrah Lookout, a great site. After a short walk along a wide trail, you then follow the Patonga Track down the hill, passing some large angophoras and more water views before heading down to the beach at Patonga.
Total climbing: 39m
2.2 km One way
Starting on the Tony Doyle track, this walk passes the old Warrah Trig before enjoying the views from Warrah lookout. The walk follows the wide trail down the hill to Pearl Beach. There are many great wildflowers in spring and if you are quiet, you may spot a Lyrebird or two. If you are feeling energetic, you can have a refreshing lunch and allow extra time to walk back or catch the bus home from Pearl Beach.
Total climbing: 27m
2.8 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk takes you from the old Warrah Trig Station down the ridge, along a well formed rock path to Warrah Lookout. From the lookout there are fantastic views spanning from the distant Barrenjoey headland, across the Hawkesbury river to Brisk Bay and Patonga. There are no facilities provided at the Warrah Trig Station but the Lookout is fenced for safety. After the walk, it is also worth a trip down to Patonga for lunch, or just to explore the local area.
Total climbing: 51m
756 m Return
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Hunter weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/hhdtbh
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* KML (google earth file)
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Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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