(0km) Grahame Dr car park → Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk
(0.28km) Int. Bouddi Trail Access and Little Beach Trk → Little Beach
(0.6km) Little Beach → Sandy Clearing Little Beach Access Trail Int.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, following the ‘Maitland Bay’ sign. The track winds up the hill, tending left along a white sandy section of track, then continues through the scrub for approximately 300m to the signposted intersection in a large sandy clearing.
(1.37km) Sandy Clearing Little Beach Access Trail Int. → Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point
(1.94km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Third Point → Bombi East
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads directly towards the ocean, through the bushes to the cliff edge.
(2.67km) Bombi East → End of Caves Bay management trail
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the sea. The track slowly winds up the hill for some time to a signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, keeping the sea far on the left of the track. The trail continues down to a large sandy area marked by a ‘Little Beach car park’ sign.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail down the hill, in the opposite direction to the Little Beach car park. The trail winds down the spur for some time, then straightens out and continues for a while before ending in a larger clear area, signposted ‘Bouddi Coastal Walk’.
(4.11km) End of Caves Bay management trail → Int. Bouddi Trail and Dingeldei Picnic Trail
(5.28km) Int. Bouddi Coastal Trk and Dingeldei Picnic Trail → S.S. Maitland Shipwreck
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the cliff line out towards the sea, beneath the rocky headland. The walk heads over rocks and boulders, to the rock flats at the point. Here lies the S.S.Maitland shipwreck. At the end of this side trip, retrace your steps back to the main walk then Veer left.
S.S. Maitland Shipwreck
(5.28km) Int. Bouddi Trail and Dingeldei Picnic Trail → Bouddi Lookout
(5.63km) Bouddi Lookout → Dingeldei Picnic Area and Carpark
The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter
(6.52km) Dingeldei Picnic Area → Int. Mt Bouddi Rd and The Scenic Rd
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road to the ‘T’ intersection with ‘The Scenic Road’ about 50m away.
(7.19km) Int. Mt Bouddi Rd and The Scenic Rd → Int. The Scenic Rd and Grahame Dr
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the road down the hill, keeping the valley to the left. Before long, the bush gives way to houses and, ignoring some side streets, the road comes to the intersection with ‘Grahame Drive’ at the ‘Bouddi National Park’ signpost.
(8.67km) Int. The Scenic Rd and Grahame Dr → Grahame Dr car park
Maps for the Little Beach Bombi Moor and Mt Bouddi Circuit Track 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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
6km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.7km has short steep hills. The remaining (620m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.1km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 750m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 540m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 3.2km is clearly signposted. The remaining (80m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 9km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 80m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 9km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 80m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
4.6km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 4.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (80m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
This walk from Grahame Drive car park to Little Beach follows the service trail straight through the tall forest, down the hill to the isolated beach. The beach is popular with surfers, and the campsite provides a nice place for a rest. A great spot to get your toes wet during a BBQ lunch (great BBQ facilities provided by NPWS).
Total climbing: 47m
1.2 km Return
This is a great way to walk off a lunch if picnicking at Dingeldei Picnic Area. The Bouddi Lookout walk meanders through the bush, without any views of the ocean, until it reaches the rocky platform of Bouddi Lookout. After enjoying the view, you can head back up the hill to Dingeldei Picnic Area in time for another snack break.
Total climbing: 112m
1.8 km Return
This walk is great following lunch at Dingeldei Picnic area. The walk explores the rock flats of Maitland Bay, with many interesting shells and the shipwreck of the S.S. Maitland. The walk provides the option to spend time at Maitland Beach on the way to the wreck. The wreck is best seen at low tide, along with the rest of the rock flats below the headland.
Total climbing: 271m
3.9 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
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 curves around from Graham car park, taking in the secluded Little Beach and Caves Bay before finishing at Mt Bouddi’s Dingeldei Picnic Area. The walk passes through many different types of vegetation. The service trail from above Little Beach to above Caves Bay is very sandy, in contrast to the dirt track followed for the rest of the walk. This walk has excellent views of headlands and out into the Tasman Sea.
Total climbing: 343m
5 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
6 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
This walk explores a large part of the Bouddi National Park coastline. Features of this walk include the walk out to Bombi Moors and down to Little Beach. The tracks connecting these spots explore some excellent rainforest areas and wonderful heath covered headlands. Interesting, beautiful and a great place for a swim, this walk is well worth the effort.
Total climbing: 297m
6.5 km One way
This is one of the longer walks in the Bouddi National Park and it is rich in scenery. The walk follows the coastline with many side trips to lookouts, beaches and even a shipwreck. This walk makes a wonderful one way trip from Graham Drive down to Putty Beach, with views around every corner.
Total climbing: 364m
8.1 km One way
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
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
1.8 km Return
5.2 km Circuit
2 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 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
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, from Hawke Head Drive, is the most direct route to Box Head. The walk explores Box Head headland and the many rocky outcrops on the way. There is great variation in the vegetation and a great variety in the views across the ocean and up into the mouth of Broken Bay. The cul-de-sac at the end of Hawke Head Drive has limited parking.
Total climbing: 126m
3.1 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
This short walk follows a clear track to a large sandstone cave on the Kanning Walk. From the Honeman’s Picnic Area, follow Kanning Walk through the bush and along the side of a long rock wall. There are several caves along the way, the main one being quiet large and tucked behind some large boulders. The cave provides a cool spot on hot days. After admiring the cave, walk back the same way, passing some large angophora trees.
Total climbing: 34m
922 m Return
This lovely walk is a great way to explore the bushland at the top of Kincumber Mountain. From near the main picnic area, you follow a clear track before walking along the base of a long rock wall. There are a few sandstone caves, the main one mentioned in the notes is quite large, and a nice cool spot on a hot day. This walk then heads past the cave to loop back to the start via the Yanina Walk management trail. There are good wildflower displays in spring and summer.
Total climbing: 38m
1.3 km Circuit
Yanina Walk is a gentle walk, exploring one of the ridges at the top of Kincumber Mountain. The walk follows a wide management trail from the main Honemans Picnic area, leading to the good views of Colin Watters Lookout. The notes describe a side trip to Nyari Lookout, but the views are very limited. The view from Colin Watters Lookout is arguably the best in the park, extending down Picketts Valley to Avoca Lake and Beach. There is a picnic table at the lookout, encouraging a snack before returning to the start.
Total climbing: 55m
3.2 km Return
1 hr 15 mins
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/lbbmambct
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.