Bouddi National Park, located in the southern part of the New South Wales Central Coast, is in my humble opinion, one of the state's premier coastal parks. It boasts a wealth of stunning beaches and captivating coastal walks.
One of the park's most renowned walks offers breathtaking views of the crescent-shaped Maitland Bay. Walk around the headland during low tide and you can glimpse the remnants of the SS Maitland wreck.
If you start your walk from Putty/Killcare Beach, follow the boardwalk that makes up the Bouddi Coastal Walk. Keep an eye out for the mesmerizing patterns in the sandstone rocks and tessellated pavements. Don't forget to make your way down to Bullima Beach for a relaxing picnic. This walk also provides panoramic vistas from Broken Bay to the Barrenjoey Peninsula. It's a must-do if you're in the area.
At the southern tip of the park lies Box Head, which you can access via two routes. One option is to follow the track that continues from Hawke Head Drive, or you can start from Pretty Beach, passing through Lobster Beach and then onto the Box Head Track. Both routes offer a great experience.
Camping options in the park are primarily cantered around Putty Beach, a fantastic camping spot right behind the unspoiled beauty of Putty Beach. For those seeking a more adventurous experience, consider the walk-in camp at Tallow, just off the trail to Box Head. Tallow Beach is always tranquil, even on weekends, as you'll only be sharing the beach with fellow campers and the occasional walker.