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Bouddi National Park

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Spectacular coastal views close to Sydney

A few kilometers south of Gosford and less than a hour north of Sydney, the Bouddi National Park is covered with wooded hinterland, coastal heath and is well known for its spectacular coastal views and unusual rock formations.

Bullimah Beach

Bullimah Beach - panoramio
Maurice van Creij [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Bouddi National Park - panoramio (2)
Maurice van Creij [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Mount Bouddi

There are several established walks in the park in addition to the 8.5 kilometer coastal walk, which can take you to various beaches and lookouts. The central Mount Bouddi walk is 2.4 kilometers return from the Mount Bouddi (Dingeldei) picnic area. The walk takes you to the highest point (160 meters) of the central plateau area, Mount Bouddi, and provides panoramic views of the park and coastline.

The elevated areas of the park are included within the 10 kilometer Bouddi explorer mountain bike trail. The trail is made up of four smaller mountain bike trails, each with their own skill and fitness level.

The park is well serviced with camping areas for tents.  (Little Beach and Putty Beach provide picnic tables, barbecues and toilets, Tallow Beach only toilets).

Bouddi National Park - panoramio (4)
Maurice van Creij [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Bouddi National Park coastal walk

The Bouddi National Park coastal walk runs a distance of 8.5 kilometers one way from Putty Beach to Macmasters Beach, often along boardwalks and provides an opportunity to see many of the spectacular coastal features of the park. 

The sometimes protected ocean beaches within the park are popular fishing, swimming and surfing spots.

The park is made up of variations of sandstone and shale layers with unusual coastal rock formations due to wind and wave erosion.  These formations include a sandstone tessellated pavement of nearly rectangular blocks within a flat surface. 

Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk (15471835157)
By FotoSleuth (Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons
Tessellated pavement showing remarkably even joints - Bouddi National Park - New South Wales, Australia
By Gillian from Sydney, Australia [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons