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Bouddi Coast Walk – Putty Beach to Maitland Bay


It’s no secret I love getting away. Experiencing new cultures, people and places always brings me a sense of wonder. But sometimes it’s just as satisfying to get our into your own back yard and experience some of the wonders much closer to home.

When I first moved to the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park and it’s beaches become one of my favourite places to hang out. Fast forward 20 years and life always seems to catch up. I thought it was well time to head back to one of my favourite haunts and rediscover what I loved about it.



Bouddi National Park is located north of Sydney on the Central Coast of NSW and has some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes on the coast, boasting beaches, coastal cliffs and rainforest. The park contains one of the last temperate rainforests left on the Central Coast. You can camp at any number of the beaches, fish, swim, whale watch or hike along the coastal track.

The 8km coastal walk runs from Putty Beach, one of my favourite camping spots on the coast, to MacMaster’s beach, one of the more popular surf beaches for locals trying to get away from the touristy spots.

It’s an easy walk along well graded tracks and boardwalks, with sweeping views and inviting picnic spots. There are shorter walks and places you can hop on and off the track if you are feeling a little less energetic.

Plant and animal life are diverse and and the park extends to one of the first marine protection areas in Australia – the Bouddi National Park Marine Extension making the park over 1,500 hectares

Walking along the track can be an energetic fitness experience – in fact a number of trail runners passed us – or a family outing, or just a chance to get back to nature and appreciate the great outdoors. Hidden beaches and coves are great places to stop off for a swim and a picnic lunch and it’s easy to fritter away a day enjoying the slower pace and chance to relax.

The area also boasts significant Aborginal sites and in fact Bouddi is an indigenous word for the heart. Another site of interest is the old paddle steamer wreck in Maitland Bay.

If you’ve got a spare day and you are around the area, it is well worth packing your towel swimmers and a picnic and heading off to explore this amazing area.


Stay tuned for more adventures at home and on the road…

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About The Amateur Adventurer

I call myself an amateur adventurer. You don't need to be a "professional" backpacker, you don't have to drop out to travel. I'm an ordinary person with a 9-5 job and everyday responsibilities. But I've made a point to have extraordinary experiences. And so can you. Follow me on my adventures and find out how.

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