Bouddi National Park is located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 100km northeast of Sydney. A section of the national park extends into the sea creating fully protected land, shore and marine habitats. The Park contains one of the last temperate rainforests on the Central Coast
The climate of the Bouddi Peninsula is temperate and similar to other areas on the Central Coast of NSW. The average annual rainfall for the area is 1,200 mm with the wettest months being January through March. The average maximum temperatures range from 27° C from December to March, and 17° C from June to August, however days in excess of 30° C frequently occur during summer.
The park’s climate makes it suitable to visit all year round. The coast walk is particularly spectacular in late winter and early spring, when you can expect to see the cliff top heathland blanketed with wildflower colour. From late May to late July watch out for migrating humpback whales as they make their way northwards to warmer breeding grounds.
The NSW Bouddi Peninsula is surrounded by the meeting of five iconic waterways, just a stone’s throw from Sydney’s CBD where pristine sandy beaches and sparkling bays meet the native wilderness of The Bouddi National Park.
The NSW Bouddi Peninsula is part of the Sydney Basin. It extends south from McMasters Beach to Box Head at the entrance to Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. Bouddi National Park covers more than half the area.
The remaining area is settlement: McMasters Beach, Killcare, Hardys Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe.
These iconic seaside villages hark back to simpler times and display a strong sense of local history and community. Expect local fishing boats, pelicans perched on wharves, ducks crossing the road, seaside cafés, art galleries and local craft.
The local landscape creates beauty and awe. The topography of the area is mainly due to water erosion and changes in sea level. During the last ice age, 18,000 to 6,000 years ago, the sea level was 140 metres lower. The coastline was 20 kilometers further east and the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters were dry valleys. With the melting of the ice caps at the end of the Ice Age, the sea level rose. The coastline receded to where it is today and the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Waters became drowned river valleys. Melting of the remaining ice caps would cause a rise in sea level of 70 metres.
The massive Hawkesbury sandstone dominates the higher levels as platform-like escarpments, where the exposed edges of the formation form vertical cliffs and overhangs.
At the heart of the reserve is the Bouddi National Park Marine Extension located between Gerrin Point and Bombi Point. This unique 300ha reserve is one of the earliest Marine Protected Areas in Australia, protecting a diversity of marine habitats and species.
The Bouddi National Park
Small secluded beaches, fringed by rainforests, sandstone cliffs and coastal heaths blanketed in wildflower colours, make Bouddi National Park one of the most diverse and delightful reserves within the greater Sydney area.
Explore the spectacular Bouddi Coastal Walk, view the remains of the wreck of the PS Maitland at Maitland Bay or simply relax and enjoy the pristine beaches and stunning scenery.
The word Bouddi is the local Aboriginal name for the eastern headland of Maitland Bay and has become synonymous with the national park and the surrounding area. It has various meanings in local Aboriginal languages, and is thought to mean 'a heart' or 'water breaking over rocks'.
A number of Aboriginal place names are still in use today including Bombi Point, Gerrin Point, Kourung Gourong Point and Mourawaring Point.
The Bouddi Peninsula is a special landscape - around 100 Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park and nearby areas and many more sites are likely to exist. Sites include rock engravings, grinding grooves, rock shelters with art (drawings and paintings), middens and other archeological deposits.
Aboriginal sites provide a valuable insight into Aboriginal traditions, lifestyles and interaction with the environment and are an important part of today's Aboriginal culture.