Little Beach to Mount Bouddi Track
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

2 h to 2 h 45 min

5.1 km
oneway

↑ 325 m
↓ -220 m

Hard track
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. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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The intersection before Little Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Little Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sandy service trail between Bombi Point Track and Third Point Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Actinotus helianthi (Flannel Flower). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Caves Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track across Headland. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track between rock and grass tree. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Turtle Shell Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Dingeldei Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Old Quarry Trail & Grahame Drive (-33.5098802,151.4123034)
Mode Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Empire Bay Drive
  • Turn on to Wards Hill Road then drive for 1.1 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Maitland Bay Drive and drive for another 1.4 km
  • Turn sharp left onto The Scenic Road and drive for another 3.6 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Grahame Drive and drive for another 430 m
Finish Mount Bouddi Carpark (-33.5162393,151.403381)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the 'Little Beach' sign along the management trail, passing around a gate. The walk heads down the hill, crosses a creek, and climbs up the hill out of the gully. The walk then winds down to a signposted intersection, with a bush track to the right.
From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, following the 'Little Beach 200m' sign. After approximately 300m, the walk comes to Little Beach campsite and continues to the point where the creek meets the beach.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Old Quarry Trail & Grahame Drive Start heading along Grahame Drive (a service road).
After 60 m pass the "Little Beach Car Park" (15 m on your right).
After another 35 m head through/around the gate.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Little Beach Trail.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Little Beach Trail.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Little Beach Trail.
After another 15 m pass the "Bouddi Coastal Walk" (20 m on your right).
After another 210 m come to the "Little Beach Camping Area".
There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 85 m pass the toilet (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass the shelter (on your right).
Then pass the BBQ (on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (10 m on your right).
Then find the "Little Beach Campsite" (8 m on your left).
Little Beach Campsite
Little Beach Campsite

Little Beach campsite is a small grassed area, wedged between the hills and set back from the beach. The campsite has six designated sites, a composting toilet, rubbish bins, Gas BBQ's and a shelter. There is no drinking water onsite and the beach is only 20m away.
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Little Beach campsite is a small grassed area, wedged between the hills and set back from the beach. The campsite has six designated sites, a composting toilet, rubbish bins, Gas BBQ's and a shelter. There is no drinking water onsite and the beach is only 20m away.

After another 310 m continue straight, to head along Little Beach Trail.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Little Beach Trail.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 420 m (at the intersection of Bombi Moor Trail & 78 Trail) continue straight, to head along Bombi Moor Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m pass the "Bouddi Coastal Walk" (on your left).
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Bombi Moor Trail & Third Point Trail) continue straight, to head along Bombi Moor Trail.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Old Quarry Trail & Bombi Moor Trail) continue straight, to head along Bombi Moor Trail.
After another 670 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 290 m cross the ford.
After another 610 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
Then head up the stone steps (about 5 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to S.S. Maitland Shipwreck. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Mount Bouddi Track & Bouddi Coastal Walk) turn right, to head along Mount Bouddi Track.
After another 15 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 160 m continue straight, to head along Mount Bouddi Track.
After another 15 m find the "Bouddi Lookout" (25 m on your right).
Bouddi Lookout
Bouddi Lookout

Bouddi Lookout, Bouddi National Park, is a great first look at the Bouddi Coast as you come out of the bush on Bouddi Spur. There are views of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the heath covered headlands in front of the lookout. Not as grand a view as other lookouts in the area, but worth a pause on your way to the Bouddi Coast Track.
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Bouddi Lookout, Bouddi National Park, is a great first look at the Bouddi Coast as you come out of the bush on Bouddi Spur. There are views of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the heath covered headlands in front of the lookout. Not as grand a view as other lookouts in the area, but worth a pause on your way to the Bouddi Coast Track.

After another 1.1 km come to "The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter".
The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter
The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter

The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter was built in 1962, thanks to volunteers. A.W. (Bill) Dingeldei was a trustee of the park who did considerable work on it himself. Today the Dingeldei picnic area is a quiet, leafy spot, perched on the hill behind Mount Bouddi. The picnic area contains a picnic table, toilets, BBQ and rubbish facilities. It also has a new car park with ample spaces.
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The Dingeldei Memorial Shelter was built in 1962, thanks to volunteers. A.W. (Bill) Dingeldei was a trustee of the park who did considerable work on it himself. Today the Dingeldei picnic area is a quiet, leafy spot, perched on the hill behind Mount Bouddi. The picnic area contains a picnic table, toilets, BBQ and rubbish facilities. It also has a new car park with ample spaces.

Continue another 0 m to find Mount Bouddi Carpark at the end.
"Mount Bouddi Picnic Area".
A toilet.

An optional side trip to S.S. Maitland Shipwreck.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Mount Bouddi Track & Bouddi Coastal Walk Start heading along Bouddi Coastal Walk (a walking track).
After another 265 m turn right, to head along Bouddi Coastal Walk.
After another 95 m pass the sign (15 m on your right).
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 25 m come to the end.
A viewpoint.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 460 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Little Beach to Mount Bouddi Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.1 km
Time 2 h to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Campsite: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.5 km.

Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.5 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.7 km apart with the largest gap of 4.5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Camp site
590 mLittle Beach Camping Area
Campsite
610 mLittle Beach Campsite
Shelter
620 m[shelter]
Toilet
670 m[toilet]
Shelter
5.1 kmMount Bouddi Picnic Area
Toilet
5.1 km[toilet]
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