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PUTTY BEACH TO BULLIMAH BEACH COASTAL WALK: THE GUIDE
REGION: Central Coast
ACCESSIBILITY: Private car, limited access via public transport.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime
LOCATION: 100km or 1:30 From Sydney CBD | 23km or 0:30 from Gosford | Open in Google Maps
WALKING DISTANCE: 2km return (from car park)
TIME REQUIRED: 1 hour – All day.
TOURIST RATING: Somewhat busy with local families 5/10
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PUTTY BEACH TO BULLIMAH BEACH COASTAL WALK: THE EXPERIENCE
As told by Jackie Te-Aroha.
Right on the southern fringe of Bouddi National Park is a strip of sand called Putty Beach. Its popular with families because the headland breaks the surf creating a calm bay-like swimming area for the kiddies. There are 20 campsites located just behind the dunes too if you’re looking for a weekend-stay close to the shore and hiking trails (fees apply). But if you’re just looking for a day-trip activity then lets jump into this short but inspiring coastal walk.
We managed to find ourselves a spot in one of the few available marked spaces. If you’re not so lucky, do what the locals do, and pull up nice and tight against the shrubs along the back road and walk in via one of the entrance points.
When you hit the beach you’ll want to follow the shoreline to the right until you reach a staircase that leads up the side of the cliff. You can start here, but if the tide is low (like It was when we visited), then I recommend you go left and find your own path along the headland.
Trust me, this is a decision you won’t regret it! The colours in the rocks are absolutely gorgeous, unusual and striking. I had an immediate impulse to pick up a paintbrush and start creating. Mother Nature is bellisima!
Once you find your way to the top and rejoin the track you’ll see a wooden boardwalk that hugs and bends around a corner, that’s the direction you want to go. There are sweeping views of the Bouddi National Park cliff side with ample opportunities to stop and wave watch… one of my fav activities.
Along the boardwalk you’ll pass an interesting phenomenon known as tessellated pavement. Because of its tile-like appearance which Zade was quick to point out reminded her of an Italian dessert. Just past here is a nice little opening that brings you out to some more perfectly marbled cliff edge that overlooks Bullimah Beach.
The walk itself from Putty to Bullimah is a short 700m one way. We spent over an hour exploring our way out, but if your on a mission with arms full of beach gears and beers; then the track should only take 15 minutes and you’ll be rewarded with a shoreline that feels far, far away because of the two tall headlands its sandwiched between.
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