The third stage of a $1.4 million project to upgrade Bouddi Coastal Walk has been completed, with the new section of track between Gerrin Point and Maitland Bay now open for locals to explore.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the three-year four-stage project is being delivered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“The National Parks team has been working hard to improve accessibility on this 650 metre stretch of track and due to its remote location, equipment and materials were airlifted into place by helicopters,” Mr Crouch said.
“The section between Gerrin Point and Maitland Bay now features a new surface, 90 new sandstone steps and other drainage features to reduce erosion into the surrounding bushland, protecting habitat for native animal species like the sugar glider and the white-bellied sea eagle.
“Two new lookouts have also been created, offering sweeping views over Smugglers Cove and Maitland Bay, looking south towards Pittwater and beyond.
“Bouddi Coastal Walk is one of our region’s most popular walks with approximately 200,000 people lacing up their walking shoes and hitting the track each year. It’s fantastic to see NSW Government funding being used to improve the track’s longevity and protect Bouddi’s pristine natural environment.”
Stage four of the upgrade will consist of works between the Maitland Bay headland and the Mount Bouddi Walking Track junction.
“Stage four will begin shortly and includes access and safety upgrades to the track, plus two new lookouts and a viewing platform,” Mr Crouch said.
The $1.4 million Bouddi Coastal Walk upgrade is one of 170 projects included in the NSW Government’s record $257 million Improving Access to National Parks program.
Visitors to Bouddi National Park are reminded to be COVID-safe and check the NPWS Alerts for up-to-date information on any track or precinct closures.