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On the north entrance to Broken Bay, just 20 km south-east of Gosford and part of the Sydney Geological Basin is the Bouddi National Park. There are two main groups of rock outcrops in the park that were laid down about 200 million years ago in the Triassic Age: the Hawkesbury Sandstone at the the higher levels, overlies softer shales and sandstones of the Narrabeen Group. The underlying, softer Narrabeen sandstones and shales weather more rapidly than the Hawkesbury sandstone, leaving the current dramatic coastal cliffs and plateau-like features found at higher elevations. The highest point being Mount Bouddi at 152 m above sea level.

At Bombi and Mourawaring Moors are ancient wind-blown sand dunes, 90 to 100 m above the current sea-levels are evidence of the colder, drier and more distant coastline of the last Ice Age.

Bouddi National ParkThere are a variety of habitat types from closed forest, tall open forest, open forest, low open forest, health, grassland and swamp. Remnants of sand dune plant communities also occur along the coastal strip.

The open forest communities are dominated by blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis), grey gum (E. punctata) and Sydney red gum (Angophora costata) and occur in sheltered locations with south or east facing aspects. The more exposed locations, like Gerrin Point support a low open forest with dense shrubby understorey. Bloodwood (E. gummifera), scribbly gum (E. haemastoma), and Sydney red gum grow in a mallee form, with many short thin trunks springing from the one root system. These forest occur around the tops of Bouddi, and usually on Hawkesbury sandstone soils.

Tall open forests grow on the lower slopes and in the valleys, where the soils are derived from the Narrabeen sandstones. The dominant trees include blackbutt, stringybark (E. eugenoides) and grey gum.

In the deeper sheltered gullies the tall open forest structures give way to closed coastal rainforest with a dense canopy. Here can be found bangalow (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana), and cabbage tree (Livistona australis) palms, and coachwoods (Ceratopetalum apetalum).  There are understorey of ferns, mosses and dense tangles of lianas that climb to the forest canopy.

Wildlife to be found include northern brown bandicoot, swamp and bush rats, brown antechinus, sugar gliders, greater glider, swamp wallaby, echidna, lyrebirds, bell miners, bowerbirds, brush turkeys, and white-breasted sea eagles, to name just a few.

Marine Extension:
A unique feature of the park is its marine extension of 287.3 ha between Gerrin Point and Third Point. Fishing is prohibited in this area.

Source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Blue Mountains National Park Visitor Guide

The park is accessible by car from the Sydney-Newcastle Motorway (M3) via Woy Woy or Gosford. There are facilities for day use, lightweight, walk-in camping and limited car-based camping. Camping fees must be booked in advance through the NPWS district office.

Information can be found at the National Parks and Wildlife Service Hawkesbury district office:

Information Centre National Parks and Wildlife Service
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