The Bouddi National Park,
take for granted, came about over several decades through the work of a
number of individuals .
first reservation of land for
purposes was made in 1876 when all vacant Crown Land on the seaboard
between Port Stephens and Jervis Bay was reserved from sale "on account
of coal". The reserve extended 20 chains (400 m) back from high water
and affected land not alienated to private persons or reserved by the
Crown for any public purpose.
The dedication of Bouddi as a
"Natural Park" followed a campaign by bush walkers, particularly Marie
Byles, in the early 1930s. As a result, 650 acres (263 hectares) was
set aside in July 1935. The following year it was named Bouddi Natural
Park and Mr AA Perry, a fisherman who had a shack at Mainland Bay, was
appointed honourary ranger.
By 1940, the park covered 975 acres
(395 hectares) and was administered by trustees who worked hard to
increase its size and preserve it in its natural condition.
1967, when the National Parks
and Wildlife Service was set up, it was renamed
Bouddi State Park and in 1974 it
became Bouddi National Park. Today, Bouddi National Park continues to
grow, thanks to the hard work and vision of people like Allen and Beryl
Strom who were strong advocates of the park and worked continuously to
lobby the government for more land and the park's marine extension.
Bushland at Daleys Point and MacMasters Ridge has been transferred to
the NPWS by Gosford City Council under the Coastal Open space System
(COSS) as additions to the park.
One of the major drawcard is
Daleys Point Aboriginal Site. Access is via a gravel road opposite the
intersection of Maitland Bay Drive and Wards Hill Rd. Follow this road
for 2-3 km. Go straight ahead when the road bends to the right and it
will lead to a carpark from whence you can see a rock shelf marked with
engravings. Below the outcrop is a shelter where drawings and stencils
can be found.
are facilities at Bouddi for day use, lightweight, walk-in camping and
limited car-based camping. A fee applies for camping and campers must
book in advance through the NPWS regional office. Phone 02 4320 4203.
The NPWS runs a series of walks and activities called "The
Discovery Program". A printed program is produced six times a year and
is available from the Maitland Bay Centre, by mail from the NPWS office
in Gosford. It is also available by email.
Our Backyard Park
Beckers, Wildlife Officer, Department of Environment and Climate Change
gave the following report to the August 2010 meeting of the Killcare
Wagstaffe Trust. It is a repeat of a talk he gave on Australia Day 2008
I bet everyone here today has dreamt about visiting
some exotic place that has fantastic rainforest, unusual and bizarre
wildlife and spectacular scenery. I know a place where you can visit
warm temperate lowland rainforest (Bouddi Grand Deep and Fraser Road),
tall eucalypt forests (Macmasters Ridge, Bouddi Grand Deep and Riley’s
Bay), and coastal heath (Bombi and Mourawaring Moors) with hundreds of
wildflowers all in a single day.
In this same place, there are
animals that glide from tree to tree at night (Greater, Yellow-bellied,
Sugar and Feathertailed Gliders) that are hunted by large owls
(Powerful, Sooty and Barking Owls) that make blood curdling calls
(Masked Owl). There are mammals that weigh 1800kg at birth and drink
450 litres of milk a day from their mother (Humpback Whale Calfs).
There are other mammals that weigh less than a tenth of one gram at
birth, and the males, at 10 months of age, die from the exhaustion of
mating (Brown Antechinus). There are also small flying mammals that
weigh only 4 grams fully grown that can eat half their weight in
mosquitoes in a single night (Little Forest Bats).
also has special snakes that only eat termites (Brown-snouted Blind
Snake), and other snakes that only eat the young of the ferocious hoppy
joe or bull ants (Blackish Blind-snake). It has huge lizards that lay
their eggs in termite mounds where the termites keep them warm until
they hatch (Lace Monitors).
Imagine a place that has over 150
different types of birds including parrots, honeyeaters, finches and
robins. Some of the birds arrive at this place during the spring and
summer from South-east Asia and New Guinea, lay their eggs in other
birds’ nests then fly back north to avoid our winter (Koel and
Channel-billed Cuckoo). Others arrive from as far away as Siberia over
10000km away, feed in our mangroves and mudflats then fly back to breed
for a northern summer (Bar-tailed Godwit and Eastern Curlew).
are birds in this place that incubate their eggs in huge mounds of
rotting vegetation. These birds use their mouth as a thermometer, and
can regulate the temperature of the eggs by obsessively manipulating
the amount of leaves on top of the mound (Australian Brush-turkey).
place has a magnificent 20m high waterfall only 50 meters from a major
road, where the stream flows through a lowland rainforest that has
special plants with names such as Snow-wood, Supple Jack, Sassafras,
Coachwood, Tamarind and Lilypilly.
One of the most special areas
in this place is the marine reserve which has the greatest diversity
and number of fish species anywhere between Sydney and Newcastle, and
has animals such as sea hares, sea horses, turboshells, brittle stars
and predatory octopus.
This place also has significant Aboriginal
Cultural heritage and contains several shell middens (Just north of
Gerrin Point), charcoal drawings and rock engravings at spectacular
lookouts (Daley’s Point Fire Trail).
The wildlife and natural
features of this place are so valued by the local community that over
1100 hours have been spent on bush regeneration works by dedicated
volunteers. Other volunteers provide a service by providing free advice
to visitors and other volunteers look after injured wildlife, birds,
reptiles, possums and fruit-bats at considerable personal expense and
effort. Volunteers in the local Rural Fire Service also play a very
important role in protecting the community from wildfires.
place I'm referring to is, of course, Bouddi National Park here in our
own backyard. Bouddi is a park that is so popular that it has had over
1,100 campers this summer holiday period, a place where you can ride a
mountain bike along over 15km of fire trails and is a place where you
can easily find serenity along a deserted walking track.
so lucky to have a national park in our own backyard that has unique
wildlife and unspoilt beaches only walking distance away.
National Park is a treasure trove of biodiversity, and is a credit to
the people who had the vision to have the area protected from
development and all those professional National Parks and Wildlife
staff and volunteers who work so hard to maintain its values for us to
enjoy. Today is a celebration about how lucky we are to be Australians,
and I believe we are very fortunate to have a National Park that all
Australians can be very proud of. I urge you this weekend to get out
there, explore and enjoy.
on the logo to link to the NPWS website.
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