Earlier this year I was invited to be apart of a hike at Bouddi National Park by NSW National Parks along with a crew of fellow nemophilist’s, with a date change and some rearranging I was locked in.
The drive through the Central Coast towns to Bouddi NP brought back so much nostalgia for me as majority of my school holidays as a child were spent around this beautiful area.
I arrived right on time which meant I didn’t have time to deal with my social anxieties and had to just walk right on in to first meet Jason and Hayden, before shortly after everyone flowed in who were part of the Bouddi team.
First up, snacks, water, and safety check. One by one we made our way up the stairs and out of the information centre for a formal introductory with David and Jo. To be honest I felt under prepared (this gal is so unfit these days) but also so excited to be spending my day in the outdoors with what I soon learned to be with such an amazing crew.
We had several stops along the way on the Maitland bay track and Bouddi coastal walk where the parks crew educated us on all of the flora and fauna on this lush land. I was so eager to learn everything and anything I possibly could from David and Jo.
Along our walk I could see little snippets of the ocean between the gaps in the trees. I kept up with David, Jeremy and Hayden when we arrived at the Bullimah outlook, I was behind the three and yet had enough time before the back end of the group arrived to jump around like an idiot with so much excitement to see Putty Beach down below, I may or may not have teared up a little bit too. I absolutely love how the blue coast is, along with a perfectly clear sky to match.
After our first little pitstop we continued onto the Bouddi Coastal walk *insert salsa women dancing emoji*.
Up then down the steps we went and along the path, I was beyond stoked to slowly get closer and closer to the gleaming water.
After a quick descend down we reached Gerrin Point Lookout we met a friendly bush turkey roaming around..well the bush. After watching the sea crash into the tessellated rock beneath for some time and another snack break we were back on track to our sunset spot.
I was guaranteed to have a little happy cry when I laid my eyes on the beautiful colours within the rock formations and ocean right in front of me as we reached the sea while the sun went down. I felt so grateful that the team and I were able to spend a little longer at this stop to take it all in before trekking along the boardwalk then across the sand to finish the lovely day.