Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Maitland Bay (NSW 290) is named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked on the bombora off Bouddi Head in 1898. The remains of her boiler still sit on the eastern rock platform. The 600 m long south-facing beach curves between Bouddi and Gerrin points (Fig. 4.176). It can only be reached on foot from the Mount Bouddi or Old Maitland Store car parks, both requiring a 1-2 km walk down the forested spurs. Most people arrive by boat from Sydney and Broken Bay, anchoring toward the more sheltered eastern end. The beach faces south-southwest and is well protected from most swell entering Broken Bay by its orientation, and particularly by the Maitland Bombora and the protruding arm of Bouddi Point. As a result waves average 0.5 m and maintain a steep, cusped reflective beach, which permits small boats to anchor safely close inshore.
Maitland Bay usually has low surging wave running up the steep beach. Children should watch the surge and deep water close inshore. During big seas a heavy shorebreak develops.
Only a surging shore break, which gets heavier as the waves get bigger.
Not permitted in the marine park.
The 13 km long southern shore of Bouddi National Park is dominated by high sandstone cliffs and headlands that extends south from Second Point to Third Point, where the shore then trends west to Bouddi and Gerrin points, and finally Box Head, the northern headland of Broken Bay. Besides Little Beach, five headland-bound beaches (NSW 289-294) occupy this section of coast.