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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.
Beach Length: 0.6km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.