If you like the idea of getting away from it all without having to go very far, then this is the  bushwalk for you! The Little Beach track in Bouddi National Park is an easy 15-minute walk for young families and rewards little legs with a stunning secluded beach at the end.

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The golden-sand cove of Little Beach feels wild and remote and makes you feel a million miles from anywhere. Kids will love exploring the rocks, collecting driftwood to create cubbies, splashing in the ocean and building sandcastles.

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There’s also a delightful shallow creek running down to the ocean where toddlers can splash about without worrying about being bowled over by waves. Kids will also love building dams and moving rocks around to change the flow of the water.

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Camping at Little Beach

A small National Parks campground with 6 campsites is located on the grass behind the beach. Click here to enquire about camping.

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How to get to Little Beach

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It’s just 15 minutes from car to beach and you can choose to walk a wide fire trail or a narrow bushwalking track.

There’s a car park at the end of Grahame Drive at Macmasters Beach. The fire trail, which starts at the car park, is wide and flat and can be navigated with a stroller (and some muscle).

The prettier option, though, is the nearby walking track. From the car park, walk about 50m back down Grahame Drive. On your right you’ll find the entry to the walk.

This bush track winds between ferns and gums and a little wooden bridge adds an element of fun. Keep an eye out for the many vine swings too.

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Little Beach Bushwalk in Bouddi National Park

Age: If you’re trying to get your kids into bushwalking, this is a perfect introduction. It’s short, easy walking and relatively flat. Kids aged three and up will manage this walk without trouble. Smaller kids might need a short piggyback on the way back up, as there are a few hills.

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Facilities: There’s a covered picnic table and free gas BBQs. There are toilets but they were locked when we visited. You will need to bring your own drinking water. We recommend taking insect repellant too, as you’re likely to meet a few mosquitos on the track!

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Distance: The beach is only 750m from the carpark – an easy 15 minute walk.

Location: Grahame Drive, McMasters Beach.

Parking: There’s a carpark at the end of Grahame Drive. Follow the gravel management track on foot down to the beach. (This is the track closest to the road – the trail at the far end of the carpark takes you up onto the Bouddi Coastal Track instead.)

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Alison is a busy local mum who enjoys exploring the Coast’s spectacular natural spaces. You’ll often find her out on a bush trail with her husband and three kids. With a background in media production, communication and marketing, she loves sharing stories about the wonderful region we get to call home.