It is good news for many that the Palm Beach to Central Coast ferry service resumed last week, re-opening some great eBike touring options. The plan for this one was a ferry to Wagstaffe, then explore the Bouddi National Park before riding to Ettalong and ferry home. I departed at 10:30am and 20 minutes later am gliding past the landmark resort at Ettalong. I get off at Wagstaffe wharf, which feels like its a thousand miles from city life.
Only a short ride and you are at Hardy’s Bay which, by the way, has a great coffee shop. Not knowing the area, I chat with some locals who direct me up the hill to the Bouddi National Park ridge trail where I was promised some great views. So that’s what I did, and they were right.
This is the view looking east over McMasters Beach; absolutely gorgeous, with 300 degrees of panorama.
If you are on Palm Beach looking north across Broken Bay, you see the Bouddi Park Headland. This is how it appears looking back towards Sydney.
I could have spent more time In Bouddi, but that’s another day. With glimpses of the Ettalong bridge as my compass, I head west until I find a trail pointing down to Ettalong. Keep an eye out for the Daley’s Point Trail which leads to the bridge near Ettalong.
The quiet back street winding down to the bridge had great views, and I also stopped on the bridge bike path to enjoy more of them.
I was now back on the Ettalong flats, looking back at the bridge. From Ettalong, it’s an easy ride around to Umina Beach.
This creek wanders past the Umina Beach Caravan Park, and that was my turnaround point in order to make the 2:30 return ferry to Palm Beach.
When I see the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, it’s cool to know I rode up there this very morning (see previous post).
You couldn’t ask for a more interesting, safe and scenic bike ride. An eBike is definitely needed because there many hills, not super-steep but long. Overall, it’s a 28 km 2 hour ride or you could just do the Wagstaff to Bouddi area and take more time enjoying the trails and views. I’ll be back soon.