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West Head

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West Head is situated within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the traditional country of the Guringai People, located 24km north of Sydney’s CBD.

It is the second oldest national park in NSW and conserves some 15,000 hectares of sandstone bushland.The park was created in 1894 and was the second national park to be established in Sydney, following on from the creation of The National Park (now Royal National Park) in 1879. Since this time Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has proven to be a popular destination for visitors to escape the hectic city life.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park park provides treasure for families and friends to picnic, bush walk and enjoy  with so much to offer for a variety of interests and needs.

West Head Lookout is a must see for visitors. Enjoy the magnificent view over the ocean up the Hawkesbury and Pittwater Rivers, across to Brisbane Water and Bouddi National Parks on the Central Coast and Barrenjoey Head. Winter and spring are the best times to observe wildflowers in the park. From around May through to August the heath banksia is in bloom and its nectar laden blossoms attract hundreds of honeyeaters.

West Head Walking Tracks

There are many interesting walks that start around West Head and provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the scenic landforms, waterways, plants and animals, as well as local cultural heritage.

Elvina Track
2.5km one way, some steep grades

Waratah Track
 5.3km one way, easy walk

Salvation Track
3.6km circular track and Salvation Creed, level walk.

Wallaroo North & Wallaroo South Track
Both accessed from the mid-point of the Salvation Creek Track, 4.5km one way, some steep sections.

Willunga Track
1.5km steep return walk to the highest point in the park.

Towlers Bay Track
4km one way. Easy walk with good views.

Topham Track
2.5km one way, easy walking.

Bairne Track/ Soldiers Point Track
4.5km one way.

America Bay Track
1km one way occasionally difficult walk to vantage point overlooking the bay.

Challenger Track
1.5km one way easy walk.

The Basic Track
3km one way walk into one of the park’s most popular visitor areas.

Mackeral Track
1km one way, leads off from the Basic Track some 800m from West Head Road.

Flint & Steel Track
1.5km one way, difficult walk in parts.

Koolewong Track
800m loop track opposite the Resolute Picnic Area.

Aboriginal Heritage Walk
3.5km loop walk accessed from the Resolute Picnic Area.


The extensive waterways of the park offer many recreational opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Within the park, boats can be launched at Apple Tree Bay and Akuna Bay. Boats can be hired at Akuna Bay.

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