Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney's north makes for a great escape from the city.
This 14,882-hectare protected land is Australia's second-oldest national park, and it offers scenic walks and idyllic beaches.
Enjoy beautiful waterways, eucalypt forests, patches of rainforest, sandstone cliffs and secluded beaches.
There are over 350 Aboriginal sites in the park, some of
which you'll sight along the walks.
You can visit the fascinating, historic army battery on the West Head Army Track (below).
And you'll most likely sight a few swamp wallabies.
Experience our 8 favourite walks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in this guide.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open from sunrise to
The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is open from 6am to 8pm during daylight saving hours and to 5.30pm the rest of the year.
The gate to West Head is open from 6am to 8.30pm during daylight savings hours and to 6pm the rest of the year.
Entry costs $12 per vehicle per day.
Some of the walks listed below can also be accessed by boat, train or ferry from Palm Beach. You can moor your boat for free on Cowan Waters at one of the many yellow buoys marked with a NSW National Parks logo.
Dogs are not allowed in the national park.
If you’d like to camp in the park overnight, there's a campground at The Basin, which is accessible via ferry from Palm Beach or The Basin walking trail.
Located on West Head, Resolute Beach loop walk takes you to stunning, isolated beaches and Aboriginal sites.
Pack your swimmers and put on those hiking shoes!
You’ll experience the best of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer.
See panoramic views of Pittwater and Barrenjoey Headland from West Head Lookout.
Visit Aboriginal engravings and historical sites, including the Red Hands Aboriginal Rock Art Site.
Swim in the inviting cyan-blue water of Resolute Beach and West Head Beach tucked in the bushland of Ku-ring-gai Chase.
Explore Great Mackerel Beach, an isolated beachside suburb only accessible by boat or bushwalking.
And enjoy a picnic at Resolute Picnic Area after your walk.
The Resolute Beach loop walk is one of the most enjoyable hikes in the national park.
You can access the walk by car or ferry from Palm Beach.
Flint and Steel Beach circuit walk takes you down to the Hawkesbury River, where you’ll enjoy great views and a beautiful hidden beach.
Located at the northern end of Box Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the walking track passes impressive palm and grass trees. It takes you slightly off the beaten path for a bit of an adventure.
Down at the bay, you’ll pass the McGaw’s ruins and enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful views across the Hawkesbury River to Little Patonga Beach.
You’ll then follow the path along the river’s edge and enjoy more stunning views.
You’ll arrive at Flint and Steel Beach, a perfect place to swim and relax.
The most impressive part of the West Head Army track is exploring the historic army battery at the hill’s base.
The short and steep walk takes you down to the water’s edge, where you can explore the battery observation post, gun emplacements and ammunition magazine.
Those were used to protect the waterways from a possible naval invasion during World War II.
You’ll also enjoy amazing views of Pittwater and Broken Bay. As a bonus, you get to take in even more incredible views from West Head Lookout before your walk.
The track starts from Box Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park