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Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout

Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
9.1 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 7.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 7.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 176 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 176 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This relatively flat walk takes you through some woodland forests, open shrub and rock platforms to a lookout. There are great views over the Basin, and out to Narrabeen and north up the Pitt Water. The track is well defined, and the views are well worth the walk. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout
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West Head road (start)
Int. of Towlers Bay & Bairne Tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: West Head road (start)

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301N 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
start of the walk
 
start of the walk +
 
the service trail (sandy section)
 
the service trail (sandy section) +
 
the service trail
 
the service trail +

 
Track intersection
 
Track intersection +
 
The walking track
 
The walking track +
 
the lookout
 
the lookout +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 8km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 3.8km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 3.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 3.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 3.8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 3.8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 3.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Drive to West Head road (start)
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) West Head road (start) to Int. of Towlers Bay & Bairne Tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.53 km Time = 46 mins
Climb = 50 m Descent = -63 m
The track starts just shy of 6.2 km along West Head Road from Coal and Candle Drive, at post number 8.
The Bairne management trail meanders westwards along the top of the ridge. The trail is very well defined and pretty flat, it heads through woodlands and open terrain. It then intersects with an unnamed track that heads south (to Towlers Bay lookout). The Bairne trail continues north-east, to an intersection, marked by 'Soldier Point' and 'Portugese track' signs to the left.

(2.53 km) Int. of Towlers Bay & Bairne Tracks to Lookout (end)
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.28 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = -52 m
Veer left: From the intersection with the unnamed track, the walk follows the management trail east. After a few hundred metres, the walk bends to the left at an intersection, staying on the main track and ignoring the track branching to the right. The walk is mostly through low scrub. The walk continues until the track tends North west and down a steep section (the track continues down a steep section to Bonnie Doon). There are a few nice places to enjoy glimpses of The Basin through the trees, and a few grassy areas and rocky platforms that would make a nice lunch spot

Drive from West Head road (start)
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 6.3 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 14.1 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 16.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 14.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 21.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 12 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 19 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
21 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 31 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 39 km (to the WSW)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu20°|26°Possible shower.
Fri20°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat18°|25°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Nicole - Wrong Starting Point in Track IP:110.175.9.xxx | 2014-06-26 08:54:34
I am not entirely sure but I think that the title on the first track note is wrong - it says 'West Head road (start) to Towlers Bay lookout track'. I think it should say 'Bairne Track'.
The Towlers Bay track is the track before this one on West Head Rd.
This mistake carries on to the next trip note "Towlers Bay lookout track to Lookout (end)" This should also say Bairne Track.
admin - re: Wrong Starting Point in Tr Super Administrator | 2014-06-26 09:17:27
Nicole wrote:
I am not entirely sure but I think that the title on the first track note is wrong - it says 'West Head road (start) to Towlers Bay lookout track'. I think it should say 'Bairne Track'.

Hi Nicole
Thanks for the feedback - I can see how the name could be confusing. I changed it to "Int. of Towlers Bay & Bairne Tracks" ie "'West Head road (start) to Int. of Towlers Bay & Bairne Tracks" A bit longer but clearer. Hope that helps.
Hope you enjoyed the walk - Many great walks along West Head - well worth exploring.
Happy Walking.
Matt :)
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