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Koolewong Track

Time: 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
13.3 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 0.8 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 0.8 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 32 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 32 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: Circuit
Track: Moderate

Probably the best word to describe this walk is 'cute'. The circuit walk starts with a few steep steps, but soon flattens out, following a well-defined track through an open forest, via some natural sandstone sculptures. The lookout is notable for wonderful views to Patonga, Lion Island and out through the entrance of Broken Bay at Barrenjoey. A seat at the lookout is well placed to encourage people to stop and enjoy. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Koolewong Track

Map of Walk


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Map of Koolewong Track
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Map Scale 500 meters
Start (West Head Road)
Return track intersection
West Head Road
Starting point for this hiking track: Start (West Head Road)

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

The walk down the hill
The walk down the hill +
A rocky outcrop and groovy looking gum trees
A rocky outcrop and groovy looking gum trees +
cute +

Nice ha
Nice ha +
Now that is art
Now that is art +
Some Orange fungus
Some Orange fungus +

Special thanks to Dorrie Davis
Special thanks to Dorrie Davis +
Lion Island
Lion Island +
A panarama of from the lookout
A panarama of from the lookout +


Cross sectional view of the Koolewong Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Koolewong Track bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Koolewong Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Koolewong Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 810m
Time 30 mins

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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.
Around 510m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 300m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 510m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 300m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Around 510m of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 300m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 810m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 810m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 510m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 300m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes

Drive to Start (West Head Road)
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) Start (West Head Road) to Return track intersection
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 300 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -33 m
The walk starts opposite the entrance to the Resolute picnic area, at a gap in the guard-rail, marked with a small sign. From the sign, the walk follows the stairs and the main track through the wooded forest, down the hill. After a short distance, the walk passes a rocky outcrop and arrives at an intersection.

(0.3 km) Return track intersection to Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 100 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the bush track north, away from the nearby road. The walk follows the bush track through the sandstone boulder and gum forest for a short distance to the lookout.

(0.4 km) Lookout to West Head Road
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 300 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -1 m
Turn around: The lookout is built up with a wooden platform, guard rail and chair, there is also a memorial. The views of Lion Island are fantastic. When you have finished soaking up the scenery, turn around and walk back up the hill, initially on the track that you came down on. When you get to the track intersection (near the rocky outcrop), stay on the main track going up the hill. You will soon join West Head Road

(0.7 km) West Head Road to Picnic Ground (end)
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 110 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From West Head Road, there are two options for walking to the car park. Walkers can either cross the road to the set of stairs opposite and make their way back to the car park via the bush track and picnic ground. Alternatively, walkers can head straight along the road (to the right). (Watch the traffic along here, there is a bend in the road and some cars do not obey the speed limits.)

Drive from Picnic Ground (end)
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 9.1 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 17.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 17.7 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 17.4 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 19.9 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Koolewong Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Koolewong Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 16 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
26 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 26 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 43 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 7 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.

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