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Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
12.1 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 5.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 5.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 384 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 384 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is NO car access to start or end of this walk There is a ferry stop near the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This walk is another great walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, accessed by ferry. From the Mackerel Beach wharf, this walk uses the Resolute Loop track to round the headland, enjoying a few secluded beaches and excellent, historic Aboriginal sites. This walk features Mackerel Beach and community, with an alternative route through the town which is 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 Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop
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Mackerel Beach Wharf
Digger Crescent Bridge
Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade Shed
Mackerel Beach Wharf
Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk
Int. Resolute AND West Head Beach Tracks
Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk
Int. West Head Beach and West Head Lookout
Int. West Head Beach and West Head Lookout
West Head Lookout
Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Red Hands Cave
Int. West Head Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Engravings
Int. Headland Track and Engravings Bushtrack
Int. Headland Track and Resolute Beach Trk
Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk
Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk
Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk
Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Starting point for this hiking track: Mackerel Beach Wharf

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

 
Mackerel Beach Wharf
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf +
 
South end of Mackerel Beach
 
South end of Mackerel Beach +
 
Palm trees and arrow on rock, north end of Mackerel
 
Palm trees and arrow on rock, north end of Mackerel +

 
Track around to gun emplacement
 
Track around to gun emplacement +
 
WWII gun emplacement
 
WWII gun emplacement +
 
Stairs from West Head Beach up to the Lookout
 
Stairs from West Head Beach up to the Lookout +

 
Lion Island from West Head Lookout
 
Lion Island from West Head Lookout +
 
Stairs on West Head Lookout Track
 
Stairs on West Head Lookout Track +
 
Headland Service Trail
 
Headland Service Trail +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop 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 5km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
3.6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 850m has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 630m is very steep and the remaining 360m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.3km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (540m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
2.8km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 1.8km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (820m) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 4.4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
3.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats). The remaining (1km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Mackerel beach
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. The ferry starts at Palm Beach and goes via Bennett's, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong then Mackerel. Ph: 9974 2411 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable
(0 km) Mackerel Beach Wharf to Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Alternate Route: Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 1.04 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 37 m Descent = -32 m
Turn right: From the wharf, this walk follows the tarmac pavement to the the corner beneath a large, yellow 'Submarine Cable' sign. The track then turns right, heading along a grassy pathway of Monash Ave. The walk continues along this for approximately 300m to a bridge.
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk crosses the bridge and leads along the grassy path of Diggers Crescent. The walk turns right after approximately 100m, then continues another 100m to a large shed, the 'Mackerel Beach Bush Fire Brigade' shed.
Continue straight: ****Warning: This section of track has been reported as overgrown and no longer passable**** From the shed, this walk passes along the left side of the shed, to a small grassy clearing near a lagoon. The walk travels alongside the lagoon for approximately 300m, tending right with the lagoon to open onto a sandy creek bed behind the beach. This walk then continues to the right side of the creek, to continue to the two palm trees on this end of Mackerel Beach. A boulder below the two trees is painted with a black arrow.
Turn right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 5.07km 'Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach'.

(0 km) Mackerel Beach Wharf to Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 349 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
From the wharf, the walk heads along the beach (keeping the water to your right) for approximately 300m, to the only palm trees on this end of the beach. Below the palm trees is a boulder with a black arrow painted on it.

Mackerel Beach Alt = 2 m
Mackerel Beach, also known as Great Mackerel Beach, is a 600m stretch of sand facing east over Pittwater. The beach is backed by a lagoon and a small community of houses. Mackerel Beach has a wharf with public ferry access. Mackerel Beach and its southern neighbour, Little Mackerel or Currawong Beach, were originally purchased for farming in 1823 by John Clarke. The land was then subdivided and more than a hundred houses were built, many of which still stand today.

(0.35 km) Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach to Int. Resolute AND West Head Beach Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 696 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 86 m Descent = -58 m
Continue straight: From the palm trees and boulder painted with a black arrow, this walk heads up the hill into the bush, away from the beach. The track climbs to pass a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park' sign before meandering along the hillside in an easterly direction, up the hill for approximately 400m. The track then rounds the headland to lead beneath a rocky headland for some time to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Resolute' Beach arrow along the hillside to an un-signposted intersection.

(1.05 km) Int. Resolute AND West Head Beach Tracks to Resolute Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 95 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -25 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the water, following the creek line to the beach. The track winds down the hill for approximately 30m to a small creek waterfall. The track is hidden in parts by grasses for approximately 20m before it heads down a few flights of stairs to where the track reaches the beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Resolute Beach Alt = 3 m
Resolute Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula between steep headlands. The easterly aspect of the beach overlooks Barrenjoey Headland across the Pittwater.

(1.05 km) Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk to Int. Resolute AND West Head Beach Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 632 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -66 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk keeps the water on the right of the track as it follows the hillside around through a creek. The track then turns right, following the coast. The track rises up the hill closer to the cliffline as it heads around a spur. When passing this spur, a gun emplacement is passed (below to the right of the track). The track continues for approximately 200m, undulating around the hillside to the intersection with some steps on the right (which go down to West Head Beach).

(1.68 km) Int. West Head Beach and West Head Lookout to West Head Beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 103 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -33 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the staircases to the beach, approximately 100m below.

(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

West Head Beach Alt = 7 m
West Head Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula. The beach has an easterly aspect, facing out of steep hills over Pittwater to the Barrenjoey Headland.

(1.68 km) Int. West Head Beach and West Head Lookout to West Head Lookout
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 348 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 76 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, keeping the water to the right of the track. The walk then turns up two flights of stairs. These staircases pass a small creek waterfall on the right, and a prominent overhang on the left. The track then continues to climb up the ridge, with many sections of cut rock steps. In time, the walk flattens out and continues past an informal, unfenced lookout on a rock landing approximately 100m before this walk reaches the stone-fenced West Head Lookout.

West Head Lookout Alt = 104 m
West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a large paved sandstone viewing area[1] with fantastic views and some interesting interpretive signs[2][3][4][5][6]. The view spans across the Hawkesbury River to Lion Island[7] to Patonga (Central Coast) also across the Pittwater to Barrenjoey Headland[8] and out to sea. The lookout has a series of bench seats[fac=8397][fac=8396] and a low (50cm[9]) stone wall. A lovely place to just sit and soak up the views, and history of the area.

(2.03 km) West Head Lookout to Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 819 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 70 m Descent = -19 m
Turn left: From West Head Lookout, this walk follows the sign to 'Resolute Picnic Area' along a bush track, which keeps the hill above on the right. The track continues along the hillside to pass a sign pointing to 'Resolute Picnic Area' before the track climbs up steps. The track passes a creek on the left and rock formations on the right as the steps lead to the signposted 'Red Hands Cave' intersection.

(2.84 km) Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk to Resolute Picnic Area
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 132 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads along the rocky outcrop keeping it on the left as it heads up the stairs for approximately 30m into Resolute Picnic Area.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Resolute Picnic Area Alt = 169 m
Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.

(2.84 km) Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk to Red Hands Cave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads down the hill, following the rocky outcrop to the right of the track. The walk follows this for approximately 30m to the interpretation signs for Red Hands Cave.

Red Hands Cave Alt = 163 m
Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.

(2.87 km) Red Hands Cave to Int. West Head Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 132 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Red Hands Cave, this walk heads along the bottom of the rocky outcrop, keeping it to the right of the track. The walk then ascends some stairs, passing up and around the rock shelf. After this, the track turns left as it continues, climbing slightly to the signposted intersection with the service trail.

(3 km) Int. West Head Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk to Engravings
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 359 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill for a short time, to the information sign on the left of the track.

Engavings Alt = 151 m
The engravings on West Head were made by the indigenous Guringai people. The engravings depict a man, shark/whale and two eels.

(3.36 km) Engravings to Int. Headland Track and Engravings Bushtrack
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 188 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left : From the engraving of the man, this walk heads off the rock shelf near a vegetation-covered sign indicating the 'Headland Track'. The track winds through dense scrub for about 200m to the intersection with the management trail, the Headland Track.

(3.55 km) Int. Headland Track and Engravings Bushtrack to Int. Headland Track and Resolute Beach Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 683 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -51 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill towards the water for some time. After a few turns in the service trail, the track winds down a steep slope for approximately 300m to the intersection, where there is a sign indicating the way to 'Resolute Beach'.

(4.23 km) Int. Headland Track and Resolute Beach Trk to Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 63 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -12 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down a flight of stairs following the sign to 'Resolute Beach'. The walk then turns left down more steps to head below a small cliffline, and comes to a sign at an intersection with a track on the left (which heads down to a cave).

(4.29 km) Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk to Cave
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 22 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the rock formations, following the hillside. The track then enters an overhang of a cave.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

(4.29 km) Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk to Mackerel Beach Wharf
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.13 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 55 m Descent = -135 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill for approximately 50m towards the sea. The track then heads down a flight of stairs and continues down another staircase to the intersection, marked 'Mackerel' and 'Resolute' beaches.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the signpost to 'Mackerel' heading along the hillside beneath a rocky outcrop on the headland. The track then meanders along the hillside, undulating slightly for approximately 400m to pass a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park' sign. From the sign, the walk then heads down to two palm trees and a boulder painted with a black arrow on the beach.
Continue straight: From the arrow painted boulder, the walk heads along the beach, keeping the water to the left. After approximately 300m, the walk comes to the wharf in the middle of the beach.

Catch the ferry from Mackerel beach
Public transport (ferry) available from this Bushwalk Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. From The Basin ferry wharf, the ferry heads back to Palm Beach. Ph: 9974 2411 Please check with the ferry operator for latest info on services --> Timetable

Getting there

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To the start of the walk

Catch a ferry to Mackerel beach
Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. The ferry starts at Palm Beach and goes via Bennett's, Bonnie Doon, The Basin, Currawong then Mackerel. Ph: 9974 2411 Get Timetable
From the end of the walk

Catch a ferry to Palm Beach
Palm Beach Ferry service operates hourly from 9am to about 8pm - check their timetable for more info. From The Basin ferry wharf, the ferry heads back to Palm Beach. Ph: 9974 2411 Get Timetable


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 7.7 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 15.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 16.3 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 18.5 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 18.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mackerel Beach and Resolute Loop
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 17 km (to the N)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
25 km (to the SW)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 28 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 42 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      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°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

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Michael - Could not find track IP:144.132.217.xxx | 2011-10-29 07:15:24
Hi

I could find no trace of the track starting from the back of Mackeral Beach near the Bush Fire Brigade around the lagoon to the start of the coastal track to Resolute Beach
admin - re: Could not find track Super Administrator | 2011-10-31 23:46:25
Michael wrote:
I could find no trace of the track starting from the back of Mackeral Beach near the Bush Fire Brigade...

Thanks for the feedback Michael. I updated the tracknotes with your warning, and will try to get down there to see if there is an alternative. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the walk.

Matt :)
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