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Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.5 km NNE of Palm Beach
Length: 8.6 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.6 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 422 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 422 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 There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

The Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop is a walk which explores a large part of the West Head. The journey starts and finishes with a ferry across Pittwater. The walk heads around West Head, taking in views on the Broken Bay side, with Lion Island featuring as a prominent sight. The walk follows sections of road that connect some fantastic bush tracks together. This is a solid day walk if allowing time to relax and have a dip at one of the many beaches along the way. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop

Map of Walk

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Palm Beach
Mackerel Beach Wharf
Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach
Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk
Int. Cave Trk and Resolute Beach Trk
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
Resolute Picnic Area
Lake Trail
Flint and Steel carpark
Signpost at Saddle
Spur above Flint and Steel Beach
Flint and Steel carpark
Old Engravings Trk
Int. Basin Trk and West Head Rd
Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Entry
Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Entry
Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Exit
Int. Basin Trk and Mackerel Trk
Mackerel Trk Clearing
Mackerel South Gate
Mackerel North Gate
Mackerel Beach Wharf
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 +
 
North Mackerel Beach
 
North Mackerel Beach +
 
Stairs off the beach
 
Stairs off the beach +

 
Track around to gun emplacement
 
Track around to gun emplacement +
 
Signposted intersection
 
Signposted intersection +
 
Resolute Beach
 
Resolute Beach +

 
WWII gun emplacement
 
WWII gun emplacement +
 
Steps on the track
 
Steps on the track +
 
Stairs from West Head Beach up to the Lookout
 
Stairs from West Head Beach up to the Lookout +

 
View from below West Head Lookout
 
View from below West Head Lookout +
 
Sign post at West Head Lookout
 
Sign post at West Head Lookout +
 
Barrenjoey Headland from West Head Lookout
 
Barrenjoey Headland from West Head Lookout +

 
Lion Island in Broken Bay
 
Lion Island in Broken Bay +
 
West Head Lookout
 
West Head Lookout +
 
Broken Bay map on West Head
 
Broken Bay map on West Head +

 
Resolute, West Head sign
 
Resolute, West Head sign +
 
Stairs on West Head Lookout Track
 
Stairs on West Head Lookout Track +
 
Track down from Resolute Picnic Area
 
Track down from Resolute Picnic Area +

 
The Basin Track Carpark
 
The Basin Track Carpark +
 
The Basin service trail
 
The Basin service trail +
 
Spider web on Mackerel track
 
Spider web on Mackerel track +

 
Mackerel Beach from the clearing
 
Mackerel Beach from the clearing +
 
Barrenjoey Headland from above Mackerel Beach
 
Barrenjoey Headland from above Mackerel Beach +
 
Track down to Mackerel Beach
 
Track down to Mackerel Beach +

 
Water tanks beside track
 
Water tanks beside track +
 
Track behind house
 
Track behind house +
 
House next to track
 
House next to track +

 
A local climbing a tree
 
A local climbing a tree +
 
Caution sign on Mackerel Beach
 
Caution sign on Mackerel Beach +
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf
 
Mackerel Beach Wharf +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Mackerel Beach, West Head 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 9km
Time 5 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
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 4.1km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 2.6km has short steep hills and the remaining 630m is very steep.

Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.6km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.5km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 960m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
6km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.2km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
Around 12km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 850m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 12km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 4.1km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (670m) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Palm Beach
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
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Drive to Palm Beach
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Palm Beach to Mackerel Beach Wharf
Walk: Easy - transport
Length = 1.89 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
From the Palm Beach ferry terminal, the walk uses the ferry to cross Pittwater to the Mackerel Beach wharf. After getting off the ferry, walk goes to the beach end of the wharf. The 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 More info
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

(1.89 km) Mackerel Beach Wharf to Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.01 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 90 m Descent = -53 m
Turn right: 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.
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.

(2.9 km) Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk to Cave
Optional sidetrip: Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 144 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads up a staircase for approximately 30m. The track then turns after the set of stairs. The track leads up the hill to the signposted intersection, with the cave to the right of the track in the cliffs.
Veer right: 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 turn left to continue along this walk.)

(2.9 km) Int. Resolute Bch Trk and Mackerel Bch Trk to Int. Resolute AND West Head Beach Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 38 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Resolute' Beach arrow along the hillside to an un-signposted intersection.

(2.94 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.)

(2.94 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).

(3.57 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.)

(3.57 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.

(3.92 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.

(4.74 km) Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk to Red Hands Cave
Optional sidetrip: 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.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

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.

(4.74 km) Int. West Head Lookout Trk and Red Hands Cave Trk to Resolute Picnic Area
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.

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.

(4.87 km) Resolute Picnic Area to Flint and Steel carpark
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.11 km Time = 24 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -56 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads away from 'Resolute Day Visitor Area', keeping it behind and to the left. The walk continues to undulate and wind along the road for approximately 600m, to the unsignposted track on the left, marked by a green metal gate.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill towards the 'Crest' road sign. The walk continues down the steep hill to the signposted intersection of 'Flint and Steel' car park.

(5.97 km) Flint and Steel carpark to Flint and Steel beach
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.07 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -173 m
Veer right: From the back of the car park, the walk follows the 'Flint and Steel Track' sign along the bush track heading down through the bush. The walk drops down some stairs and turns right at the old 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park' sign, then left down the side of the hill. After about 100m, the walk continues down a set of stairs and then down the bush track to the signposted intersection.
Veer right: From intersection, this walk follows the 'Flint and Steel Beach 700m' arrow through a palm grove, along the ridge, with views across Hawkesbury River to Lion Island. The track runs parallel to rock formations on the left before winding its way through the trees and down the boardwalk, with the large rocks to the left. Soon the track heads through some pine trees and comes to an intersection of a bush track, near some large boulders on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track heading straight down the hill towards the beach, splitting for a about 10m before coming to a rock shelf above the waterline. From here, the track turns right and follows this rock shelf for about 20m, onto Flint and Steel Beach.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn sharp right to continue along this walk.)

Flint and Steel Beach Alt = 8 m
Flint and Steel Beach, Ku-ring-gai National Park, is a small north-east facing stretch of sand. The beach is hemmed in by prominent headlands on either side and backed by a grassy hill. A seat on the hill lends views over the Hawkesbury River to Patonga and Lion Island, with Box Head in the background.

(5.97 km) Flint and Steel carpark to Int. Basin Trk and West Head Rd
Track: Moderate - road
Length = 1.47 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 36 m Descent = -25 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the smaller hill, keeping the Flint and Steel car park to the right. The walk winds along the road for some time before coming to an area where old metal fence posts mark the intersection on the right-hand side of the road.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south along West Head Road, keeping the metal fence poles behind and to the right. The track continues to wind down the road for approximately 700m to meet the Basin car park and intersection.

(7.44 km) Int. Basin Trk and West Head Rd to Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Entry
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 363 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the car park, this walk follows the management trail around the green gate, keeping West Head Rd on the right. The walk continues along the trail, which tends to the left, and soon comes to a signposted intersection with the 'Aboriginal Engravings' track on the right.

(7.81 km) Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Entry to Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Exit
Alternate Route: Walk: Easy - bushtrack ( Show detail)
Length = 105 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Aboriginal Engravings' sign into the heath and away from the management trail. The track tends left, to a ramp after approximately 10m. The track follows the wooden edging over the rock surface, between the engravings, heading to the signposted intersection on the management trail again.
Veer right to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 7.89km 'Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Exit'.

The Basin Track Aboriginal Engravings Alt = 163 m
The Basin Track Aboriginal Engravings, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large rock surface scattered with Aboriginal engravings. The engravings depict men, fish, hopping wallabies and a club. The engravings are marked with interpretive signs which outline where on the rocks the engravings are and how they were made.

(7.81 km) Int. Basin Trk and Aboriginal Engraving Trk Entry to Mackerel Trk Clearing
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.78 km Time = 33 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -94 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south up the hill (keeping the engravings on the right) to the next signposted intersection with the 'Aboriginal Engravings' track on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk winds gently uphill along the management trail, keeping the engravings track initially on the right. The management trail then comes to the intersection with the signposted 'Mackerel service trail'[10] on the left.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the sea, following the arrow sign 'Mackerel Service Trail'. The track meanders down the wide spur for approximately 1km, to then lead along a narrower area of the spur and into a saddle. The track continues to undulate to a clearing with a view over Mackerel Beach and Pittwater Bay.

(9.59 km) Mackerel Trk Clearing to Mackerel Beach Wharf
Track: Hard - bushtrack,footpath,beach
Length = 904 m Time = 20 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -94 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ridge down towards the sea. The track winds down the ridge, passing numerous large green water tanks to the left of the track, as the walk continues for approximately 50m to a lookout on a large boulder. The track heads down the left side of the boulder, winding steeply down the hillside to houses. The walk then leads to a small gate on the track in front of a brown wooden house.
Turn left: From the gate, this walk heads through the gate, then winds between and under the houses for approximately 200m, coming to a gate before the beach.
Veer left: From the gate, this walk heads onto the beach and continues for approximately 300m across the beach to the wharf in the middle of the beach.

(10.49 km) Mackerel Beach Wharf to Palm Beach
Walk: Easy - transport
Length = 1.89 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From Mackerel Beach wharf, this walk uses the ferry to cross Pittwater to the Palm Beach wharf. After arriving at the Palm Beach wharf, the walk goes into the car park. The 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 More info
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

Catch the bus from Palm Beach
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Palm Beach
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
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Manly
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Driving Directions
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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 7.3 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 15.2 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 15.8 km
Mannings Sports 172 Mann St , Gosford (02) 4325 1617 19.1 km
BCF Australia Pty Ltd 354 Manns Rd , Gosford West (02) 4322 5833 20.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Mackerel Beach, West Head Loop
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 17 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 18 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 27 km (to the NNE)
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 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 °)
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% 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.

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AlanM - NIce Walk - Wet Day IP:125.254.73.xxx | 2011-07-17 12:51:42
It rained throughout this walk, which was a great shame as the views and the bush would be fanastic on a good day. This walk would be best done on a week day.

Video of the walk at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdezaGWWIEI
jayfitzgerald56 - lost overlooking mackerel beac Registered | 2011-10-24 00:51:26
The end of the service track at the top of the ridge overlooking mackerel beach on the southern side is confusing. I just kept going past the watertanks and ended up in the backyard of houses perched precariously over Pittwater. I assume there is a track off to the left before the water tanks. this might have to be explained in track notes.
Tristan - Bit too much road walking IP:130.155.98.xxx | 2013-03-25 01:01:35
On a clear day the views are fabulous, there's plenty of wildlife (I saw a brown snake, several large goannas, some wallabies and an enormous eagle), and there's even some interesting aboriginal artifacts to look at. So as a day out it's great, but as a hike it's not ideal because about half of it is spent trudging along the West Head Road, which is fairly busy. The walk before and after this is really nice, it's a real shame it's not a complete loop without the road.

Good to combine with the Barenjoey walk, makes a nice day trip.
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