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Towlers Bay Walk

Time: 4 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
7.7 km NNE of Terrey Hills
Length: 8.4 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.4 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 402 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 402 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

This walk explores another ridge of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and heads down a steep hill to the Towler's Bay community. You can explore the village and the ferry wharf before walking past the Youth Hostel on the walk back up. The Youth Hostel is available for an overnight stay, but book ahead. Please remember you are visiting a small community please respect the privacy of the local people. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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Map of Towlers Bay Walk
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West Head Road
Park Boundary
Woody Point
Youth Hostel
Park Boundary
Starting point for this hiking track: 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
 Mona Vale 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91301S 
 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

Track Head at West Head Road
Track Head at West Head Road +
Nice rock formations
Nice rock formations +
View of Morning Bay
View of Morning Bay +

View from service trail
View from service trail +
Fire fighting dam near towlers bay
Fire fighting dam near towlers bay +
Old fire place at Towlers bay
Old fire place at Towlers bay +

The Road from the Youth Hostel
The Road from the Youth Hostel +
Towlers Bay (Mornings bay) ferry warf
Towlers Bay (Mornings bay) ferry warf +
The Towlers Bay Youth Hostel
The Towlers Bay Youth Hostel +


Cross sectional view of the Towlers Bay Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Towlers Bay Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Towlers Bay Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Towlers Bay Walk 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 8km
Time 4 hrs

Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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 7km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

This whole walk, 8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 8km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 8km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 8km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes

Drive to 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) West Head Road to Park Boundary
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.87 km Time = 56 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -142 m
Starting from the gate on West Head Road, this walk follows the management trail. After about 2km, the trail starts to go downhill and turns to the right - there is a nice view over Morning Bay and up the Pittwater.
Further down the hill, there is a sign marking the boundary of the National Park. (Soon after this, there is an optional sidetrack on the right, leading to a small dam - worth a short detour.) Approximately 100m after this optional sidetrip, the main trail comes to a track intersection.

(2.87 km) Park Boundary to Woody Point
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.15 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -117 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the track to the right that heads south. Before long, it comes to another intersection at the back of some houses (To the right is a track to Lovett's Bay). The walk turns left and follows the main track east - it is back from the water, but you will see many tracks which lead to homes and the water. Near the end of the track, you will see Woody Point and the Ferry Wharf in Morning Bay.

(4.02 km) Woody Point to Youth Hostel
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 600 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 88 m Descent = -38 m
Turn left: From Woody Point, there are signposts leading to the Youth Hostel. The walk follows Bona Crescent behind the houses (travelling with the power lines) until coming to a track on the left - the walk follows this road up the hill to another track intersection, where it turns right and follows the path up to the Youth Hostel.

(4.62 km) Youth Hostel to Park Boundary
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 936 m Time = 24 mins
Climb = 75 m Descent = -51 m
Turn around: From the YHA, this walk heads back down to the intersection and turns right, following this track past a number of side tracks before coming to the Park boundary.

(5.56 km) Park Boundary to West Head Road
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 2.87 km Time = 1 Hr
Climb = 142 m Descent = -54 m
Veer right: This walk follows the main management trail back up the hill to West Head Road. After about 100m, the walk passes the National Park boundary, marked with a sign (the track on the left leads to a small dam, a worthwhile short detour). Keeping to the main trail, this walk heads up the hill. Just as the steep uphill starts to flatten out, walkers are rewarded with views up the Pittwater. The main trail continues north-west back to West Head Road.

Drive from West Head Road
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 5.5 km
Outdoor Shack 1131 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9981 6933 13 km
Kellys Camping & Outdoors 826 Pittwater Rd , Dee Why (02) 9972 0061 15.4 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 1024 Pittwater Rd , Collaroy (02) 9971 8711 13.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 20.4 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Towlers Bay Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Towlers Bay Walk
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 11 km (to the W)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
20 km (to the SW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 20 km (to the N)
3 VMB2 Tower Street BATEAU BAY 32 km (to the NE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 38 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.
Thu19°|26°Possible shower.
Fri18°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat17°|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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