Back to previous page
Print factsheet

Kalkari Discovery Centre

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


Walk the Kalkari Discovery Centre’s easy Discovery trail to learn more about Ku-ring-gai’s native species, Aboriginal history and network of bushwalks.

Visitor centres
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

9am–5pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day.

Please note

You'll need to visit Bobbin Head Information Centre if you'd like to buy an annual pass or retail items.

Immerse yourself in the knowledge Kalkari Discovery Centre has to offer. At Kalkari, you’ll be inspired to learn more about the park’s plants, animals and Aboriginal history, under the guidance of Kalkari’s knowledgeable volunteers. Find out more about the Discovery trail and the range of educational activities for adults and children on offer. You may find yourself making a model wombat and burrow, sipping morning tea with visitors from around the world, or playing Aboriginal games.

From the Discovery Centre, it’s a short walk along Birrawanna walking track to Bobbin Head, which is a great place to stop for lunch.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Kalkari Discovery Centre, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: David Finnegan/NSW Government

    Relieve your stress

    Join this unique tour to relieve your stress and become acquainted with the natural environment within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Your walk will include natural therapy activities along the way.

  • Kalkari Discovery Centre. Photo: Andy Richards

    Seniors Week: Kalkari Discovery Centre walk

    Celebrate Seniors Week with a visit to Kalkari Discovery Centre. Interact with the displays and enjoy a casual walk along Discovery trail. We'll explore Ku-ring-gai’s native natural environment.

  • A child is bird watching through binoculars during a fun WilderQuest activity. Photo: Simone Cottrell

    WilderQuest Fly your own bird

    Are you curious about birds and want to learn about the way they live? Join in the WilderQuest fun these school holidays and explore the world of birds in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.


Sign up to Naturescapes

Sign up to our Naturescapes e-newsletter which is packed with information, new products, experiences and events in NSW national parks. Your next park adventure starts here.

Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Operated by

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am at other times of the year.
    • No vehicle access to The Basin campground or to Barrenjoey Headland
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). There is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park)
      (02) 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am-4pm daily. 9am-4pm during summer school holidays (closed 12pm-12:30pm) (closed Christmas Day)
    • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
    • Email:
      Fax: (02) 9457 0113
  • More
  • More
See more visitor info
Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse. Photo: Kevin McGrath