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Centre trail

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Centre trail.

Getting there and parking

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    Centre trail starts near the tollbooth in the southern precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

    To get there:

    • Take McCarrs Creek Road from Terrey Hills
    • Park near the tollbooth at the start of Liberator General San Martin Drive
    • Centre trail starts on the right, 30m along Liberator General San Martin Drive.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available near the corner of Liberator General San Martin Drive and McCarrs Creek Road.

    Best times to visit

    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers an exceptional visit all year round. You're sure to find a walk, tour, activity or attraction to appeal, regardless of the season.

    Spring

    If you're interested in wildflower displays, set aside a day in August or September to stroll through the park's blooming heathlands.

    Summer

    Bring your fishing gear and go camping at The Basin.

    Winter

    Barrenjoey Head (on the other side of Pittwater, but still in the park) is an excellent spot for whale watching. Take the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk between May and August or celebrate International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 31°C

    Highest recorded

    43.1°C (1994)

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.5°C (1986

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February and March

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    253mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Gathering firewood and the use of heat beads is not permitted.

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Map of Centre trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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    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 the rest of the year.
      • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Park entry fees:

      $12 per vehicle per day.

      Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

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    Visitor centre

    The view from the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Photo:K. McGrath