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Gun emplacements at West Head tour

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Learn about the historic significance of the gun emplacements at West Head on this challenging, 2 hour walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.


Sunday 7 May 2023, 9am to 11am.

No wheelchair access
Hard. Suitable for adults and children 15 years and over. There are some steep sections. Includes climbing 452 steps and a sturdy, steel ladder.

Adult $15 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $10 per person. Child (15 – 17 years) $10 per person. Family (2 adults, 2 children) $40.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
West Head lookout
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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This 2km guided walk to the gun emplacements at West Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is sure to impress.

You’ll start at the stunning West Head lookout where you can see views of Barrenjoey Headland, the Pittwater, Broken Bay and beyond to the Tasman Sea. It’s not hard to understand why the military used West Head as part of their defence strategy during World War 2.

From here, you’ll follow your National Parks guide down the West Head army track to the gun emplacements. This area was covered in thick bush and inaccessible to the public until 2014. You’ll learn about the historic significance of this relatively unknown area.

Stunning wildflowers and resident soaring sea eagles will keep you going as you conquer the 450 steps and steel ladder to climb back up from sea level.

It’s a good idea to wear comfortable, enclosed shoes and bring drinking water, a snack, a hat, sunscreen and all-weather clothing.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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General enquiries

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  • NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

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. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    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).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.

    Group bookings:

    Under the Plan of Management for this park, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 20 or more people planning to visit this park. Contact the park office before your visit.

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