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West Head walks: Elvina Bay circuit

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Discover magnificent Aboriginal engravings and expansive water views on this guided walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Sunday 2 April 2023, 9am to 12pm.
No wheelchair access
Medium. Suitable for adults and children 10 years and older. You’ll walk 5km with some rough surfaces and steep sections.
Adult (16 years and over) $15 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $10 per person. Child (10 - 16 years) $10 per person. Family $40 (2 adults, 2 children).
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
Elvina trail carpark
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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You’ll set off from Elvina carpark on West Head Road and head down to the water’s edge at Elvina Bay. This area is home to the small and peaceful Elvina Bay community that can only be accessed on foot or by boat.

As you descend from the ridge, you’ll pass through different landscapes. The heathland typical of the Hawkesbury Sandstone country will give way to small she-oak forests and stands of large eucalypts.

One of the highlights of this walk is a substantial aboriginal engraving site on a magnificent rock platform. An emu, wallabies, fish, eels, a whale and shields all feature. You’ll also visit a large freshwater bush pool and waterfall. Once you reach Elvina Bay you’ll have time to relax, eat morning tea and explore the area before returning to the carpark.

Bring at least 2 litres of drinking water and morning tea. It's a good idea to wear enclosed shoes and bring a hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect protection and emergency contact information.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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.

    Buy annual pass
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