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West Head walks: Refuge Bay

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Discover the beauty of West Head on this walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You’ll be rewarded with splendid views across Cowan Creek and the Hawkesbury River.

Sunday 25 September 2022, 9am to 3pm.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney and surrounds
No wheelchair access
Medium. Suitable for adults and children 15 years and older. Some bushwalking experience recommended.
Adult (16 years and over) $20 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $15 per person. Child (10-16 years) $15 per person. Family $60 (2 adults, 2 children).
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
West Head Road at the eastern end of Salvation Loop trail.
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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This relaxing, 8km walk starts on the Salvation Loop fire trail before moving onto a less-trodden bush track. Follow the track along ridge tops overlooking Refuge Bay. Along the way, you’ll see Aboriginal engravings, expansive displays of wildflowers and spectacular views.

Your experienced National Parks and Wildlife Service guide will tell you all about the history of Refuge Bay, especially its significance during World War 2. You’ll also see the site of the original encampment.

You’ll stop for lunch at a peaceful, rocky creek with views of the beautiful water below.

Bring at least 2 litres of drinking water, lunch and snacks. 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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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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