Flint and Steel track
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Flint and Steel track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a family-friendly walk from West Head Road down to Flint and Steel Beach. Popular with all ages, it's great for a relaxing day trip.
- No wheelchair access
- 2km return
- Time suggested
- 45min - 1hr 15min
- Grade 3
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Opening times
The gates to West Head are closed to vehicles from 6pm to 6am, except during daylight savings months when the gates are closed from 8.30pm to 6am.
- What to
- Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, suitable clothing, sunscreen
- Please note
- There's no drinking water available on Flint and Steel track so make sure to bring your own.
- Toilets and picnic facilities are available at Resolute picnic area.
- If you're planning to swim at Flint and Steel Bay, make sure to supervise kids as the beach is exposed to swell from Broken Bay.
Starting from Flint and Steel carpark on West Head Road, this 2km return walk winds its way downhill to Flint and Steel Beach.
Though it's a short walk, Flint and Steel track passes through an impressive range of vegetation types. You'll begin in ironbark forest with stands of grass trees and eucalypts, move on to heath and she-oaks, and then enter a grove of beautiful cabbage tree palms, before dropping steeply downhill into Flint and Steel Beach.
As a satisfying reward for your efforts you can relax, go for a swim and maybe indulge in a spot of fishing. Or just soak up the local ambience and enjoy the salty air. You may even see a white-bellied sea eagle down near the water.
As you make your way back up the trail, be sure to check out any of the impressive views you may have missed on your way down. The north-west view to Lion Island and Broken Bay are particularly spectacular.
Resolute picnic area
Resolute picnic area in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is ideal for barbecues in the bush and is positioned near ancient Aboriginal rock art and buswalking tracks.
West Head lookout
Enjoy incredible views from West Head lookout, regarded as one of Sydney's best in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photograph Pittwater and Barrenjoey Head, or take a short walk from here.
West Head army track
Follow in the footsteps of World War II soldiers as you climb down the challenging West Head army track to a historic army battery. From here, Sydney’s Broken Bay was protected from possible invasion.
Download our app
The free NSW National Parks app lets you download maps and explore parks, things to do and places to stay—all without mobile reception.
Subscribe to Naturescapes
Subscribe to our Naturescapes e-newsletter which is packed with the latest information, experiences and events in NSW national parks. Your next park adventure starts here.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Forestville Office
- Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
- 02 9451 3479
- 82 Ferguson Street, Forestville NSW 2087
- 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).
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.
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
Things to do (79)
- Aboriginal culture (13)
- Beach (3)
- Birdwatching and wildlife encounters (12)
- Cafes and kiosks (2)
- Canoeing/paddling (6)
- Cultural heritage (2)
- Cycling (8)
- Educational activities (1)
- Environmental appreciation/study (2)
- Fishing (5)
- Geotourism (1)
- Historic heritage (9)
- Horse riding (2)
- Other experiences (3)
- Photography (3)
- Picnics and barbecues (6)
- Sailing, boating and cruises (4)
- Sightseeing (33)
- Snorkelling and scuba (1)
- Swimming (5)
- Visitor centres (1)
- Walking (46)
- Waterfalls (2)
- Wildflowers (seasonal) (9)