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West Head army track

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 26 Mar 2020, 5.32pm to Sun 31 May 2020, 5.06pm. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 3.16pm

Closed areas: Campgrounds and picnic areas closed

All campgrounds and associated picnic areas are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. You’ll receive a refund if you made a booking. Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information.

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Applies from Tue 31 Mar 2020, 10.41am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Apr 2020, 2.24pm

Closed areas: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - visitor areas and facilities closed

Many high visitation areas and facilities within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. The closed areas include:

  • Bobbin Head Information Centre
  • All large picnic shelters
  • All picnic and barbecue facilities (including picnic tables)
  • All playgrounds
  • Brooklyn Dam campsites 
  • Barrenjoey Headland and Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Berowra track remains closed between Apple Tree Bay and the intersection of Mount Ku-ring-gai track until further notice, while staff fix extensive storm damage.

The closure of toilets and other facilities will be decided on a case-by-case basis, with necessary site assessments considering the management of health and safety risk to visitors and staff, as well as available resourcing to maintain facilities. Access to sanitation products and running water cannot be guaranteed. We recommend bringing hand soap, hand wipes and toilet paper with you to maintain good hygiene as advised by the NSW Government.

If you wish to exercise in a national park, you should choose a park close to your home. Visitors are reminded that non-essential travel is currently not permitted. If your planned visit is for a purpose other than exercise, you should reconsider your plans as you may be in breach of the current public health orders. If you arrive at a national park or other public space and it is too crowded to practice social distancing, it is your responsibility to leave the area. Do not wait to be instructed by NPWS or police.

If you're visiting the park, please bring a card to pay vehicle entry fees.

For more information about closures, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757, the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400 or the NPWS Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for further information.

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Applies from Fri 27 Mar 2020, 6.47am to Sun 31 May 2020, 6.44am. Last reviewed: Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3.57pm

Closed areas: No access to Somersby Falls picnic area precinct

High use visitor areas, including barbecues, picnic tables and playground areas, are closed from Friday 27 March 2020, until further notice. Public access is not permitted to this precinct.

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Applies from Sat 21 Mar 2020, 8.00am to Mon 31 Aug 2020, 8.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 8.54am

Closed areas: Maitland Bay Information Centre closed

Maitland Bay Visitor Centre in Bouddi National Park is closed from Saturday 21 March 2020 until further notice.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 4320 4200.

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Applies from Mon 29 Sep 2014, 1.49pm. Last reviewed: Thu 2 Apr 2020, 1.17pm

Closed areas: Old Wagstaffe trail - no access through private property

There is no public access to Old Wagstaffe trail through private property. Signs show where public access is not permitted. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance

For more information, please contact the NPWS Hawkesbury North area office on 02 4320 4200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 31 Jan 2020, 9.41am. Last reviewed: Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10.24am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is doing 1080 ground baiting using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020. All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Please be reminded that domestic pets are not permitted on NPWS estate. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

  • Forestville on 02 9451 3479 or Lane Cove on 02 8448 0400 (business hours)
  • NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/west-head-army-track/local-alerts

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).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee applies at The Basin campground for visitors arriving by water. Annual NSW Parks Pass not valid for landing fees - pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are not included in your camping fees.

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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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People enjoying the view out to sea from West Head lookout. Photo:David Finnegan