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West Head army track

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about West Head army track.

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

0.45km one-way

Time

1hr - 1hr 30min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Gradient

Very steep

Steps

Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

Getting there and parking

West Head Army Track starts at West Head lookout, in the West Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

To get there follow West Head Road or access the lookout from the Resolute picnic area, along the West Head lookout track (1.9km).

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at the West Head lookout carpark (around 20 spaces). It's a 50m walk from the carpark down to the lookout.

Facilities

There are toilet, picnic tables and barbecue facilities at nearby Resolute picnic area on the way to West Head lookout. There are no facilities at West Head. Please take rubbish with you when you leave.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

West Head army track is not wheelchair-accessible.

West Head lookout, where the track starts, is wheelchair-accessible, with views over Barrenjoey, Lion Island and Broken Bay:

  • Access is across a wide paved area
  • One designated disabled car spot available

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Gathering firewood

Gathering firewood and the use of heat beads is not permitted.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Map of West Head Army track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Image: OEH

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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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