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West Head army track

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Visitor info

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

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    1hr - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    0.45km one-way

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

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.

    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).

    Buy annual pass

Visitor centre

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