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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    From Turramurra:

    • Enter the park from Bobbin Head Road, at North Turramurra.
    • This is a good route to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay.

    From Mt Colah or Asquith:

    • Enter the park from Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, off the Pacific Highway.
    • This gives you easy access to the large parking areas and picnic facilities at Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay.

    From Terrey Hills or Church Point:

    • Enter the park from McCarrs Creek Road.
    • This leads to to Liberator General San Martin Drive, where you'll find the picnic areas and facilities of Illawong Bay and Akuna Bay.
    • It also gives access to West Head Road, West Head.

    Please note, you cannot reach The Basin campground or Barrenjoey Lighthouse directly by car.

    Park entry points


    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers an exceptional visit all year round. You're sure to find a walk, tour, activity or attraction to appeal, regardless of the season.


    If you're interested in wildflower displays, set aside a day in August or September to stroll through the park's blooming heathlands.


    Bring your fishing gear and go camping at The Basin.


    Barrenjoey Head (on the other side of Pittwater, but still in the park) is an excellent spot for whale watching. Take the Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk between May and August or celebrate International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend in August.


    Boat moorings

    NSW National Parks provides free, courtesy moorings available to all boat users on Cowan Waters in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.  

    There are 54 moorings in 17 locations which can be used by boats up to 14 metres in length. Only one vessel can be attached to each mooring at a time, for up to 24 hours.  

    There's no need to book, just moor your boat at any of the available yellow buoys marked with a NSW National Parks logo. The NPWS mooring locations are shown as a black number inside a yellow circle on this map provided by Department of Roads and Maritime Safety


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    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    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).

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Please note that spear guns and hand spears are not permitted in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. They may not be carried through the park and must not be used within 100m of a beach in the national park.


    Camp fires and solid fuel burners

    Open fires and any form of solid fuel are not allowed.

    Gathering firewood



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    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).

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      • Bobbin Head Information Centre
        02 9472 8949
        Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
      • 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079
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    Nearby towns

    Hornsby (5 km)

    A suburb in Sydney's upper north shore, Hornsby is conveniently located for easy access to Lane Cove National Park, Berowra Valley Regional Park, and the heritage-listed Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Australia's second-oldest national park. Explore walking and cycling tracks and Aboriginal sites, as well as marinas, cafes and picnic areas.

    Sydney City Centre (26 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    Gosford (50 km)

    Gosford is a great destination for a family day trip or holiday. It's situated on Brisbane Water National Park and surrounded by state forests, lakes and beaches.

    The view from the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse. Photo:K. McGrath