Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
NPWS works to monitor and help recover populations of plants and animals in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Ongoing efforts to protect threatened, vulnerable and endangered species include observation, surveys, and distribution and population data collection. The park appreciates the public’s contribution to preserving its biodiversity. Volunteer programs take place in this park, and include seed planting and propagation.
Creating a comprehensive guide to plant biodiversity in NSW, ecologists are conducting vegetation mapping and classification. Through the compilation of data, they are able to determine the baseline state-wide layer of native vegetation. This influences conservation policy and offers valuable insight into how plant life in NSW is changing over time.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to ecosystems within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Reduction of these threats, such as foxes, bitou bush and boneseed, as well as ongoing risk assessments for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the biodiversity values of this park.
Bitou bush poses a serious and widespread threat to threatened species populations and ecological communities on the NSW coast. The NPWS bitou bush threat abatement plan helps to reduce the impact of weeds at priority sites using control measures such as ground spraying, aerial spraying, biological control and physical removal.
Historic heritage in our parks and reserves
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park features notable historic heritage. Memorial sites within the park receive ongoing conservation work to preserve it for years to come, and the park undertakes routine maintenance and upgrading of all its facilities.
Are you a history buff longing for an outlet? Have you ever considered volunteering as a guide to share local heritage with visitors to your area? NSW National Parks invites you to join us in helping to keep our state’s precious cultural and historic sites open to the public. Becoming a historic and cultural heritage volunteer will give you an opportunity to offer guided tours and share local history with visitors.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers some of the area’s best recreational activities, including kilometres of walking tracks and horse riding and mountain biking trails. NPWS undertakes regular maintenance of such infrastructure and facilities, and considers the addition of new ones where appropriate.
When you sign up to volunteer for tour guiding and visitor services, you’ll be doing something for yourself as well as for the benefit of visitors to NSW national parks.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is home to many Aboriginal sites. NPWS continues to monitor the conditions of Aboriginal sites in Ku-ring-gai to ensure that the culture of this park is preserved for years to come.
Connecting to Culture Sydney is an Aboriginal educational program. It immerses urban Aboriginal youth into Aboriginal culture within NSW national parks close to Sydney. Participants take part in camping trips, ongoing fieldwork on Country, recording and preserving Aboriginal sites, and discovering Australian native plants and traditional practices.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.
- 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).
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.Buy annual pass
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
- Bobbin Head Information Centre
Volunteer for 2 mornings of bush regeneration at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, only minutes from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Enjoy a beautiful bush retreat while helping to remove weeds and protect the biodiversity of local native spotted gum forest.
Donate to NSW National Parks
Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.