Is a mere 30 minutes north from central Sydney.28 kilometers
Is a protected area north of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. It encompasses coastline, rainforest, bushland and a portion of the Hawkesbury River. The park has significant Aboriginal sites, including ancient red ochre rock paintings and rock engravings, reached via the Red Hands Cave track. West Head lookout and the 19th-century Barrenjoey Lighthouse offer coastal views
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.Spring: If you’re interested in wildflower displays, set aside a day in August or September to stroll through the park’s blooming heathlands. Summer: Bring your fishing gear and go camping at The Basin. Winter: 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.
Sailing enthusiasts – set sail for Akuna Bay
Beautiful Akuna Bay, tucked away at the end of Coal and Candle Creek. This popular destination can be reached by road via the scenic Liberator General San Martin Drive. You experienced coachhire.com.au driver will know the way. Bring a pair of binoculars to take advantage of the superb birdlife on display, or bring a fishing rod for a lazy afternoon drifting past the banks in solitude. Akuna Bay also features great facilities for a pre-departure picnic, with a public barbecue and ample tables for everyone. There are also some great dining options here. Alternatively, you can enjoy some light refreshments at the general store. Or indulge in a long and lazy Sunday lunch feast with friends and family at any of the great local restaurants and cafes. There are boat hire facilities, and a functions centre.
Aboriginal Heritage walk
For a great experience that highlights the best of the Aboriginal art in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, step out on Aboriginal Heritage walk. Combining Resolute and West Head walking tracks, you’ll encounter historic rock engravings and art of the traditional owners of this land. Within a 10-minute walk along the track, you’ll come across the best-known site in the park,Red Hands Cave. It’s not known how old some of this art is, but either way, you’re bound to be in awe of this ancient Aborginal art. Nearby, as you continue on the track, there are impressive rock engravings, and further down the hill you’ll discover an historic occupation shelter. During the colder months, families would light a fire inside, warming the stones and themselves.
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