West Head is a little Gem, Situated in the Ku -Ring -Gai National Park, which is the second oldest National park in NSW. You will be rewarded with panoramic views as you look to your north (Central Coast and the Hawkesbury River and to the East (Pittwater, Palm Beach/ Barrenjoey Head Land)
Getting to West Head Lookout
Once in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, follow West Head Road all the way to West Head lookout. Parking is available either at the lookout or at the Resolute Picnic Area, just before the lookout. From the picnic area, follow the short Red Hands Track to the lookout. There is a $12 entrance fee to the park. Best time to visit? All year, just make sure it’s a nice sunny day!
Or you can Take a Ferry Ride from Palm Beach Village (Pittwater side) to either the Basin or Mackerel Beach, where you can either just have a picnic there or complete a loop walk which will involve West Head -
My advice would be to Take on the loop walk from Mackerel Beach/ West Head and back via the ferry... (10km) On a beautiful clear sunny day and during your exploring have a dip in the beautiful Pittwater. Also once you are at the West Head Lookout make sure you do the Army Track - Where its a short but steep Decent/ Ascent - Well worth the serenity and once your there...
Tracks Notes and Map here:
A Brief History
West Head actually has quite a rich history. The north-eastern tip of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park was the perfect location for the army to protect Sydney against foreign invasion via Broken Bay.
During the Second World War, West Head -
(West Head Battery) was home to 2 massive guns, an observation post and two searchlight posts. The guns were located at the bottom of the headland and the administrative area, including large sleeping areas, was located at the top. An inclined railway was built to transfer goods between these two locations.
At the time, West Head was a full scale military site. This was quite an impressive achievement, especially considering the fact that West Head was so hard to reach, let alone to build such an important and effective military fortress.
In the 1960’s, the West Head Lookout was created, with a large sandstone viewing area and several informative signs. The views are so impressive that you’d want to sit on one of the benches all day and just absorb the beauty around you. West Head is now considered to be one of the best lookouts in New South Wales, and rightly so.
The West Head Lookout is arguably one of the best lookouts in Sydney. The breathtaking views around the area are simply amazing. The lookout itself is reason enough to visit Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, but the surrounding bushwalking trail and secluded beaches will make your adventure complete.
There are no cafe’s or restaurants in the area, so make sure you bring enough snacks and water with you, especially when you’re planning to do the full loop.
I then made it back to Palm beach in the late ARV and took the short drive the Barrenjoey Headland Reserve and then took the beach walk on the Pittwater and a 800m walk up a old sandstone service road to Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Wow) One of my Fav lighthouse's in Eastern Australia - Beautiful Sandstone Lighthouse that has 360 degree Panoramic views of the whole region - What a great place for a bit of ME TIME -