Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Walking tracks

Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

For an opportunity to see one of the most famous Aboriginal heritage sites in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Red Hands Cave walking track is the route you're looking for. Near West Head from Resolute picnic area, head out on an easy bush track to see rock art of the Aboriginal people of the Guringai Nation.

The Guringai Nation extended from Broken Bay in the north to Port Jackson in the south and as far south west as Lane Cove River. There are six clans within the nation, and it’s the Garigal who lived at West Head.

Arriving after a short walk through the red gums, you’ll discover the cave with ochre hand-prints. Pause for a moment to reflect on the lives of the people whose palms are now immortalised. Retrace your steps, or if you’re inspired to experience more, continue on Aboriginal Heritage walk.

Willunga Trig walking track

Willunga Trig walking track is an ideal introduction for new visitors to Sydney. It’s an exceptional short walk that leads to Willunga Trig lookout, the highest point in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, offering magnificent panoramic views of the park, bushland, and waterways.

This easy track leads through dry heathland of banksia and grevillea. As you start to climb, the heath gives way to woodland of scribbly gum and red bloodwood. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the entire park and Pittwater, to Mona Vale. In the distance, you’ll see the outline of Sydney and Chatswood to the south.

When you’ve soaked in the views, and thoughts turn to a tasty snack, why not head down to The Basin picnic area. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, try nearby Towlers Bay walking track.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Topham walking track

Topham walking track winds its way through open woodland to the escarpment overlooking Cowan Water, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, north of Sydney. An excellent nature day trip for family and friends, you can be amongst the trees and listening for whipbirds within an hour of the city.

Passing heathlands of banksia and bottlebrush, look for colourful wildflower displays during the warmer months. You’ll catch the scent of the highly fragrant red and white boronia flowers along this walk. Keep an eye out for delicate flannel flower and iconic waratahs amongst the bush.

As the track leads to the escarpment, take in the lovely water views over Refuge Bay. Here, amongst the scribbly gums, you might hear the rustling of an echidna or perhaps the call of the golden whistler. Unpack a bush picnic and make the most of the tranquil setting before retracing your steps.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map


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Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.


1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

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America Bay walking track

A great walk through iconic Australian bushland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, America Bay walking track is a lovely spot for a remote picnic and you won’t believe you’re only an hour from Sydney city. The track follows a sandstone ridgeline from West Head Road down to America Bay, near the mouth of the Hawkesbury River.

Not far from the beginning of this moderate track, a short detour reveals some fascinating Aboriginal rock engravings on a sandstone shelf. Back on the main track, you’ll descend gradually though woodlands of scribbly gum and bloodwood to a tinkering creek. Follow the stream to a rock platform overlooking scenic America Bay with views across Cowan Water. Here, a small picturesque waterfall cascades over the escarpment.

Roll out the picnic blanket in your own private bushland setting. If you’re feeling adventurous, scramble down to the water’s edge. But be prepared, the steep climb back up will get your heart pumping.

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map


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EcoTreasures

EcoTreasures experienced local guides are going to show you some hidden gems around Sydney's Northern Beaches. Choose from a range of nature experiences including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, bushwalking, coastal walks and Indigenous walks.

The Basin Campground - EcoTreasures offers guided stand up paddle board (SUP) safari, snorkelling tours and SUP Hire and kayak hire during the school holidays and by group request all year. Indigenous guided nature/culture walk to ancient engravings available by request. Customised group programs available with transport and catering options available for all tours. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Sydney Harbour National Park - EcoTreasures provides guided coastal walks around Manly's foreshores, North Head and through Sydney Harbour National Park. If you are a family, team building group or a private groups who would enjoy a local nature experience with a local eco guide then the Coastal Walk is a perfect option. Customised programs, educational work sheets and team building programs are available specifically designed to meet the aims and objectives of your day.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - You be in charge and tell me what your group would like. Private Tours are available by request. Choose from a range of nature based experiences options including stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, bushwalking, bird watching and Indigenous guided walks. Perfect for school groups, team building groups, family and private groups.

More info: Ecotreasures, Phone: 0415 121 648 (international +61415 121 648)

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Birrawanna walking track

After learning all about the plants, animals and Aboriginal history of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at Kalkari Discovery Centre, head along the moderately difficult Birrawanna walking track. The kids will love putting their newfound knowledge into practice. A great nature adventure on a family day trip, historic Birrawanna walking track leads to Bobbin Head, where you can stop for a waterfront picnic or grab a tasty lunch at Bobbin Inn Café.

Skirting the emu enclosure, the medium difficulty track passes through woodlands of scribbly gum and red bloodwood to join a historic track of open forests before reaching Bobbin Head. Be sure to look for the vibrant red waratah.

On the way back up, stop for a breather and check out the lovely views over Cockle Creek and Cowan Water. You might see a brown hawk or nankeen kestrel circling above, looking for lizards and insects.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Bobbin Head map

Centre walking track

A delightful track through heathland leading to a fascinating site of Aboriginal heritage, the easy Centre walking track leads along a ridge off McCarrs Creek Road near Terrey Hills in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, making it a great walk for any season.

Walk this track in spring and you’ll be wowed by the dazzling display of wildflowers such as the red boronia and fuchsia heath. Their floral aroma mingles with the scent of eucalypt to create a heady perfume. Following the ridge line, be sure to take in the scenic views over several waterways, including Coal and Candle Creek and Akuna Bay.

Climbing a small knoll, you’ll find a rock escarpment and tessellated pavements revealing faint engravings of footprints etched into the sandstone. As you ponder their significance, whisper an acknowledgement to the original Guringai people of this country, before retracing your steps.

Plant communities: heathlands

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Gibberagong walking track

A pleasant bush track leading to a scenic waterhole, Gibberagong walking track is an ideal nature day trip for the adventurous bushwalker. The moderate walking track starts at Bobbin Head in the southern section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Taking in unique saltwater wetlands, it’s ideal for wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.

Following Cockle Creek, you’ll reach an easy boardwalk, where grey saltwater mangroves grow in the brackish waters. Beneath your feet, a whole watery ecosystem thrives, with plankton, crabs and shellfish. You’re more likely to see wading birds like herons, spoonbills and ibises looking for snacks. You might even glimpse an azure kingfisher darting amongst the mangroves.

The track winds through the bush, crossing the creek several times before arriving at a large waterhole. Enjoy a leisurely picnic before heading back, or hold out for an indulgent lunch at one of the delicious eateries at Bobbin Head.

Plant communities: saltwater wetlands

Location:  shown on Bobbin Head map

Salvation loop trail

A delightful, easy walking track through unique hanging swamps off West Head Road in the middle of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Salvation loop trail offers a perfect outing for the family and a brilliant walk for nature enthusiasts who want to experience the wet heathlands of the park.

Skirting the edge of the hanging swamp and wet heathland, notice how the vegetation changes. Only plants that don’t mind getting their feet wet can thrive here. You’ll see sphagnum moss, sword grass and the green-flowering swamp banksia. Coral and pink swamp heath are dotted through the heathland.

On close inspection, you might discover the insect-eating sundew plant, which catches small insects with its velcro-like mitts. If you want a longer walk, take the turn off to Wallaroo walking track, or simply continue on the loop and walk back along the road. Lay out a picnic lunch on the tables at Salvation Creek picnic area.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

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 Guringai Nation, whose traditional lands include this park and Pittwater area.

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.

The people of West Head were virtually decimated by an outbreak of smallpox within a year of the arrival of the First Fleet. Pause for a moment in this beautiful bushland, to reflect and pay your respects. Continue around the loop track to the impressive views from West Head lookout before heading back to Resolute picnic area for lunch.

Waratah walking track

A brilliant walk when the weather warms up, Waratah walking track delights with heady scents and a colourful display that’s sure to put a spring in your step. This long and easy track takes in the western area off West Head Road through heathland, with lovely water views over Yeomens Bay in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

It’s perfect for a day trip, so don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch as the track leads through sandy heath dotted with boronia and waratahs. Stop and enjoy the scenic water views down to Akuna Bay and Yeomens Creek. Near the end of the walk, a large rock shelf brims with islands of wildflowers.

Unroll the picnic rug and enjoy a snack while soaking up the escarpment view overlooking Yeomens Bay and Coal and Candle Creek. When you’ve had your fill of scenery and wildflowers, retrace your steps.

Plant communities: heathlands

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Wallaroo walking track

For a day in the bush that’s sure to recharge the batteries, pack some treats and head to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near Terrey Hills. Moderately long Wallaroo walking track meanders through open woodland before arriving at a secluded rocky overhang with lovely water views.

After veering off Salvation loop trail, the medium track follows a service trail along a ridge. You’ll pass through a rare stand of yellow-top ash trees before heading down a steep slope. Stop for a moment to enjoy magnificent views over Cowan Creek and Refuge Bay.

The walk passes the turn off to Yeomans Branch track through open woodland before arriving at a secluded spot overlooking Cowan Creek, just perfect for unrolling the picnic rug. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with water views, before retracing your steps.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back)

This track covers a small section of the 250km Great North Walk, which goes all the way from Sydney to Newcastle. Starting at Cowan station, take the steep descent through thick scrub, across a creek, past the ruins of Rhodes boatshed and on to the beautiful Jerusalem Bay. From here you can turn around and return to Cowan. Expect spectacular views. For more information on the Great North Walk, visit the Department of Lands website.

Plant communities: heathlands, dry eucalypt forests, saltwater wetlands

Location:  shown on park map

Bairne walking track

A long and easy walk along the ridgelines, Bairne walking track boasts two of the best views in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near West Head. Make a day of it, gather your friends and pack a picnic lunch for a revitalising day in the Australian bush. A spectacular walk in spring, the wildflowers make for excellent birdwatching.

Passing through heathlands of banksia, boronia and grevllea, look for nectar-loving yellow-faced honeyeaters and the vibrant variegated wren. The track leads to Towlers Bay lookout, with magnificent views up and down Pittwater. Head back up the track and veer off to Soldiers Point for a brilliant view of The Basin and northern Pittwater.

Choose a spot and unpack a hamper for a leisurely bush picnic, before retracing your steps. Or alternatively, catch a ferry from Bonnie Doon Wharf at Soldiers Point to The Basin.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map

Elvina Track

Waterpools, pools and rainforests are the main features of this track, which begins off West Head Road. Starting 1.3 kilometres from the Coal and Candle Drive junction, you'll be walking on a wide service trail. On a small detour, you'll pass some Aboriginal rock engravings and a tesselated pavement, before heading down through forest to the settlement at Elvina Bay. The track then continues around the bay towards Lovett Bay, and up to a small rainforest waterfall. From the top of the waterfall, there's a pool large enough to swim in - and one of the best views in the park. From here, it's back to the service trail and West Head Road.

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Perimeter trail

If you love horse riding, then it’s time to saddle up and head for the hills; Terrey Hills that is. Perimeter trail is a popular horse riding track, nestled in the bush just north of Sydney. There’s 21 km of scenic trails designated for horse riding, within Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal National Parks. However, you can choose to explore on horse-back, mountain bike or foot along these tracks through iconic Australian bushland.

Passing grass trees and magnificent angophoras, this 7km trail traces the edge of the park. Continue to Long Trail, which leads to Peach Trees lookout with spectacular water views across to Cowan Creek.

There’s plenty of walking tracks to further explore the surrounding bushland and waterways. It’s only a short drive to Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track.

Walking along this popular bridle trail (7 km) in the Terrey Hills area is made up of mostly service trails, but you can make side trips to Wilkins and Nerang lookouts for some excellent views and lunch spots.

Location:  shown on Cottage Point map

Resolute Track

This track takes you around the landscape of West Head. Start from Resolute picnic area and walk to the path's junction with the North Mackerel Track, passing Aboriginal rock engravings on the way. Keep going down a spur through woodland to a lookout on the edge of the escarpment, then down a steep slope to an Aboriginal occupation site in a cave. From the bottom of the slope, you can take the foreshore track to Great Mackerel Beach (and retrace your steps back to the Resolute Track), or detour down a steep rainforest gully to Resolute Beach. If you just want to head straight home, go northwards on the Headland Track. Leave this track and walk back up a creek to Resolute picnic area.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands, dry eucalypt forests, rainforests

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map


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EcoTreasures

EcoTreasures experienced local guides are going to show you some hidden gems around Sydney's Northern Beaches. Choose from a range of nature experiences including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, bushwalking, coastal walks and Indigenous walks.

The Basin Campground - EcoTreasures offers guided stand up paddle board (SUP) safari, snorkelling tours and SUP Hire and kayak hire during the school holidays and by group request all year. Indigenous guided nature/culture walk to ancient engravings available by request. Customised group programs available with transport and catering options available for all tours. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Sydney Harbour National Park - EcoTreasures provides guided coastal walks around Manly's foreshores, North Head and through Sydney Harbour National Park. If you are a family, team building group or a private groups who would enjoy a local nature experience with a local eco guide then the Coastal Walk is a perfect option. Customised programs, educational work sheets and team building programs are available specifically designed to meet the aims and objectives of your day.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - You be in charge and tell me what your group would like. Private Tours are available by request. Choose from a range of nature based experiences options including stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, bushwalking, bird watching and Indigenous guided walks. Perfect for school groups, team building groups, family and private groups.

More info: Ecotreasures, Phone: 0415 121 648 (international +61415 121 648)

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Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.


1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

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The Basin track and Mackerel track

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Walking the scenic Basin track and Mackerel track is an excellent way of exploring Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The circuit’s starting point is at West Head Road, 8.5km from the Liberator General San Martin Drive junction. From here, follow signs to The Basin campground. Spend as much time as you like in this popular area before catching one of the hourly ferries to Mackerel Beach. When you’re ready, you simply walk back to West Head Road via the trail at the southern end of Mackerel Beach.

It’s easy to customise your walk by beginning at The Basin instead or by detouring to Currawong Beach for a picnic or swim when the tide is low.

You’ll see more of the park’s stunning scenery on the way, including heathlands, grassy woodlands and dry eucalypt forests.

Plant communities: heathlands, grassy woodlands, dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on West Head and The Basin map

Opening hours: The track is:

  • open 6am - 6pm (non - daylight saving)
  • open 6am - 8.30pm (daylight saving)

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Basin Trail upgrade works.

A program to upgrade the access trail for walkers, cyclists, emergency and service vehicles is currently underway. Works are temporarily halting over the Easter holiday period allowing normal access. Works will recommence from Monday 28 April when there will be no visitor, emergency or service vehicle access to the Basin campground and picnic area via the Basin Trail. Alternative access to the Basin Campground and picnic area is by water access. This can be arranged through Palm Beach Ferries, Barrenjoey Boating Services, Peninsular Water Taxis, Pink Water Taxis or by private vessel. Public access to the Basin Aboriginal engraving site and Mackerel Trail remains unaffected. For further enquiries contact the Sydney North Information Centre 9472-8949.
Ends Monday 26 May, 4:00PM
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Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.


1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

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Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track

If you like to mix things up a bit, you can’t miss Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track. The long yet easy walk leads along Bobbin Head trail past open forests of smooth barked apple gum and red bloodwoods to Empire Marina Bobbin Head and historic Halvorsen’s boatshed before arriving at Bobbin Head.

Grab a bite here before joining Warrimoo track, which winds through thick mangroves. Keep an eye out for the Aboriginal middens as you walk, these unique heritage sites are testament to the bountiful food supplies enjoyed by the Guringai people in the region.

Joining Sphinx track, a short climb will return you to the Sphinx Memorial and several pyramids among rough barked tree ferns. Enjoy a picnic or break at this peaceful spot.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, saltwater wetlands

Location:  shown on Bobbin Head map


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Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.


1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

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Great North walk – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ever dreamt of completing the legendary Great North walk? Why not try a taster, without wearing out your walking boots? Great North walk - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a challenging section that winds through dense bushland within the park. Starting from Cowan Train Station, it’s not just the scenic wilderness views that will take your breath away. It’s definitely a track for the experienced bushwalker.

Descending steeply, you’ll hardly believe you’re only an hour from the centre of Sydney. The track leads past the ruins of Rhodes boatshed and on to Jerusalem Bay. Stop here for a break and take in the spectacular views over Cowan Water before tacking the hard climb to Brooklyn. You might be in need of a beverage or two at the pub before catching the train at Hawkesbury River Train Station.

Continue your Great North walk exploration by linking with Great North walk – Berowra Valley National Park towards Sydney or continue north along Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park.

Plant communities: heathlands, dry eucalypt forests, saltwater wetlands

Location:  shown on park map

Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station

When it’s time to answer the call of the wild, pack the sandwiches and grab your mates for a rugged bushwalk near Brooklyn. Only an hour from Sydney, it’s a perfect bush getaway taking in several fascinating historic sites. Mount Ku-ring-gai track links Mount Ku-ring-gai and Berowra train stations, so it’s a perfect day out by public transport.

Starting from Mount Ku-ring-gai Train Station, this moderately challenging track leads through dense woodlands past an Aboriginal midden of the Guringai people. Middens are common throughout the park and often found along creek lines and near rock overhangs.

The track leads to historic Appletree Bay, where you’ll follow Cowan Creek to Waratah Bay, the site of Windybank’s Boatshed. A rusting frame is all that’s left of a romantic holiday ‘paradise’. From here, it’s a steep climb to Berowra Station.

Plant communities: grassy woodlands, dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Bobbin Head map

Great North Walk - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ever dreamt of completing the legendary Great North walk? Why not try a taster, without wearing out your walking boots? Great North walk - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a challenging section that winds through dense bushland within the park. Starting from Cowan Train Station, it’s not just the scenic wilderness views that will take your breath away. It’s definitely a track for the experienced bushwalker.

Descending steeply, you’ll hardly believe you’re only an hour from the centre of Sydney. The track leads past the ruins of Rhodes boatshed and on to Jerusalem Bay. Stop here for a break and take in the spectacular views over Cowan Water before tackling the hard climb to Brooklyn. You might be in need of a beverage or two at the pub before catching the train at Hawkesbury River Train Station.

Continue your Great North walk exploration by linking with Great North walk – Berowra Valley National Park towards Sydney or continue north along Great North walk - Brisbane Water National Park.

Location:  shown on park map

Walking: events and activities

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Australian Eco Adventures

For over 20 years Australian Eco Adventures has been providing complete luxury, small group touring packages across Sydney and New South Wales, continually setting the benchmark for first class itineraries, guides and vehicle comfort. Not only do guests benefit from a more personalised small group service but additionally guests are able to enjoy some very memorable experiences that no other tour company provides.

Our Diamond Series range of touring specialises in premium, luxury charters tailored for clients wishing to experience the best Australia has to offer. These private experiences are the ultimate in first class touring.

We also operate a wide range of extended outback Australia tours to many off-the-beaten track destinations in Australia. These small, group tours include accommodation, and we visit national parks and areas that are only accessible with our custom made vehicles, offering a complete experience in total comfort.

More info: Australian Eco Adventures, Phone: 02 9971 2402 (international +612 9971 2402)

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Australian World Expeditions

World Expeditions is Australia's original trekking and adventure travel company. Since 1975 World Expeditions has operated quality treks and adventures around the globe.

More info: Australian World Expeditions, Phone: 02 8270 8400 (international +612 8270 8400)

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Auswalk

Auswalk offers quality accommodated walking holiday packages in many destinations.

Self-guided inn-to-inn walking holidays in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains. Walk from one comfortable accommodation to the next through the national park. We move your luggage ahead for you. Follow our detailed walk notes and marked maps. Start any day of the year in season.

Group guided walking holidays in the Snowy Mountains. Join a group with two knowledgeable guides and hike through the area, staying in comfortable accommodation at night. We also have a spring snowshoeing trip in the Snowy Mountains.

Privately guided trips ranging from 1 to 5 days in the Sydney Harbour area and Blue Mountains.

More info: Auswalk, Phone: 03 5356 4971 (international +613 5356 4971)

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Boutique Tours Australia

Boutique Tours Australia offers a select range of personalised, small-group experiences to Sydney's premier regions. Our emphasis is on providing flexible itineraries that allow travellers to immerse themselves in the best a region has to offer in a relaxed, informed environment, with luxury vehicles and knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides.

From award-winning wine tours to the best boutique wineries of the Hunter Valley, to a Blue Mountains tour that explores the best Aboriginal culture, nature and wildlife experiences, taking travellers away from the crowds to see the Mountains as they should be seen. Try our standout Australian wildlife tour, viewing iconic Australian animals and birds in pristine bushland environments. Exceptional small-group tours, uncovering the best of Australia on Sydney's doorstep.

Boutique Mountain Tours
Explore Sydney's spectacular Blue Mountains with the region's most focused Aboriginal culture, nature and wildlife tour. Our small-group tours avoid the tourist spots to enjoy the Mountains as they should be seen - from secluded lookouts, short bushwalks and pristine valleys. Gain insight into Aboriginal culture at award-winning Muru Mittigar Cultural Centre, including traditional stories, bush food and medicine walk, boomerang demonstrations and morning tea of wattleseed pancakes, damper and native jams. See wildlife up close and personal in the fertile grounds of an extinct volcano in Blue Mountains National Park. Lunch in the peaceful surrounds of Megalong Valley beneath towering sandstone escarpments. Maximum 14 passengers in Mercedes vehicles customised to spoil.

Boutique Wildlife Tours
For the ultimate Australian wildlife experience, we put the 'wild' back into 'wildlife' taking travellers in search of Australia's iconic animals and birds in a noon till evening day- and night-spotting tour in the Southern Highlands, 90 minutes from Sydney. Highly personalised with a naturalist guide to interpret all you see, this is a unique encounter with Australian wildlife in its natural environment. See kangaroos, emus and wombats from 4WDs; search for koalas in towering grey gum forests on our koala walks; follow the river in search of platypus. Includes lunch and dinner, travelling in 4WD vehicles customised for exceptional wildlife viewing - with onboard field guides, binoculars, spotlights, TV/DVD, 25x zoom video, and retractable sunroof. Maximum 10 passengers, available 7 days.

More info: Boutique Tours Australia, Phone: 02 9499 5444 (international +612 9499 5444)

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Colourful Trips

South Coast day tripColourful Trips is a tour operator and travel agency specialising in the international youth and adventure market. We offer a schedule of regular departures for day trips from Sydney that give people the opportunity to explore the amazing range of national parks on offer, within a three hour driving radius from Sydney.

Private or charter groups are also catered for so call us or send an email, so we can help you explore nature.

More info: Colourful Trips, Phone: 02 9318 0853 (international +612 9318 0853)

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EcoTreasures

EcoTreasures experienced local guides are going to show you some hidden gems around Sydney's Northern Beaches. Choose from a range of nature experiences including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, bushwalking, coastal walks and Indigenous walks.

The Basin Campground - EcoTreasures offers guided stand up paddle board (SUP) safari, snorkelling tours and SUP Hire and kayak hire during the school holidays and by group request all year. Indigenous guided nature/culture walk to ancient engravings available by request. Customised group programs available with transport and catering options available for all tours. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Sydney Harbour National Park - EcoTreasures provides guided coastal walks around Manly's foreshores, North Head and through Sydney Harbour National Park. If you are a family, team building group or a private groups who would enjoy a local nature experience with a local eco guide then the Coastal Walk is a perfect option. Customised programs, educational work sheets and team building programs are available specifically designed to meet the aims and objectives of your day.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - You be in charge and tell me what your group would like. Private Tours are available by request. Choose from a range of nature based experiences options including stand up paddle boarding, snorkelling, bushwalking, bird watching and Indigenous guided walks. Perfect for school groups, team building groups, family and private groups.

More info: Ecotreasures, Phone: 0415 121 648 (international +61415 121 648)

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Flamin' Galah Tours and Adventures

Ku-ring-gai Chase National ParkFlamin' Galah Sydney Tours and Airport Transfers offer a unique collection of exciting and affordable private tours of Sydney. Want to know what to do in Sydney? Well, look no further than Manly Beach, Sydney's northern beaches, The Blue Mountains, The Hunter Valley wine region and Jenolan Caves.

The Manly Package. This tour shows off a classic Sydney beach and reveals why there is SO much more to Manly than just Manly Beach.

Home and Away Tour. Explore Summer Bay (Palm Beach in Sydney) to see the location of Home and Away, one of Australia's best loved TV soaps.

Blue Mountains, Sydney. A truly iconic Sydney tourist attraction. No wonder millions of people flock to see the 3 Sisters at Sydney's Blue Mountains.

Hunter Valley Wine Tour. Sit back, eat, drink and be merry on the ultimate tour to The Hunter Valley - one of Australia's finest wine making regions.

Jenolan Caves. A rare and intriguing natural phenomenon, gets you out of Sydney and soaking up some of Australia's vast landscape.

Half or Full Day Bush and Beach Experience. An 'off the beaten track Sydney tour', showcasing Sydney's spectacular, untouched, vast and beautiful bush and beach settings.

More info: Flamin' Galah Sydney Tours and Airport Transfers, Phone: 02 9977 7890 (international +612 9977 7890)

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Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

Glenworth Valley is Australia's leading provider of outstanding outdoor adventure experiences.

Glenworth Valley offers a range of exciting adventure activities including guided and free range horse riding, quad biking, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish and camping. No prior experience is required and all activities are suitable for all ability levels with friendly and professional guides.

Glenworth Valley is located on a scenic 3000 acre wilderness property in the hinterland region of the New South Wales Central Coast, just one hour north of Sydney's CBD.

More info: Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Phone: 02 4375 1222 (international +612 4375 1222)

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Life's an Adventure

Visitors to Sydney and the Blue Mountains will love Life's An Adventure's extensive range of active day experiences and overnight adventures. Choose from a range of unique and personalised kayaking, hiking and mountain biking guided tours with a maximum of 15 participants. Adventures are paced to suit you, with average fitness levels suitable for most activities. Tours are available daily and include gourmet food and the option of hotel pick-ups from the Sydney CBD or Manly area.

More info: Life's an Adventure, Phone: 02 9913 8939 (international +612 9913 8939)

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Southbound Adventures

A morning paddleSouthbound Adventures provides quality outdoor education for school groups. Tailored programs that challenge, build confidence and enrich young people's lives. Outdoor Education is truly a remarkable experience, it magnifies extraordinary moments and makes for powerful memories that enhance young people's lives with a strong sense of personal strength and purpose.

We will work closely with you to develop each program to ensure your individual outcomes are achieved. You will be able to select from a number of venues including National Parks in close proximity to Sydney and private campsites throughout the greater Sydney Metropolitan area.

Southbound Adventures fully qualified and friendly team will make every participants experience on each of our Outdoor Education Programs unique and full of experiential learning moments.

More info: Southbound Adventures, Phone: 02 4257 4888 (international +612 4257 4888)

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Spirit Safaris

Outback & Wilderness ToursAustralian Outback & Wilderness Tours

One-day and extended small group tours in 4WD vehicles.

Private eco tours visit remote wilderness, Aboriginal rock art sites and wild nature.

More info: Spirit Safaris, Phone: 1300 763 188 (International +61417244600)

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Sydney Coast Walks

Walking in Royal National Park with Sydney Coast WalksSydney Coast Walks are the Sydney walking people. With some of the city's best natural beauty only accessible on foot, Sydney Coast Walks provides expertly guided half day, full day and overnight hiking adventures through Sydney Harbour and Royal National Parks, enabling guests to reconnect with nature in Australia's largest city. Small groups, maximum 12 guests, for a better walking experience.

Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tours

Royal National Park Walking Tours

  • Jibbon Aboriginal Tour Learn the traditions of the Dharawal Aboriginal people, view thousand-year-old rock carvings and listen to Dreaming stories.
  • Marley Explore Royal's majestic sandstone coastline on a full day walk.
  • Wattamolla (Coast Track) Discover awe-inspiring views and fascinating history as you hike the iconic Coast Track. Enjoy a fully catered and supported camping experience.

When: year-round. Bookings essential.

More info: Sydney Coast Walks, Phone: 02 8521 7423 (international +612 8521 7423)

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The Collaroy Centre

The Collaroy Centre is owned and operated by The Salvation Army. We self fund our programs by providing quality facilities and programs for our guests. Every cent of profit from these programs is used to run activities and camps for the needy and marginalised of society.

The Collaroy Centre specialises in hiking expeditions for the Adventurous Journey component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We offer practice and qualifying hikes across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels in each of the school holidays, and can also customise trips specifically for your school or corporate group.

The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its clients, and all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.

More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)

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Understand Down Under

1 Day Royal National Park Eco-tour
Your beach and wilderness escape. If you only have one day in Sydney, then this should be it!

Understand Down Under (UDU) invites you on a journey of discovery. Have fun while using all your senses to actively learn about:

  • Plants and their traditional uses
  • Australian and Aboriginal culture
  • Local history and geology
  • Australian birds and wildlife

Australia's oldest national park: The Royal National Park is Sydney's hidden secret. It's renowned for its beautiful and diverse natural landscapes, its abundant wildlife and unique local history. It is more than just bush and rainforest - Royal National Park boasts a beautiful coastline and is only 30km away. Instead of sitting on a bus, relax or have fun at the beach.


1 Day Royal National Park Highlights
The UDU mini-bus will take you on a 1 day adventure with a great mix of active discovery & serene relaxation:

  • Where it all started, Audley is full of history and fantastic birdlife;
  • Discovery Eco-walk - explore the magical Wattamolla. Learn how to live in Australia's bushland and hear dreaming stories;
  • Relax over a delicious, uniquely Australian picnic lunch overlooking the Royal's many beaches
  • Garie Beach - plenty of time to swim, play Aussie beach games, relax or sunbake. For the more adventurous, climb to the cliff-top for a breathtaking panoramic view
  • Throw boomerangs and spears alongside the Hacking River
  • Tranquil bushwalk through temperate rainforest
  • Afternoon tea with awe-inspiring views from Bald Hill; home to Lawrence Hargraves, Australia's pioneer of flight
  • Grand Pacific Drive - take time to see this incredible area, including the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge

More info: Understand Down Under, Phone: 0448 388 687 (international +61448 388 687)

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Walkabout Tours

Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm BeachWalkabout Tours is an exclusive Sydney tour operator offering private individual and small group tours in and around the Sydney area. Designed for the sophisticated traveller, our tour programs offer the best of Sydney - whether you are looking for Aboriginal culture, art and heritage, museums and galleries, food and wine or scenic touring.

All individual tours are conducted on a private basis so we can design a tour day to suit your interests. We are one of the few licensed tour operators conducting tours to the Aboriginal ceremonial and rock art sites in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, only 25km north of Sydney.

All full day tours include a two course luncheon at a gourmet restaurant. Let us show you the best of Sydney!

More info: Walkabout Tours, Phone: 02 9332 2611 (international +612 9332 2611)

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Wendt on Tours

Mercede Benz tour vehicle Wendt On Tours was established in 1999 to offer private tour experiences to the Blue Mountains, an introduction to Sydney with our Sydney City Highlights Tours and to the oldest wine region in Australia, the Hunter Valley.

The itinerary for each tour is designed to accommodate all the expectations of our guests. We arrange this following from communications with our guests, hotel concierges, travel agents and inbound tour operators, prior to the selected tour.

Went On Tours uses Mercedes-Benz Viano and Vito multiple purpose vehicles which seat a maximum of seven guests for all of our experiences.

The husband and wife team of Margaret and Glenn Wendt are both the chauffeurs and guides on all tour experiences.

More info: Wendt On Tours, Phone: 02 4998 6757 (international +612 4998 6757)

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