Wheelchair access: easy
This area is fully wheelchair accessible. Access is available from the carpark to the marina and aafe.
Set sail for beautiful Akuna Bay, tucked away at the end of Coal and Candle Creek. The popular d'Albora Marina can also be reached by road via the scenic Liberator General San Martin Drive.
Make the most of the marina’s great facilities and bring your picnic hamper. The public barbecue and seating area is a lovely, family-friendly space with shaded tables. Or, if you feel like letting someone else prepare your breakfast or lunch, pop into the marina’s Driftwood Cafe.
At d'Albora Marina, you’ll find wet berths and a dry stack area for small boats. There are also boat hire facilities, shops, a restaurant and function centre and plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers.
Activities: motor boating, paddling, sailing and boating, sailing, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising
Getting there: On entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, follow McCarrs Creek Road and turn onto Liberator General San Martin Drive. Akuna Bay is part way along the scenic Coal and Candle creek.
Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.
Opening hours: The picnic tables and barbecue are open seven days a week between 8.30am and 5pm. Driftwood Cafe is closed on Tuesdays.
Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, cafe/kiosk, boat ramp
Apple Tree picnic area
Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.
Apple Tree picnic area is only an hour’s drive from Sydney and one of the gateways to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park’s many walking trails, waterways and lookouts. Apple Tree picnic area provides an easily accessible spot to park your car and re-energise, before you head off into the park and explore. You can buy drinks and food at the café or make use of the shaded picnic tables and barbecues. The Berowra walking track begins at this point, but if you have a boat, you can also set sail from Apple Tree picnic area’s boat ramp.
Activities: picnics and barbecues, motor boating, sailing, walking
shown on Bobbin Head map
Getting there: On entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
- Take Bobbin Head Road through North Turramurra, or Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah near Hornsby.
Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.
Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, drinking water, boat ramp, carpark, trackhead/access point
Originally built in 1882, Beechwood Cottage harks back to an era when sailors, convicts and even pirates lived in these parts. Now it’s your turn to add to the region’s colourful history and hire this beautifully restored historic cottage in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Situated on the western shores of Pittwater, near The Basin picnic area, this charming venue is available for conferences, functions and weddings. With delightful water views and a tranquil bush setting it’s a perfect venue for hire for relaxed and informal get togethers. It has a large function room, a well-equipped kitchen and wide shady verandahs. There’s even a fenced yard where kids can run around.
There’s plenty of equipment to cater for up to 60 guests inside the cottage, however larger groups may choose to take advantage of the spacious grounds with room for a marquee.
Activities: walking, mountain biking, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising
Getting there: Beechwood Cottage is in the West Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. To get there:
- Catch the ferry which departs hourly, on the hour between 9am and 5pm, from Palm Beach Wharf.
- Drive or ride your mountain bike through the park to West Head, then walk or cycle along the 2.8km Basin track to The Basin.
- If you own a boat, anchor in the sheltered bay opposite the picnic and campground.
Road access: Unsealed road/trail - no motor vehicle access.
Opening hours: The Beechwood Cottage is:
- open sunrise – 10pm (Monday – Sunday)
Facilities: venue, boat ramp, drinking water, flush toilets, trackhead/access point, electric power
Venue hire: See details
The Basin and Beechwood Cottage (Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park), Phone: 02 9974 1011
Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area
- The southern part of Bobbin Head wheelchair accessible
Located in the west of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head is a large area offering lots of attractions and facilities. As well as being a great place to bushwalk, paddle or go fishing, Bobbin Head is the perfect waterfront picnic spot.
The area features barbecues, picnic tables, shelters and plenty of green space for an impromptu frisbee session or a spot of cricket. There’s also a children’s playground that’s sure to be a hit with kids and you can pick up a coffee at the Bobbin Head Inn Café or tuck into some beautiful Mediterranean cuisine at Galley Foods Restaurant and Kiosk.
Visit Empire Marina Bobbin Head to hire a run-a-bout with fishing licence, or follow any of the number of walking tracks and collect maps and brochures from Bobbin Inn Visitor Centre. Stroll the mangrove boardwalk behind the picnic area and see if you can spot some of the park’s many birds.
Activities: fishing, picnics and barbecues, motor boating, sailing
shown on Bobbin Head map
Getting there: On entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, take Bobbin Head Road through North Turramurra, or Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah near Hornsby.
Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.
Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, drinking water, public phone
Vehicle entry fee: $11 per vehicle per day. If you're arriving by bus or taxi you'll need to pay daily entry fees of $4.40 adults, $2.20 children; there is no daily entry fee for teachers/educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children)
Sydney North (Bobbin Inn, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park), Phone: 02 9472 8949
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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)
Paddling, sailing and boating: events and activities
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)
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)
Combine eco friendly kayak paddles with bushwalking in Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and take a mixed journey experiencing Pittwater's unique natural environment from land and water. Launching from our Northern Beaches Bayview beach side marina location, Paddlecraft Kayaks has a wide range of hire kayaks. Paddle a double or single hire kayak to a remote beach or cove, stow your craft and equipment and explore the unrivalled splendour featuring native wildlife and vegetation, breathtaking vistas and historic Aboriginal areas. Hire a kayak for your camping holiday at the Basin and explore the surrounding Pittwater bays and inlets. Multi day hire rates are available including transportation and pick up of kayaks to the Basin.
More info: Paddlecraft Kayaks, Phone: 02 9997 8015 (international +612 9997 8015)
The Collaroy Centre
The Collaroy Centre is one of Australia's leading conference centres. Located at Collaroy Beach, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the centre provides accommodation for up to 500. The centre not only has a superb location, but also provides all guests with exceptional dining and meeting facilities.
The centre offers education and recreation activities, including abseiling, high ropes, adventure courses, archery, canoeing, surfing etc. Offsite programs and activities in national parks are also available. We specialise in Duke of Edinburgh and school excursions, and offer canyoning canoeing, and bushwalking expeditions.
The Collaroy Centre is always focused on its guests, so all programs are tailored to specific needs and desired outcomes.
More info: The Collaroy Centre, Phone: 02 9982 9800 (international +612 9982 9800)
Xterra Adventures is an exciting, multifunctional activity and adventure company located on the Central Coast of NSW, less than an hour north of Sydney.
We specialise in providing personalised mountain bike and kayak adventures for individuals, groups, schools or corporate clients. Come and explore our magnificent national parks and state forests by mountain bike or our beautiful waterways by sea kayak. We offer a large, varied range of tours that run for half day, full day, overnight or multi night. Our tours are designed to suit everyone from the novice right through to the more experienced adventurer.
Xterra Adventures offers what the others can't - quality equipment, attentive professional guides, a large range of options, stunning locations, great food, flexibility and above all, a commitment to your enjoyment.
We understand that your time is precious to you. We pride ourselves on being flexible and run our tours to suit your time schedule, not a calendar on our wall.
We are an innovative, enthusiastic company which wants nothing more than for you to go home after a tour with memories that will last a lifetime.
More info: Xterra Adventures, Phone: 0404 808 055 (international +61404 808 055)