Flint and Steel Beach in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park – Sydney Family Walks


Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

A little blue sky and sunshine breaks through at Flint and Steel Beach

Keen to get the kids off their screens? Well, bring them for a walk to lovely little Flint and Steel Beach in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The trick is to bring a whole pack of them.

No whinging!

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

This sign is found in the car park

A Walk To Flint and Steel Beach with Kids

Things you need to know before you go:

  • The walk down from the car park to the beach isn’t long but it is STEEP.  There are wooden steps and steps cut into the rock. Be prepared for a hard walk up hill on the way back.
  • You need to pay to enter the National Park. Best thing is to buy an annual pass for all NSW National Parks costing $65 and then use it a lot.  This can be done as you enter the park.  A day pass costs $11.
  • There is no water at the beach, you need to take your own.
  • The distance to the beach is just 1km each way but, trust me, it feels much longer on the way up.
  • We went with eight children aged 11 – 13 years and they scampered up and down, no worries. We met other families with children aged five and seven.
  • We wouldn’t recommend this on a boiling hot day… too sweaty on the way back. We were there on an overcast day, with spots of rain, but still warm enough to swim.


Here’s a map… zoom in to find the beach if it doesn’t appear at first.

Setting Off: The Flint and Steel Beach Car Park

The track down to Flint and Steel Beach starts at a signposted car park on West Head Road, see map above.  There’s space for a few cars right by the road and for more a little bit further down the track.

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

Paths go right and left from this sign, you want to take the right hand track

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

We had six boys and two girls with us this week, the boys flew away too fast for us to keep up

Flint and Steel Beach walk with kids

Most of the track is well kept, like these wooden stairs, but there are a couple of really steep bits and one rocky semi-scramble

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More and more steps down and down

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim map

There are patches of cabbage tree palms which give a totally prehistoric looks to the bush

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Even with grey skies, the views are sublime, over to the Central Coast and Lion Island


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And there’s the beach, with boys who got there long before we grown ups

Flint and Steel Beach walk

The last steps down onto the beach

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

Ta da! Beautiful, clear water and lovely rocks to explore

Things to do at Flint and Steel Beach

  • Play cricket, the boys found wooden sticks and planks and set to it with a ball they’d brought
  • Swim, the water tends to be calm in Pittwater and clear too, lazy laps along the beach are lovely
  • Explore the rock pools and twisted rock formations
  • Picnic and play
  • Dig holes on the beach
  • Watch the wildlife, we saw two sea eagles swooping around for ages above us
  • Enjoy the views over to Patonga Beach and out to Lion Island
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Boys digging out a strange object they found

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Any idea what it could be?


pelican at Flint and Steel Beach

Some pelicans came to visit, they were HUGE birds

a walk to Flint and Steel Beach

The girls and myself enjoyed walking along the rock platforms

Flint and Steel Beach walk swim directions

Sudden urge to ask a geologist to explain everything

Flint and Steel Beach

View from a wee cave on the western side of the beach

Flint and Steel Beach

It’s easy to put off walking back to the car park when this is how the track  starts

The walk back was not too bad… it is so steep, but also very scenic and not long. The kids whizzed up and then sat around panting. The mums went up slower and steadier.

A little stop to catch the breath and admire these vast rocks is well worth it.

Flint and Steel Beach car park

Myself and my darlings back up talk, a little sweaty

After the walk you might want to pop along to West Head to soak up the glorious views over Palm Beach, click here for info.

There are many more things to do in Ku-ring-gai Chase national Park, check the website here.

Read all about Bobbin Head playground and walk on our post here.

You might also enjoy tis post about the Jibbon Beach Loop Train at Bundeena in the Royal National Park here.

Flint and Steel Beach

Bye bye Flint and Steel Beach, we will be back!




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Posted on: April 18, 2018


  • Reply August 17, 2020


    Lovely write up of a great walk. We’ve done this with our kids as well, but on a really hot day it can be a hard slog back up the hill. When we were there some nudists were at the eastern end of the beach, but as the beach is so spacious this wasn’t a problem. There’s plenty of room for everyone.

    • Reply August 18, 2020

      Seana Smith

      Oh that’s interesting that there were nudists there. Totally illegal, but in that area I would not mind either. It IS a hard slog up the hill. A couple of days ago I walked up and down to Empress Falls which was also totally steep, steeper in fact as there are stairways… I would need plenty stops and water on a roasting Sydney day.

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