West Head Lookout – Stunning Views In Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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West Head Lookout Sydney

If you ever need to stand way up high and drink in some fantastic, uplifting views… can I recommend West Head Lookout in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park?

This is one of the most magnificent lookouts in Sydney, and highly recommended as a place to bring visitors as well as to visit with the family.

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To the east you see Barrenjoey Head with its lighthouse, the long stretch of sand that is Palm Beach, and Pittwater stretching away to the south.

 

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To the north is Broken Bay, Brisbane Waters and the Central Coast and the Hawkesbury River heading west. And guarding it all is beautiful Lion island.

 

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Yours truly, posing and totally missing the views north!

 

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There are many beautiful trees around the Lookout. This is a Sydney redgum.

I visited West Head Lookout recently as part of the Sydney Out Back Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour and Cruise.  (Much more about that to come next week.)

The marvellous thing about a tour is having an expert guide. Our guide was Paul who told us a great deal about the history of West Head, especially it’s use as a garrison during the Second World War.

Paul also told us a great deal about the trees around West Head Lookout.

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Paul explained how this tree’s huge scar probably is the result of having had a section carved out to be used by the indigenous people of the area, the Guringai Nation.

 

So where is West Head Lookout?

The Lookout is the most easterly point of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

Let’s have a look at the map:

To get there, you need to drive through the national park and to pay the park entry fees. Follow the sealed West Head Road to the Lookout.

Parking:  There is a car park at the Lookout, it’s then a short 50m walk down to the lookout itself.

Picnic spot nearby: The resolute Picnic Area is a 1.9km walk away from the Lookout.

Accessiblity: Good, fully accessible

See also: There’s an Aboriginal Discovery Walk from resolute picnic area, also a great playground at Bobbin Head, plus Bobbin Head Information Centre and the Kalkarri Visitor Centre.

To read more on these and what else to do in the park, go to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park website here.

Or take a day long tour with Sydney Out Back, website here.

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Stand by for more posts about Ku-ring-gai Chase national park and the wonderful day trip with Sydney Out Back.

There’s such a lot of beauty on our doorsteps here in Sydney.

What’s your favourite lookout in Sydney?

Cheers

Seana x

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Posted on: March 31, 2016

3 Comments

  • Reply April 2, 2016

    Aleney de Winter

    Haven’t been to West Head since I lived in Palm Beach, two decades ago! Must take the kids. And super keen to hear about the tour.

  • I love that spot! I’ve been before but literally looked at the view and left. I’d love to know more things to do around there for next time.

  • West Head is right in my backyard. It is easy to forget that sometimes there are magical places not that far away. I am looking forward to your future posts and I am definitely going to look into doing a Sydney Out Back Tour – I had never heard of them.

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