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

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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Such wise views at West Head!
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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.

West Head was used as a garrison during the Second World War.

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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.

West Head 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.

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

What’s your favourite lookout in Sydney?

Find many more family-friendly Sydney day trips here.

Check out day trips beyond Sydney here.

You could spend a whole day exploring West Head and gorgeous Flint and Steel Beach which is just nearby.

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  1. 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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