Mackerel Beach West Head Loop
  • Length: 8.6km

  • Duration: 5 hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 1149 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach

  • End: 1149 Barrenjoey Rd, Palm Beach

  • Closest Town: Palm Beach

  • Location: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 43.1 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.595749291

  • Longitude: 151.3191145353

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Mackerel Beach West Head Loop is a 8.6km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 5 hrs to complete.


The Mackerel Beach West Head Loop is a walk which explores a large part of the West Head. The journey starts and finishes with a ferry across Pittwater. The walk heads around West Head taking in views on the Broken Bay side with Lion Island featuring as a prominent sight. The walk follows sections of road that connect some fantastic bush tracks together. This is a solid day walk if allowing time to relax and have a dip at one of the many beaches along the way.

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