Waratah walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 10km

  • Duration: 3hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: W Head Rd, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase

  • End: W Head Rd, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase

  • Location: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 40.5 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.63168

  • Longitude: 151.2461117

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Waratah walking track is a 10km, grade 4 return hike, located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

A brilliant walk when the weather warms up, Waratah walking track delights with heady scents and a colourful display that's sure to put a spring in your step. This track takes in the western area off West Head Road through heathland, with lovely water views over Yeomens Bay in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

It's perfect for a day trip, so don't forget to pack a picnic lunch as the track leads through sandy heath dotted with boronia and waratahs. Stop and enjoy the scenic water views down to Akuna Bay and Yeomens Creek. Near the end of the walk, a large rock shelf brims with islands of wildflowers.

Unroll the picnic rug and enjoy a snack while soaking up the escarpment view overlooking Yeomens Bay and Coal and Candle Creek. When you've had your fill of scenery and wildflowers, retrace your steps.

Take a virtual tour of Waratah walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Located in Sydney's north, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park combines important history with scenic beauty, making it perfect for school excursions. Bobbin Head is a great place for a family picnic, and parts of the park are ideal for cycling, fishing and bushwalking.

Australia's second-oldest national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a recreational favourite for locals and visitors alike. This large park, located in Sydney's north, lets you feel at one with nature without leaving the Sydney metropolitan area. A heritage-listed park, it combines important history with scenic beauty.

Winding creeks and stretches of ocean meet rainforest and eucalypts, rocky cliffs and mangroves. Camp at The Basin or spend your time exploring walking tracks, mountain biking trails, breathtaking lookouts and significant Aboriginal sites. You'll still have plenty of time to discover its marinas, cafes, kiosks and well-equipped picnic areas."

Getting there

Waratah walking track starts at number 2 post in the West Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. To get there, follow West Head Road. Parking Parking is available near number 2 post on West Head Road.


Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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