West Head army track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 0.45km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: One Way

  • 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: 49.9 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -33.5776101932128

  • Longitude: 151.30841981389

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West Head army track is a 0.45km, grade 4 one way hike, located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

This track winds down West Head’s eastern face in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Some parts are so steep you’ll be scaling ladders.
Much of the original wartime track work still exists, uncovered by NPWS and West Head Awareness Team volunteers during track upgrades. But the real reward for history buffs is the destination. Perched above the shoreline, the army battery once hosted two 4.7-inch ex-naval guns supported on 800kg pedestals, an observation post, ammunition storage and 2 searchlights.
Today, the silent structures are a fascinating reminder of the days when heavy equipment was transported down the track via a purpose-built railway. Take a moment to wonder at the strength of the soldiers who built the steps and carried materials down to the site.
Head back the same way to West Head lookout, through casuarina forest that’s a favourite of glossy black cockatoos.
To find out more about the history of West Head Battery visit 4HResearch.

About the region

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year. Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am at other times of the year. No vehicle access to The Basin campground or to Barrenjoey Headland
10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
9am to 5pm daily. 9am to 4pm daily in June and July. Closed Christmas Day.

Getting there

West Head Army Track starts at West Head lookout, in the West Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.To get there follow West Head Road or access the lookout from the Resolute picnic area, along the West Head lookout track (1.9km). Road quality Sealed roads Vehicle access 2WD vehicles Weather restrictions All weather Parking Parking is available at the West Head lookout carpark (around 20 spaces). It’s a 50m walk from the carpark down to the lookout.

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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