A mere hours drive from Sydney’s CBD lies the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park With its breathtaking views, iconic Australian bushland and ancient Aboriginal engravings, this is the perfect day trip for anyone looking to get away from the city.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park stretches across Sydney’s north, encompassed by rivers, creeks and even the ocean. Ku-ring-gai is Australia’s second oldest national park (the Royal National Park being the oldest) and boasts many great bush walks, picnic spots and viewpoints.
We decided to do the America Bay walking track (a quick 1.8km return walk) which is on the West Head and Basin precincts of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Google Maps led us directly to the start of the track where you can park your vehicle and then head off along the path towards America Bay.
Shortly after starting the walk there is a quick detour path to the right which takes you to Aboriginal engravings on a sandstone shelf.
The path to America Bay takes you through some lush bushland, under the canopies of gum trees and past watering holes filled with tadpoles. Follow the stream as you head towards the lookout point. You will know when you have arrived, as the view will take your breath away! Perched on top of the rock platform, you will be looking over America Bay with views across Cowan Creek. This is where you need to roll out the picnic blanket and settle down for a bite to eat and admire the stunning views at what could be one of Sydney’s most beautiful picnic spots.
After your picnic head back to your vehicle and continue down West Head Road towards the West Head Lookout at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. From this lookout, you have the perfect view of Palm Beach, Barrenjoey Lighthouse, Dangar Island and beyond.
Once we had taken enough photos, we headed down to Cottage Point for some bubbly and scones. Cottage Point is a quaint little place with only a few houses, a boat club and two restaurants. You might have heard of Cottage Point Inn which is a gorgeous fine dining restaurant right on the water’s edge, many of the guests arrive here by seaplane from Rose Bay. As we were in our hiking gear (and didn’t have a lunch reservation), we decided to go to Cottage Point Kiosk (you can hire boats here), a very cute old boat shed that has been converted to a restaurant and shop, also right on the water’s edge. We ordered some bubbly and scones and sat on the balcony overlooking the creek, breathing in the fresh air and watching the water lap the shoreline.
This was the perfect way to end a lovely day out and we cannot wait to return! Thank you Lindsey from ‘I know a great little spot‘ for the great tip on Cottage Point Kiosk.
You’ll want to come with a fully charged camera as there are just so many Instagram worthy views!