This is part two on Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. We just told you all about this National Park just north of Sydney and about the biodiversity there, the aboriginal history and camping. We reserved a whole blog post just to tell you about the walks because there are close to 50 different walks and tracks within the national park. There is so much to explore here, come and learn about it and plan your next holiday with nature in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Jerusalem Bay to Brooklyn Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Jerusalem Bay Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Visiting the National Parks help you get closer to nature. Walks, trails, beaches, barbecues, and camping are all in one place. Throw a stone in New South Wales and you are sure to hit one because there are over 850 national parks in NSW. Explore as many as you can and choose your favourite. Let us know which one it is and why. We will be highlighting some of the most popular ones, make sure we include your favourite! We originally journeyed through many of the National Park in Queensland  and now we are making our way through New South Wales.

Here are some of the previous New South Wales National Parks we have featured:

Barrington Tops National Park

Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park

Camping in Barrington Tops National Park

Lane Cove National Park

Tapin Tops National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

Royal National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

The Oldest National Park in Australia, Royal National Park

Wollemi Pine National Park

Warrumbungle National Park

Washpool National Park

The Rainforest Way  highlighted Wollumbin National Park and Nightcap National Park

Our post about some of the Best Nature Walks in New South Wales  included Dorrigo National Park and Eurobodalla National Park

Oxley Wild Rivers National Park was covered in our blog post about Wandering the Waterfall Way

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We started out our recent journey through more NSW parks in the vast wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park. It is so vast, in fact, that it took 4 blog posts to cover it all including: Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park, Looking Out Over Nature in Barrington Tops National Park,  and Camping in Barrington Tops National Park. Next, we took a look at Lane Cove National Park, and then we travelled to Tapin Tops National Park. Our last post covered a lot of ground in Capertee National Park and Gardens of Stone National Park. Today’s post is all about Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

The Walks of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Berowra Entrance Photo credit: “Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park entrance Berowra” by Abesty – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Getting to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Sydney Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located just about a 30 minute drive north of Sydney. There are many different Budget car rental locations in Sydney  where you can rent a car and make your way north to the park. Not only do we have the best car rental deal in Sydney, our incredible staff can help you choose the right car and offer up local travel tips. Be sure to let them know where you are going so that they can deliver the best experience for your holiday. Here are some other blogs we have covered that include holiday ideas for Sydney and surrounds:

Amazing Outdoor Wedding Destinations near Sydney

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Free Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to see in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

The Amazing Pacific Coast Drive: Sydney to Brisbane

Things to Do at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Visit Australia’s Oldest National Park: Royal National Park

Quirky Places to Stay in NSW near Sydney

Best Scenic Drives: Greater Blue Mountains Drive

Exploring Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on Foot

Jerusalem Bay to Brooklyn Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

America Bay Walking Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The walks of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park cover a lot of ground. We will highlight some of the most popular walks out of the 40 + walks and tracks. Each walk has rating info, distance, and the suggested time it will take to complete it. Be sure to adhere to all directions and refrain from taking on a course that is beyond your level of fitness or experience. Remember that the rating represents the most difficult part of the walk, so the entire track is not moderate or difficult, just a part or parts of it are. You can try a more difficult track, and always turn around if it gets too difficult for your level. Bring plenty of drinking water and wear sunscreen and a hat. Wear proper walking shoes. Let someone know where you are going and when you are coming back. If you are camping overnight, bring extra emergency supplies. Save this beautiful place for generations to come.  Remember to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Great North Walk

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Great North Walk Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Jerusalem Bay track extends from Cowan Station to Hawkesbury River near Brooklyn; this is part of the Great North Walk. It is 11 km long and suggested time to complete this hard track is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head

 

The Sphinx Memorial in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Photo Credit: “SphinxMemorial2” by Alperyasar – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

 

Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin head Loop Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The track from Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track is graded easy level. It is a 9.6 km loop and should take about 3 ½ hours to complete. The walk allows you to see the Sphinx memorial which is a tribute to the fallen A.I.F comrades of Pte. W. T. Shirley during World War I.

America Bay Walking Track

 

America Bay Walking Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

America Bay Walking Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The America Bay Walking Track is rated medium grade which means it is a moderately difficult track to walk. There are beautiful waterfalls, Aboriginal engravings, picnic facilities and amazing views along this walk. Allow for at least 30 minutes to complete this 2 km track.

 

Gibberagong Walking Track

 

Gibberagong Mangrove Boardwalk Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Gibberagong Mangrove Boardwalk Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Bring your binoculars for some of the best bird watching along the Gibberagong walking track. It is one of the most scenic tracks with a mangrove boardwalk, bushwalk, and picnic facilities. The grade for the track is medium and it takes about 3 hours to trek through the 4km walk.

 

Mount Ku-ring-gai Track to Berowra Train Station

 

Mount Ku-ring-gai Track to Berowra Train Station Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Mount Ku-ring-gai Track to Berowra Train Station Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

This track is a rugged bushwalk trail near Brooklyn and it is great to plan for a picnic and then a walk. Start out at the Mount Ku-ring-gai Train station and plan for at least 4 hours. It is 11km and is graded hard. There are dense woodlands, and an Aboriginal midden of the Guringai people along the way.

 

Salvation Loop Trail

 

Salvation Loop Trail Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

This is an easy walking track that takes you past the wet heathlands and through the hanging swamps. It is a family friendly track that takes about 1 hour and is a 4km long loop. From this track, if you want to continue on a longer walk, take the Wallaroo walking track. There is a great little picnic area with table at Salvation Creek so you can start out with a picnic lunch or enjoy one after the Salvation Loop Trail.

 

The Basin Track and the Mackerel Track

 

The Basin Track and Mackerel Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

The Basin Track and Mackerel Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

These two tracks start at West Head Road and include amazing views of the incredible heathland and dry eucalypt forest scenery. If you’d like to add a picnic lunch or some swim time to this walk, take a detour off to Currawong Beach. Allow at least 2 ½ hours for this walk which is 7km long. The grading for the walk is medium level. Check the open and closing times for this walk, it closes. If you park at West Head or Resolute picnic area, there is a 2 to 3 km walk to the Basin Track. You will begin on the Basin track. The Mackerel Track begins after the Basin Aboriginal Art site.

 

Willunga Trig Walking Track

 

Willunga Trig Walking Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

 

Willunga Trig Walking Track Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au
The Willunga Trig walking track is near Mona Vale and takes you to the highest lookout point in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Yet it is only a medium grade track and well worth the trek to witness panoramic views of the entire park, bushland and its waterways as well as Sydney and Chatswood to the south. It is a 30 minute track that is a 1.5km loop.