America Bay Track, West Head
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Northern Beaches
Recently a friend and I ventured towards West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to visit America Bay and walk the small track that overlooks Pittwater. The access into the National Park was fairly easy with a small entry fee of $11 per vehicle or $4.40 for buses/taxi each day. The National Park is open from sunrise to sunset, times differing depending on the time of year you would be visiting the area being ideal for day trips spent exploring the natural surroundings. There’s something I really love about this area, as it is so remote and removed from everything. After a short drive from the West Head entrance, we pulled into the shoulder indicating the America Bay track and collected all of our picnic needs and started our walk. The track was roughly 20-30 minutes walk ’til we reached the lookout. It was a relatively easy walk, just very rocky and slightly slippery due to the rain the previous day. However, we were able to wear casual clothing, as the track was not too intense. Once we reached the lookout my friend and I decided to set up our picnic rug next to the large waterfall. The view from where my friend and I set up our picnic was honestly breath taking; the waterfalls and rocky ledges overlook a secluded section of Pittwater that is just so beautiful it’s hard to comprehend.
It was so lovely being able to escape contact from the outside world for a few hours as there is no reception or internet access on the track. It really allowed us to appreciate the serenity. We stayed a few hours talking and just relaxing, taking photos on our phones and Polaroid cameras before leaving. It was an amazing experience that really highlighted the beauty of the area,
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers so many tracks and hidden gems that I can’t wait to explore. I am really looking forward to going on more adventures around the northern beaches and seeing what it has to offer.
How to get to America Bay, West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Turn off Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills onto McCarrs Creek Road. Turn left onto West Head Road and follow the road along until you come to a sign with America Bay Track (on the left hand side of the road)