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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)
Cowan Creek, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Cowan Creek, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located in New South Wales
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Nearest town or city Sydney
Established December 1894 (1894-12)[1]
Area 149.77 km2 (57.8 sq mi)[1]
Visitation 2 million (in 2001)
Managing authorities NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Website Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales
map of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National park
Entrance near Berowra railway station

The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a protected national park that is located in New South Wales, Australia. The 14,977-hectare (37,010-acre) national park is situated 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Sydney located largely within the Ku-ring-gai, Hornsby, Warringah and Pittwater local government areas. The villages of Cottage Point, Appletree Bay, and Bobbin Head are located within park boundaries. An isolated portion of the park; Barrenjoey Headland, is located to the north of Palm Beach east of the primary park body and is home to Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

Ku-ring-gai Chase is also officially classed as a suburb by the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales.[2]

Ku-ring-gai is generally regarded as a popular tourist destination, known for its scenic setting on the edge of a southern branch of the Hawkesbury River as well as rock engravings and other art of Aboriginal origin. Picnic, boating, and fishing facilities can be found throughout the park. There are many great walking tracks in Ku-ring-gai, especially through the Duffys Forest and Terrey Hills area.

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park was added to the Australian National Heritage List in December 2006.[3]


  • History 1
  • Access 2
  • Facilities 3
    • Bobbin Head 3.1
    • Appletree Bay 3.2
    • The Basin 3.3
    • West Head 3.4
    • Barrenjoey 3.5
    • The Sphinx 3.6
    • Cottage Point 3.7
    • Jerusalem Bay 3.8
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Aboriginal rock engraving

The first inhabitants of the area were the indigenous Garigal people.[4] The rugged landscape provided abundant food and adequate shelter for the aboriginals. More than 800 Aboriginal sites have been found in the park.[5] These include rock engravings, cave drawings, paintings and stencils, axe grinding grooves and middens.

The park was first declared in 1894.[4] The television series, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was shot in northern Sydney at the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the adjacent Waratah Park, which is now known as Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary. Bushfires ravaged the park in January 1994.[4]


Many of the park's attraction are accessible only by walking track. Many kilometres of park front the southern shoreline of Broken Bay making it a good place to explore by boat.[4]

Rail access is provided at Mount Colah, Mount Kuring-gai, Berowra and Cowan railway stations.[4] All roads in the area are sealed and all have collection gates where a daily fee is payable.


Bobbin Head

Bobbin Head is located on Cowan Creek and facilities include a marina, picnic areas, a small store, and a lunch-time restaurant in what used to be the Bobbin Head Inn, which also contains an information centre. The area contains many fire trails and a walk through mangroves. Aboriginal engravings can be seen in the area.

Appletree Bay

  • Paved parking area, including trailer parking
  • Boat launch ramp and jetty
  • Flush Toilets
  • Picnic Tables
  • Barbecues

The Basin

A popular camping and picnic site with a small beach is located at the Basin on Pittwater. This is the only place in the entire national park where camping is allowed.[4] Access is either by West Head Road via The Basin Track or on a ferry from Palm Beach Wharf.

West Head

West Head is a headland at the north eastern tip of the National Park. A lookout, with views of Barrenjoey, Palm Beach and Broken Bay, has been built on West Head.[6]

The view from West Head Lookout over to Barrenjoey.


Barrenjoey is a locality of Palm Beach.[7] It is a headland and unusual amongst the National Park's features as it is not joined to the rest of the Park by land but separated by 1 kilometer of water, the Pittwater.

The Sphinx

Sphinx Memorial

This is a walk going by the Sphinx Memorial commemorating the fallen A.I.F comrades of Pte. W. T. Shirley[8] during World War I.

Cottage Point

Cottage Point Kiosk and Boat Hire, built around 1918, is situated at Cottage Point at the entrance to Coal and Candle Creek.

Jerusalem Bay

Jerusalem Bay is accessible by a track which is part of the temperate rainforest and large turpentines before opening to the bay. At the bay is an old abandoned habitation site. It opens out to Cowan Water and Broken Bay making it popular with boating and fishing enthusiasts. After the bay the track proceeds up a steep climb past Campbell's Crater and along the ridge all the way to Brooklyn. Campbell's Crater is a volcanic diatreme containing subtropical rainforest species such as Red Cedars and Cabbage Palms with a floor of ferns.[10]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: Park management". Office of Environment and Heritage.  
  2. ^ "Ku-ring-gai Chase". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW.  
  3. ^ "Australian National Heritage listing for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves".  
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hema Maps (1997). Discover Australia's National Parks. Milsons Point, New South Wales:  
  5. ^ "Aboriginal heritage". Office of Environment and Heritage.  
  6. ^ Gregory's Street Directory, 59th Edition 1995, Map 109
  7. ^ UBD Street Directory, 40th Edition 2003, Map 78
  8. ^ "Sphinx Memorial - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park".  
  9. ^ "Jerusalem Bay Track (to Jerusalem Bay and back)". 
  10. ^ "Cowan, Jerusalem Bay, Campbells Crater, Brooklyn". 

External links

  • "Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park".  
  • "Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park". Office of Environment and Heritage.  
  • A comprehensive list of short bushwalks in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park
  • Sydney Rock Art
  • History of Commodore Heights [site of West Head Lookout]: Paul Ashton (2008). "Commodore Heights". ] . CC-By-SA [ 
  • Niall Clugston (2008). "Apple Tree Bay". ] . CC-By-SA [ 
  • Niall Clugston (2008). "Cowan Creek". ] . CC-By-SA [ 

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