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Reviewed 22 July 2020

If you are looking for something other than mainstream Sydney tourist spots, this is a brilliant place. The park covers a massive area which includes including coastline, rainforest, natural bushland, the Hawkesbury River and Aboriginal rock paintings and engravings.
Whilst I have mostly gone to the Bobbin Head side, I recently went to the West Head lookout with a friend so this review is about the West head side of the park.
We had a fabulous day. Highlights included the West Head lookout with its stunning views across to Palm Beach, the echidna who waddled across the path in front of us and spotting a lyre bird. They are notoriously shy birds and difficult to see in the wild so this was a real surprise.
There are 15 different West Head walking trails which range from level, easy walks to difficult, steep tracks. We did the Challenger trail and the Flint & Steel Trail.
The Challenger trail was very easy and had a wide, open, flat path. It would be suitable for even small children. It was lined with towering eucalypts and this is where we saw the echidna and lyre bird.
The Flint & Steel Beach trail was much narrower and was quite steep because it takes you all the way down through the bush to the beach. Although steep and sometimes uneven, the path was not slippery and was reasonably easy. If you have dodgy knees or unsteady footing, then I would avoid it but otherwise, it’s fine. You can park at the trail head and follow the signs from there. However watch out for a point where the track splits. To get to the beach, you will need to take the track down to the right. The beach itself is small but stunning. Apart from a couple of fishermen in an old dinghy, we were the only ones there. A curious collection of driftwood huts along the sand intrigued us (I suspect that they would have delighted children). They looked like driftwood versions of those portable beach sun shelters that pop up everywhere now. We guessed that they’d been built over time by fishermen and gradually added to (see photos).

GETTING THERE: A car is definitely the easiest way to get there. You can catch public transport but it wouldn't be easy and I’d not recommend it.

WHAT TO TAKE: Take all the usual things like water, sunscreen, reasonably good walking shoes, a hat and if you’re there in summer, I’d take insect repellent too. Take food or snacks with you. You can’t buy anything at West Head (although you can at Bobbin Head).

COST: There is a $12 daily admission fee to the National Park. It’s only per car (not per person) and parking inside is free. If you are planning on going to other NSW National Parks, then it could be worth buying the annual pass instead. There are 45 parks in NSW and a few different levels of passes so it’s worth checking this out before you pay for the day pass.

ASK FOR A MAP: When you drive through the main gates at West Head, make sure you ask for a free map. It’s just a simple sheet but it shows you all of the walking trails and the different levels of difficulty as well as the location of the picnic area and the toilet block. At the same time, you can ask if any of the trails are closed – usually one or two are.

Date of experience: June 2020
Thank Mairwen1
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Reviewed 7 July 2019

$12 entry and $12 to park... Can you just drive through?? Nope, you still must pay $12 to drive through. What has happened to Sydney?!
Also, the water tends to smell bad.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 11 May 2019

Like a lot of Sydney's national parks this one is also pretty massive. Numerous ways to get here, including by train, and even a ferry. Lots of aboriginal rock art scattered about the place, as well as some old coastal fortresses

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MrDavetheSarks
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Great track, with an amazing stop at one of the coffee shops for a lunch. Not many people walking there as the track is quite long. Great to walk with friend, breathtaking views around...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BronislavaT1
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This was a very easy transition from the urbanisation of Sydney to something closer to the great outdoors. A very good information centre with very helpful staff gave us options to choose from. On a very hot day we were able to sample Aboriginal carvings, local flora and fauna and stunning views overlooking the river, all within 2km. Further along from a stunning view point we saw a sea eagle. There are a number of advertised excursions which include river tours but we saw all of the above for the 12 dollar entrance fee to the park which lasts for 24 hours.

Date of experience: December 2017
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