Starting at West Head Road, The Basin track and Mackerel track offers stunning heathland and dry eucalypt forest scenery. Detour to Currawong Beach for a picnic or swim.
Where: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Time: 2hrs 30mins
Entry fees: Park entry fees apply
Non Daylight saving: 6am - 6pm
Daylight saving: 6am - 8.30pm
Both the Basin track and Mackerel tracks start from West Head road, 8.5km from the Liberator General San Martin Drive junction. Head along the ridge top
and stop to explore the Basin Aboriginal Art site. From here, follow signs to The Basin campground, and enjoy glimpses of Pittwater through the trees
before descending to the campground. Spend as much time as you like in this popular area, where you can take a refreshing swim, play games on the grass
clearing and enjoy the facilities. When you’re ready, you simply walk back to West Head Road via the Basin Trail, or alternatively you can catch a
Palm Beach Ferry and enjoy some of the beaches of Pittwater.
To explore the Mackerel track take the left hand turn after the Basin Aboriginal Art site. Head out to the point to enjoy the impressive views across Pittwater,
and look down upon Mackerel Beach to the north and Currawong to the south. There is no access to either beach via the track, however you can catch
the hourly ferry service from The Basin campground, where you can stop at Currawong and Mackerel beaches for a picnic and a swim. To return, follow
the Mackerel track back to West Head road.
You’ll see more of the park’s stunning scenery on the way, including heathlands, grassy woodlands and dry eucalypt forests.
Check out the National Parks website for up to date information and a Virtual tour and map of the walk.
Content Source: National Parks and Wildlife Service