Last updated: September 16, 2020
The America Bay Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is perfect for those looking for a quick and easy bushwalk escape in beautiful natural surroundings.
The highlight of this 2km return walking track is the scenic lookout at the end of the walk, which provides superb views of America Bay.
|America Bay Track|
|Distance:||2 km (return)|
|Time:||1 hour (depending on stops)|
How to Get There
This short walking track is one of the many unpretentious walking trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Note that that there is a $12 entry fee for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which allows you to spend the whole day there.
The start of the America Bay Track (map) is located along West Head Road, which can be accessed via McCarrs Creek Road.
The actual walk starts at the big America Bay Track signpost along West Head Road, and you can park your car there at the small parking area.
America Bay Track Notes
At the sign, head straight into the bush to start this short but exciting, family-friendly bushwalking adventure.
The path is very easy to follow from start to finish, however good walking shoes are recommended as the surface at times is a bit rocky and uneven.
Quite early into the walk is a hardly noticeable intersection, with a short detour to a site with well preserved Aboriginal engravings.
Keep an eye out for that wooden pole you see in the picture above.
It doesn’t actually say that there’s Aboriginal engravings to see, but if you turn right at that intersection and follow the path for about 100 metres or so, you will end up at a rather large flat area.
The engravings are nicely preserved, and if you have a closer look you can easily identify all the different shapes and animals engraved into the rock surface.
Retrace your steps back to the intersection, and then turn right to continue the main walking track to America Bay.
The track continues through scenic bushland, until it crosses a creek. You will soon see a small but picturesque waterfall, which is at its best after a period of rain.
You will also start seeing the first glimpses of America Bay, before the track ends up at the lookout point.
The views of America Bay from the lookout are phenomenal, so by all means take your time to really enjoy this beautiful sight.
There’s a rather large rocky platform at the lookout, which lends itself perfectly for a picnic with scenic views.
There is in fact another waterfall at the lookout, where the creek descends to lower levels, to ultimately arrive in America Bay. It’s hard though to get good views of this waterfall from the lookout.
The track used to continue all the way down to the bay where there is a beach. Unfortunately, that track is closed until further notice. The sign that says it’s closed actually looks quite permanent, so let’s not get our hopes up too high.
Map and Route
As you head north along West Head Road, look out for the America Bay Track signpost and park your car at the small parking area.