Last updated: August 2, 2022
The America Bay Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is perfect for those looking for a fun and easy bushwalk escape in beautiful natural surroundings.
The highlight of this 2 km return walking track is the scenic lookout at the end of the walk, which provides superb views of America Bay.
Read on, and find out more about the highlights of this easy hike and where best to park your car.
|America Bay Track|
|Distance:||2 km (return)|
|Duration:||1 hour (depending on stops)|
How to Get There
This short walking track is one of many scenic trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, just north of Sydney.
It is located in the West Head and Basin precincts of the park, which is also home to the West Head Lookout and Resolute Beach.
Note that there is a $12 entry fee per vehicle for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which allows you to spend the whole day there.
The start of the America Bay Track is located on West Head Road, which can be accessed via McCarrs Creek Road.
The actual walk starts at the big America Bay Track signpost on West Head Rd, and you can park your car there at the small parking area (see map location).
America Bay Track Notes
The America Bay Track is only 1 km long and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
The path is very easy to follow from start to finish; however, good walking shoes are recommended as the surface is sometimes a bit rocky and uneven.
Once you’ve parked your car at the small car park, simply head into the bush at that signpost to start this short but exciting, family-friendly bushwalking adventure.
Early in the walk, keep an eye out for an intersection, one that is surprisingly easy to miss.
This is where you can do a short side trip to a site with well-preserved Aboriginal engravings. Keep an eye out for a wooden pole, as per the below picture.
The weird thing is that it doesn’t actually say that there are Aboriginal engravings to visit.
But if you turn right at that intersection and follow the path for approximately 100 metres, you will end up at a rather large and flat rocky area.
The engravings are very well preserved, and if you look closely, you can quickly identify all the different shapes and animals engraved into the surface.
Once you’ve finished exploring the engravings, retrace your steps to the intersection, and then turn right to continue the main walking track to America Bay.
The track continues through a patch of scenic bushland until it crosses a creek.
You will soon see a small and unpretentious waterfall, which is at its best after a period of rainfall (unlike in the below picture).
This is also where you will start seeing the first glimpses of America Bay before the track arrives at the beautiful lookout point.
From the lookout, the views of America Bay are phenomenal, so by all means, take your time to 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 flow into America Bay.
It’s challenging 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 looks like it’s a permanent closure, but who knows.