America Bay Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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)
Dogs:Not allowed

How to Get There

This short walking track is one of the many unpretentious walking trails in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

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 that there is a $12 entry fee for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which allows you to spend the whole day there.

Start of the America Bay Track
Start of the America Bay Track

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.

Walking path to America Bay
Walking path to America Bay

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.

Aboriginal Engravings

Quite early into the walk is a hardly noticeable intersection, with a short detour to a site with well preserved Aboriginal engravings.

Intersection to Aboriginal engravings
Intersection to 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.

Aboriginal engravings signpost
Signpost next to Aboriginal engravings

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.

Aboriginal engravings close to America Bay
Well preserved Aboriginal engravings

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.

Small waterfall on the America Bay Track
Small waterfall

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.

Scenic views of America Bay
Scenic views of America Bay

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.

Keen to discover more walks in the area? Be sure to check out our list of great walking tracks in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for ideas and inspiration.

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.

Map and route of America Bay Track

America Bay Track in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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