KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP
Rainforests and eucalyptus forests, bays and waterways, lookouts, native wildlife and the fascinating Aboriginal history
KU-RING-GAI CHASE NP
Although less well known than the much larger Blue Mountains, the 15000 ha Ku-ring-gai-Chase National Park is one of Sydney-siders’ favourite national parks.
A trip to the Ku-ring-gai (the park takes its name from the Guringai Aborigines, who are considered the traditional owners of the area) promises a day of breathtaking views, exciting hikes through rocky gorges that cut through rainforest and eucalyptus trees, up-close encounters with Australian wildlife and, perhaps most enjoyable of all, the unique opportunity to gain an insight into the fascinating history and way of life of the Aboriginal people through important heritage sites such as petroglyphs, rock engravings and “axe-grinding sites”.
But we also discover chic country houses, picturesque bays, nice cafés and parks.
A brief (non-exhaustive) overview:
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- We stop at the unusual Sphinx Memorial, a sandstone memorial to the fallen of World War I in the middle of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
- Bobbins Head Aboriginal Site: Short walk on the Gibberagong Boardwalk among the mangroves and visit an Aboriginal site with axe-grinding grooves.
- Kalkari Visitor Centre with short walk on the scenic Discovery Trail.
- Westhead Lookout offers great views of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury, Brisbane Waters and Pittwater rivers, with Barrenjoey Lighthouse in the distance on one side and the Central Coast beaches on the other.
- From here, a short section of the Aboriginal Heritage trail leads to Red Hands Cave – one of more than 800 Aboriginal sites listed in the park.
- Basin Aboriginal Art Site. More Aboriginal history. The fascinating rock paintings at this site – outlines of animals and human figures – are part of the significant Aboriginal cultural heritage in the area.
- Cottage Point: Option to charter a motorboat for a 2-hour self-guided cruise along the waterways of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. (To be booked in advance via Sydneyaufdeutsch).(Not on Mondays and Tuesdays).
- Passing the poofy mansions in Pittwater.
- Arrive at hotel around 6am.
“Until the day my father took me for a walk in the forests of Ku-ring-gai National Park on a Saturday afternoon, history and nature were irrelevant to me as a rebellious teenager. The park changed me then. When I lay in bed at night, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.” “
Andrew Duncan, History Teacher.
Self-driven boat trip in the Kuring-gai Chase
For those who want to explore the unique Ku-ring-gai Chase NP from a completely different perspective, we happily to make time for a two-hour self-guided boat trip. The iconic Cottage Point is the perfect starting point for trips along the waterways of the Cowan River, protected by the beautiful evergreen Kuring-gai Chase National Park. The calm and protected waters are lined with secluded beaches, natural waterfalls, birds and marine life that can only be accessed by boat.
You can order this activity when you book the Ku Ring-Gai Chase NP tour. Please note that this will add 3 hours to the tour, making it a full day tour.
Make a full day of it
Our tour to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park is largely self-guided and can easily be extended to an 8-hour day tour if desired. This leaves more time for longer walks or even a boat trip on your own through the bays of the park.
The tour can also be combined very well with our half-day Sydney Highlights tour or with a visit to Sydney’s northern beaches. During the booking process we offer you the possibility to extend or combine the Ku Ring Gai Chase Tour (and save some money this way).
Palm Beach & Northern Beaches
From Palm Beach (Sydney’s northernmost beach and favourite haunt of the rich and famous), this tour takes you past sun-drenched beaches, breathtaking viewpoints and dramatic rock formations for stops or a dip in the ocean.
Guided tour of Sydney – Half Day
Our guided city-tour of Sydney is just perfect to kick-start your Australian holiday. You will see all city hot spots and tourist icons. Along the way, your guide will give you all the information you need to know as a first-time visitor.