The Basin Track and Mackerel Track


Walking the scenic Basin track and Mackerel track is an excellent way of exploring Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

You can start both these tracks from West Head road, 8.5 kilometres 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. Take a refreshing swim, play games on the grass and enjoy the facilities. 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. 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.

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