We decided to visit another of the National Parks surrounding Sydney with a trip to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Located just 25km north of the CBD, the park is very popular for a quick weekend escape from the city, with campsites also available for longer stays.
Our day started in Brooklyn, which is actually just north of the parks boundaries and located on the Hawkesbury River. Arriving at the Marina, we arranged to hire a small ‘tinny’ boat for two hours, which cost a very reasonable $70 (£44). After a very quick tutorial we were on our way out onto the river.
Once we had made our way past the many larger and more expensive boats mored in the harbour, we reached the open water and passed underneath the world’s second most impressive Brooklyn Bridge.
Turning back in the other direction, we then made our way around Spectacle Island before reaching Dangar Island. The small island is the permanent home to several hundred people, despite only being accessible by ferry. We couldn’t get to close due to the shallow waters, but based on the houses we could see it is easy to see why people choose to live there.
We continued our way east towards the river estuary, where it meets the Pacific Ocean at Broken Bay. After making it as far as Gunyah beach, we turned around and started our journey back towards Brooklyn. This meant battling against the tide and strong wind, and with the ‘tinny’ only boasting 8hp this took quite some time. Next time we will definitely get something faster, although apparently this means getting my boat license first!
Our next stop was the West Head Lookout, at the northeast tip of the park. After parking the car, we made the short walk to the viewpoint to join the crowd of people taking in the incredible views over to Palm Beach of Home and Away fame.
Making our way back towards Sydney, our next stop was the America Bay walking track. After a short 1km walk following a stream through thick bushland, we arrived at a large rock platform overlooking the bay.
Despite the relatively short walk, it was a very warm day, and we were ready for a rest. We found a quiet spot to sit down on the rocks, and took our time admiring the view before making our way back to the car.
After another great day exploring one of the many National Parks around Sydney, we finished the day with one more stop at the nearby Waterfront Store, for some much needed cold drinks on the restaurants outdoor deck, overlooking Scotland Island.