Just north of Sydney, located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is the America Bay walking track. It's one of many tracks in the National Park, but also one of the most picturesque. Maps can be obtained from the Ranger on duty at the Park entry point showing the exact location of the walk.
Parking is easy on the side of the road, near the start of the track and the entry point is clearly marked. The track weaves through typical Australian bushland with lots of Gums, natives and woodlands and follows a sandstone ridgeline. Not far from the beginning of the track, walkers can take a detour to view some Aboriginal engravings in a sandstone area. The walk is of moderate difficulty and is predominantly downhill on the way in, a gentle downhill. Half way along, the track starts following a stream which leads to a rock platform overlooking the final destination, America Bay. The view across Cowan Water is absolutely stunning from such a height.
Here at the rock platform is a pool of water that is formed by the water trickling down the rocks from the stream along the track and a small waterfall cascades over the edge to the valley below. Depending on rainfall, the pool can be at least knee deep and is a fun way to cool off after the walk, especially for the kids. This is the best place to sit and enjoy the surrounds and tranquillity.
The drop to the valley below is really quite a distance and for those more adventurous, there may be a way through the bush to get to the water below. Although climbing back up would be hard work. The return walk is the same path and in total a 1.8km round trip. Walkers should allow 1-2 hours to complete and keep in mind there are no bathrooms or drinking water and the track is not wheelchair friendly. Otherwise, if a walk through beautiful Aussie bushland, doable in a couple of hours, with stunning water views is on the agenda, this is one not to miss!