I live on the northern beaches of Sydney and enjoy discovering little known great places to visit
Published December 22nd 2013
If you go down to the bush today you're in for big surprise....
Bangalley Head is part of the Bicentennial Coastal walk. It is one of the largest bushland reserves and the highest point in Pittwater. The headland takes its name from the Bangalay Eucalyptus tree which is found in the area.
The best access is near the corner of Watkins & Milga Rd North Avalon. The first surprise is that the quiet suburban street entrance to the headland gives no hint of what lies ahead.
The loop walk takes about 45 minutes. It is reasonably steep to begin with and then flattens out at the loop section. You can also exit via Whale Beach Road which will take another 15 minutes.
Another surprise is the number of native plants and animals that call the headland home. There are 5 types of banksia, scribbly gums, palms. Among the 11 different species of birds that can be found is the Spotted Paralote. What a great name for a bird! Throughout the walk there are numbered signposts pointing out interesting features. Pittwater Council has produced a brochure called Bangalley Head Self Guided Walk. I highly recommend printing this out and taking it with you It contains a detailed note for each signpost and a list of all the plants and animals to be found on the walk.You can have fun ticking off all the flora and fauna you come across..
Sailing Boat seen through the bush as Bangalley Head