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West Head Lookout in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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by Eunice (subscribe)
I'm a city girl passionate about travelling, discovering new places and making the most out of my weekends.
Published December 7th 2012
A view that will take your breath away
One early Saturday morning my husband and I decided to hop onto his motorbike and ride to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Ku-ring-gai is popular amongst motorcycle enthusiasts because of the long winding roads and the fantastic views.

If you can sacrifice a bit of a Saturday morning sleep-in you're in for a good treat. Ku-ring-gai National Park on a Saturday morning is literally empty of cars. You do get small groups of cyclists to share the roads with, but the feeling of peace and calm is very much present as you weave through the long winding roads and breathe in the fresh air.

A Saturday morning bike ride is good for the soul

The best spot in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is the West Head Lookout. There are clear signs pointing in the direction of West Head lookout as you enter Ku-ring-gai from West Head Road. Alternatively you can access West Head lookout from the Resolute picnic area which is about 1.9 km.

The view from West Head lookout is spectacular. It is as close to a 360 view as you can get for such little effort getting there. I would go as far as to say that it's some of the best views I've ever seen in Sydney.

Barrenjoey Headland in the far distance

You can see a clear view of the Barrenjoey Lighthouse which sits on the strip of land also known as the Barrenjoey headland where the famous Palm Beach lies. We had the entire lookout to ourselves to explore and take in the views. The perks of sacrificing some sleep I would say.

According to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National park website the lookout also provides some amazing views of Lion Island Nature Reserve and the beaches of Central Coast namely Patonga and Umina Beach.
The lookout is very well maintained with benches for you to sit on and relax, and clear safe sandstone boundaries for you to approach and enjoy the view.

West Head lookout all to ourselves

The area is wheelchair accessible and great for families and kids. Roads leading up to the lookout are sealed and there is a carpark available 50m before the lookout.

I felt so reenergized on the ride back to Sydney, and smiled thinking this is possibly one of the best starts to a Saturday I've had in a long while.
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Why? One of Sydney's best views
When: best time is early morning in the weekends
Where: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Cost: free if you go before 9 am
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