West Head Lookout

Download & Print Map and Notes

10 mins

238 m Return

18 m

Easy track
This walk is all about the stunning views from the edge of West Head. After the lovely drive through the bushland along the West Head Rd you will love this gentle stroll down to what feels like the edge of the earth. There are great views across the Pittwater to Barenjoey Head as well as across the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. You will find plenty of information signs explaining some of the rich histories of the area, including about the gun emplacements that were built into the side of the cliffs here to protect from enemy ship invasion. Make a day of it by packing a picnic lunch and visiting Resolute picnic ground (and toilets) about 900m back along the road.

Maps for the West Head Lookout walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the West Head Lookout bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the West Head Lookout

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 238 m
Time 10 mins

Grade 2/6

Easy track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


This whole walk, 120m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

Around 70m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 45m follows a smooth and hardened path.


This whole walk, 120m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 120m requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 120m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


This whole walk, 120m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the West Head Lookout walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the West Head Lookout walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The West Head Lookout walk starts and ends at the End of West Head Rd (gps: -33.578828, 151.30857)
Your main transport option to End of West Head Rd is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



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Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂