Koolewong Track, West Head

The Koolewong Track is a short loop trail near West Head lookout, to a viewing platform over Pittwater.

I’ve been a bit lazy the last couple of weekends, and I didn’t quite manage my early-morning start today to do a couple of long day-walks I had planned. Instead I head to West Head, where I’ve got a few tracks left I haven’t done yet. The first is the very short Koolewong Loop Track, which starts opposite the entrance to the Resolute Picnic Area. It’s ironic that while the Resolute carpark and picnic area is generally the busiest place in West Head, there’s not a single person on the Koolewong Track.

The track descends gently through tall eucalypt forest until it reach the viewing point, which you can’t really miss! A very solid sandstone seat is dedicated to Dorrie Davis: I can’t find any reference to her on the Web, so I’m not sure what she’s done or why she has a seat in her honour!

Although I don’t think the view are as good as from the end of the Bairne Trail, there are sweeping views from here. I’d argue this track offer the best views for the least effort. Except of course from the West Head Lookout, where you get spectacular walks without having to walk at all. But you’ll be sharing the views with loads of people, while here you can have them to yourself!


To the west and north-west, across the Hawkesbury River, is Patonga.


To the north-east is Lion Island and the entrance of Broken Bay at Barrenjoey.


There are nice spots where you can sit and watch the boats go past in the distance, before returning the same way. After about 100m either veer right to go back the same way (500m), or continue straight ahead to take an alternate track back (400m). If you do the loop track, you finish a couple of hundred metres further down West Head Road.

Location Start opposite Resolute Picnic area near the end of West Head Road
Distance 1.1km return or 1.2km loop
Grade Easy. 60m total ascent.
Season/s All year. (Gates close 6pm / 8:30pm during daylight saving)
Map 9130-1N Broken Bay (1:25,000)


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