The Centre Trail in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park follows the ridge line off General San Martin Drive, with a short detour to a nice lookout.
This another track that I’ve never been particularly excited about, being a firetrail that doesn’t really go anywhere… it starts and finishes on General San Martin Drive, between a large loop in the road. Starting at the eastern (West Head) end, the track is initially steep and rocky, before it passing through thick banksia scrub.
After a short distance, there’s a sandstone platform which has a few Aboriginal engravings and views south over Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with the Baha’i Temple in the distance. (The rock art is not marked – please take care not to walk or ride over them!)
After another short distance, the Centre Trail makes a hard left-hand turn, while a narrow walking trail continues straight ahead to a lookout. A long and wide tesselated sandstone platform provides views to the west, over the national park and Coal and Candle Creek.
As well as some interesting rock formations, there’s another Aboriginal engraving – a pair of mundoes (footprints). Mundoes are generally restricted to sacred sites and indicate a spiritual path to be followed.
The lookout is the highlight of the walk, and is a great spot to watch the sun set!
The rest of the track is pleasant, but not particularly exciting… it’s perhaps better suited as a mountain biking trail (bikes are allowed), being fairly flat and mostly smooth.
Near the middle of the Centre Track is a large sandstone platform, with views over the bush.
Definitely worth the short walk up to the lookout – but there’s much better bushwalks nearby if you’re bushwalking.
0.0km Start of Centre Trail(eastern / West Head end) 0.5km Junction with side-track to lookout 0.6km Centre Track Lookout 3.7km End of Centre Trail (western end) 7.2km Return to eastern end of Centre Trail
|Location||Starts / end on General San Martin Drive – east and west trackheads|
|Distance||7.2km return (including detour to lookout)
1.3km return to lookout only (from West Head end)
|Grade||Easy. 100m total elevation gain.|
|Map/s||Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
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|GPS Route||Gaia GPS map with option to download GPX / KML file|