Centre Trail (Ku-ring-gai Chase NP)

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.
Season/s All year.
Map/s Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
9130-4S Hornsby (1:25K)  Buy / Download
GPS Route Gaia GPS map with option to download GPX / KML file
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