A relatively unknown track at West Head, Jims Track was established about 30 years ago and remains a well-kept secret. A good bushwalking trail provides access to a lookout over Cowan Creek, and secondary (very rough) trails enable a loop via either Little Pittwater Bay or Hungry Beach using established tracks.
The track is fairly easy to follow, with a few vantage points along the way over Cowan Creek in the distance.
Near the end of the track, a very steep and rough path provides access to Little Pittwater Bay, descending initially through low ferns and grass trees.
At the bottom is a section of rainforest, with a small stream cascading over a rock platform to the beach a bit further down.
A final bit of scrambling across the rocky creek gets me to the very small and secluded Little Pittwater Beach.
It’s covered in driftwood and debris, but is a nice spot.
It’s back the same way back up the steep track, as it’s now getting late in the day.
The track continues further west towards the coast, past some rock formations and a huge cave.
Another rock cairn near the end of Jims Track marks a track down to Hungry Beach – although unlike the Little Pittwater Beach track, there’s really no track here. It’s more of a scramble and a slide down the steep slope.
I’m surprised to find one group of people on Hungry Beach; they’ve reached the beach by following the coastline from Flint and Steel Bay. They’re equally surprised to see me emerging from the bush.
I don’t stay here long as I need to get back before it gets dark; once back on Jims Track it’s not far to the end of the track, which overlooks the end of Cowan Creek and the Hawkesbury River.
I’m back at the end of Jims Track just in time to catch the sun setting over the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park.
It’s a nice little track, and a good workout when you add the descent to both Little Pittwater Beach and Hungry Beach!
More information on Jims Track
Jims Track is an old bushwalking pad was restored by a local bushwalking group to allow one of their members (Jim) to “get away from it” and enjoy the solitude of the bush after an operation means he wasn’t able to walk off-track. You cna form a longer and more challenging loop by:
- Descending to Little Pittwater Bay, and ascending the valley on the other side to return via the Challenger Track (walking along West Head Road to complete the circuit). The track up from Little Pittwater Bay to the Challenher Track is indistinct, so some route-finding skills are required.
- Descending a very steep and rough route to Hungry Beach, then continuing along the coastline to return via the Flint and Steel Track – this more challenging loop should be done at low tide, and requires a longer walk along West Head Road (or a car shuffle) to complete the loop.