A partly off-track walk along the Salvation Loop at West Head, to explore the small hill at the start of the Wallaroo Track

It’s been too long between bushwalks, and with another busy weekend ferrying kids and a wet Saturday, I’m only able to squeeze a quick trip out to West Head. I’m heading back to the Wallaroo Track (which is off the Salvation Loop): last time I was there I found the Wallaroo Trig, today I’m exploring Wallaroo Hill. The small hill near the junction of the Wallaroo Track and Salvation Loop doesn’t actually have a name, but offers some nice views and has some interesting roock formations.

A very rough track heads to the base of the hill, and a bit of scrambling takes you up to a large tesselated sandstone pavement at the eastern end of the hill.

From the top of the hill are some sweeping views over West Head: to the east is Pittwater, Bilgola Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.

To the east is Cowan Creek, and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

On the way, I stop at a small rock platform to photograph a small figure I’d been given the details of. Although I’d spent a few hours last time searching the area for rock art, this small figure with outstretched hands is the only one around “Wallaroo Hill”.

It’s only a quick 1.5 hour walk, but nice to get out and to find one more West Head Aboriginal engraving site, which I hadn’t seen before.

Location Leave vehicle at one of the two gates on West Head Road, or at Salvation Creek Picnic Area (in the middle)
Distance Approx 3km return
Grade Moderate. Total ascent is 70m. Partly off-track.
Season/s All year.
Map/s 9130-4N Cowan (1:25K)  Buy / Download

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1 Comment

Chris · February 15, 2021 at 8:43 am

Looks like a nice little walk… with an interesting carving thrown in!

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