Headland Track (Resolute Track)
Guringai Country

1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min

3.4 km
circuit

↑ 228 m
↓ -228 m

Hard track
This walk is a great way to see two major Aboriginal sites and up to three of Ku-ring-gai Chase's beaches. The circuit walk visits Red Hands Cave and some historic engravings, in addition to enjoying expansive views over Pittwater, with Barrenjoey Headland as a feature. The walk includes Resolute and West Head beaches and the option of a side trip to Mackerel Beach as well. To top it all off, this walk has an added bonus of a WWII gun emplacement to explore. Let us begin by acknowledging the Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Track down from Resolute Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stairs on West Head Lookout Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Barrenjoey Headland from West Head Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Stone cut stairs to West Head Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Barrenjoey Headland from West Head Beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
WWII gun emplacement. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Aboriginal occupation cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sign post on Headland Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Headland Service Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.5780175,151.3005133)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Resolute Picnic Area car park, the walk heads through the picnic area, away from the road, to follow the 'Red Hands Track 50m' sign. The walk then descends a flight of stairs to the intersection at the bottom.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along West Head Track.
Find the car park at the start.
The starting point of an alternate route. An optional side trip to Red Hands Cave. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 9 m turn left.
Then find the "Resolute Picnic Area" (50 m on your right).
Resolute Picnic Area
Resolute Picnic Area

Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.
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Resolute picnic area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a large grassed area with benches, shelter, interpretive signs, electric BBQ's and an environmentally-friendly toilet block. The picnic area does not have drinking water, but does have a pay phone and wheelchair-accessible bathroom with baby-changing area. Resolute picnic area is a great place for lunch, with Red Hands Cave, West Head and Resolute Beach and West Head Lookout tracks starting from the picnic area. The picnic area has adequate parking and a bus turn-around area.

The alternate route finishes here. Turn right to rejoin the main route at the 85 m waypoint. Details below.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 390 m veer right.
After another 325 m turn sharp left, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 195 m turn around, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 40 m find the "Lion Island View" (110 m on your left).
Lion Island View
Lion Island View

The upper viewing platform at West Head Lookout provides great views framed by trees to Lion Island and surrounding waterways. There are a few bench seats and some information signs about the 'West Head Battery'. A lovely spot among the eucalypt and angophora forest.
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The upper viewing platform at West Head Lookout provides great views framed by trees to Lion Island and surrounding waterways. There are a few bench seats and some information signs about the 'West Head Battery'. A lovely spot among the eucalypt and angophora forest.

Then find the "West Head Lookout" (110 m on your left).
West Head Lookout
West Head Lookout

West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a large paved sandstone viewing area with fantastic views and some interesting interpretive signs. The view spans across the Hawkesbury River to Lion Island to Patonga (Central Coast) also across the Pittwater to Barrenjoey Headland and out to sea. The lookout has a series of bench seats and a low (50cm) stone wall. A lovely place to just sit and soak up the views, and history of the area.
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West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a large paved sandstone viewing area with fantastic views and some interesting interpretive signs. The view spans across the Hawkesbury River to Lion Island to Patonga (Central Coast) also across the Pittwater to Barrenjoey Headland and out to sea. The lookout has a series of bench seats and a low (50cm) stone wall. A lovely place to just sit and soak up the views, and history of the area.

After another 155 m continue straight.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to West Head Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 65 m continue straight, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 300 m pass the shelter (on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Resolute Beach. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 275 m continue straight, to head along Resolute Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 25 m turn right, to head along Resolute Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Cave. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 125 m turn left, to head along Resolute Track.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Headland Track & Resolute Track) turn sharp right, to head along Headland Track (a vehicle track).
After another 680 m turn right.
After another 180 m veer right, to head along West Head Track.
After another 6 m find the "Engavings" (on your right).
Engravings - West Head Track
Engravings - West Head Track

The engravings on West Head were made by the indigenous Guringai people. The engravings depict a man, shark/whale and two eels.
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The engravings on West Head were made by the indigenous Guringai people. The engravings depict a man, shark/whale and two eels.

After another 210 m (at the intersection of West Head Track & Resolute Track) veer right, to head along West Head Track.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Resolute Track & West Head Track) continue straight, to head along West Head Track.
After another 95 m come to a toilet.
The starting point of an alternate route. An optional side trip to Red Hands Cave. To take the alternate route turn around here. Details below.
Continue straight, to head along West Head Track.
After another 10 m to find the car park.
The end.

An optional side trip to Red Hands Cave.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along West Head Track.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of West Head Track & Resolute Track) turn left, to head along Resolute Track (a walking track).
After another 155 m come to "Red Hands Cave".
Red Hands Cave
Red Hands Cave

Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.
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Red Hands Cave, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small rock overhang just near Resolute Picnic Area. The red hands are made by ochre, clay, being blown over an outspread hand. This Aboriginal rock art has been given an estimation of approximately 2000 years in age.

The end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.

An optional side trip to West Head Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 80 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "West Head Beach".
West Head Beach
West Head Beach

West Head Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula. The beach has an easterly aspect, facing out of steep hills over Pittwater to the Barrenjoey Headland.
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West Head Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula. The beach has an easterly aspect, facing out of steep hills over Pittwater to the Barrenjoey Headland.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 80 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Resolute Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 85 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Resolute Beach".
Resolute Beach
Resolute Beach

Resolute Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula between steep headlands. The easterly aspect of the beach overlooks Barrenjoey Headland across the Pittwater.
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Resolute Beach, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, is a small stretch of sand sitting on the West Head Peninsula between steep headlands. The easterly aspect of the beach overlooks Barrenjoey Headland across the Pittwater.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 85 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Palm Trees North end of Mackerel Beach.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 530 m continue straight.
After another 95 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 620 m to the main route.

An optional side trip to Cave.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 35 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 35 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Headland Track (Resolute Track)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.4 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 1 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 1.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There is one 3.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
1.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
3.4 km[toilet]
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