The Challenger Track is a simple track which heads through the heath and some forest to arrive at a pleasant lookout. Starting at West Head Rd, the track follows a ridge out to a rocky outcrop where views over the Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay reveal Patonga and Brooklyn. 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.
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.
Car (There is a national park entry fee for vehicles)
From Mona Vale Road, A3
Turn on to then drive for 30 m
Turn slight left onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 25 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto McCarrs Creek Road and drive for another 5 km
Turn left onto West Head Road and drive for another 350 m
Turn slight left onto West Head Road and drive for another 9 km
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the intersection, the walk heads past a gate and an information sign. The trail tends right, up the hill, continuing to wind as it undulates for approximately 1km through the heathy bush. The walk then rises and swings into a shady eucalypt forest, continuing down the hill to the end of the wider trail.....
Directions & comments
After another 980 m continue straight.
After another 175 m come to the viewpoint (110 m on your left).
Continue another 360 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.5 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is a viewpoint.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
1 h to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)