This relatively flat walk takes you through some woodland forests, open shrub and rock platforms to a lookout. There are great views over the Basin, and out to Narrabeen and north up the Pitt Water. The track is well defined, and the views are well worth the walk. 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 (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started The track starts just shy of 6.2 km along West Head Road from Coal and Candle Drive, at post number 8.
The Bairne management trail meanders westwards along the top of the ridge. The trail is very well defined and pretty flat, it heads through woodlands and open terrain. It then intersects with an unnamed track that heads south (to Towlers Bay lookout). The Bairne trail continues north-east, to an intersection, marked by 'Soldier Point' and 'Portugese track' signs to the left.....
Directions & comments
After another 2.3 km continue straight.
After another 230 m veer left.
After another 75 m pass the sign.
After another 95 m veer left.
After another 1.1 km veer left.
After another 70 m come to the viewpoint (25 m on your left).
Continue another 15 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.9 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Bairne Track to the Basin Lookout
2 h 30 min to 3 h
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
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)