Towlers Bay Walk
Guringai Country

3 h 15 min, 4 h to 2 days

7.9 km
circuit

↑ 329 m
↓ -329 m

Moderate track
This walk explores another ridge of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and heads down a steep hill to the Towler's Bay community. You can explore the village and the ferry wharf before walking past the Youth Hostel on the walk back up. The Youth Hostel is available for an overnight stay, but book ahead. Please remember you are visiting a small community please respect the privacy of the local people. 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 Head at West Head Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
Nice rock formations. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
View of Morning Bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
View from service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 1970.
Fire fighting dam near towlers bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 1970.
Old fire place at Towlers bay. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
The Road from the Youth Hostel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
Towlers Bay (Mornings bay) ferry warf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
The Towlers Bay Youth Hostel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2006.
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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
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Start (-33.6186237,151.2641919)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
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Getting started
Starting from the gate on West Head Road, this walk follows the management trail. After about 2km, the trail starts to go downhill and turns to the right - there is a nice view over Morning Bay and up the Pittwater. Further down the hill, there is a sign marking the boundary of the National Park. (Soon after this, there is an optional sidetrack on the right, leading to a small dam - worth a short detour.) Approximately 100m after this optional sidetrip, the main trail comes to a track intersection.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 135 m continue straight.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 560 m continue straight.
After another 125 m turn right.
After another 110 m turn left.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 720 m continue straight.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 105 m veer left.
After another 215 m veer left.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. Side trip to Pittwater Youth Hostel for an overnight stay. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 115 m veer left.
After another 175 m continue straight.
After another 520 m continue straight.
After another 180 m continue straight.
After another 560 m continue straight.
After another 800 m continue straight.
After another 1.2 km continue straight.
After another 135 m come to the end.

Side trip to Pittwater Youth Hostel for an overnight stay.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 145 m come to the end.
About 15 m past the end is "Pittwater Youth Hostel".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 145 m to the main route.
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Towlers Bay Walk


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 7.9 km
Time 3 h 15 min, 4 h to 2 days
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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