Headland track (Resolute track)

1 hr 45 mins

3.5 km Circuit

243 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.

Maps for the Headland track (Resolute track) walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Broken Bay 1:25 000 Map Series 91301N BROKEN BAY NSW-91301N
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Headland track (Resolute track) bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Headland track (Resolute track)

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 3.5 km
Time 1 hr 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


2.4km of this walk has short steep hills and another 630m is very steep. Whilst another 360m is flat with no steps and the remaining 120m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track

1.9km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 1.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (540m) follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.


2.2km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 820m has minimal directional signs. The remaining (510m) has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 2.5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1km requires some bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 3.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced) and another 1km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (480m) is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Headland track (Resolute track) walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Headland track (Resolute track) walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Headland track (Resolute track) walk starts and ends at the Resolute Picnic Area (gps: -33.577895, 151.30009)
Your main transport option to Resolute Picnic Area is by;
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/whl

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt :)