Lovett Bay Waterfall
Above Lovett Bay off the Elvina Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, nr Sydney, NSW, Australia
A gorgeous secluded waterhole under a small trickling set of cascades at the top of a waterfall with glimpses of Lovett Bay and views out over the Hawkesbury River. The pool is quite shallow but perfect for a float whilst listening to the calming sounds of running water and birdsong in the surrounding bush. It has a soft, sandy bottom and there are some flat sandstone rocks to the side to lay out on after a dip. You are in the middle of the National Park so this is a wonderfully peaceful spot and is away from the main walking trail so is unlikely to be busy making this is the perfect spot to escape it all and while away a lazy afternoon with a book or just gazing at the view and the clouds. The locals at Lovett Bay use this spot though so please be respectful and look after it as you would like others to look after your back yard.
How To Get There: Drive to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National park and park at the Elvina Track car park on West Head Road. Walking past the locked gate you will find yourself on the Elvina Track walking trail. About 300m down this track you will notice a path going off to the left (Fredericks Track) which you follow for a kilometer or so and then take a left along the Lovett’s Bay Pool track to the pool and cascades.
Difficulty of access: 4/10 – A flat walk along bushland trails. The head of Frederick’s Track is fairly difficult to spot so a keen eye is needed. Entering and exiting the water is easy from the sandstone ledge.
Opening Times/Seasons: See here for current opening times for the West Head section of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Entrance Fee: There is a fee to enter the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. See here for current fees.
Facilities Nearby: There are no facilities at the spot as you are right in the middle of the bush. There are toilets, barbecues and picnic tables in the Resolute Picnic area out at the end of West Head. There is a small shop at Church Point for supplies.
Other Activities: There are heaps of other walking tracks all over the National Park.
Other Places of Interest Nearby: Around 150 down the track from the car park is a small path to the right which takes you to an aboriginal engravings site. Further along West Head Road, the lookout at West Head is spectacular.
Wildlife: There are yabbies in the pool and some beautiful dragonflies. Lots of wildflowers on the tracks down including Spider Flowers and Coral Heath.
Places to Eat: Cottage Point Restaurant is a standout place to eat about 25 mins drive away, for those not concerned with budget. There is also a kiosk here serving a simpler breakfast and lunch and picnic supplies. You could also try the waterfront cafes at Church Point and Akuna Bay.
Where to Camp: The Basin Campground is the only place you can camp in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It is accessed by ferry from Palm Beach wharf by boat, ferry or water-taxi, or by walking from West Head. More info can be found here.
Other places to Stay: Being so close to Sydney and the popular-with-tourists Northern Beaches there is a huge amount of accommodation available in the area from hotels to B&Bs to private house rentals.
Nearby Towns: Sydney, Palm Beach, Terrey Hills, Northern Beaches, Sydney North Shore.
Comments: This is a really special spot and not very frequented so please tread carefully and keep it that way.