The highest point on Sydney’s northern coastline, Bangalley Head can only be reached by the short uphill walking track that starts on Marine Parade

Getting To Bangalley Head Walking Track

Where Is It?

Bangalley Head is located between Avalon Beach and Whale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Take Barrenjoey Road north towards Palm Beach and turn right at Careel Creek onto North Avalon Road. Follow for a couple of minutes until it veers right to Marine Parade and you’re there. To access the headland, take the walking track which starts on Marine Parade in Avalon or the northern entrance which starts on Whale Beach Road. We recommend the Marine Parade entrance as it gives you the view up the headland as your ascend which is quite spectacular.


There is streetside parking on Marine Parade. This is not a busy walk so there is usually some spots right out the front of the entrance.


Google Maps Link – Bangalley Head

Route Notes

Bangalley Head Lookout

The lookout is at the peak of the headland. Regardless of which entrance you take there are some stairs to get there, but it is well worth the ascent for some incredible views.

Picnic Area

The picnic areas are bench seats in the southern section of the park looking over the ocean. They are not undercover and there are no barbecues or anything so it’s pretty basic.

Medium Difficulty | Short With Steep Ascent

The walk is short and can be completed in less than an hour, however there is a steep ascent / descent and stairs, which should be taken into consideration before embarking.

Walk Distance

The walk takes around 45 minutes ascent and is 1.5 kilometers in distance (3kms for full loop). The return loop is downhill and will take about 30 minutes or less

Flora and Fauna

Part of the attraction to the headland, and the Careel Headland Reserve as a whole, is the large variety of flora and fauna that can be found in such a small area. There are eleven species of bird and a variety of shrubs, palms and gums, including the Bangalay Eucalyptus from which the area takes its name. For more information on the types of plants and animals you might spot on the walk, check out this self guided walk brochure.


The cliff edge is exposed and narrow-ish in parts. It’s by no means dangerous but you will want to keep a hold of the kids and watch your footing when it’s wet and slippery. Bangalley Head


  • Food

    If you are looking for a place to grab a coffee, pie, drink or burger, try the small shopping strip on the corner of Barrenjoey Road and Careel Head Road, which has a pie shop, chicken shop and cafe and it only a few minutes drive from the walk.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There are no rubbish bins on the walk so you will need to talk any rubbish with you and dispose of it later.

  • Toilets

    There are no toilets on the walk. The closest public toilets are at Avalon Beach or Whale Beach.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Pittwater council advises not to bring dogs on the walk. The cliff edge is exposed and it’s not safe.

  • Can I lock my bike up

    There isn’t any bike lock ups nearby.


Whale Beach Panorama

Whale Beach

A long beach with some rough Surf, the ocean pool more than makes up for it.

Careel Bay Walking Track

Careel Bay Wetlands Walking Track

A short, wheelchair friendly boardwalk accessible via Hitchcock Park.

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