Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the Hawkesbury River

Ku-ring-gai National Park is the launching point into Pittwater, an enclosed expanse of water in northern Sydney that’s surrounded by undeveloped bushland, bays, rivers and sandy beaches. Here you can leave bustling suburbia behind and, after being amazed by grand homes along the shoreline, paddle north to secluded beaches, such as Portuguese and Resolute beaches. If you are planning a multi-day journey, there is camping within Ku-ring-gai National Park at the Basin, which can only be reached by boat (or kayak), a youth hostel in Morning Bay, or camping at Patonga, a 6-kilometre paddle from Palm Beach. On the other side of the national park, the Hawkesbury River flows into many areas that are worth discovering. There’s Cowan Water, where you can explore the magnificent coves of Yeomans Bay, or try paddling from Brooklyn up to Marramarra Creek and stay the night at the Gentlemans Halt camping area.

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