Occupying nearly 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of dense forest, hidden coves and sheltered beaches where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea, Ku-ring-gai Chase was designated a national park in 1894. It is located in one of Sydney’s wealthiest municipalities, stretching from the suburbs of St Ives North and Wahroonga in the south to Broken Bay in the north. Every visitor to Sydney should take in the West Head lookout, with its views over the mouth of the Hawkesbury, the beginning of the Central Coast, Barrenjoey Lighthouse and Palm Beach. Walking tracks lead to significant examples of Aboriginal rock art. Guided walks and canoe and boat tours can also be arranged. Admission $3 arriving by boat/ferry; $2 reductions; $11 per vehicle.