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Birrawanna Track

Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.5 km NNE of Turramurra
Length: 4.4 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 4.4 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 262 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 262 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This pleasant walk starts near the kiosk at Bobbin Head, climbing the sandstone stairs and then follows a defined track to the Kalkari Discovery Centre. Kalkari is well worth spending some time exploring, with opportunities to learn about and mix with the local flora and fauna. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Birrawanna Track

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Birrawanna Track
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Bobbin Head Kiosk
Int of Birrawanna and Regional Office tracks
Int of Birrawanna track and powerline service trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Bobbin Head Kiosk

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head +
 
Birrawana trackhead behind kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
Birrawana trackhead behind kiosk at Bobbin Head +
 
Climbing up the hill
 
Climbing up the hill +

 
Passing a rock overhang
 
Passing a rock overhang +
 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +
 
Intersection of the Kalkari and Regional Office Tracks
 
Intersection of the Kalkari and Regional Office Tracks +

 
Continuing up through the trees
 
Continuing up through the trees +
 
Crossing under some powerlines
 
Crossing under some powerlines +
 
Following the Kalkari Track
 
Following the Kalkari Track +

 
Following the fenceline
 
Following the fenceline +
 
Coming to the Kalkari carpark
 
Coming to the Kalkari carpark +
 
Kalkari Centre
 
Kalkari Centre +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Birrawanna Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Birrawanna Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Birrawanna Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Birrawanna Track bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 4.4km
Time 2 hrs
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 1.2km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 1.1km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 2.2km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 230m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.2km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 2km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 230m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Bobbin Head Kiosk
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Bobbin Head Kiosk
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[1], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[2], and a range of foods and drinks. Food includes fish and chips, wraps, focaccia, sandwiches and snack foods. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are also on offer. Opening hours are 9 - 4pm Mon to Fri (closed Tuesdays) & 9 - 5pm weekends. For more information, phone the cafe on 9457 7170.
The NPWS Bobbin Head Information Centre is open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day) 10 - 4pm (closed 12 - 12:30pm lunch).
Ramp access[3][4] available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

Bobbin Head Alt = 9 m
Bobbin Head is a historic recreation area which is still popular today, suiting the needs of many people. At the center of the Bobbin Head area is the old 'Bobbin Inn'[5], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[6]. The area is popular with picnickers, boaters, walkers, canoeists, family groups and people who like to fish. Bobbin Head is roughly divided into three sections (north, south and east).
Southern Bobbin Head is a popular picnic area for families and large groups. The area is surrounded by a car park[7] and dotted with picnic tables[8][9], electric BBQs[10], shelters and a large playground[11]. There are toilets[12][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[13][14] that can be booked NPWS[15].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[16] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[17], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[18], each of these divided into 4 walled-off compartments, ideal for small groups.
The eastern side of Bobbin Head is dominated by the Empire Marina[19] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[20] and public toilets[21].

(0 km) Bobbin Head Kiosk to Int of Birrawanna and Regional Office tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.06 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 156 m Descent = -14 m
From behind 'Bobbin Inn'[22], this walk follows the brick paved footpath[23], away from the water and Ku-ring-gai Chase Rd to the stone steps marked[24] with a 'Welcome to the Birrawanna Track' sign[25] (about halfway between the 'Gibberagong Centre' and 'Bobbin Inn'). From here this walk head up the sandstone steps[26] then along the rocky track as it starts to zig-zag uphill for about 60m to then follow a metal handrail up some steps[27]. About 30m from the top of these steps, this walk heads through a tunnel formed under a sandstone overhang[28] then just another 30m later the track leads to a flat sandstone rock platform beside a large angophora with filtered views over Cowan Creek[29].
Here the track bends left then continues to wind up a series of timber[30] and stone[31] steps for about 300m where the track mostly flattens out[32] for about 100m before head fairly gently uphill again[33] for another 80m to pass an intersection with an informal track[34] in a casuarina forest (on your left).
Soon after this intersection, this walk leads between to piles of disused stone blocks[35] and continues following the clear track up through the tall wooded forest for 400m to a three-way intersection (where a sign points back down to 'Bobbin Head'[36]).

(1.06 km) Int of Birrawanna and Regional Office tracks to Int of Birrawanna track and powerline service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 230 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Kalkari' sign[37] gently uphill along the sandy track. This track winds uphill, up a number of timber steps[38] for just shy of 250m where the track flattens out and leads under a set of power lines[39]. Just shy of 20m past these power lines this walk comes to a four-way intersection (where a 'Bobbin Head' arrow post[40] points back along the track).

(1.29 km) Int of Birrawanna track and powerline service trail to Kalkari Discovery Centre
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 921 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 40 m Descent = -29 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Kalkari Visitor Centre' sign[41] along the track, over the metal pipe[42] and away from from power lines[43]. The track gently undulates through the wooded forest following the occasional timber step[44] for just over 350m to come to the NW corner of the Kalkari enclosure fence[45]. Here the walk follows the fence[46] for 150m to step step up onto a rock platform[47] and continue along the fence[48] for just shy of 400m
to the SW corner enclosure[49]. This walk now follows the short track to car park[50] then walks through the car park, past the 'Kalkari Bush Discovery Track' map[51] to the entrance of 'Kalkari'[52].

Kalkari Discovery Centre Alt = 184 m
Kalkari Discovery Centre[53] is in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road, Mt Colah. The discovery center is staffed by volunteers from Chase Alive. The center boasts some interesting flora and fauna displays inside[54], and out the back is a large enclosure with emu, kangaroos and other native animals roaming around. Take time to explore the wheelchair-accessible circuit within the fence. There are toilets[fac=8059][fac=8058] at the centre. For information, phone 02 9472 9300. There are picnic tables[fac=8055], seats[fac=8056] and drinking fountain[fac=8057] at the front. There is a large car parking area at the front of the centre with two designated mobility parking bays[fac=8054].

Catch the bus from Bobbin Head Kiosk
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Bobbin Head Kiosk
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
The Basin campground


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 7.4 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 7.4 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 12.9 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 10.9 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 15.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Birrawanna Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Birrawanna Track
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 5 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 27 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 28 km (to the NNE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 35 km (to the S)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: 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 and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

Walker Feedback

Comments
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Jane - Comment on track IP:144.131.88.xxx | 2009-06-29 10:31:11
Wow i just had the best time on a school excursion walking along the Birrawanna Track.

I had the best of times,

Jane
:D
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