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Bobbin Head Boardwalk
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.1 km NNE of Turramurra
Length: 0.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 17 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 17 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
Style: Return
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible

This is a short and pretty walk that can be enjoyed by everyone. It makes a nice addition to a picnic or paddle at Bobbin Head. Starting from the southern end of the Bobbin Head picnic area, you will enjoy great views of Cockle Creek from the bridge, then meander along the boardwalk through the mangroves. There are information signs to help you learn more about the environment and plenty of opportunities to see the mangroves and crabs up close. (open in app)

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

Map of Walk


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South End of Bobbin Head Park
Cockle Creek viewing platform
Starting point for this hiking track: Cockle Creek viewing platform

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795

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

Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head +
Bobbin Head end of the Gibbergong track
Bobbin Head end of the Gibbergong track +
Foot bridge at Bobbin Head
Foot bridge at Bobbin Head +

View from Bridge
View from Bridge +
Bridge over Cockle Creek in at Bobbin Head
Bridge over Cockle Creek in at Bobbin Head +
Looking across the bridge to the viewing platform
Looking across the bridge to the viewing platform +

Boardwalk +
Lookout on the boardwalk
Lookout on the boardwalk +
Boardwalk +

Good information signs along the way
Good information signs along the way +
Up close to the Crabs and Magroves
Up close to the Crabs and Magroves +
End of the Gibbergong boardwalk
End of the Gibbergong boardwalk +


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 Bobbin Head Boardwalk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bobbin Head Boardwalk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bobbin Head Boardwalk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bobbin Head Boardwalk 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 550m
Time 15 mins

Grade 1/6

Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible
AS 2156.1 Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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.
This whole walk, 280m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 280m follows a smooth and hardened path.

This whole walk, 280m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 280m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 280m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

This whole walk, 280m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

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.
Drive to South End of Bobbin Head Park
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 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'[1], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[2]. 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[3] and dotted with picnic tables[4][5], electric BBQs[6], shelters and a large playground[7]. There are toilets[8][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[9][10] that can be booked NPWS[11].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[12] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[13], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[14], 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[15] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[16] and public toilets[17].

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[18], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[19], 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[20][21] available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

(0 km) South End of Bobbin Head Park to Cockle Creek viewing platform
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 155 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -8 m
From the far southern end of the Bobbin Head car park[fac=8033][fac=8034], this walk follows the footpath behind the 'Gibberagong Track. Mangrove Boardwalk.' sign[22] (away from the car park and picnic tables[fac=8035][fac=8036]) for about 20m to the sheltered 'Welcome to the Mangrove Boardwalk & Gibberagong Track' information sign[23]. Here the walk continues along the patterned concrete path beside the water for just under 20m to pass a bench seat[fac=8037] where the path bends right. After just shy of 20m the path leads past another bench seat[fac=8037] to find a sandstone cave (with a 1.9m clearance[24])with a 'Rock Solid?' information sign[25]. Here the path bends left and crosses Cockle Creek on a cable-stayed foot bridge[26][fac=8039]. Enjoy the great water and cliff views from the bridge. The walk now follows the fenced timber boardwalk for about 25m to come to a viewing area[27] marked with a 'Teeming with life' information sign[28].

Cockle Creek viewing platform Alt = 1 m
Part way along the timber Bobbin Head boardwalk is a partially[29] fenced timber viewing platform[30]. There is a beautiful view over Cockle Creek[31] and a 'Teeming with life' information[32] sign to enjoy. The platform area is 7.3m deep and 3.9m wide.

(0.16 km) Cockle Creek viewing platform to End of the Mangroves Boardwalk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 121 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the viewing area[33], this walk follows the timber boardwalk away from the fenced area initially keeping the main view of water to your left. This section of boardwalks does not have handrails or side capping[fac=8040]. Over the next 100m the boardwalk winds among the mangroves and saltmarsh[34] and past the 'Natural Recycler'[35] and 'Land Developers?'[36] information signs to come to the end of the boardwalk[37], marked with a 'More? You want more?' information sign[38]. There is a turning area for wheelchairs at the end of the boardwalk[fac=8041].

Drive from South End of Bobbin Head Park
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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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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 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 7 km
Paddlecraft 3B / 1714 Pittwater Road, Bayview 02 9997 8015 13.1 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 10.5 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 15 km

A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bobbin Head Boardwalk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bobbin Head Boardwalk
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6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 6 km (to the NNW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 km (to the SW)
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 34 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 7 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 )
Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
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.

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