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Bobbin Head Loop
Time: 5 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.4 km NNE of Turramurra
Length: 12.9 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 12.9 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 619 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 619 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

This great circuit walk enjoys a variety of landscapes in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk starts at the historic Sphinx war memorial and follows a series of popular walking tracks that loop around Bobbin Head, including historic Aboriginal engravings, temperate rainforest and a lookout. As the track passes through Bobbin Head, it provides a great opportunity to take a break and pick up a snack at the kiosk before continuing on the return leg. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Sphinx Memorial
Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx service trail
Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail
Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks
Empire Marina
Bobbin Head Wharf carpark
South End of Bridge (end of Bobbin Head Rd)
Bobbin Head Kiosk
South End of Bobbin Head Park
Cockle Creek viewing platform
End of the Mangroves Boardwalk
Aboriginal Axe Grindings
Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks
Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks
Gibberagong waterhole
Int of Gibberagong and Murrua Link Tracks
End of Murrua Road
Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
Int of Memorial Rd and Sphinx Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Sphinx Memorial

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)

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 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

 
The Sphinx War Memorial
 
The Sphinx War Memorial +
 
Steps on Sphinx Walking track
 
Steps on Sphinx Walking track +
 
The Sphinx Track
 
The Sphinx Track +

 
Bottom of Sphinx Walking track (Warrimoo Track)
 
Bottom of Sphinx Walking track (Warrimoo Track) +
 
Cowan Creek on Warrimoo track
 
Cowan Creek on Warrimoo track +
 
Heading through the bush
 
Heading through the bush +

 
Warrimoo Track and Cowan Creek
 
Warrimoo Track and Cowan Creek +
 
The Warrimoo Track
 
The Warrimoo Track +
 
Rocky section on Warrimoo Track
 
Rocky section on Warrimoo Track +

 
Boats on Cowan Creek
 
Boats on Cowan Creek +
 
Warrimoo track
 
Warrimoo track +
 
View on Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track
 
View on Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track +

 
Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track
 
Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track +
 
Cafe at Empire Marina
 
Cafe at Empire Marina +
 
Empire Marina
 
Empire Marina +

 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head +
 
Following the edge of Cockle Creek
 
Following the edge of Cockle Creek +
 
Foot bridge at Bobbin Head
 
Foot bridge at Bobbin Head +

 
Looking across the bridge to the viewing platform
 
Looking across the bridge to the viewing platform +
 
Up close to the Crabs and Magroves
 
Up close to the Crabs and Magroves +
 
Gibbergong track using stone stairs near the end of the boardwalk
 
Gibbergong track using stone stairs near the end of the boardwalk +

 
Near Axe Groves site
 
Near Axe Groves site +
 
Axe groves site
 
Axe groves site +
 
Bobbin Head Rainforest
 
Bobbin Head Rainforest +

 
Creek and rainforest
 
Creek and rainforest +
 
The Gibberagong Track
 
The Gibberagong Track +
 
Gibbergong track south of the Rainforest track
 
Gibbergong track south of the Rainforest track +

 
Cockle Creek
 
Cockle Creek +
 
Following the bushtrack
 
Following the bushtrack +
 
Sandstone overhang on Gibbergong track
 
Sandstone overhang on Gibbergong track +

 
Gibbergong water hole viewing point on the track
 
Gibbergong water hole viewing point on the track +
 
The Marrua Link Track
 
The Marrua Link Track +
 
Heading through the trees
 
Heading through the trees +

 
Heading up the rocky hill
 
Heading up the rocky hill +
 
Following the trail
 
Following the trail +
 
Continuing through the bush
 
Continuing through the bush +

 
Coming out to the end of Marrua Road
 
Coming out to the end of Marrua Road +
 
The Sphinx Memorial gate
 
The Sphinx Memorial gate +
 
Sphinx area
 
Sphinx area +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bobbin Head Loop bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bobbin Head Loop bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bobbin Head Loop 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 13km
Time 5 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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
6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (2.6km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 200m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 8km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 4.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Sphinx Memorial
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 Sphinx Memorial
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|

Sphinx Memorial Alt = 138 m
Private Shirley spent one and a half years carving this monument whilst a patient of the Lady Davidson Convalescent Hospital. William Shirley was in hospital, being treated after serving in WW1. Shirley died in 1929, leaving this memorial to fallen A.I.F. comrades.

"To my glorious comrades of the A.I.F
by the late W. Shirley
No 5756 Pte. 13th Battalion
Died 27th August 1928" More info

(0 km) Sphinx Memorial to Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx fire trail
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 m
From the 'Sphinx Memorial'[1], this walk follows the asphalt footpath, behind the picnic tables[2] gently downhill for about 50m to a T-intersection with the 'Sphinx Fire Trail'[3].

(0.06 km) Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx service trail to Int of Sphinx walking Track and Service trail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 9 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sphinx Fire Trail' sign[4] gently downhill along the wide trail, keeping the valley to your left for just over 10m to an intersection marked with a 'Sphinx Walking Track' sign[5] (on your left).

(0.07 km) Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail to Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -140 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sphinx Walking Track' sign[6] fairly steeply down the series of timber steps[7]. This walk follows the rocky track[8] and timber steps[9] for 300m to flatten out and pass between two tall eucalyptus[10], then just shy of 150m later this walk comes to a shallow sandstone overhang[11] (on your right). The mostly flat track continues along the side of the valley for about 30m[12] to then head down a series of and carved stone and timber steps[13] for 50m to cross a usually small creek on a sandstone rock platform[14]. From here the track leads gently downhill along the side of the valley among the grass trees[15] for almost 200m to cross a smaller often dry creek on a sandstone rock platform[16]. Here the track gently undulates along the side of the hill crossing a few pleasant rock platforms[17] for 130m to pass under the high tension power lines[18]. Now the track begins to zig-zags quite steeply in places, for almost 250m, down a series of timber and stone steps[19] to a T-intersection[20] in a flat ferny forest. Here there is a 'Sphinx Track - Nth. Turramurra' sign[21] pointing back up the rocky track.

(1.12 km) Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks to Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.71 km Time = 1 hr 32 mins
Climb = 242 m Descent = -245 m
Turn left: From the intersection this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head' arrow on the 'Warrimoo Track' sign[22] along the clear track that leads through the mostly flat ferny section, keeping Cowan Creek some distance to your right. After about 100m the track leaves the ferns and passes under a set of high tension power lines[23] where the track undulates along the side of the hill close to Cowan Creek[24] crossing a few small gullies for about 900m to then pass along a long natural sandstone wall[25]. About 150m after this wall the track leads just below a notable sandstone overhang[26] (up to your left) where the track then starts to head downhill for just over 100m
to a fairly open grassy salt marsh[27]. The walk stays just to the left of the salt marsh then leads along the edge of a section of mangroves[28] for 100m where the track bends left[29] and leads along side the creek for another 100m to then cross a creek at a wide rocky gully[30]. This is a pleasant cool spot with the usually small creek flowing over the sandstone rock platform with naturally carved holes[31]. For the next 200m the track undulates gently along the foreshore through the casuarina forest[32] to come to a tall overhang[33] that is on a rock platform right on the edge of Cowan Creek, a pleasant place to rest. This section of track may become covered with water at high tide.
From the tall overhang the track continues along the shortening natural rock wall[34] for about 150m
to then lead along another section of mangroves[35] for 150m. About 60m past the mangroves the track crosses a short flat timber bridge[36], then over the next 200m the track crosses a mossy gully and densely forested gully[37] where the rocky track climbs[38] over a rise, past some large smooth bark angophora's[39] then down to another tall and long rock wall[40] and some more pleasant water views[41].
Just 20m past this rock wall the track bends left[42] and leads alongside the edge of the mangroves[43] for 200m, were again the track may be covered with water at high tides. From the end of the mangroves the rocky track climbs[44] for about 200m before continuing along the water side through a casuarina forest[45] as the track gently undulates over some rocky sections passing some pleasant water views[46] for 400m to pass below another fairly large sandstone cave/overhang[47] (up the hill to your left). Over the next 250m the track leads through a grassy section[48] beside the creek before crossing a shallow gully over a scattering of sandstone blocks[49][50]. Over the next 300m the mostly flat track leads through a tall wooded forest[51] filled with ferns and crossing a few middens[52] to come to an three-way intersection, just before the marina, marked with a 'Warrimoo Ave & Sphinx Memorial' sign[53] pointing back along the track.

(4.83 km) Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks to Empire Marina
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 173 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[54] along the mostly flat track following the foreshore, keeping the water and boats to your right. After about 30m this walk follows a fence and handrail[55] behind a dry dock[56] for 40m. Here the track narrows a bit to head between the rock face and buildings[57] for 100m to turn right at a 'Warrimo Track' sign[58] and a yellow painted walker (on the ground). Here the walk heads through the hallway, past the public toilets[59] to the water front of Empire Marina, beside the 'Kiosk'[60] (on your right).

Empire Marina - Galley Foods cafe Alt = 6 m
Empire Marina, in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, provides facilities and services for people on boats and on foot. The marina is home to "Galley Foods" kiosk and restaurant. The kiosk provides a variety of food priced between $4-$16, and is open from 8:30am to 5pm seven days. The restaurant requires reservations, and is open for lunch Thurs-Mon, breakfast on the weekend, and in dinner on Fridays and Saturdays in summer. Phone 9457 0477 More info

(5 km) Empire Marina to Bobbin Inn
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath,road,road
Length = 418 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: From beside the Kiosk at Empire Marina[61], this walk follows the concrete path keeping keeping the water just to your right[62]. After about 20m this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[63] along the elevated path past a series of information signs [64][65][66][67][68][69][70] about the local heritage, beside the car park for 150m to leave the marina through the lockable gate[71]. This gate is locked outside of 'park operating hours'[72], that is 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year[73]. Here the walk passes a sign pointing back to the 'Warrimmo Track'[74] and continues along the waterside then through the car park for another 60m to find another sign pointing back to 'Warrimoo Track', next to the 'Pay Here' station[75].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway[76] out of the car park a short distance to the intersection with Bobbin Head Road, just beside the bridge. Here there is a toilet block[77] (ahead and on the left), a shelter and phone both[78] (just to your left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath beside the road over the wide bridge[79], crossing Cowan Creek[80]. On the far side of the bridge, this walk continues beside the road along side 'Orchard Park'[81] to pass a side road (on the left)[82]. Just 60m later along the main road (Ku-ring-gai Chase Road) this walk comes to the end of a small set of car parks just beside the 'Bobbin Inn' building[83] (on your left), home to cafe and 'information centre'.

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'[84], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[85]. 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[86] and dotted with picnic tables[87][88], electric BBQs[89], shelters and a large playground[90]. There are toilets[91][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[92][93] that can be booked NPWS[94].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[95] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[96], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[97], 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[98] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[99] and public toilets[100].

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[101], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[102], 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[103][104] available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

(5.42 km) Bobbin Head Kiosk to South End of Bobbin Head Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 506 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -10 m
Turn sharp left: From the back of 'Bobbin Inn' cafe, this walk heads over the grass heading gently downhill towards Cockle Creek, keeping Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Rd to your left. Soon this walk crosses the car park entrance[105] to follow a brick paved path to the waters edge[106]. Here the path bends right and this walk follows the foreshore path alongside Cockle Creek[107] for almost 200m to find a set of sandstone stairs[108] (that provide access to the creek). The walk continues past the stairs for another 50m, past the children's play ground[109] to where the footpath becomes a compacted dirt[110] for 100m where this walk passes the signposted 'Canoe Launch Area'[111]. Here the now asphalt footpath[112] continues beside the car park for another 100m to find a small constructed sandstone wall with a 'Gibberagong Track Mangrove Boardwalk' sign[113].

(5.92 km) South End of Bobbin Head Park to End of the Mangroves Boardwalk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - duckboard
Length = 276 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: 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[114] (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[115]. 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[116])with a 'Rock Solid?' information sign[117]. Here the path bends left and crosses Cockle Creek on a cable-stayed foot bridge[118][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[119] marked with a 'Teeming with life' information sign[120].
Continue straight: From the viewing area[121], 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[122] and past the 'Natural Recycler'[123] and 'Land Developers?'[124] information signs to come to the end of the boardwalk[125], marked with a 'More? You want more?' information sign[126]. There is a turning area for wheelchairs at the end of the boardwalk[fac=8041].

(6.2 km) End of the Mangroves Boardwalk to Aboriginal Axe Grindings
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 325 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the end of the boardwalk, this walk heads past the 'More?' sign and up the timber ramp[127]. The rocky track then leads past a small sand stone overhang[128] then up some steps that lead through a cleft in the rock[129]. Here the walk leads across the top of the rock platform then follows the track uphill for just shy of 300m to the top of a rise[130] where the is a unfenced[131] view over the water[132] (just of the track to your right)
Then over the next 80m the sandy track heads gently downhill along the ridge, before leading up a series of stone steps[133] where the track mostly flattens out to come to a the signposted Aboriginal 'Axe Grinding Grooves' site[134] (on a short detour track, on your left).

Aboriginal Axe Grindings Alt = 11 m
This protected site clearly shows 23 oval-shaped grooves that were worn by Indigenous Australian people, making axe heads from hard rock. Using a blank axe head, the Aboriginal people would use this rock platform, with water from the nearby creek, to sharpen the stone into a useful tool. The rubbing ground the axe head to a sharp edge and left behind these tell-tale signs. More info

(6.52 km) Aboriginal Axe Grindings to Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 21 m Time =
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the Aboriginal 'Axe Grinding Grooves' site[135] this walk follows the track gently uphill along the ridge, for just shy of 20m to come to a T-intersection where a 'Bobbin Head 500m' sign[136] points back downhill.

(6.55 km) Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks to Bobbin Head Rainforest
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 194 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rainforest 500m' sign[137] gently uphill along the clear track heading south east. After about 60m the track starts to lead gently down the side of the hill among the grass tree and eucalypt forest[138] for about 100m before leading down a series of timber steps into the more densely forest gully[139]. Here the walk comes to a sandstone rock bed[140] and creek in a pleasant rainforest setting[141].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Bobbin Head Rainforest Alt = 22 m
A well-protected piece of rainforest is found just a short walk from the popular Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The rainforest is distinct when compared to much of the dry eucalypt forests that dominate the area. The rainforest is beside a small creek, just below Bobbin Head Road, and is a safe haven for many birds that frequent the area.

(6.55 km) Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks to Gibberagong waterhole
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 3.2 km Time = 1 hr 9 mins
Climb = 170 m Descent = -129 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Wahroonga 5km' sign[142] down a few steps to a rock platform with filtered view over Cockle Creek[143], where the track bends left and leads more steeply downhill. The track leads down the side of the hill to come beside Cockle Creek and follow a 200m long section of mangroves[144] with a scattering of open casuarina forest[145]. The views over the creek now start to open up a little more to as the track leads alongside this tidal section of Cockle Creek among the mixed forest of casuarina[146], grass trees[147] and tall eucalypt[148] as the track undulates along the side of the hill for just shy of 300m before walking alongside a tall 150m long natural rock wall[149]. About 50m past this rock wall the track leads through a notably flat and open sandy area with some bracken fern beside the creek[150]. Now the mostly flat track continues upstream beside the creek for 300m before leading past a the rocky creeks edge again[151], near the upper reaches of the tidal section[152]. Here the track climbs the side of the hill again for another 200m to cross a shallow gully[153] with several tall palms among the mostly tall eucalypt forest[154], under a set of high tension power lines[155]. Over the next 200m the track leads down the side of the hill to cross over a mostly flat rock platform[156] beside the creek to continue upstream for another 100m to find a pleasant, fairly open forest[157] of the sandy bank of a long pool[158] in Cockle Creek (with a few small cascades upstream[159]). From here the track undulates along the side of the hill, in view of the creek for just over 1km to lead under a set of power lines[160] (a bit tricky to see through the canopy), then just over 100m later the track leads through two tall overhangs[161][162] (the second larger one has a notable hole in the roof[163]). Just over 120m later the track leads down close to the edge of the creek again[164] then back up the side of the hill for another 120m to pass alongside an 2m high natural rock wall[165]. About 100m past this rock wall the track passes a rock platform[166] (on your right) with a good view over a bend in Cockle Creek[167]. Now the walk heads gently downhill along the still clear track for just shy of 100m to cross a small side creek[168] then just 25m later comes to a flat area beside[169] at the northern end of the Gibberagong waterholes[170]. This is a short distance before a section of metal fencing[171] and just were the terrain on your left becomes much more open and flatter[172].

Gibberagong waterhole Alt = 58 m
Gibberagong waterhole is an informal name for a wide section of Cockle Creek that run for over 150m north of the confluence with Lovers Jump creek. This secluded and shady spot is a great place to sit and enjoy the waterholes, cascading water and the view to the sandy banks on the other side. If you sit quietly enough you may see lyrebirds scratching through the bush by the creek.

(9.75 km) Gibberagong waterhole to Int of Gibberagong and Murrua Link Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 35 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From beside[173] the northern end of Gibberagong waterholes[174], this walk follows the clear track gently uphill, keeping the creek a short distance to your right, for about 10m to passes a section of metal fencing[175] propped up by a tree. Then just shy of later 20m this comes to an intersection with a faint track (on the left) beside the large smooth bark angophera[176], Marked with a very obvious 3 way NPWS sign pointing back 'To Bobbin Head'.

(9.78 km) Int of Gibberagong and Murrua Link Tracks to End of Murrua Road
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.46 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 122 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'To Murrua Road' sign gently uphill along the faint track, heading south east directly away from the creek. After just shy of 50m this walk steps up on to a rock platform[177] where the still faint track starts to climbs more steeply[178]. The track climbs steeply in two main sections for just over 300m to a point where the track mostly flattens out[179] again. Here the clearer track continues much more gently uphill for just over 100m to a T-intersection with the wide Murra Trail[180]. From here, this walk turns right and follows the trail through the pleasant eucalypt forest for a while, passing a few overgrown trails before continuing through a National Park gate (signposted 'Murrua Trail'[181] to the end of Murrua Road.

(11.24 km) End of Murrua Road to Sphinx Memorial
Walk: Easy - road,footpath
Length = 1.66 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -35 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows Murrua Road to the first intersection, turning left onto McTaggart Road. The walk then turns right onto Kirkpatrick Street, continuing past the oval to the end, where it turns right onto Du Faur Street and then left onto Bobbin Head Road. From here, the walk follows this road past the high school and all the houses, coming to the National Parks and Wildlife Service toll booth.
Turn right: From the toll booth, this walk follows the 'Sphinx War Memorial' sign through the metal gates and along the road. The walk continues down the long gentle hill until coming to an intersection with an asphalt path, at the information sign on the left of the road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads downhill, north-east along the footpath, until reaching the Sphinx Memorial picnic ground (the Sphinx will be just off to your right).

Catch the bus from Sphinx Memorial
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 Sphinx Memorial
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

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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 5.4 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.5 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 8.5 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 12.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 12.2 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bobbin Head Loop.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bobbin Head Loop
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
7 km (to the SW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 8 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the WSW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 31 km (to the NNE)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 32 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 )
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.

Walker Feedback

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Howard Kenny - Knackered Walker IP:140.168.129.xxx | 2009-04-14 13:45:28
Beware the feint side track noted at the 9.04km mark as the Gibberagong waterhole to Int of Gibberagong and Murrua Link Tracks. Despite multiple attempts and backtracking, we could not find it, nor the tree with the white marker. There did appear to be quite a lot of storm and flood activity around the area it was supposed to be.

Consequently, whilst following the main Gibberagong track out is easy, the exit is in Grosvenor St, Wharoonga North. If you're expecting to come out at the Sphinx car park, it is a 6 - 7km walk back along bitumen road - rather arduous with hiking boots on!

Apart from that, an absolutely fabulous walk with lots of everything.

Thanks for a great site. Bang go the weekends!


Howard
Delta IP:203.206.19.xxx | 2009-12-06 11:56:38
About the turn at 9.04km - as of now (Dec2009) there is quite visible arrow, scratched on the tree (left side of the track). After the turn track is not so well visible, but there are white marks (dots or circles) on trees along the way up to the top of the hill, also someone put stone “pyramids” as well.
It was nice to watch turtles in the Gibberagong waterhole.
Mark IP:202.124.73.xxx | 2009-12-19 22:44:36
I did the walk on 20/12/09 and got lost at the same point near the waterhole. I couldn't see any markers near what appeared to be a dead end to the trial and back tracked a little too. I just turned left (away from the river) and made my own way up the hill (that was hard work) and then stumbled on a tree with a faint white circle near the ridge and saw a stone pyramid a head on me. Was back on track from there. You have to climb up a long way before seeing the tree with markings.
RIch IP:124.171.249.xxx | 2010-01-08 08:31:29
Same as the 1st post - couldnt find the feint side track noted at the 9.04km mark. Even teamed up with a walker who knows the area extremely well and the both of us couldn't find it.

Ended up coming out at Grosvenor St, Wharoonga North, which would have taken absolute ages to get back to the Sphinx trail, if the guy wouldn't have been so kind to lift me.

Great walk though, but it really needs a sign at the 9.04km mark
Rich IP:124.171.249.xxx | 2010-01-08 08:32:56
Same as the 1st post - couldnt find the feint side track noted at the 9.04km mark. Even teamed up with a walker who knows the area extremely well and the both of us couldn't find it.

Ended up coming out at Grosvenor St, Wharoonga North, which would have taken absolute ages to get back to the Sphinx trail, if the guy wouldn't have been so kind to lift me.

Great walk though, but it really needs a sign at the 9.04km mark
Ben IP:124.171.32.xxx | 2010-05-29 09:04:18
Did the walk on 22/05/2010 and same problem as the others. At 9.04km, the turn off onto the Murrua Link Track is not 1 minute, or 100m from the rock platform. It is more like 10 minutes and 500m+, and you pass a number of rock faces on the way. As someone else noted, there is a red gum tree with an arrow carved into the trunk on your left hand side, which is just passed a stream (as mentioned in the notes). At the top of the ridge, I went right when I got to the old track/fire trail which led me back to a road not far from Bobbin Head road and the starting point.
admin - Hard to find interesection Super Administrator | 2010-05-31 01:04:42
Thanks for all the feddback, I will plan to get back down there in next month (or early july) and see if I can make these notes clearer - seems that things have changed a bit.
Matt :)
Tim IP:138.130.145.xxx | 2010-10-13 06:57:06
Just did the walk. Quite a lot of bush back burning between Bobbin Head and the top ridge (near end) but not effecting the track & still OK. The White circle mark at 9.04 is still clear. Great day!
Ben IP:124.168.4.xxx | 2011-04-03 08:56:05
Re: "feint side track" I followed it up the hill a short ways. But the way became unclear, fortunately another walker came by and helped. You might want to add more description for this short bit of trail as it's the hardest part of the walk to follow. Also it's a long ways around if you miss it.

Otherwise great website, thanks a lot. It's really getting me off the sofa on the weekends.
admin - re: Super Administrator | 2011-04-03 23:31:40
Ben wrote:
it's the hardest part of the walk to follow.

Thanks Ben
Sounds like I need to get back there and re-walk it. The white dot was once clear.
Thanks for the feedback
Matt :)
Kerry - 9.04 Mark IP:60.229.7.xxx | 2011-07-12 11:39:14
Any updates on finding the 9.04 turn and track to Murrua Rd.
admin - re: 9.04 Mark Super Administrator | 2011-07-12 22:03:02
Kerry wrote:
Any updates on finding the 9.04 turn and track to Murrua Rd.

Hi Kerry
Sorry my bad I should have left a comment here. Yes I have updated the notes, this tricky intersection is now point 9.75, I think the notes are now much clearer. Use the references (the little numbers in the notes) to have a look at the details around the intersection if you want to give yourself a bit more confidence. I ran out of time and was not able to update the notes from the top of the hill (I needed to back track and head further up the valley), but I think the rest of the notes are OK for now. The track up the hill from this intersection to the trail is faint, so please only attempt if you are happy following a faint and steep track.
Hope that helps, have a great walk.
Matt :)
Stephen IP:203.11.225.xxx | 2011-09-19 05:43:17
Did this walk on the weekend, great walk to do. Should update the notes regarding the arrow marker (as has been discussed above). Instead of this, there is now a proper sign to follow leading back to the road. The path still isn't great, but someone has been nice enough to put up a whole lot of little 3 or 4 stone cairns, so keep an eye out for them and you should be good to go :)
admin - re: New sign Super Administrator | 2011-09-19 06:10:14
Stephen wrote:
Did this walk on the weekend, great walk to do. Should update the notes regarding the arrow marker (as has been discussed above).

Hi Stephen
Glad you enjoyed the walk. Great to hear about the new sign, I re-walked this a few months ago, and there was no sign then. Are you talking about the intersection at 9.75, where I refer to an arrow on the tree??
Thanks
Matt :)
Molly - New sign, clear trail IP:129.78.32.xxx | 2012-08-16 06:05:03
Yes, there's a massive shiny sign, unmissable and pointing to Murrua Road (also with signs on the three-way post up to Wahroonga and back down to Bobbin Head). The track up to Murrua Road is ultra clear now (arrow signboards on trees, and what looks like heavy usage lately), with further fresh signage when you hit the top fire trail.

BTW, I noted on another Bobbin Head walk page that you can get round the burned marina by doing a couple of hundred metres of scrambling above the marina part of the track (dropping down to the carpark after the blockage, or going a bit further and ending up on the road). Worth it to be able to do this loop, which is lovely as are the notes.
Maxl - Lack of signage or stone cairn IP:60.242.223.xxx | 2013-04-25 08:19:51
We completed the walk today and could not find the elusive arrow in the tree nor the stone cairn at 9.75. Instead, we relied on the fact that the path was meant to take us up and thus navigated through many fallen trees, dragging ourselves up to the rock platform. If in doubt, go up.

Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed the walk! One of the best in the national park :)
Huey - agree with Maxl IP:27.253.108.xxx | 2013-05-31 10:23:17
Did the walk today absolutely fantastic !!!

The path going very steeply upwards towards Murrua Road at the 9.75 mark as indicated by the sign as mentioned by Molly is indistinguishable at times because of so many fallen trees. I just imagined an invisible line going upwards from the sign and kept to that. You will find the path at the top.
Yvonne - New signs IP:101.170.213.xxx | 2014-02-01 02:19:47
Am just doing the track and it is absolutely stunning! Was quite nervous to miss the turn at km 9.75 but that fear was unnecessary. They put up a brand new sign at this little intersection that can't be missed :)
Mike Cuming - Mr IP:144.132.240.xxx | 2014-06-17 07:21:35
It is not possible to miss the NPWS sign for Murrua Road!
Lulu IP:27.32.63.xxx | 2015-04-05 08:35:31
We went to this track today. After 2 raining days, everywhere a bit wet. We started from Sphinx Memorial, on the Warrimoo track there are leeches around fern area. My husband got leeches on the leg, 1 in his shoes. After walk we took off shoes and socks, did a proper check.

We guess it's because after too much rain. So if you go there on a wet day, wearing long pants is a better choice.

This track is worth to go.
Andrew - Fencing gone IP:115.70.39.xxx | 2015-10-24 21:17:12
I did this walk yesterday, and the metal fencing just after Gibberagong waterhole has been removed. As others have said, with the sign there, the turn off is pretty hard to miss. That path up the hill was a bit faint in places, but as long as you are always going uphill, you can't really go wrong.

Might I also suggest removing the reference to the power lines before the two sets of overhanging rocks? On that section of the walk there were several sets of power lines over the walk, and it actually led to some confusion as to whether or not we had reached Gibberagong waterhole.
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