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Bobbin Head Rainforest walk
Time: 40 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: 1.6 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.6 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 82 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 82 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
Track: Moderate

This pleasant walk starts from the southern end of Bobbin Head, and enjoys blend of mangrove and rainforest environs. The well-signposted track gives you the opportunity to see the mangrove wildlife up close, and also a historic Aboriginal axe grinding stone and some temperate rainforest. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bobbin Head Rainforest walk
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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
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   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

 
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 +
 
Lookout on the boardwalk
 
Lookout on the boardwalk +

 
Boardwalk
 
Boardwalk +
 
Boardwalk
 
Boardwalk +
 
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 +
 
Passing through the rock on the Gibbergong track
 
Passing through the rock on the Gibbergong track +
 
From Gibbergong track looking towards Bobbin Head
 
From Gibbergong track looking towards Bobbin Head +

 
Axe groves site
 
Axe groves site +
 
Axe Groves
 
Axe Groves +
 
Intersection of Gibbergong and Rainforest track
 
Intersection of Gibbergong and Rainforest track +

 
Rainforest track
 
Rainforest track +
 
Rainforest track
 
Rainforest track +
 
Creek and rainforest
 
Creek and rainforest +

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 Bobbin Head Rainforest walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bobbin Head Rainforest walk bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bobbin Head Rainforest walk 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 1.6km
Time 40 mins
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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.
Gradient
Around 520m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 300m is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
520m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 280m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (20m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
This whole walk, 820m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 820m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 820m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 820m 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.
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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].

(0 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
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[18] (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[19]. 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[20])with a 'Rock Solid?' information sign[21]. Here the path bends left and crosses Cockle Creek on a cable-stayed foot bridge[22][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[23] marked with a 'Teeming with life' information sign[24].
Continue straight: From the viewing area[25], 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[26] and past the 'Natural Recycler'[27] and 'Land Developers?'[28] information signs to come to the end of the boardwalk[29], marked with a 'More? You want more?' information sign[30]. There is a turning area for wheelchairs at the end of the boardwalk[fac=8041].

(0.28 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[31]. The rocky track then leads past a small sand stone overhang[32] then up some steps that lead through a cleft in the rock[33]. 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[34] where the is a unfenced[35] view over the water[36] (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[37] where the track mostly flattens out to come to a the signposted Aboriginal 'Axe Grinding Grooves' site[38] (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

(0.6 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[39] 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[40] points back downhill.

(0.62 km) Int of Bobbin Head and Rainforest tracks to Bobbin Head Rainforest
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[41] 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[42] for about 100m before leading down a series of timber steps into the more densely forest gully[43]. Here the walk comes to a sandstone rock bed[44] and creek in a pleasant rainforest setting[45].

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.

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.
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Getting there

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

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Driving Directions
To the start 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 Rainforest walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bobbin Head Rainforest walk
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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 2 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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Anonymous IP:58.107.120.xxx | 2009-11-01 05:42:56
Lovely wal of, very easy going.
Mountain stream at the end if the walk, very refresing.
Many Aboriginal carvings along the way + lots of wildlife.
:D :D :D
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