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Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
8.5 km NNE of Turramurra
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 364 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 364 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 train station near the end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

Exploring Cockle Creek at water level and Ku-ring-gai National Park from the ridge, this is an enjoyable short walk to Mt Kuring-gai. Pop into the cafe at Bobbin Head for a cup of coffee or a light meal. The short side trip to the lookout up on the ridge offers an amazing view. As there are no buses to Bobbin Head, you will need to plan a car shuffle or ring a taxi. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay
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Bobbin Inn
Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesbury Track
Apple Tree Bay
Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
Int of Lookout and Mt Kuringai Tracks
Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street
Starting point for this hiking track: Bobbin Inn

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

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 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
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Photo Gallery

 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
Kiosk at Bobbin Head +
 
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head
 
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head +
 
Information Centre
 
Information Centre +

 
Apple Tree Bay Road
 
Apple Tree Bay Road +
 
The Pavilllion at Bobbin Head
 
The Pavilllion at Bobbin Head +
 
Glimpse of Bobbin Head from Apple Tree Bay Road
 
Glimpse of Bobbin Head from Apple Tree Bay Road +

 
Road between Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay
 
Road between Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay +
 
Walking along Apple Tree Bay Road
 
Walking along Apple Tree Bay Road +
 
Kiosk at Apple Tree Bay
 
Kiosk at Apple Tree Bay +

 
Looking across Apple Tree Bay from the boat ramp
 
Looking across Apple Tree Bay from the boat ramp +
 
Apple Tree Bay
 
Apple Tree Bay +
 
Walking across Apple Tree Creek Bridge
 
Walking across Apple Tree Creek Bridge +

 
Apple Tree Bay
 
Apple Tree Bay +
 
Picnic area on the north side of Apple Tree Bay
 
Picnic area on the north side of Apple Tree Bay +
 
Berowra Track near Apple Tree Bay
 
Berowra Track near Apple Tree Bay +

 
Berowra track
 
Berowra track +
 
Rocky gully crossing north of Apple Tree Bay
 
Rocky gully crossing north of Apple Tree Bay +
 
Cowan Creek
 
Cowan Creek +

 
View south to Apple Tree Bay
 
View south to Apple Tree Bay +
 
Following the edge of the creek
 
Following the edge of the creek +
 
Historic steps near the Intersection of Berowra and Mt Ku-ring-gai tracks
 
Historic steps near the Intersection of Berowra and Mt Ku-ring-gai tracks +

 
Rusting water tank relic
 
Rusting water tank relic +
 
Intersection of Berowra and Mt Ku-ring-gai tracks
 
Intersection of Berowra and Mt Ku-ring-gai tracks +
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Track sign
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Track sign +

 
Rock steps on the Mt Kuring-gai track
 
Rock steps on the Mt Kuring-gai track +
 
Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
On Mt Ku-ring-gai track above Berowra track
 
On Mt Ku-ring-gai track above Berowra track +

 
View from Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
View from Near the bottom of Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
Re-growth on the Mt Ku-ring-gai track
 
Re-growth on the Mt Ku-ring-gai track +
 
Flat section on the Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Flat section on the Mt Kuring-gai Track +

 
Following the Mt Kuringai Track
 
Following the Mt Kuringai Track +
 
Steps between rocks on the Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
Steps between rocks on the Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
Rock steps north of the lookout track
 
Rock steps north of the lookout track +

 
Wide flat track north of int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
 
Wide flat track north of int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks +
 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track
 
View from the Viewpoint off Mt Kuring-gai Track +
 
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Lookout track intersection
 
Lookout track intersection +
 
Gate at the top of the Mt Kuring-gai track
 
Gate at the top of the Mt Kuring-gai track +
 
Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Chase national park
 
Welcome to Ku-ring-gai Chase national park +

 
Gate at the top of Mt Ku-ring-gai track
 
Gate at the top of Mt Ku-ring-gai track +
 
Harwood Ave
 
Harwood Ave +
 
Eastern end of Mt Kuring-gai rail and freeway footbridge
 
Eastern end of Mt Kuring-gai rail and freeway footbridge +

 
Crossing the freeway
 
Crossing the freeway +
 
Mt Kuring-gai Station
 
Mt Kuring-gai Station +
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Tack sign at station
 
Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Tack sign at station +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 5km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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
2.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.9km is very steep. The remaining (580m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.7km follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (650m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.9km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.3km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.3km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Drive to Bobbin Inn
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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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.

(0 km) Bobbin Inn to Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesburry Track
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.16 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 64 m Descent = -67 m
From Bobbin Inn[5], this walk heads to the front of the building to the 'Information Centre'[6] to turn right and cross Bobbin Head Road[7]. Here the walk follows the 'Apple Tree Bay' signs[8] through the car park[9] and between the toilet block[10] (on your left) and 'The Pavillion'[11] (on your right) for just over 100m to pass over a speed bump between six sandstone pillars[12]. The walk continues to follow the sealed road gently uphill for [13] 900m passing a few speed bumps to the top of the rise where the road bends left[14]. Here the walk continues downhill along the road for just over 150m to and intersection at the bottom of the signposted 'Regional Office' track[15] (on your left).

(1.16 km) Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesbury Track to Apple Tree Bay Kiosk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 173 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the bottom of the signposted 'Regional Office' track[16], this walk follows the sealed road gently downhill keeping the water and main valley to your right. After about 30m the road leads past a footpath (to a small gated marina[17], on your right) to continue down the road for 150m to the Apple Tree Bay car park[18]. Just across from the entrance this walk comes to a Kiosk and 'Welcome to Apple Tree Bay' sign[19].

(1.33 km) Apple Tree Bay to Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 936 m Time = 26 mins
Climb = 82 m Descent = -66 m
Turn right: From the kiosk[20], this walk heads across the eastern end of the car park[21], keeping the water to your right for just shy of 100m to pass the top of the boat ramp[22] and find the sheltered 'Information' sign[23]. Here the walk crosses Apple Tree Creek on the timber bridge[24] to find a small clearing and picnic area where this walk turns right following the 'Berowra Track' sign[25]. The walk soon leaves the metal fence and follows the rocky track and stone steps[26] for about 100m where the track then mostly flattens out[27] for another 100m to cross a small rock gully and grove of sassafras[28]. The track then crosses another gully and continues along the shore for just over 200m leaving the Apple Tree Bay where the track veers left over a small rise using some timber steps[29]. From here this walk continues along the shoreline in a similar manor for 300m to come to a constructed stone wall[30] and series of disused stone steps (on your left)[31]. This is the site of the historic Woodnutts Boatshed[32] that was built in 1910. The rusting water tank and a few other relics remain[33].
Here the walk continues along the clear track along the shoreline for another 40m to the intersection at the bottom of the signposted 'Mt Ku-ring-gai Track'[34] (on your left).

(2.27 km) Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks to Int of Lookout and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.93 km Time = 49 mins
Climb = 190 m Descent = -13 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'MT Ku-ring-gai Track' sign[35] up the rock and timber steps and past the small overhang[36]. The track leads fairly steeply up for 80m to then bend sharply right[37] and continue fairly steeply for another 200m to pass a natural rock wall[38] (on your left). Just 20m past this wall the track comes to a small flat area[39] with good views over Cowan Creek[40]. Here the walk continues more gently uphill along the rocky ridge line[41] for 300m where the track completely flattens out to pass along the side of a small hill[42] (on your left). Over the next 600m the track leads down across a saddle then up along the ridge to bend right onto[43] an exposed rock platform[44]. From there the sandy track soon bends left again to follow the ridge uphill for 100m to pass a small sandstone overhang[45] then continue up a long set of stone steps[46] where the sandy track mostly flattens out again[47]. Soon the track starts heading up more stone steps [48] for about 400m to pass between a large boulder (on your left) and along rock wall (on your right)[49]. At the end of this rock wall the track bends right and leads up the stone steps through the cleft in the rock[50] where the then mostly flat wide sandy track leads gently uphill for 250m to find a three-way intersection[51]
marked with a NPWS arrow post[52].

(4.2 km) Int of viewpoint and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks to Apple Tree Bay Viewpoint
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 107 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -14 m
Turn left : From the intersection, the walk heads east away from the main trail[53] to follow the wide sandy track gently downhill. The track begins to narrow[54] and after about 100m the now rocky track comes to an unfenced rock platform[55] with good views down over Apple Tree Bay and down along Cowan Creek valley[56].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

(4.2 km) Int of Lookout and Mt Kuringai Tracks to Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 653 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the face of the face of the NPWS arrow post[57] to head south west over a small rise and along the sandy management trail. The trail passes through open wooded forest for just over 600m to pass a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Mt Kuring gai Track' sign[58] as the trail bends right where this walk heads around the green metal National Park gate[59]. Here the walk heads past a few houses to find the intersection of 'Harwood Ave' and 'Young St'[60] (Mt Kuring-gai).

(4.85 km) Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street to Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 402 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street, this walk follows Harwood Ave downhill along the footpath. The footpath then leads up past a 'Seaview St'[61] and across 'Low St'[62] to continue to the end of Harwood Ave to find a footbridge[63]. Here the walk crosses the the F3 freeway using the caged foot bridge[64] to head down the steps into a concrete tunnel[65]. Part way through the tunnel this walk comes to an intersection at the bottom of the steps at Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station. Here there is a sign that points back to 'Mt Ku-ring-gai Walking Track'[66]

Catch the train from Mount Kuring-gai Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Mount Kuring-gai Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
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Drive from Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk From Mt Ku-ring-gai Station it is possible to get away to either Hornsby to the South or Brooklyn and the Central Coast in the North using the Pacific Hwy. You can drive or ride from the end of this 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 7.4 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 Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Bobbin Head to Mt Kuring-gai via Apple Tree Bay
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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
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Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
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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.


Berowra Valley National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Berowra Valley National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Safety alerts: Quarry trail and Benowie walking track restricted access
Access restrictions are in place along trails that traverse the land managed by the Hornsby Rifle Range. Restricted areas include:
  • an 800m section of trail, 2km in from the Quarry Road entrance at Dural
  • an 800m section of trail, 300m in from the Stewart Avenue entrance at Hornsby
  • a 750m section of the Benowie walking track between Steele Bridge and Fishponds Waterholes.
Shooting times are between 9am and 4.30pm, 7 days a week. All visitors wishing to access the restricted sections of trail during these times must request prior authorisation by contacting the Hornsby Rifle Range on their 24 hour contact number 0417 201 606. Consult the map on Page vii of the Berowra Valley National Park Draft Plan of Management to plan alternative routes during these hours. Visit the website for further information about the Hornsby Rifle Range.


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Anonymous IP:121.218.73.xxx | 2009-07-31 12:03:55
Easy if done the other way around, toherwise all uphill, but most of it done at beginning (especially about 1-2 km between apple tree bay going to mt kurin-gai). Suggested for a beginner
Shaheen - Great short one! IP:114.72.180.xxx | 2010-02-27 04:09:34
I was hoping to do Berowra to Kuring Gai, but that was closed, and ended up doing this walk. Its a nice short walk that descends steeply (and hence ascends steeply! if you do the rounds trip) into the Apple tree bay. Bobbin head is nice for a rest and food.
Nice walk if you want nothing tiring, but some good views. Easily accesible by train, and some peaceful rest areas along the way.
Joyce - suggestions/help IP:124.179.91.xxx | 2011-02-09 11:42:54
Done this heaps of times. Great for fitness especially when going back up to Mt Ku-ring-gai. From Apple Tree Bay to Bobbin Head you can walk on the road (the EASY route 5 mins) or you can go up another hill (HARD as anything - 20 mins). The beginning of it (Station to steps where memorial for fire-fighters is) is easy and straight but goes a bit downhill from there. You can go straight to Apple Tree Bay at the bottom or else turn right (heading to Berowra) and go on the path about 150/200 metres and find a nice dock to chill on/go fishing/kayak from.
Nathan IP:211.30.213.xxx | 2012-06-08 10:04:57
I saw Duffys Forest shortly after the start from Mount Kuring-gai. At the very start, I can see Sydney CBD.
alanm - Nice Autumn Day IP:125.254.76.xxx | 2015-05-15 23:18:39
Did the Bobbin Head Track from Turramurra and then on to this walk. Done the climb up to Mt. Kuring-gai before. Great aerobic exercise!
Love doing these walks during the week when it's much quieter.
Video of the walk at http://youtu.be/qZfP-D3NIcA
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