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Bobbin Head track
Time: 1 hr 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.4 km NNE of Turramurra
Length: 5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 94 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 94 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 of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

This walk from the Turramurra entry to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this is an alternative way to get down to Bobbin Head. This walk mostly follows the old road down to Bobbin Head, starting along the flat management trail with its red dirt and high heath. About halfway along, the track becomes steeper as it winds down the hill, and then joins up with a bush track leading through the rocks to Warrimoo track, which you then follow to Bobbin Head. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Bobbin Head track
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Int of Bobbin Head Road and the Bobbin Head track
Int of Bobbin Head and Sphinx service tracks
Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site
Water Tank
int. near gate on Bobbin Head trail
Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks
Empire Marina
Bobbin Head Wharf carpark
South End of Bridge (end of Bobbin Head Rd)
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Bobbin Head and Sphinx service tracks

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 Track trackhead
 
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Sign at the top of Bobbin Head Track
 
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Bobbin head Trail
 
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Shade spot on Bobbin Head Track
 
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Water tank
 
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View over Cowan Creek
 
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Gate at end of service trail
 
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Top of the bushtrack at the lower end of Bobbin head trail
 
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Bushtrack at lower end of Bobbin Head trail
 
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View from the lower end of Bobbin Head trail
 
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Bottom end of Bobbin Head track
 
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Rocks at lower end of Bobbin Head track
 
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Steps at bottom of Bobbin Head Track
 
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Warrimoo track
 
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Track behind the marina
 
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Passing through the marina
 
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Cafe at Empire Marina
 
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Empire Marina
 
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Bobbin head area near marina
 
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Bobbin head road bridge
 
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Picnic shelter at Bobbin head
 
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Kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Bobbin Head track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Bobbin Head track bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Bobbin Head 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 5km
Time 1 hr 45 mins
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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
3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (420m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
4.4km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 420m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (200m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 3.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.4km 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 3.4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int of Bobbin Head Road and the Bobbin Head track
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.
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Drive to Int of Bobbin Head Road and the Bobbin Head track
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
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(0 km) Int of Bobbin Head Road and the Bobbin Head track to Int of Bobbin Head and Sphinx service tracks
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 61 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
From Bobbin Head Road, about 100 north of the toll booth, the walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Track' sign up through the metal gate and along the dirt management trail for a short while to the signposted intersection of the 'Sphinx track' (a management trail).

(0.06 km) Int of Bobbin Head and Sphinx service tracks to Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 1.49 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -17 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Trail' sign[1] gently up along the wide trail, keeping the power lines[2] (through the trees) to your right. This trail was part of original road down to Bobbin Head, now closed to traffic it gently undulates along the ridge past some scribbly gums and among the tall heath for just over 400m to pass under some power lines[3]. Just over 150m later this walk veers left at the Y-intersection[4] and continues along the trail for another 300m to pass under the same set of power lines again[5]. Just shy of 150m later the trail passes under two sets of high tension power lines[6][7]. From here the trail bends right and continues for almost 300m pass under the smaller set of power lines[8] again, then just 90m later the trail leads to an intersection with a short track[9] (on the left) that leads to the the signposted 'The Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site'[10].

Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site Alt = 165 m
The Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site, is signposted[11] off the side of the old Bobbin Head Road and is home to a series of engravings on a sandstone rock platform. The engravings are behind a series timber log barriers[12] designed to reduce further wear on these faint engravings, please stay off the engravings area. If you look carefully you may see the engravings of a wallaby, gliding possum, bird, goanna[13] the Information board also shows there are two emus[14]. More info

(1.55 km) Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site to Water Tank
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 1.25 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -28 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the trail north east, away from the power lines, initially keeping the engraving site on your left[15]. The walk continues along the ridge top for 400m passing through a mixed eucalypt forest[16] to pass a small bulldozed clearing[17] (on your left), then just 500m later the trail leads under a set of power lines[18] again. The trail leads gently downhill for about 80m to pass a larger clearing and turning area[19] to head more steeply downhill along the trail for just shy of 250m, following a metal pipe[20], to come alongside a large disused concrete water tank[21].

(2.8 km) Water Tank to int. near gate on Bobbin head trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.41 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -140 m
Continue straight: From beside of the water tank, this walk heads fairly steeply downhill along the wide trail[22] following a metal pipe[23]. After about 170m the trail bends sharply right[24] and passes a faint track (that follows the pipeline[25]) then 60m later the trail bends sharply left[26].
The trail continues in a similar way winding downhill for 400m to pass under the power lines[27] again, then over the next 100m the trail bends bends left again to pass under the same set of power lines again, this time with good views over Cowan Creek[28]. Over the next 250m the trail bends sharply right[29]
then sharply left[30], where it passes under the same set of power lines[31] once again. The trail continues to wind downhill for another 250m to pass under the same set of power lines again[32]. Here the trail continues for another 80m to come to a locked gate with a 'Service Trail' sign[33] (on your left), where there is a track ahead marked with a 'Bobbin Head' sign[34].

(4.21 km) int. near gate on Bobbin Head trail to Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 203 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -48 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head' sign[35], down the rocky track and series of stone steps[36]. The track soon flattens out on a rock platform[37] with views over Cowan Creek and the marina[38]. Here the track bends right then winds downhill passing more pleasant rock formations[39] for about 60m where this track then follows parallel (just above another track) for a short distance before heading down a set of concrete steps[40] to a T-intersection with the signposted 'Warrimoo Track'[41].

(4.41 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
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[42] 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[43] behind a dry dock[44] for 40m. Here the track narrows a bit to head between the rock face and buildings[45] for 100m to turn right at a 'Warrimo Track' sign[46] and a yellow painted walker (on the ground). Here the walk heads through the hallway, past the public toilets[47] to the water front of Empire Marina, beside the 'Kiosk'[48] (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

(4.58 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[49], this walk follows the concrete path keeping keeping the water just to your right[50]. After about 20m this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[51] along the elevated path past a series of information signs [52][53][54][55][56][57][58] about the local heritage, beside the car park for 150m to leave the marina through the lockable gate[59]. This gate is locked outside of 'park operating hours'[60], that is 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year[61]. Here the walk passes a sign pointing back to the 'Warrimmo Track'[62] 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[63].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway[64] 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[65] (ahead and on the left), a shelter and phone both[66] (just to your left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath beside the road over the wide bridge[67], crossing Cowan Creek[68]. On the far side of the bridge, this walk continues beside the road along side 'Orchard Park'[69] to pass a side road (on the left)[70]. 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[71] (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'[72], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[73]. 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[74] and dotted with picnic tables[75][76], electric BBQs[77], shelters and a large playground[78]. There are toilets[79][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[80][81] that can be booked NPWS[82].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[83] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[84], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[85], 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[86] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[87] and public toilets[88].

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[89], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[90], 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[91][92] available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

Drive from Bobbin Inn
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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 5.2 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.2 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 8.3 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 12.4 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 12.4 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Bobbin Head track.
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Site Distance and dir from Bobbin Head track
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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.

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michelle - access at empire marina reopen IP:49.176.65.xxx | 2012-11-20 19:37:51
The access behind empire marina has finally reopened, allowing one to complete all these great walks with a break at the marina or bobbin head.
admin - re: access at empire marina re Super Administrator | 2012-11-20 20:03:50
michelle wrote:
The access behind empire marina has finally reopened, allowing one to complete all these great walks with a break at the marina or bobbin head.

Hi Michelle
That is great news :)
I will confirm, this today (NPWS website still says it is closed) and make the change - thanks for letting us know.
Matt :)
alanm - Nice autumn day IP:125.254.76.xxx | 2015-05-15 23:12:55
Enjoyed this pleasant walk in good order. I haven't been at Bobbin Head for many years. Continued the walk around to Apple Tree Bay and then up to Mt. Kuring-gai Station.
Video at http://youtu.be/qZfP-D3NIcA
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