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Cockle Creek Lookout Return
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
15229.7 km SE of Bobbin Head
Length: 1.1 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.1 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
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
Style: Return
Track: Hard

This is a great walk for visitors looking for a reasonably short adventure after lunch. The leisurely walk starts from the cafe and information centre at Bobbin Head and follows the Warrimoo Track up the hill to the Cockle Creek Lookout, before returning along the same route. (open in app)

Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Cockle Creek Lookout Return

Map of Walk


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Bobbin Inn Cafe
Int of Birrawana track and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road
Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks
Starting point for this hiking track: Bottom of the Birrawana track steps

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

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

Kiosk at Bobbin Head
Kiosk at Bobbin Head +
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head +
Lower end of Cockle Creek lookout track.
Lower end of Cockle Creek lookout track. +

Old Picnic area at base of Cockle Creek lookout track
Old Picnic area at base of Cockle Creek lookout track +
One of a few Birrawanna trackheads
One of a few Birrawanna trackheads +
Steps and track passing cliff
Steps and track passing cliff +

Birrawanna track
Birrawanna track +
View to Cockle Creek.
View to Cockle Creek. +
The Warrimoo Track
The Warrimoo Track +

To Cockle Creek Lookout
To Cockle Creek Lookout +
Heading out to the point
Heading out to the point +
Warrimoo point
Warrimoo point +


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 Cockle Creek Lookout Return bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Cockle Creek Lookout Return bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Cockle Creek Lookout Return bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Cockle Creek Lookout Return 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 1.1km
Time 1 Hr

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.
300m of this walk is very steep and another 160m is flat with no steps. The remaining (110m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
Around 410m of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 160m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Around 410m of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 160m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 410m of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 160m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

This whole walk, 570m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Around 450m of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 110m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

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 Bobbin Inn Cafe
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Bobbin Head Alt = 9 m
Bobbin Head is a historic recreation area which is still popular today, suiting the needs of many people. At the center of the Bobbin Head area is the old 'Bobbin Inn'[1], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[2]. The area is popular with picnickers, boaters, walkers, canoeists, family groups and people who like to fish. Bobbin Head is roughly divided into three sections (north, south and east).
Southern Bobbin Head is a popular picnic area for families and large groups. The area is surrounded by a car park[3] and dotted with picnic tables[4][5], electric BBQs[6], shelters and a large playground[7]. There are toilets[8][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[9][10] that can be booked NPWS[11].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[12] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[13], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[14], each of these divided into 4 walled-off compartments, ideal for small groups.
The eastern side of Bobbin Head is dominated by the Empire Marina[15] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[16] and public toilets[17].

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[18], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[19], and a range of foods and drinks. Food includes fish and chips, wraps, focaccia, sandwiches and snack foods. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are also on offer. Opening hours are 9 - 4pm Mon to Fri (closed Tuesdays) & 9 - 5pm weekends. For more information, phone the cafe on 9457 7170.
The NPWS Bobbin Head Information Centre is open 7 days a week (closed Christmas Day) 10 - 4pm (closed 12 - 12:30pm lunch).
Ramp access[20][21] available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

(0 km) Bobbin Inn Cafe to Bottom of the Birrawana track steps
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 155 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = 0 m
From the 'Bobbin Inn' cafe[22], this walk heads to the front of the building to the 'Information Centre' main entrance. From here this walk follows the 'Birrawana Loop Track'[23] alongside the road a few meters to find a metal 'Welcome to the Cockle Creek Lookout Track' sign and map[24]. Now the walk follows the track behind the safety barrier (keeping the road to your right) for about 70m to cross a small culverted creek[25] and pass a few old a couple of picnic tables[26] in a shaded and mossy gully. This walk continues for another 30m behind the safety barrier[27] to come to the bottom of the signposted 'Birrawanna Track'[28] steps.

(0.16 km) Int of Birrawana track and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road to Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 299 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -10 m
Veer left: From beside Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road[29], this walk heads down a few steps to cross a small flat concrete bridge[30], to then follow the 'Birrawanna Track' sign[31] up the timber steps. This walk leads quite steeply up the track as it zig-zags up a series of timber and rock steps[32][33] for just over 300m to find the top of small rocky ridge[34]. Here the walk leads down a series of timber steps[35] for about 50m to cross a moist gully[36] that is home to a disused telegraph pole[37]. Now this walk follows the clear rocky track leads uphill[38] for just shy of 200m to come to a faint intersection at the top of the ridge[39] (where the lookout track is on your right).

(0.45 km) Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks to Cockle Creek Lookout
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 112 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -15 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the rocky track, east along the top of the ridgeline towards the rocky outcrop[40]. After about 50m this walk passes through a gap between two large rock outcrops[41], then around another rock to wind gently down the hill for just shy of 50m to come to an unfenced rock ledge overlooking Cockle Creek[42].

Cockle Creek Lookout Alt = 54 m
Cockle Creek Lookout is an informal lookout with no facilities, on the Birrawanna track in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The lookout provides Glimpses of Cockle and Cowan Creeks. The area is surrounded by some beautiful gum trees and rock boulders, making it a nice place to sit and reflect on the surroundings.

Drive from Bobbin Inn Cafe
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:

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 Cockle Creek Lookout Return.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Cockle Creek Lookout Return
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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 7 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      29°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|25°Possible shower.
Fri18°|30°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|24°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
A largely untouched wilderness on the northern boundary of Sydney, Ku-ring-gai Chase NP is one of Australia's oldest national parks. Here at the head of the Hawkesbury River, you'll find Aboriginal engravings and sites, as well as sandstone escarpments,
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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