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Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.3 km S of North Turramurra
Length: 6.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 366 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 366 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: One way
Track: Moderate

This nice walk starts from North Turramurra and follows the Darri and Warrimoo tracks into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk follows Cowan Creek through the lush green forest, then takes the Sphinx Track, climbing out of the valley to the war memorial, finishing on Bobbin Head Road. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial
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Bedford Ave, Turramurra
Int. of Darri Track and Malborough Rd Servicetrail
Darri and Somerset Ave tracks Int.
Cowan Creek and Darri track Int.
Tokanue Place Track Intersection
Waipori Street Track Intersection
Int of the Lower valley link trail
Gould Avenue Creek crossing
Int of Darri and Timbarra Road tracks
Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks
Sonja Huddles Chair
Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
Int of Sphinx walking Track and Service trail
Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx fire trail
Sphinx Memorial
Int of Memorial Rd and Sphinx Track
Starting point for this hiking track: Bedford Ave, Turramurra

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

 
Start of the Darri Track
 
Start of the Darri Track +
 
Dropping down into the valley
 
Dropping down into the valley +
 
Crossing the creek
 
Crossing the creek +

 
Continuing through the valley
 
Continuing through the valley +
 
Crossing a small creek
 
Crossing a small creek +
 
Climbing up the side of the valley
 
Climbing up the side of the valley +

 
Infrastructure along the Darri Track
 
Infrastructure along the Darri Track +
 
Following the side of the hill
 
Following the side of the hill +
 
Entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
 
Entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park +

 
The Darri Track
 
The Darri Track +
 
The Warrimoo Track
 
The Warrimoo Track +
 
Along the service trail
 
Along the service trail +

 
Sinja Huddles Memorial Chair
 
Sinja Huddles Memorial Chair +
 
Winding down the side of the valley
 
Winding down the side of the valley +
 
Crossing Cowan creek
 
Crossing Cowan creek +

 
Following Cowan Creek
 
Following Cowan Creek +
 
Continuing along the bushtrack
 
Continuing along the bushtrack +
 
Bottom of Sphinx Walking track (Warrimoo Track)
 
Bottom of Sphinx Walking track (Warrimoo Track) +

 
Climbing up the Sphinx Track
 
Climbing up the Sphinx Track +
 
The Sphinx Track
 
The Sphinx Track +
 
Steps on Sphinx Walking track
 
Steps on Sphinx Walking track +

 
Sphinx Walking track
 
Sphinx Walking track +
 
Int of Sphinx Track and Firetrail
 
Int of Sphinx Track and Firetrail +
 
The Sphinx War Memorial
 
The Sphinx War Memorial +

 
Following the road up the hill
 
Following the road up the hill +
 
The Sphinx Memorial gate
 
The Sphinx Memorial gate +
 
Bobbin Head entrance gate
 
Bobbin Head entrance gate +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial 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 7km
Time 2 hrs 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 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
3.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (95m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
4.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (430m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 4.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 3.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 1.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Bedford Ave, Turramurra
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 Bedford Ave, Turramurra
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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|

(0 km) Bedford Ave, Turramurra to Int. Darri Track and Malborough Rd Servicetrail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 485 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -25 m
From opposite 18 Bedford Ave, this walk follows the service trail around the metal gate and past the 'Terramerragal Reserve' sign, soon passing the information sign about the Darri Track. This wide track winds down the hill and crosses a small creek, and then follows Cowan Creek downstream. After passing through the dense bush, enjoying the occasional view of the small creek (and avoiding a small false track off to the right), this track comes to an intersection with a service trail coming in from the left, at the concrete ditch.

(0.49 km) Int. of Darri Track and Malborough Rd Servicetrail to Cowan Creek and Darri track Int.
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.03 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 27 m Descent = -47 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the management trail that heads up the hill and away from Cowan Creek. The trail soon turns to the right and starts to flatten out. Just before the trail starts heading downhill, it comes to an intersection with a small bush track coming down from the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north along the service trail, passing a large Scribbly Gum on the right and then heading down the hill. The track continues to wind down to the bottom of the valley where it crosses Cowan Creek and continues along the other side, steadily climbing up the side of the valley until coming to the intersection of the Glengarry Road service trail, and a Darri Track information sign.

(1.52 km) Cowan Creek and Darri track Int. to Tokanue Place Track Intersection
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 229 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -5 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading north-east up the hill, climbing up the side of the valley for a short while until it flattens out and comes to the intersection with the Tokanue Place access trail at the large metal gate.

(1.75 km) Tokanue Place Track Intersection to Waipori Street Track Intersection
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 326 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -19 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail heading north-east, keeping the asphalt service trail on the right, winding around the back of some houses and through the bush for a while until it comes to the intersection of the Waipori Street service trail.

(2.07 km) Waipori Street Track Intersection to Gould Avenue Creek crossing
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 395 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 21 m Descent = -27 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Darri Track' sign past the 'Terramerragal Reserve' sign and along the service trail, heading through the bush and down the long gentle hill, until it comes to the intersection of the lower valley link trail at the information sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail past the "No Through Road" sign and along the side of the hill, gently undulating until it comes to a small creek crossing, where the service trail becomes a bush track.

(2.47 km) Gould Avenue Creek crossing to Int of Darri and Timbarra Road tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 724 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 63 m Descent = -18 m
Continue straight: From the end of the service trail, this walk crosses the small creek and continues along the bush track, winding up the long hill, keeping the metal handrail on the right. The walk continues up the rocky hill, and up a metal staircase to a flat rock platform at the top. From here, the track turns left onto the rock platform and continues along the bush track, passing a 'Kuringai Chase National Park' sign before dropping down a small hill then continuing up some rock steps. From the top of the steps, the walk follows the bush track through the gum trees until it comes to a 'Y' intersection with another bush track at a Darri Track marker.

(3.19 km) Int of Darri and Timbarra Road tracks to Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 528 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the bush track, heading north past some blackened gum trees and through the bush, undulating gently for a while before coming to the signposted intersection of the 'Warrimoo Track'.

(3.72 km) Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks to Sonja Huddles Chair
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 849 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -92 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the Bobbin Head arrow along the service trail (heading north west). The trail meanders through the bush for a while before winding steadily down a long hill to the end of the ridge. Here, the trail comes to a Memorial Chair at a lookout over Cowan Creek.

(4.57 km) Sonja Huddles Chair to Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 521 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -57 m
Continue straight: From the Memorial Chair, the walk heads down the rock steps and follows the bush track. The track winds steeply down the rocky hill and crosses Cowan Creek at the stepping stones. The track then continues along the edge of the creek (keeping the creek to the right) until coming to the signposted intersection with the Sphinx Track.

(5.09 km) Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks to Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.05 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 140 m Descent = -17 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sphinx Track - Nth. Turramurra' sign[1] uphill along the clear rocky track. The track zig-zags quite steeply up a series of timber and stone steps[2] for almost 250m to then pass under the high tension power lines[3]. Here the track gently undulates along the side of the hill crossing a few pleasant rock platforms[4] for 130m to cross a small often dry creek on a sandstone rock platform[5]. Now the track leads gently uphill along the side of the valley among the grass trees[6] for almost 200m to cross a usually larger but still fairly small creek on a sandstone rock platform[7]. The walk then heads up a series of and carved stone and timber steps[8] for about 50m where the track mostly flattens out[9] for about 30m to come to a shallow sandstone overhang[10] (on your left). Just shy of 150m past this cave, the track leads between two tall eucalyptus[11] then follows the rocky track[12] and series of timber steps[13] uphill for another 300m to a T-intersection with a wide trail, marked with a 'Sphinx Walking Track' sign[14] pointing back down the track.

(6.14 km) Int of Sphinx walking Track and Service trail to Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx service trail
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 9 m Time =
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill along the wide trail, for just over 10m to an intersection with an asphalted path (on your left), marked with a 'Sphinx Fire Trail'[15] sign pointing back down the trail.

(6.15 km) Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx fire trail to Sphinx Memorial
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 57 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection this walk follows the asphalt footpath, gently uphill directly away from the face of the 'Sphinx Fire Trail'[16] sign. The footpath leads for about 50m to head behind the picnic tables[17] and come to the sandstone 'Sphinx Memorial'[18].

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

(6.21 km) Sphinx Memorial to Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
Walk: Easy - footpath,road
Length = 371 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = 0 m
Veer right: From the picnic ground, this walk heads south-west, uphill along the footpath, until emerging onto the Sphinx Memorial Drive. At this point, there is a gate and a sign giving information on the local walks.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road, heading up the long gentle hill. The road flattens out and passes through some metal gates, coming to the intersection with Bobbin Head Road. The NPWS toll booth is just to the left.

Catch the bus from Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
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 Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
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

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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
Map Car Shuffle
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 4.9 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5 km
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 6.7 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 9.1 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 9.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
5 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 12 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 23 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 28 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 34 km (to the NNE)

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

Cowan Creek Reserve Cowan Creek Reserve (aka Terramerragal Reserve) is a large reserve owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve is home to the Darri track and some wonderful stands of She-oak trees.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


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

Comments
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Diane Renshaw - Mrs IP:211.30.203.xxx | 2012-07-20 09:30:58
What a fantastic site. The directions and maps are excellent. Thank you to the people who have put this together you are providing a great service.
admin - thanks Super Administrator | 2012-07-20 09:33:12
Diane Renshaw wrote:
What a fantastic site. The directions and maps are excellent. Thank you to the people who have put this together you are providing a great service.

Thanks Diane
Appreciate the feedback and kind words.
What a great walk as well :)
Happy walking
Matt :)
alanm - Damp but pleasant walk IP:220.240.94.xxx | 2015-07-01 08:45:49
Did this walk yesterday, using public transport that makes it into an 8km walk. Rather damp but a nice walk. I got lost at the 5km section and missed the track. Some bushbashing fixed that.

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