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Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head
Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NNE of St Ives Chase
Length: 6.2 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6.2 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 280 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 280 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

The Warrimoo Track is a great walk for exploring the upper reaches of Cowan Creek. This walk wanders down the ridge to follow the bank of Cowan Creek to Bobbin Head. There are many different views to be seen and a variety of flora and fauna throughout makes this walk quite interesting. Enjoy a cool drink from the cafe at the end of the walk. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head
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End of Warrimoo Ave
Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks
Sonja Huddles Chair
Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
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 Darri and Warrimoo 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

 
Gate at the end of Warrimoo Ave
 
Gate at the end of Warrimoo Ave +
 
Coming to the carpark off Warrimoo Road
 
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Warrimoo Track
 
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Bush next to Warrimoo Trk
 
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Warrimoo Trk
 
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Sign at the intersection of the Darri and Warrimoo Tracks
 
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Warrimoo Trk
 
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Goana on tree next to Warrimoo Track
 
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Memorial Chair and view
 
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Memorial Chair on Warrimoo Track
 
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View from Warrimoo Track
 
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View from Warrimoo Track
 
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Warrimoo Track down through the rock
 
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Warrimoo Track pass the creek
 
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Crossing Cowan creek
 
Crossing Cowan creek +

 
Warrimoo Track
 
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Following Cowan Creek
 
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Continuing along the bushtrack
 
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Warrimoo Track through the ferns
 
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Warrimoo Track above the water
 
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Warrimoo Track under the trees
 
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Warrimoo Track signpost
 
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Cowan Creek on Warrimoo track
 
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Twisted tree
 
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Cowan Creek
 
Cowan Creek +
 
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Great views of Cowan Creek on Warrimoo Track
 
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Cowan Creek
 
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Warrimoo Track and Cowan Creek
 
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Cowan Creek from Warrimoo Track
 
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The Warrimoo Track
 
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Rocky section on Warrimoo Track
 
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View on Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track
 
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Bottom of Bobbin Head track
 
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Empire Marina from Warrimoo Track
 
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Empire Bay Marina
 
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Cafe at Empire Marina
 
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Bobbin head area near marina
 
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Road Bridge
 
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Bobbin head road bridge
 
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Bobbin Head Bridge
 
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Sign at Bobbin Head
 
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Kiosk at Bobbin Head
 
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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head 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 6km
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
4.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (420m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
5km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 700m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (420m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 3.7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 3.7km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 2.5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to End of Warrimoo Ave
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive to End of Warrimoo Ave
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
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(0 km) End of Warrimoo Ave to Sonja Huddles Chair
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.37 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -115 m
From the car park, this walk follows the management trail through the bush for a while before winding down a gentle hill and coming to the signposted intersection with the Darri track.
Continue straight: 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.

(1.37 km) Sonja Huddles Chair to Empire Marina
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 4.4 km Time = 1 hr 47 mins
Climb = 260 m Descent = -307 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.
Continue straight: From the intersection this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head' arrow on the 'Warrimoo Track' sign[1] along the clear track that leads through the mostly flat ferny section, keeping Cowan Creek some distance to your right. After about 100m the track leaves the ferns and passes under a set of high tension power lines[2] where the track undulates along the side of the hill close to Cowan Creek[3] crossing a few small gullies for about 900m to then pass along a long natural sandstone wall[4]. About 150m after this wall the track leads just below a notable sandstone overhang[5] (up to your left) where the track then starts to head downhill for just over 100m
to a fairly open grassy salt marsh[6]. The walk stays just to the left of the salt marsh then leads along the edge of a section of mangroves[7] for 100m where the track bends left[8] and leads along side the creek for another 100m to then cross a creek at a wide rocky gully[9]. This is a pleasant cool spot with the usually small creek flowing over the sandstone rock platform with naturally carved holes[10]. For the next 200m the track undulates gently along the foreshore through the casuarina forest[11] to come to a tall overhang[12] that is on a rock platform right on the edge of Cowan Creek, a pleasant place to rest. This section of track may become covered with water at high tide.
From the tall overhang the track continues along the shortening natural rock wall[13] for about 150m
to then lead along another section of mangroves[14] for 150m. About 60m past the mangroves the track crosses a short flat timber bridge[15], then over the next 200m the track crosses a mossy gully and densely forested gully[16] where the rocky track climbs[17] over a rise, past some large smooth bark angophora's[18] then down to another tall and long rock wall[19] and some more pleasant water views[20].
Just 20m past this rock wall the track bends left[21] and leads alongside the edge of the mangroves[22] for 200m, were again the track may be covered with water at high tides. From the end of the mangroves the rocky track climbs[23] for about 200m before continuing along the water side through a casuarina forest[24] as the track gently undulates over some rocky sections passing some pleasant water views[25] for 400m to pass below another fairly large sandstone cave/overhang[26] (up the hill to your left). Over the next 250m the track leads through a grassy section[27] beside the creek before crossing a shallow gully over a scattering of sandstone blocks[28][29]. Over the next 300m the mostly flat track leads through a tall wooded forest[30] filled with ferns and crossing a few middens[31] to come to an three-way intersection, just before the marina, marked with a 'Warrimoo Ave & Sphinx Memorial' sign[32] pointing back along the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[33] 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[34] behind a dry dock[35] for 40m. Here the track narrows a bit to head between the rock face and buildings[36] for 100m to turn right at a 'Warrimo Track' sign[37] and a yellow painted walker (on the ground). Here the walk heads through the hallway, past the public toilets[38] to the water front of Empire Marina, beside the 'Kiosk'[39] (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

(5.77 km) Empire Marina to Bobbin Head Wharf carpark
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 237 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left: From beside the Kiosk at Empire Marina[40], this walk follows the concrete path keeping keeping the water just to your right[41]. After about 20m this walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Picnic Area' sign[42] along the elevated path past a series of information signs [43][44][45][46][47][48][49] about the local heritage, beside the car park for 150m to leave the marina through the lockable gate[50]. This gate is locked outside of 'park operating hours'[51], that is 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and 5.30pm to 6am at other times of the year[52]. Here the walk passes a sign pointing back to the 'Warrimmo Track'[53] 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[54].

(6.01 km) Bobbin Head Wharf carpark to Bobbin Inn
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 181 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -1 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway[55] 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[56] (ahead and on the left), a shelter and phone both[57] (just to your left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath beside the road over the wide bridge[58], crossing Cowan Creek[59]. On the far side of the bridge, this walk continues beside the road along side 'Orchard Park'[60] to pass a side road (on the left)[61]. 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[62] (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'[63], built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe[64]. 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[65] and dotted with picnic tables[66][67], electric BBQs[68], shelters and a large playground[69]. There are toilets[70][fac=8042] nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables[71][72] that can be booked NPWS[73].
The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park)[74] area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter[75], surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters[76], 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[77] and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant[78] and public toilets[79].

Bobbin Inn Cafe Alt = 16 m
At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building[80], is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining[81], 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[82][83] 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 6.1 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 6.2 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 10.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 10.8 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 10.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head.
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Site Distance and dir from Warrimoo Track to Bobbin Head
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
7 km (to the WSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 10 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 31 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 32 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
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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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