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Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
1.2 km NNE of St Ives Chase
Length: 3.4 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 3.4 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Climb: 189 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 189 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 walk offers a great way to explore most of the Warrimoo Track and also visit the Sphinx War Memorial. The walk winds down to Cowan Creek, providing some great views as the creek becomes wider. The journey continues up the steep hill through various bush environments before arriving at the Sphinx War Memorial and picnic area. (open in app)


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

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx
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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 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: 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

 
Coming to the carpark off Warrimoo Road
 
Coming to the carpark off Warrimoo Road +
 
Bush next to Warrimoo Trk
 
Bush next to Warrimoo Trk +
 
Warrimoo Trk
 
Warrimoo Trk +

 
The Warrimoo Track
 
The Warrimoo Track +
 
Warrimoo Trk
 
Warrimoo Trk +
 
Goana on tree next to Warrimoo Track
 
Goana on tree next to Warrimoo Track +

 
Warrimoo Track
 
Warrimoo Track +
 
Sinja Huddles Memorial Chair
 
Sinja Huddles Memorial Chair +
 
Warrimoo Track
 
Warrimoo Track +

 
View from Warrimoo Track
 
View from Warrimoo Track +
 
Crossing Cowan creek
 
Crossing Cowan creek +
 
Continuing along the bushtrack
 
Continuing along the bushtrack +

 
Warrimoo Track
 
Warrimoo Track +
 
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 +
 
The track up to the Sphinx
 
The track up to the Sphinx +
 
The Sphinx Track
 
The Sphinx Track +

 
Sphinx track
 
Sphinx track +
 
Sign to Sphinx
 
Sign to Sphinx +
 
Sphinx Track
 
Sphinx Track +

 
Sphinx War Memorial
 
Sphinx War Memorial +
 
The Sphinx War Memorial
 
The Sphinx War Memorial +
 
Sphinx area
 
Sphinx area +

 
Picnic Table at Sphinx
 
Picnic Table at Sphinx +
 
Sphinx war memorial
 
Sphinx war memorial +
 
Sphinx war memorial and flag pole
 
Sphinx war memorial and flag pole +

 
Park area near Sphinx
 
Park area near Sphinx +
 
Sphinx car park
 
Sphinx car park +
 
The Sphinx Memorial driveway
 
The Sphinx Memorial driveway +

 
The Sphinx Memorial gate
 
The Sphinx Memorial gate +
 
Water bubbler at the Sphinx gates
 
Water bubbler at the Sphinx gates +
 
Bobbin Head entrance gate
 
Bobbin Head entrance gate +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx bushwalking track



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

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx 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 3.4km
Time 1 hr 30 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
1.7km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.6km has short steep hills. The remaining (95m) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
2.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 530m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (430m) follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
Around 2.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 1.1km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 2.4km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 960m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 2.3km 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 1.8km 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 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.
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 End of Warrimoo Ave
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) 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 Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.57 km Time = 37 mins
Climb = 152 m Descent = -74 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.
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.

(2.94 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.

(2.95 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

(3.01 km) Sphinx Memorial to Int of Memorial Rd and Sphinx Track
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 88 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 9 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.

(3.1 km) Int of Memorial Rd and Sphinx Track to Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 283 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = 0 m
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 There is free parking available.
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
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 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 the Sphinx.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx
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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
°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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