Gibberagong Track
Darug Country

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

6.4 km
oneway

↑ 91 m
↓ -257 m

Hard track
Starting in suburban Wahroonga, this well-maintained track follows Cockle Creek down to Bobbin Head in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There are a number of great waterviews, and two short side trips to add to this venture. The lower section the walk follows a boardwalk, getting up close to the mangrove wildlife. The walk ends at the popular Bobbin Head picnic area and kiosk, giving you the chance to relax and reflect on the journey. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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End of Grosvenor St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Top of Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Near the top of the Gibberagong Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The top part of the Gibbergong track is mostly service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Enjoying the dry forest on the Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong track South of Lovers Jump creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Signpost to Bobbin head on Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong track near Lovers Jump creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lovers Jump Creek crossing on Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong track along side the upper Cockle Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Shady forest on the Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong water hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong water hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sandstone overhang on Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track beside cliff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong following Cockle Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cockle Creek on Gibbergong track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong track south of the Rainforest track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Gibbergong track on the flats near Bobbin Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Intersection of Gibbergong and Rainforest track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rainforest Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bobbin Head Rainforest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Axe groves site. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Axe Groves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track passing through cleft in rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Gibbergong track using stone stairs near the end of the boardwalk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
End of the Gibbergong boardwalk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Up close to the Crabs and Magroves. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Lookout on the boardwalk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bridge over Cockle Creek in at Bobbin Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Foot bridge at Bobbin Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Footpath along Cockle Creek Bobbin Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Southern section of Bobbin Head playground and pine trees. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kiosk at Bobbin Head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.6960922,151.126699)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Junction Road
  • Turn on to Grosvenor Street then drive for 1.6 km
Finish (-33.6601046,151.1594276)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car   (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the very end of Grosvenor Rd (Wahroonga), this walk follows the management trail gently downhill around the locked green metal gate and past the 'No through road' sign. The trail leads through a dip among a scribly gum forest for just over 100m to an intersection with a track (on your left)marked with a 'Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - Gibberagon Trail sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 25 m pass the sign (45 m on your left).
After another 60 m head through/around the gate.
After another 40 m veer right.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 270 m continue straight.
After another 850 m head down the earthen steps (about 245 m long)
After another 400 m turn left.
After another 115 m cross the ford.
Then come to the viewpoint (on your left).
After another 10 m come to the "Gibberagong waterhole".
Gibberagong waterhole
Gibberagong waterhole

Gibberagong waterhole is an informal name for a wide section of Cockle Creek that run for over 150m north of the confluence with Lovers Jump creek. This secluded and shady spot is a great place to sit and enjoy the waterholes, cascading water and the view to the sandy banks on the other side. If you sit quietly enough you may see lyrebirds scratching through the bush by the creek.
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Gibberagong waterhole is an informal name for a wide section of Cockle Creek that run for over 150m north of the confluence with Lovers Jump creek. This secluded and shady spot is a great place to sit and enjoy the waterholes, cascading water and the view to the sandy banks on the other side. If you sit quietly enough you may see lyrebirds scratching through the bush by the creek.

After another 1.4 km cross the ford.
After another 400 m cross the ford.
After another 130 m head down the 9 earthen steps (about 10 m long)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bobbin Head Rainforest. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.1 km continue straight.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 25 m find the "Aboriginal Axe Grindings" (7 m on your right).
Aboriginal Axe Grindings
Aboriginal Axe Grindings

This protected site clearly shows 23 oval-shaped grooves that were worn by Indigenous Australian people, making axe heads from hard rock. Using a blank axe head, the Aboriginal people would use this rock platform, with water from the nearby creek, to sharpen the stone into a useful tool. The rubbing ground the axe head to a sharp edge and left behind these tell-tale signs.
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This protected site clearly shows 23 oval-shaped grooves that were worn by Indigenous Australian people, making axe heads from hard rock. Using a blank axe head, the Aboriginal people would use this rock platform, with water from the nearby creek, to sharpen the stone into a useful tool. The rubbing ground the axe head to a sharp edge and left behind these tell-tale signs.

Then head up the 6 earthen steps (about 5 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 5 earthen steps (about 6 m long)
After another 8 m head up the 4 earthen steps
After another 35 m head up the 24 earthen steps (about 25 m long)
After another 150 m head down the stone steps (about 45 m long)
After another 20 m come to the "Trip Hazard".
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

A section of board is missing leaving a 7cm gap in the boardwalk. Other gaps on this section of the walk may develop.
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A section of board is missing leaving a 7cm gap in the boardwalk. Other gaps on this section of the walk may develop.

After another 110 m find the "Trip Hazard" (on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

Approximately 120m of elevated timber boardwalk has no handrails, edge capping or markings - there is a risk of falling from the boardwalk. The board walk is 1.7m wide, with approximately 2cm gaps between boards.
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Approximately 120m of elevated timber boardwalk has no handrails, edge capping or markings - there is a risk of falling from the boardwalk. The board walk is 1.7m wide, with approximately 2cm gaps between boards.

Continue straight.
Then find the "Cockle Creek viewing platform" (on your right).
Cockle Creek viewing platform
Cockle Creek viewing platform

Part way along the timber Bobbin Head boardwalk is a partially fenced timber viewing platform. There is a beautiful view over Cockle Creek and a 'Teeming with life' information sign to enjoy. The platform area is 7.3m deep and 3.9m wide.
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Part way along the timber Bobbin Head boardwalk is a partially fenced timber viewing platform. There is a beautiful view over Cockle Creek and a 'Teeming with life' information sign to enjoy. The platform area is 7.3m deep and 3.9m wide.

After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 50 m long)
After another 80 m find the "Wheelchair Steep" (on your right).
Wheelchair Steep
Wheelchair Steep

The bridge over Cockle Creek is 1.8m wide, has 1m high handrail and a timber decking. The steepest section is 5.3° (1:10 or 9.2% grade). The bridge is 40m long.
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The bridge over Cockle Creek is 1.8m wide, has 1m high handrail and a timber decking. The steepest section is 5.3° (1:10 or 9.2% grade). The bridge is 40m long.

Then pass the car park (70 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the park (75 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 15 m find the "Seat" (on your right).
Seat
Seat

A timber slat bench seat, 43cm high, 30cm deep and 1.6m wide with a 41cm high backrest. The seat is on concrete beside the track.
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A timber slat bench seat, 43cm high, 30cm deep and 1.6m wide with a 41cm high backrest. The seat is on concrete beside the track.

After another 35 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 55 m find the "Picnic Table" (9 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A series of 3 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 74cm high, 74cm deep and 2.9m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 23cm deep and 1.8m wide (no backrest). The tables are centred on 3.5x4.5m concrete slabs. Access over grass.
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A series of 3 timber slat picnic tables and bench seats. The tables are 74cm high, 74cm deep and 2.9m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 23cm deep and 1.8m wide (no backrest). The tables are centred on 3.5x4.5m concrete slabs. Access over grass.

Then find the "Picnic Table" (9 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 74cm high, 74cm deep and 2.9m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 23cm deep and 1.8m wide (no backrest). The table is centered on a 3.5x4.5m concrete slab.
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 74cm high, 74cm deep and 2.9m wide. The seats are 40cm high, 23cm deep and 1.8m wide (no backrest). The table is centered on a 3.5x4.5m concrete slab.

Continue straight.
After another 15 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
Then find the "Wheelchair Rough" (10 m on your left).
Wheelchair Rough
Wheelchair Rough

There is a single ramp to access the path from the car park. The concrete ramp is 1.2m wide. The ramp is in a marked parking bay and may be blocked by a car.
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There is a single ramp to access the path from the car park. The concrete ramp is 1.2m wide. The ramp is in a marked parking bay and may be blocked by a car.

After another 8 m find the "Parking Accessible" (10 m on your left).
Parking Accessible
Parking Accessible

There are many car parking bays around Bobbin Head Picnic Area. There are two marked mobility parking bays at the southern end. The parking area is tarmac, 2.8m wide and 5.8m deep.
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There are many car parking bays around Bobbin Head Picnic Area. There are two marked mobility parking bays at the southern end. The parking area is tarmac, 2.8m wide and 5.8m deep.

After another 60 m continue straight.
Then pass the BBQ (40 m on your left).
After another 95 m pass the playground (95 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 35 m pass the toilet (90 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 65 m pass a seat (25 m on your left).
After another 5 m continue straight.
After another 6 m pass the BBQ (90 m on your left).
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 9 m pass the picnic table (30 m on your left).
After another 75 m pass a seat (30 m on your left).
Then pass the shelter (100 m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (100 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the BBQ (100 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the toilet (105 m on your left).
After another 6 m find the "Toilet Accessible" (100 m on your left).
Toilet Accessible
Toilet Accessible

Two accessible unisex toilet toilets. There are handrails, a basin with running water. Door is 90cm wide. Access is via concreate path from the carpark. The toilet is located at the edge of 'The Station' BBQ area.
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Two accessible unisex toilet toilets. There are handrails, a basin with running water. Door is 90cm wide. Access is via concreate path from the carpark. The toilet is located at the edge of 'The Station' BBQ area.

Then pass the toilet (75 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the picnic table (35 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the shelter (70 m on your right).
After another 30 m pass the park (85 m on your right).
Then head through the bollard.
Then pass the picnic table (80 m on your left).
After another 25 m turn around.
About 25 m past the end is a car park.
About 175 m past the end is a toilet.
About 40 m past the end is "Bobbin Head".
Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head

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', built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe. 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 and dotted with picnic tables, electric BBQs, shelters and a large playground. There are toilets nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables that can be booked NPWS. The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park) area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter, surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters, 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 and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant and public toilets.
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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', built in the 1930s - it is now the park information center and cafe. 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 and dotted with picnic tables, electric BBQs, shelters and a large playground. There are toilets nearby, and 'The Station' is a sheltered accessible area with BBQ and tables that can be booked NPWS. The northern Bobbin Head (Orchard Park) area is a more formal picnic area. There is a large picnic shelter, surrounded by 14 smaller octagonal shelters, 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 and a public wharf. The marina is home to a nice restaurant and public toilets.

About 100 m past the end is "National Parks Information Centre".

Mo-Su 10:00-16:00
About 75 m past the end is "Bobbin Inn Cafe".
Bobbin Inn Cafe
Bobbin Inn Cafe

At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building, is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining, 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 available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.
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At the centre of Bobbin Head picnic area, in the old 'Bobbin Inn' building, is a cafe offering inside and outdoor dining, 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 available on the southwestern corner of the building. Ramp access to the information centre through the cafe.

About 115 m past the end is "Welcome to Cockle Creek Lookout Track".
About 120 m past the end is a BBQ.
After another 10 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Bobbin Head Rainforest.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 65 m find the "Aboriginal Axe Grindings" (20 m on your left).
Aboriginal Axe Grindings
Aboriginal Axe Grindings

This protected site clearly shows 23 oval-shaped grooves that were worn by Indigenous Australian people, making axe heads from hard rock. Using a blank axe head, the Aboriginal people would use this rock platform, with water from the nearby creek, to sharpen the stone into a useful tool. The rubbing ground the axe head to a sharp edge and left behind these tell-tale signs.
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This protected site clearly shows 23 oval-shaped grooves that were worn by Indigenous Australian people, making axe heads from hard rock. Using a blank axe head, the Aboriginal people would use this rock platform, with water from the nearby creek, to sharpen the stone into a useful tool. The rubbing ground the axe head to a sharp edge and left behind these tell-tale signs.

After another 140 m come to the end.
"Bobbin Head Rainforest".
Bobbin Head Rainforest
Bobbin Head Rainforest

A well-protected piece of rainforest is found just a short walk from the popular Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The rainforest is distinct when compared to much of the dry eucalypt forests that dominate the area. The rainforest is beside a small creek, just below Bobbin Head Road, and is a safe haven for many birds that frequent the area.
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A well-protected piece of rainforest is found just a short walk from the popular Bobbin Head picnic area in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The rainforest is distinct when compared to much of the dry eucalypt forests that dominate the area. The rainforest is beside a small creek, just below Bobbin Head Road, and is a safe haven for many birds that frequent the area.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 205 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Gibberagong Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6.4 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.1 km apart with the largest gap of 6.3 km.

Toilet: There are 4 on route, on average they are 1.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.1 km.

Seat: There are 7 on route, on average they are 800 m apart with the largest gap of 5.9 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
6.1 km[toilet]
Shelter
6.3 km[shelter]
Toilet
6.3 km[toilet]
Shelter
6.3 km[shelter]
Toilet
6.4 km[toilet]
Toilet
6.4 km[toilet]
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