Bobbin Head Track
Darug Country

1 h 45 min to 3 h 30 min

4.4 km
oneway

↑ 59 m
↓ -209 m

Moderate track
This walk from the Turramurra entry to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, this is an alternative way to get down to Bobbin Head. This walk mostly follows the old road down to Bobbin Head, starting along the flat management trail with its red dirt and high heath. About halfway along, the track becomes steeper as it winds down the hill, and then joins up with a bush track leading through the rocks to Warrimoo Track, which you then follow to Bobbin Head. 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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Bobbin Head Track trackhead. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign at the top of Bobbin Head Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bobbin Head Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bobbin head Trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bobbin Head track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Shade spot on Bobbin Head Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Water tank. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View over Cowan Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Gate at end of service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Top of the bushtrack at the lower end of Bobbin head trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bushtrack at lower end of Bobbin Head trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from the lower end of Bobbin Head trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bottom end of Bobbin Head track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Rocks at lower end of Bobbin Head track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Steps at bottom of Bobbin Head Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrimoo track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Track behind the marina. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Passing through the marina. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Cafe at Empire Marina. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Empire Marina. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bobbin head area near marina. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bobbin head road bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic shelter at Bobbin head. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Kiosk 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 At the intersection of Bobbin Head Road & Bobbin Head Trail (-33.6885241,151.1524673)
Mode Bus Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road Offramp
  • Turn on to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road Offramp then drive for 10.5 km
  • Turn sharp left onto Bobbin Head Trail and drive for another 4 m
Finish (-33.6596461,151.1591056)
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 Bobbin Head Road, about 100 north of the toll booth, the walk follows the 'Bobbin Head Track' sign up through the metal gate and along the dirt management trail for a short while to the signposted intersection of the 'Sphinx track' (a management trail).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Bobbin Head Road & Bobbin Head Trail Start heading along Bobbin Head Trail (a vehicle track).
There is water tap (about 55 m back from the start).
After 85 m head through/around the gate.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Bobbin Head Trail & Sphinx Trail) continue straight, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 550 m (at the intersection of Jacombs Trail & Bobbin Head Trail) continue straight, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 335 m continue straight, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 160 m find the "Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site" (15 m on your left).
Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site
Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site

The Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site, is signposted off the side of the old Bobbin Head Road and is home to a series of engravings on a sandstone rock platform. The engravings are behind a series timber log barriers designed to reduce further wear on these faint engravings, please stay off the engravings area. If you look carefully you may see the engravings of a wallaby, gliding possum, bird, goanna the Information board also shows there are two emus.
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The Bobbin Head Track Aboriginal Engraving Site, is signposted off the side of the old Bobbin Head Road and is home to a series of engravings on a sandstone rock platform. The engravings are behind a series timber log barriers designed to reduce further wear on these faint engravings, please stay off the engravings area. If you look carefully you may see the engravings of a wallaby, gliding possum, bird, goanna the Information board also shows there are two emus.

After another 1.4 km veer left.
After another 105 m continue straight.
After another 160 m veer left.
After another 45 m turn left, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 55 m turn right.
After another 20 m turn right, to head along Bobbin Head Trail.
After another 180 m veer right.
After another 210 m turn left, to head along Warrimoo Track.
After another 150 m continue straight, to head along Warrimoo Track.
After another 40 m find the "Empire Marina - Galley Foods cafe" (20 m on your right).
Empire Marina - Galley Foods cafe
Empire Marina - Galley Foods cafe

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
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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

Then pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 20 m veer left.
After another 195 m head through/around the gate.

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Turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 40 m continue straight.
After another 35 m turn right, to head along Bobbin Head Road.
After another 10 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the toilet (30 m on your left).
Then cross the Bobbin Head Bridge (about 60 m long)
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road.
After another 60 m come to the end.
About 25 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 35 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.

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Terrain
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Bobbin Head Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.4 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 4.2 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
4 km[toilet]
Shelter
4.2 km[shelter]
Toilet
4.2 km[toilet]
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