Apple Tree Bay
(0km) Apple Tree Bay Kiosk → Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesbury Track
(0.17km) Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Apple Tree Flat bushtrack. → Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area
Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area
(0.4km) Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area → Apple Tree Flat Lookout
Apple Tree Flat Lookout
(0.4km) Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area → National Parks Regional Office
NPWS North Sydney Regional Office
(0.45km) National Parks Regional Office → Bobbin Head Kiosk
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Kalkari’ arrow along the track which climbs up the ridge. The track winds steeply up the long, rocky hill until it climbs up through a cleft in a rock, then flattens out. A short distance later, the track again starts to climb up the ridge, winding up a long set of wooden steps. The track then flattens again and comes to an intersection and a sign pointing back towards ‘Regional Office’.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Bobbin Head’ arrow along the track, winding down and along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to the left. After a while, the track comes to an intersection with the Birrawanna track, and a sign pointing back towards ‘Regional Office’.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Bobbin Head’ sign east and gently down through the tall wooded forest. After about 400m this track passes between two piles of disused sandstone blocks then about 30m later leads past an intersection with an informal track in a casuarina forest (on your right). The main track continues straight, gently downhill for 80m where this walk almost completely flattens out for about 100m. The track then begins to wind down a series of timber and stone steps for about 300m to find a flat sandstone rock platform beside a large angophora with filtered views over Cowan Creek. From here the rocky track bends right and heads downhill for another 30m to pass through a tunnel formed under a sandstone overhang, then about 30m further downhill this walk follows a metal handrail down some steps. Here the track then zig-zags downhill for about 60m before heading down some sandstone stairs, where the track comes to the edge of the Bobbin Head clearing, marked with a ‘Welcome to the Birrawanna Track’ sign. This walk now veers left and follows the brick paved footpath, to come to the now visible ‘Bobbin Inn’ cafe, just before Ku-ring-gai Chase Rd.
Bobbin Inn Cafe
Bobbin Inn Cafe
(2.56km) Bobbin Inn Cafe → Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks
Veer left: From beside Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road, this walk heads down a few steps to cross a small flat concrete bridge, to then follow the ‘Birrawanna Track’ sign up the timber steps. This walk leads quite steeply up the track as it zig-zags up a series of timber and rock steps for just over 300m to find the top of small rocky ridge. Here the walk leads down a series of timber steps for about 50m to cross a moist gully that is home to a disused telegraph pole. Now this walk follows the clear rocky track leads uphill for just shy of 200m to come to a faint intersection at the top of the ridge (where the lookout track is on your right).
(3.01km) Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks → Cockle Creek Lookout
Cockle Creek Lookout
(3.01km) Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks → Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Apple Tree Flat bushtrack.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk head gently uphill across the grassy clearing, veering left a little to head across the car park and come the the driveway entrance of the sandstone National Parks Regional Office building.
Veer right: From the the NPWS Regional office, this walk heads out of the car park and crosses Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road, veering right to find a small clearing on the other side. From the clearing, the walk heads down some stone steps to almost immediately come to an intersession marked with an ‘Apple Tree Flat’ sign just beside the picnic area.
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Apple Tree Bay’ sign downhill along the clear track. The track soon bends left then after 30m veers right at a faint intersection to follow the ‘HH’ AND NPWS arrow post further downhill. The track the winds down the side of a gully for about 200m to pass through a sharp left hand hair pin bend. Here the walk continues downhill for just over 30m to an intersection with the sealed Apple Tree Bay road where a ‘Regional Office’ sign points back up the hill.
(3.7km) Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesbury Track → Apple Tree Bay Kiosk
Maps for the Apple Tree Bay Birrawanna Loop walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Hornsby||1:25 000 Map Series||91304S HORNSBY||NSW-91304S|
|Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map||1:40 000 Map Series||CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map||CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|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||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
1.5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 820m is very steep and the remaining 500m is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 350m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (340m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 3.2km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 670m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 3.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 690m requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 3.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 2.9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 940m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
1.1 km Return
4.4 km Return
This great circuit walk enjoys some views of Cowan Creek and explores the many ferns through the open forest. The walk starts at the Kalkari Discovery Centre and follows the Birrawanna Loop Track down to Bobbin Head, a large picnic area with kiosk, toilets, BBQ’s and more. The walk then continues up through the bush to the National Park Regional Office, before returning to the Kalkari.
Total climbing: 298m
5.2 km Circuit
2 hrs 15 mins
Exploring Cockle Creek at water level and Ku-ring-gai National Park from the ridge, this is an enjoyable short walk to Mt Kuring-gai. Pop into the cafe at Bobbin Head for a cup of coffee or a light meal. The short side trip to the lookout up on the ridge offers an amazing view. As there are no buses to Bobbin Head, you will need to plan a car shuffle or ring a taxi.
Total climbing: 364m
5.3 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Following Cowan Creek, this walk is one of the most pleasant in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, with great views over the water as well as nice views from the ridge at Berowra. Be sure to stop at the cafe for a cuppa in Bobbin Head before going home. Apple Tree Bay is also a very pleasant spot to take a break and enjoy the day.
Total climbing: 473m
8.7 km One way
This walk starts at the Sphinx War Memorial and follows some well maintained and popular walking tracks down to Cowan Creek. Enjoy the water views as you head through Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. The walk continues through the National Park and up the hill to Mt Kuring-gai. There are plenty of great spots to stop and rest, including a cafe, kiosk and picnic area at Bobbin Head.
Total climbing: 673m
10.7 km One way
4 hrs 45 mins
Starting at the Sphinx War Memorial in North Turramurra, this walk follows a series of well-used tracks exploring the waterways and Bobbin Head. The walk drops through Bobbin Head picnic area before passing through Apple Tree Bay on its way to Mt Kuring-gai. The scenic views and variety of things to do along this track make it a fantastic walk. There are a couple of Cafe’s at Bobbin Head to add to this journey.
Total climbing: 518m
11 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Starting in North Turramurra, this walk follows the Darri and Warrimoo Tracks through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and down along the picturesque Cowan Creek. Bobbin Head makes a great spot to take a break and have some lunch at the cafe, kiosk or picnic area. From Bobbin Head, the track continues through Apple Tree Bay, following Cowan Creek for a little while before climbing up and out of the valley to Mt Kuring-gai station.
Total climbing: 852m
14.6 km One way
6 hrs 30 mins
Starting with a walk through the streets of Wahroonga, this walk then heads bush, following the Gibberagong Track to Bobbin Head. After a picnic or a bite to eat from the kiosk, the walk then heads up the Birrawanna track to lead to Apple Tree Bay. From here the track follows the picturesque Cowan Creek for a while before heading up the ridge to Mt Kuring-gai Station.
Total climbing: 607m
14.7 km One way
5 hrs 30 mins
Other Nearby walks
This walk explores three valleys, with great displays of wild flowers in spring, and some nice sandstone overhangs. The section between Mt Kuring-gai and the end of Calna Creek is particularly nice, and Naa Badu Lookout is well worth the small side trip. Take the time to enjoy the many creek side rest areas along the way.
Total climbing: 553m
9.7 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
Ridge tops, grasslands, creek crossings and spectacular views are all part of this walk as it ventures from the ridge above Berowra Creek down to water level and back up again. Take the short and free ferry ride across the creek to get lunch at Berowra Waters. Conserve your energy for the steep sections between Berowra Waters and Cowan.
Total climbing: 1147m
17.2 km One way
From the ridge above Berowra Creek, this walk goes steeply down into the valley following Calna Creek. The narrow bush track section is quite beautiful with plenty of small creek crossings and sandstone overhangs. The grasslands section, just before coming to the junction of Calna and Berowra Creeks, is also very pretty.
Total climbing: 425m
9.4 km Return
This is a short and pretty walk that can be enjoyed by everyone. It makes a nice addition to a picnic or paddle at Bobbin Head. Starting from the southern end of the Bobbin Head picnic area, you will enjoy great views of Cockle Creek from the bridge, then meander along the boardwalk through the mangroves. There are a information signs to help you learn more about the environment and plenty of opportunities to see the mangroves and crabs up close.
Total climbing: 17m
552 m Return
This pleasant walk starts from the southern end of Bobbin Head, and enjoys blend of mangrove and rainforest environs. The well-signposted track gives you the opportunity to see the mangrove wildlife up close, and also a historic Aboriginal axe grinding stone and some temperate rainforest.
Total climbing: 82m
1.6 km Return
This pleasant walk starts with a wander through the interesting Kalkari Discovery Center. Enjoy the displays and chat with the volunteers before heading out the back door to find the rest of the walk. The walk follows the concrete path past more information signs and a lovely pond. As would wander through the large fenced enclosure keep an eye out for wallabies, bush turkeys and other animals. The main lookout provides stunning views and well worth spending time to enjoy.
Total climbing: 25m
798 m Circuit
5.2 km Return
1 hr 45 mins
This walk to Smiths Creek follows a wide trail for most of the way, however it is well worth the walk, for Smiths Creek is a lovely spot with open grasslands and a creek to explore. The optional side trip to Wilkins Viewpoint is also worthwhile, with a fabulous view into Cowan Creek – consider including it on the return journey, to break up the walk home.
Total climbing: 576m
16.1 km Return
This Perimeter Trail walk contours gently around the northern side of Terrey Hills on a wide mostly level trail, with occasional views across Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. However, it is the side trips that make this walk truly worthwhile – if you are only going to do one side trip, the lookdown into Cowan Creek from Wilkins Viewpoint is fabulous. With a variety of side trip options and easy access to the start and finish, this walk is well worth considering.
Total climbing: 214m
7.2 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This Perimeter Trail walk to Wilkins Viewpoint, near Terrey Hills offers a beautiful view into the waters of Cowan Creek. The setting and views at Wilkins Viewpoint are worth the walking, which is mostly along wide trails. This is a good walk in which to see some typical Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park scenery.
Total climbing: 137m
5.5 km Return
A less frequented track, this rough, steep bush track abounds with wildlife including goannas and black snakes. Slade Lookout is definitely worth the short trip along the management trail to see good views over the marina at Bobbin Head. The mangroves at Duffy’s Wharf (Cowan Creek) are also teeming with wildlife.
Total climbing: 214m
2.5 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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