2 hrs 45 mins
(0km) Bedford Ave, Turramurra → Int. Darri Track and Malborough Rd Servicetrail
(0.49km) Int. of Darri Track and Malborough Rd Servicetrail → Cowan Creek and Darri track Int.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads north along the service trail, passing a large Scribbly Gum on the right and then heading down the hill. The track continues to wind down to the bottom of the valley where it crosses Cowan Creek and continues along the other side, steadily climbing up the side of the valley until coming to the intersection of the Glengarry Road service trail, and a Darri Track information sign.
(1.52km) Cowan Creek and Darri track Int. → Tokanue Place Track Intersection
(1.75km) Tokanue Place Track Intersection → Waipori Street Track Intersection
(2.07km) Waipori Street Track Intersection → Gould Avenue Creek crossing
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the service trail past the “No Through Road” sign and along the side of the hill, gently undulating until it comes to a small creek crossing, where the service trail becomes a bush track.
(2.47km) Gould Avenue Creek crossing → Int of Darri and Timbarra Road tracks
(3.19km) Int of Darri and Timbarra Road tracks → Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks
(3.72km) Int of Darri and Warrimoo Tracks → Sonja Huddles Chair
(4.57km) Sonja Huddles Chair → Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
(5.09km) Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks → Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail
(6.14km) Int of Sphinx walking Track and Service trail → Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx service trail
(6.15km) Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx fire trail → Sphinx Memorial
(6.21km) Sphinx Memorial → Int of Bobbin Head and the Sphinx Roads
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.
Maps for the Darri and Warrimoo to the Sphinx Memorial 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.
|Time||2 hrs 45 mins|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 3.2km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (95m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
4.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (430m) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 4.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 3.9km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 2.7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
Around 6km 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.
Around 4km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.5km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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.
Total climbing: 189m
3.4 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
Named after the traditional owners, the Darri People, this track starts at Bedford Ave, Turramurra. The track follows a narrow piece of bushland along the upper reaches of Cowan Creek, into Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. The official Darri track finishes at the intersection with Warrimoo track, however this walk continues back to Warrimoo Rd.
Total climbing: 200m
4.2 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
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.
Total climbing: 280m
6.2 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This pleasant walk starts in North Turramurra and follows the Darri and Warrimoo tracks into the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk follows the picturesque Cowan Creek through one of the most serene parts of the park, and finishes at Bobbin Head, a great place to enjoy the cafe or have a picnic lunch.
Total climbing: 457m
9.4 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
This great walk starts at the Sphinx Memorial and loops around via Cowan Creek, exploring diverse environments as it changes altitude. There is an optional side trip to the Empire Marina and cafe for a recharge before the climb back up to the Sphinx. This walk provides some great water views of the Cowan Creek and the interesting rock formations along its shores.
Total climbing: 499m
9.6 km Circuit
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
This great circuit walk enjoys a variety of landscapes in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk starts at the historic Sphinx war memorial and follows a series of popular walking tracks that loop around Bobbin Head, including historic Aboriginal engravings, temperate rainforest and a lookout. As the track passes through Bobbin Head, it provides a great opportunity to take a break and pick up a snack at the kiosk before continuing on the return leg.
Total climbing: 619m
12.9 km Circuit
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
Other Nearby walks
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
This walk explores part of the northern section of Garigal National Park and the upper reaches of Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows a service trail from Douglas Street, St Ives, to cross Middle Harbour Creek, then explores a large rock platform with the Cascades. The cascades themselves are not huge, but the rock platform, rock pools, and the cascades combine to form a great place to explore and have a snack before the return journey.
Total climbing: 171m
3.5 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This walk explores a section of Garigal National Park from St Ives following service trails through the forest and into the valley. The cascades, from which this track derives its name, are at the junction of Middle Harbour and Frenchs creeks. After taking time to explore the rock platform, this walk continues along service trail to Stone Pde, Davidson.
Total climbing: 117m
3.2 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
Starting at Cambourne Ave, St Ives, this walks explores the ridges and valleys of the upper reaches of the Middle Harbour Creek in Garigal National Park. The walk follows service trails, and crosses several creeks along the way. The Lower Cambourne waterhole is a great spot to rest and enjoy a snack whilst enjoying the peace and quiet.
Total climbing: 245m
5.5 km One way
2 hrs 15 mins
This pleasant walk starts in the outskirts of St Ives and follows several tracks to explore a section of the Garigal National Park. The walk follows the Upper Cambourne Track down into Garigal National Park, then the Lower Cambourne Track into the valley, and the Bare Creek Track, through the forest. The walk then follows the Cascades Track to climb out of the valley. There is an optional side trip to the Cascades.
Total climbing: 204m
4.4 km Circuit
This is a pleasant walk exploring the Sheldon Forest from the 1st Turramurra Scout Hall to Troon place in Pymble. The forest is one of the few remaining pieces of the Blue Gum high forest in the Sydney Basin, and is supported by community bushcare programs. This walk meanders through rainforest for the most part, following a stream that boasts a number of small waterfalls.
Total climbing: 33m
1.8 km One way
This walk starts in St Ives and follows the Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks down to Middle Harbour Creek, crossing the creek at the stepping stones and continuing to Davidson Picnic area. Much of this walk follows Middle Harbour Creek, providing great water views and passing some interesting sandstone caves along the way. The Davidson park picnic area is a great place for a rest and play after this walk.
Total climbing: 399m
9 km One way
4.7 km Return
This pleasant walk follows the pipeline, from Hunter Avenue in St Ives, to John Oxley Drive, Davidson. The walk follows the pipeline down into the valley and crosses Middle Harbour Creek (via a quick upstream detour to the Bungaroo Track crossing) before climbing out of the valley to John Oxley Drive.
Total climbing: 213m
4.7 km One way
2 hrs 15 mins
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.
Total climbing: 94m
5 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
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.
Total climbing: 180m
6.5 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
8.2 km Return
3 hrs 15 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
Short URL = http://wild.tl/dawttsm
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.