4 hrs 45 mins
(0.06km) Int of Sphinx Memorial Track and Sphinx service trail → Int of Sphinx walking Track and Service trail
(0.07km) Int of Sphinx walking Track and management trail → Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks
(1.12km) Int of Sphinx walking and Warrimoo Tracks → Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks
1 hr 32 mins
(4.83km) Int of Warrimoo and Bobbin Head Tracks → Empire Marina
Empire Marina – Galley Foods cafe
(5km) Empire Marina → Bobbin Inn
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the driveway out of the car park a short distance to the intersection with Bobbin Head Road, just beside the bridge. Here there is a toilet block (ahead and on the left), a shelter and phone both (just to your left).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath beside the road over the wide bridge, crossing Cowan Creek. On the far side of the bridge, this walk continues beside the road along side ‘Orchard Park’ to pass a side road (on the left). Just 60m later along the main road (Ku-ring-gai Chase Road) this walk comes to the end of a small set of car parks just beside the ‘Bobbin Inn’ building (on your left), home to cafe and ‘information centre’.
Bobbin Inn Cafe
(5.42km) Bobbin Inn Cafe → Bottom of the Birrawana track steps
(5.57km) Int of Birrawana track and Ku-Ring-Gai Chase Road → Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks
(5.87km) Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks → Cockle Creek Lookout
Cockle Creek Lookout
(5.87km) Int of Birrawana and Cockle Creek Lookout tracks → Birrawana Loop Int (behind the Regional Office)
NPWS North Sydney Regional Office
(6.24km) Birrawana Loop Int (behind the Regional Office) → National Parks Regional Office
Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area
(6.29km) National Parks Regional Office → Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area
(6.33km) Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area → Apple Tree Flat Lookout
Apple Tree Flat Lookout
(6.33km) Apple Tree Flat Picnic Area → Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Apple Tree Flat bushtrack.
(6.56km) Int of Apple Tree Bay Road and Harbour to Hawkesbury Track → Apple Tree Bay Kiosk
Apple Tree Bay
(6.73km) Apple Tree Bay → Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks
(7.67km) Int of Mt Kuring-gai and Berowra Tracks → Int of Lookout and Mt Kuring-gai Tracks
(9.6km) Int of Lookout and Mt Kuringai Tracks → Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street
(10.26km) Corner of Harwood Avenue and Young Street → Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station
Maps for the Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai 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||4 hrs 45 mins|
|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||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
5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 2.2km is very steep and the remaining 1.2km is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (1.1km) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.3km is clearly signposted.
Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.1km 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 4.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
1.1 km Return
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
This walk enjoys some great views and quiet bushland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. From Apple Tree Bay, the walk soon heads over the hill and loops down to Bobbin Head, with the option of a bite to eat at the kiosk before returning along a similar but different route to Apple Tree Bay. The walk has some steep sections but is well worth the effort.
Total climbing: 281m
3.9 km Circuit
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
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
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 nice walk starts from North Turramurra and follows the Darri and Warrimoo tracks into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk follows Cowan Creek through the lush green forest, then takes the Sphinx Track, climbing out of the valley to the war memorial, finishing on Bobbin Head Road.
Total climbing: 366m
6.6 km One way
2 hrs 45 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 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
From the ridges above Cowan Creek, this walk takes in some great lookouts (especially around Mt Kuring-gai) as well as enjoying an extremely pleasant bush track along the creek. Easily accessible by public transport, this track gives walkers a good taste of what Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has to offer. Be sure to spare some time for a dawdle around the bays on Cowan Creek.
Total climbing: 551m
9.4 km One way
4 hrs 30 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
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
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
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
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
4.4 km Return
This short walk links Clarinda St and Simon Pl in Hornsby Heights. The walk follows a management trail and is one of three dog friendly walks in Berowra Valley Regional Park. Starting at the wetlands at the end of Clarinda St you follow the Great North Walk alternate route until the turn off to the Simon Place. Dogs on leash are most welcome on this section of the trail.
Total climbing: 22m
499 m One way
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
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
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
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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* KML (google earth file)
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Special Maps/ brochures
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