Kayak and coffee at Bobbin Head

B0bbin Head in Sydney’s north is a tranquil getaway frequented by fishos, boaties, kayakers, picnickers and anyone who loves tranquillity that comes with a coffee.

I’ve been coming to Bobbin Head for years, but didn’t realise it had such an interesting history. Originally home to the Guringai people, after colonial settlement it was a haven for escaped convicts and liquor smugglers. But by the late 1800’s it became an ever so genteel playground for wealthy colonials. The fabulously-named Edward Windybank, a boat builder, created a lovely mini resort with houseboats, riverside cottages and entertainment.

Another fabulously-named man, Eccleston du Far, later successfully lobbied for Bobbin Head to become a public reserve, as he was worried about degradation of native plants.

Walking tracks and wharves were constructed, and in 1901, Du Faur helped to pay for a roadway from North Turramurra to Bobbin Head.

Later during the Depression facilities like shelters and toilets were erected, most of which are still in use today.

Fast forward to today and the old-fashioned punts have been replaced by kayaks and even the odd stand-up paddleboard. It’s quite well set up for kayaking, with a dedicated kayak launching ramp upstream by the picnic area and another launch spot at Apple Tree Bay next to the boat launching ramp.

There’s many different directions you can kayak in, depending on whether you want tranquillity, with only other kayaks to say g’day to or want to be more adventurous. Spoiler alert on summer weekends, Apple Tree Bay is superbusy with boaties and jetboaters.

Strong kayakers can go to Cottage Point, approx 14km round trip, but with coffee at Cottage Point.

Speaking of coffee, there are three-ish cafes at Bobbin Head, in personal order of preference.

The Galley – genuinely nice food by the marina with a choice of casual good dining or a kiosk/takeaway. A new thing they have on Saturday arvos is jazz. There’s also free WiFi.

The Bobbin Inn Cafe – a large outdoor area and indoor seating. It’s a nice outlook but the food is generally speaking unexceptional – except for the large lunch meals like fish and salad, which is quite nice.

There’s a basic kiosk at Apple Tree Bay which is only open on weekends but it does the job.


Early morning is best


Ahh the tranquility
Still waters
Art deco flourishes abound
Art deco flourishes abound
Bobbin Inn Cafe dates from the 1930s and offers fish and chips, big brekkies and the like
But the real gourmet noshing happens here at Galley Foods, with a takeaway and outdoor seating and a rather nice restaurant.
Casual outdoor seating at Galley Foods
This takeaway/snack shop is open at Apple Tree Bay on weekends only and does burgers, fast food and sushi


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  1. I love Bobbin Head’s old-world feel. The interpretation boards along the path to the marina and Galley Foods offer a fabulous history of the area and I love that you can see Aboriginal engravings right there beside the car park.

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