Bobbin Head in Kuringai Chase National Park is my backyard. In the cooler months I go bushwalking and in summer I go kayaking. (Of course, anytime of year is good for a coffee and chocolate brownie from one of the two cafes.)
I’ve done many of the walks countless times, but I’ve never completed the Kuringai Station to Berowra Station walk. Nor had I done the Gibberagong Track, so it was great to revisit some old faves with a friend recently and check out some new ones.
There’s plenty to choose from no matter how much time you have available or your fitness level. Here’s a sample:
Bobbin Head Loop – a classic, which can be sliced and diced a few ways, either starting at the marina for a flat walk adjacent to the water followed by some uphill then a downhillish stint on the firetrail – or in reverse depending on whether you like your uphill at the beginning or the end. In the middle is the Spinx Memorial dating from the 1920’s to commemorate WWI and a small picnic area with the most sumptuous waratahs I’ve ever seen.
Boardwalk and Gibberagong Track – the boardwalk is super-easy and family friendly with some lovely scenery and Aboriginal carvings. After around fifteen minutes of walking it morphs into the Gibberagong walk. This is for moderately experienced bushwalkers as, although it’s not difficult, it’s not nearly as well-marked as other walks in the park. But if you stick with it, the track leads to some bush swimming holes. Good for summer!
Mt Kuringai to to Berowra Station – hands-down my fave walk. It is well-marked and affords great watery views on the way down from Mt Kuringai Station. Then it leads you alongside the water on a simply delightful track before a short and not-too-steep ascent to Berowra. (Optional detour to Apple Tree Bay where there is coffee on weekends!)
Birrawanna Track – easy peasy 4km loop track, with lovely water views and a ferny valley. Again the beauty of this walk is you can approach it several different ways – either start at the top at Kalkari Visitor Centre or at the bottom at the Bobbin Head Carpark – depending on whether you like your coffee at the start and end of the walk or in the middle!