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Gibberagong walking track

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Alerts for Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: closed areas, fire bans

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“The waterbirds were incredible to watch. I had no idea that mangroves were so full of activity both above and below the water.”

A pleasant bush track leading to a scenic waterhole, Gibberagong walking track is an ideal nature day trip for the adventurous bushwalker. The moderate walking track starts at Bobbin Head in the southern section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Taking in unique saltwater wetlands, it’s ideal for wildlife-spotting and birdwatching.

Following Cockle Creek, you’ll reach an easy boardwalk, where grey saltwater mangroves grow in the brackish waters. Beneath your feet, a whole watery ecosystem thrives, with plankton, crabs and shellfish. You’re more likely to see wading birds like herons, spoonbills and ibises looking for snacks. You might even glimpse an azure kingfisher darting amongst the mangroves.

The track winds through the bush, crossing the creek several times before arriving at a large waterhole. Enjoy a leisurely picnic before heading back, or hold out for an indulgent lunch at one of the delicious eateries at Bobbin Head.

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Getting there

Getting there:

On entering Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, take Bobbin Head Road through North Turramurra, or Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah, near Hornsby.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Bobbin Head.

Important info

Distance:

4km (one-way)

Time suggested:

3 hours each way

Difficulty:

Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Strong rips and currents may be present in the waters along this walk, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.
  • Toilets and picnic facilities area located at Bobbin Head


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- Alerts

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Bobbin head Information Centre access
Due to necessary construction works to the entrance, customers may access the Bobbin Head Information Centre through the Bobbin Head Cafe Wednesday's to Monday's. The Information Centre is not be accessible to visitors on Tuesdays, but remains open for phone and email enquiries. Throughout Tuesday exemption applications can be completed at the Operations Office on Ku-ring-gai Chase Road. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced during this time. For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.


Locations affected: Bobbin Head, Bobbin Head Information Centre

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open.

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Gibberagong track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards/NSW Government