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Gibberagong walking track

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