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Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route

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Updated: 23/04/2015 01:54 PM

“One of my friends suggested this track, so we grabbed our bikes and went for it. We had the wind in our hair, the scent of gums in the air, and a smile on our faces.”

For an exhilarating day trip that’s sure to get the adrenaline flowing, try Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route, via Bobbin Head. It’s a great introduction to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and bound to invigorate the senses, bringing a healthy glow to the cheeks.

From Mount Colah Station, head south before turning left into Ku-ring-gai Chase Road. You’ll soon be winding your way through the park, revelling in the sights and sounds of the bush. It’s 8km to Apple Tree Bay, with a great downhill run. Upon reaching Bobbin Head, stop for a refreshing swim and a well-deserved picnic lunch. Don’t forget to check out the historic Bobbin Inn Visitor Centre.

Following the road round, it’s an uphill climb to the southern park entrance. From here take the short detour to see the fascinating Sphinx Memorial, a replica of the famous sphinx carved out of sandstone. From the edge of the park, it’s an 8km ride along Bobbin head Road, turning south onto Pacific Highway, to Pymble Station.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route is in the Bobbin Head precinct of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The cycle route is best reached by train. To get there:

  • Take the train to either Mount Colah Railway Station or Pymble Railway Station

Check out the Transport Info website for more information.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Mount Colah Railway Station and Pymble Railway Station.

Important info

Distance:

20km (one-way)

Time suggested:

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
  • Toilets and picnic facilities are located at Bobbin Head

Opening hours:

The cycle route takes in Bobbin Head, in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which is:

  • Open 6am – 8pm (Monday – Sunday during daylight savings time)
  • Open 6am – 5.30pm (Monday – Sunday during non-daylight savings time)

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Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

closed areas

Barrenjoey Access trail closed - Barrenjoey Lighthouse (Ends Friday 31 July)

The Barrenjoey Headland Access trail will be closed from Tuesday 7 April to Friday 31 July 2015 to undertake essential track upgrade works.

  • The lighthouse precinct will still be accessible via the Smugglers Track during this period.
For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Ku-ring-gai Chase closures due to storm damage (Ends Friday 1 May)

Due to the heavy rain and high winds experienced across Sydney National Parks recommends that visitors delay their trip until trees and branches have been cleared. Priority will be given to popular picnic areas which are expected to reopen by Monday 27 April 2015. Tracks and trails remain closed and are expected to reopen later next week. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Barrenjoey Head is open to visitors. Closed areas are:
  • West Head Road
  • All tracks and trails.
The Basin Campground is open, access is via boat only until West Head Road reopens.
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route, Birrawanna walking track , Gibberagong walking track , The Basin track and Mackerel track, Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track, Mount Ku-ring-gai track to Berowra Station, Wallaroo walking track , Salvation loop trail, Great North walk – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Willunga Trig walking track, Centre walking track, Waratah walking track , Resolute picnic area, Bobbin Head, Apple Tree picnic area, The Basin picnic area, The Basin campground, Aboriginal Heritage walk, West Head lookout, Sphinx Memorial, Bairne walking track, America Bay walking track, Basin Aboriginal art site, Perimeter trail, Salvation Creek picnic area, Kalkari Discovery Centre, Beechwood Cottage, Great North Walk - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Aboriginal Heritage walk, Red Hands Cave walking track - Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Waratah trail closed weekdays between 30 March to 29 April for maintenance works - Waratah walking track (Ends Wednesday 29 April)

The Waratah trail will be closed for maintenance works weekdays between 7am and 5pm from 30 March to 29 April 2015. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Some machinery operations will be commencing prior and people are asked to exercise caution. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8945 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Mount Colah Station to Pymble Station cycle route, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Photo: Andy Richards