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Bobbin Head Visitor Centre

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Visit historic Bobbin Head Visitor Centre for information on walking, picnicking and the Aboriginal culture of Ku-ring-gai National Park, a short drive from Sydney.

Visitor centres
688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah, NSW, 2079 - in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays. Closed for lunch from 12pm to 12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.

Please note
Picnic facilities are located at Bobbin Head

Make the most of your day trip to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with a visit to the historic Bobbin Inn, which now houses the visitor centre. The friendly staff can provide the lowdown on walking tracks, paddling routes, or the best picnic spot to suit a family outing or impress your visitors.

Whether you’re picking up a brochure or wanting to discover more about parks and reserves in the northern Sydney area, find out about the plants and animals of the region before heading out. You can enquire about school and group activities and tours, as well as pick up a great range of books, maps and souvenirs with an Australian theme.

It’s a short walk along Birrawanna walking track to nearby Kalkari Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the Aboriginal people of this area. Suitably inspired, head out with a picnic and enjoy your day exploring Sydney’s nature playground.

Nearby there’s a children’s playground that’s sure to be a hit with kids and you can pick up a coffee at the Bobbin Inn Café or tuck into some beautiful Mediterranean cuisine at Galley Foods Restaurant and Kiosk.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Operated by

  • Bobbin Head Visitor Centre
  • 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
  • 02 9472 8949
  • 688 Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah, NSW 2079

Park info

  • in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • The entrance to Bobbin Head and Appletree Bay is closed from 8pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 5.30pm to 6am the rest of the year.
    • Gates to West Head are closed from 8.30pm to 6am during daylight savings periods, and from 6pm to 6am the rest of the year.
  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Other fees:

    A $3 per adult, $2 per child landing fee may apply for day visitors to The Basin campground. Please pay at the campground wharf. Landing fees are included in your camping fees.

    Group bookings:

    Under the Plan of Management for this park, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 40 or more people planning to visit this park. Contact the park office before your visit.

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