Mt Ku-ring-gai to Apple Tree Bay and Bobbin Head

Walk Highlights

Mt Ku-ring-gai to Apple Tree Bay and Bobbin Head
  • Distance: 10 km return
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Kuring-gai National Park, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Facilities: cafe, fresh water, toilets, barbecues (all at Bobbin Head)
  • Getting There: Catch a train from Central Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station
  • Highlights: 180 degree views from Houseboat Bay to Cowan Water and Apple Tree Bay, winding your way along Cowan Waters

Walking Track Description

Easily accessed from the city, and with the opportunity for a coffee at the halfway point, this is another great walk for a weekend afternoon. Starting from Mt Ku-ring-gai Station, exit to the east onto Harwood Ave and follow it until it ends, at the entrance to the Ku-ring-gai National Park.

Being a very popular track, the sandy, stony track is very well worn, and easy to follow. For the first two km it’s basically a descent through grassy woodlands, massive boulders and eucalyptus forest. This part of the track is filled with loose stones and exposed tree roots, and at times the track can be quite uneven, because of water erosion. It’s not a difficult track to walk, but it is definitely worth wearing decent shoes.Along the way see if you can spot the Aboriginal middens.

The last part of the descent is pretty steep, and it zigs and zags a few times before ending at Cowan Waters. Now at water level, the now muddy track follows the waterline, never straying more than 5 metres from the water. Along the way there is much evidence of former habitation and industry, such as old boat launches, decaying jettys and even stone steps leading to a rusted-out iron cabin!

Following the water for roughly 1km, the track meets Apple Tree Bay, a favourite family fishing spot with its boat launch and carpark. To continue to Bobbin Head, and the possibility of a cuppa at the Bobbin Head Cafe, follow the water to Mt Ku-ring-gai Rd and continue for another 1.5 km to Bobbin Head.

Heading back to Mt Ku-ring-gai Station is a little more strenuous, as you walk uphill from the water to Mt Ku-ring-gai for the last 2 km, so it’s worth taking a few breaks along the way to admire the view.

Walking Trail Map

(Start at red marker)

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  • 6 Responses to “Mt Ku-ring-gai to Apple Tree Bay and Bobbin Head”

    1. scraps | 7/06/10

      dont spam mail me
      but does this eucalypt forest on this apple tree bay to bobbin head walk have a wet eucalypt forest environment?

    2. admin | 9/06/10

      if by “wet eucalypt forest ” you mean rainforest, then no, but it’s typically shady and lush close to the water at the bottom of the walk

    3. John | 30/09/10

      just wondering and if you can post a comment answering my question soon as possible because i might go fishing this monday at bobbin head, near empire marina , i was just wondering is there a public toliet in empire marina ???

    4. buddy | 24/11/11

      Are dogs allowed here?

    5. admin | 24/11/11

      I don’t believe so, however nearby at the Berowra Valley Regional Park I belive you can

    6. Charles | 1/12/13

      A very good bush walk journey for the Apple Tree Bay.

      However you have stored enough energy before walk through this track which is Rocky & Steep for some seniors. 2013-12-02

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