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