5 hrs

12.9 km Circuit

619 m

Hard track
This great circuit walk enjoys a variety of landscapes in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The walk starts at the historic Sphinx war memorial and follows a series of popular walking tracks that loop around Bobbin Head, including historic Aboriginal engravings, temperate rainforest and a lookout. As the track passes through Bobbin Head, it provides a great opportunity to take a break and pick up a snack at the kiosk before continuing on the return leg.

Maps for the Bobbin Head Loop walk

You can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series 91304S HORNSBY NSW-91304S
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map 1:40 000 Map Series CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map CMA Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Tourist Map
Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 SYDNEY 9130

Cross sectional view of the Bobbin Head Loop bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Bobbin Head Loop

Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.

Length 12.9 km
Time 5 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)

Some more details of this walks Grading

Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk


6km of this walk has short steep hills and another 4.1km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (2.6km) is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

8km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 200m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.4km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 4.9km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 8km of this walk is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety, whilst the remaining 4.9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 9km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Bobbin Head Loop walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Bobbin Head Loop walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Bobbin Head Loop walk starts and ends at the Sphinx Memorial (gps: -33.688678, 151.15581)
Your transport options to Sphinx Memorial are by;
Bus. (get details)
Car. A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
(get details)

Fire Danger

Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/bhl

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)

Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂