Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs 45 mins

10.7 km One way

673 m

Hard track
This walk starts at the Sphinx War Memorial and follows some well maintained and popular walking tracks down to Cowan Creek. Enjoy the water views as you head through Bobbin Head and Apple Tree Bay. The walk continues through the National Park and up the hill to Mt Kuring-gai. There are plenty of great spots to stop and rest, including a cafe, kiosk and picnic area at Bobbin Head.

Maps for the Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai 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 Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai

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 10.7 km
Time 4 hrs 45 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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


5km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.3km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 2.2km is very steep and the remaining 1.2km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track

9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (1.1km) follows a smooth and hardened path.


Around 7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 3.3km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required

Around 8km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 3.1km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 4.8km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 3.7km 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 Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai walk starts 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)

The Sphinx to Mt Kuring-gai ends at the Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station (gps: -33.653814, 151.13674)
Your transport options to Mt Kuring-gai Railway Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(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/stmk

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 🙂