Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Bobbin Head

We love the Central Coast of NSW and all it has to offer but we also enjoy the excitement and adventure of exploring further afield.

So we can share our adventures we are introducing a new section of Central Coast Weekender titled “Out of Town”. We hope you enjoy reading along and feel inspired to venture further afield.

Our first adventure took us to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in the North of Sydney to the delightful bush picnic area Bobbin Head.

Bobbin Head is popular with Sydneysiders but never feels too crowded. It is well worth a drive to enjoy the beauty here.  So what is there to see and do in this glorious part of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park?


For children

Bobbin Head ticks all the boxes for a full screen free immersion into the great outdoors! To keep them busy:

  • Check out the large fenced sandy playground (with slightly old equipment)
  • Bring your kid friendly fishing rod to see if you can catch a fish
  • Plenty of road way for bikes and scooters and a pathway that edges along the side of Cockle Creek
  • Natural play, lots of adventure here. Our kids love checking out the big boulders at the western end
  • Take the short Gibberagong Track along the board walk through the mangroves
  • Find a table and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors


On the Water

If boating is of interest to you then Bobbin Head is a great spot to enjoy getting out on the water. From here you can:

  • Launch your kayak or canoe and paddle away the day exploring the waterways
  • Apple Tree Bay, a short drive away has a boat ramp to launch bigger craft
  • For a bit of fun, paddle boats are available for hire from the Bobbin Inn Cafe. Hire available weekends, public holidays and possible availability in school holidays (recommend you call ahead to ensure the boats are available)
  • The Empire Marina, houses many beautiful boats to admire and hires small boats starting from 2 hour periods

Bobbin Head

Take a Walk

The Gibberagong  Mangrove Boardwalk Track in the western corner of Bobbin Head is an enjoyable and easy grade 10 minute walk.

The walk commences with an impressive suspension bridge before merging onto a board walk that winds through the mangroves of Cockle Creek. If you visit at low tide you will experience seeing the many crabs scurrying across the mudflats. It is a sight that will especially delight young children.


This walk is flat and is suitable for wheelchairs / strollers.

A number of other walks surround the area. Further information is available at the resourceful NPWS website

Bobbin Head

Eat Out

Two options available for visitors looking for a cafe experience.

  • Galley Foods  operates alongside the Marina, 7 days per week from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Live music on Saturday from 12:30 – 2:30.


Large picnic tables, big enough for the family / group to sit together are scattered around or in other areas there are smaller covered shelters.

If a BBQ is on the menu during your visit, you will find several free BBQ’s.

The Pavilion and The Station are large picnic shelters available for hire for group use. Contact the Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 to book.


Location and access

Access to Bobbin Head requires a $12 NPWS entry fee, payable at the entry gate or pay machine

Bobbin Head is part of Ku-ring-gai National Park. Access is via Bobbin Head Rd either from Mt Colah or Turramurra. There is ample parking provided within the picnic areas.

Visitors can access Bobbin Head from sunrise to sunset.

Have you visited Bobbin Head before? Do you enjoy exploring new areas? We sure do!

Central Coast Weekender Jen and Allie


  • Reply AMc July 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Love Bobbin Head. It is crazy busy on the easter weekend – and possibly other long weekends. There’s that visitors centre along the drive in too – not sure if it’s still open?

    • Reply Jen and Allie July 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Yes the information centre is still open. It is called Kalkari Discovery Centre. Open every day from 9am to 5pm. The often run school holiday activities such as the junior ranger program. Highly recommended!

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