So you’re keen to explore some of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park?
And you’re wondering what the Sphinx War Memorial to Bobbin Head track is like?
Then you have come to the right place.
I recently walked the track (and back) with a good friend of mine. We have the low down for you.
Sphinx War Memorial to Bobbin Head Loop Track
We walked the track mid September so weather was nice for a full day out of walking. We also took some lunch for the half way stop. There is a cafe and toilets at Bobbin Head (half way) and plenty of benches to sit on if you do choose to take your own food.
The track is easy to find and follow. You can start at the Sphinx War Memorial. Google maps will guide you to the right spot.
There is an entry fee into the National Park for approximately (exactly) $12. Unless you’ve got a National Parks Pass on your car (self high-five).
The track has some great views and photo opportunities.
Out of all the tracks I have done around Sydney so far this one included: one siting of a goanna, a leech and some beautiful flowers, noted by Eloise.
Don’t let the leechs scare you off. We ventured off the track slightly closer to the water. One found its way onto my shoe. We used a leaf to get it off and there are plenty of tips if you find a leech on you:
Unlike ticks, leeches do not burrow into the skin nor will they leave a poisonous head in the wound. Despite this, many myths abound about removing leeches. The simplest way is with salt: a shake onto the body and most will quickly drop off. Tea tree oil or vinegar dabbed onto the body are also effective alternatives. Less queasy victims may prefer to scorch them with cigarettes or lighters. Otherwise, simply pull the little bloodsuckers off!
It is probably a good idea to get a fresh wad of cotton wool and dab a little tea tree oil onto the open wound to prevent infection. While leeches are not known to spread disease, a particular type of bacteria has been identified in their stomachs which may be passed onto the host.
Every 20 – 30 minutes, do a quick leech check. It is common that people dont even feel them.
The walk is considered a grade 4 walk. We noticed that mostly on the way back (on the way up).
According to the National Park’s website the walk is suggested to take 3.50 hours to 4.50 hours. It took us 3.5 hours in total with a 30 minute stop at bobbin head.
You can choose to walk back two different way. Either the same way you came in. The other option is mainly following the fire trail. If you choose this routine, there are some great views on the way up over Bobbin Head. Once you get past them the fire trail is less “exciting”.
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