21.07.2018 – Day Trip to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park – First stop: Bobbin Head

We entered Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park from North Turramurra on Bobbin Head Road.  Following Bobbin Head Road through the National Park, we soon came to the realisation that on Saturdays, this road is a ‘hot spot’ for cyclists.

Along the winding road, even when there were no double white lines, we could not risk overtaking any of the cyclists.  At times the sun made it difficult to see cyclists coming towards us and the road was too narrow to leave clearance of any cyclists we might have tried to overtake.  We simply drove well under the speed signs and behind a couple of cyclists, until we reached the picnic area of Bobbin Head.  Fortunately that was only for 4-5.kms.

This was the first time we have used our dashboard-cam and below, through our blotched windscreen, you can get an idea of our experience on the road to Bobbin Head picnic area. In that short clip, nine cyclists passed us. You will note that the cyclists we were following didn’t stay close to the left of the road; the one in front actually rode quite often in the middle of the road.

(Incorrect date on video – rookie mistake!)


Once we had crossed the bridge over Cockle Creek where it joins Cowan Creek, we parked near the large picnic area “Orchard Park”, overlooking Cowan Creek and a marina of boats where paddle-boats could be hired.  Nearby, an information centre contained within the old, red brick “Bobbin Inn” built in 1937, with its back near the cut rock of the hillside. A cafe is also within the building, leading to an outdoor patio area – a very pleasant area to sit in the warm sunny weather looking across the water. On this side of the road was further picnic areas and children’s playground.  A great place for a picnic!

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Entry to National Park:  $12 per vehicle