Bobbin Head | Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

As the lockdown restrictions are slowly eased in the state of NSW (Australia), we are back to spending our weekends exploring some of the beautiful spots around my home in Sydney. Of course, while maintaining social distancing rules. This time, we explored the gorgeous locales of Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

A few weeks back when we were blessed with balmy weather, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take my in-laws to Bobbin Head. They are an elderly couple and still getting used to the Australian winter. With fantastic waterfront views and spacious picnic ground, Bobbin Head is perfect for spending time with family and friends. I also have an active toddler who has only recently discovered the joys of running wild in a park.

Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park New south wales

There are two picnic grounds on either side of the bridge with ample car parking, toilets and BBQ facilities. Tall pine trees outline the creek. A well-maintained pavement also runs along the waterside.

My son thought it would be a great idea to roll his pram on the sidewalks. While my husband kept a watchful eye on him, I laid down a picnic mat and made sandwiches. Brioche buns with raw capsicum, onions, and spinach for my mother-in-law as she is vegetarian. While the rest of us stuffed our sandwiches with a good helping of some aioli, fish, and chips (bought at the restaurant nearby).

Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Picnic ground at Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park australia
Picnic ground along Cowan Creek in Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park australia

Mangrove Boardwalk – Bobbin Head

We didn’t realize there was a mangrove boardwalk just behind the picnic area until we decided to walk along the waterside to check out walking tracks. As it was a bit late to start Gibberagong track, we went for a 10-minute long Mangrove Boardwalk – an absolutely beautiful and well-maintained boardwalk.

Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Mangrove board walk
Bobbin Head Mangrove board walk
Beautiful view of Mangroves and bridge over Cowan Creek, Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Mangrove board walk
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Mangrove board walk
Bride over Cowan Creek at Bobbin Head in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Mangrove board walk
Mangrove trees

After crossing the bridge, I was pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by dense lime-green foliage. The leaves catching the evening last. Below the boardwalk, you could see an extensive ecosystem of mangroves. I had never walked between mangroves before. It felt amazing to be suddenly transported between such raw beauty of nature.

Bobbin Head Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Mangrove board walk
Mangrove Boardwalk at Bobbin Head

I had to carry my little one for the most part of the walk as there are no railings and he can easily jump into the water. Thankfully, the boardwalk is stroller and wheelchair friendly so while returning we plopped him in the stroller. He wasn’t very happy about it, but safe. 🙂

We spent about 3 hours at Bobbin Head. I will recommend this to anyone looking for a place to spend a relaxing time with family.

Park Fees – Day pass: $12 per vehicle per day
The place closes at 5 pm.
Facility – Flush Toilets, Car Parking, BBQ
Activities – Boat for hire, Kayaking, Walking tracks, Picnic area
For more information on alerts, maps and activities check – Bobbin Head

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12 thoughts on “Bobbin Head | Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

  1. If I’m honest, reading this post makes me jealous. I’m longing to go for a long drive and be in someplace quiet and peaceful, but it’s not possible right now. I’m so glad you all had a great outing. Pardon my ignorance, but I had to Google to find out what aioli is and now I want to make some!

  2. What gorgeous pics Raji and I am so envious of you being able to step out into such gorgeousness. The mangroves are a new experience for me too- thanks for sharing that. Just loved scrolling through all the pics 🙂

  3. This reminds me of Phil Collins song, “Another day in Paradise”

    This sure is paradise, Raj. Last weekend even we managed to head out to the Aravalli forests and it was sheer bliss.

    Your pictures transported me to a serene sanctuary. Mine didn’t come out that well, but will share a few in some days. Saw tons of interesting species of birds 🙂
    Did you spot any wild life here?

    Have a great weekend!

  4. The first thing I felt after reading this post is ‘envy’. I have not stepped out of my home since March and here a beautiful woman is exploring such a beautiful place. I am so jealous 😦
    Like Anamika, I also wonder why they named it bobbin? Bobbin reminds me of old sewing machines, where we had to put thread in the bobbin. This place also reminded me of my trip to New Zealand, where I had been to a similarly beautiful landscape in Tauranga.The description of those sandwiches with fish and chips made my mouth water. I love reading your posts for the freshness of content.

  5. I wonder what is the story behind naming this place ‘Bobbin’ head. It sure looks like a tranquil place. That photo of your son pushing his stroller on Insta was too cute. I believe it was taken at this place. I would love to have an outdoor picnic sort of a thing any day but this can only come true when the other 2 humans will co-operate. D is the most fidgety the moment he is dragged outside for a walk. Har saamne se aane wale insaan main corona carrier dikhta hai use.

  6. This is so breathtaking, Rajlakshmi. Here in India, we are still waiting for conditions to be normal and craving for times when we will be walking through the greens with our families.

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