9.6 km cir­cuit, 4 hrs, Grade 3 mod­er­ate track

Monthly Chronicle - - Outdoor Lifestyle -

You will get a real sense of wilder­ness on this walk with wild­flow­ers paint­ing a colour­ful can­vas even with the op­tional short side trip to a cof­fee stop half way. Five min­utes into this loop walk you will not be­lieve you are in the big­gest city in Aus­tralia.

Start the walk from the carved sand­stone Sphinx Memo­rial in the car park near the en­trance to Bob­bin Head Na­tional Park . Fol­low the track as it leads you down to Cowan Creek, and don't let the name fool you - it is a river! Ex­plore the di­verse en­vi­ron­ments as you wan­der through val­leys, along a wide creek and back along the ridge top. Don't forget the op­tional side trip to the Em­pire Ma­rina and cafe for a recharge with a cof­fee or lunch and toi­lets.

From the Ma­rina you can wan­der a bit fur­ther to the play­ground, BBQ and another cafe at Bob­bin Head pic­nic area, a marvel­lous Art Deco build­ing. Af­ter your rest stop you climb up along a steep track with stun­ning views back over Bob­bin Head to then fol­low the orig­i­nal Bob­bin Head Road, long since closed to traf­fic. It is a bit of climb, so use the views as an ex­cuse to rest. Part way back along this old road, keep your eye out for the Abo­rig­i­nal en­grav­ings on the right-hand side.

The walks starts from the car park at the end of Sphinx Rd (off Bob­bin Head Rd), North Tur­ra­murra. There is a na­tional park en­try fee for ve­hi­cles but if you walk in (less than 700m) from the bus stop (buses 577 and 594) out­side Lady David­son Hospi­tal there is no en­try fee. For more de­tails visit http://wild.tl/swbh

Happy walk­ing Matt

Look­ing over Cowan Creek

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