About this walk
This walk covers parts of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and ends at the Wildflower Garden.
It takes about 5 hours to complete the full 14 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops.
A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.
Getting there and back
Get the train to Mount Kuring-gai using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at transportnsw.info.
Along the way
Exit the station to the left, across the pedestrian bridge. Follow Harwood Ave to the trailhead.
A side trail to the right leads to a lookout overlooking Apple Tree Bay.
An easy to miss side trail on the left, just before a rocky staircase, leads to the Firefighter's Rest memorial.
The trail down the ridge ends at a lookout overlooking Cowan Creek.
To the right of the lookout a trail zig zags down to the water level.
At the bottom of the descent, follow the trail along the water to the right.
The trail ends at the Apple Tree Bay pinic area.
Continue up the road to Bobbin Head straight across the bay.
Traverse the picnic area of Bobbin Head and cross the bridge over the creek.
Enter the marina and follow the footpath along the water to the cafe.
Right before the cafe a passage way leads to a footpath behind the marina. Follow it to the left.
Past the marina's workshop, the path turns into a bush trail along the creek.
At the junction with the Spynx Memorial trail, continue along the creek to St Ives.
After crossing a creek, the trail ascent steeply up the ridge.
At the top of the climb, follow the firetrail further up the ridge.
The fire trail eventually ends at a gate to suburban streets.
Follow the stubby white markers down Warrimoo Ave and turn left into Phillip Road.
At the end of Pillip Road, across a grassy field another firetrail descends into the next fully.
Follow the firetrail down into the gully and take the Mueller Track on the right up to the Wildflower Garden.
At the top of the ridge, follow the directions to Cunningman's Rest picnic area.
From the picnic area follow the road out of the Wildflower Garden.
The bus stops across the street from the Wildflower Garden will take you back to the city.
What to bring
- Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
- Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
- Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
- Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
- Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
- Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
- Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.