I'm a city worker who escapes to run on the trails whenever I can! I love the outdoors and telling people about it!
Published January 2nd 2013
Bobbin about at Bobbin Head Reserve
It starts with the 4km downhill wind into the Bobbin Head valley where thick indigenous bush opens up to the water. Indeed an inviting occassion with green lawns, BBQ areas and a large enclosed kiddies play area to the left and the main body of water and marinas to the right. Or continue on a few more miles to Apple Tree Bay and watch the speed boats. You can hire a pedal boat and cruise up the river, light the BBQ or enjoy a coffee and a good feed at the Bobbin Inn.
There are regular sightings of Kookaburras, the resident 'oversized' lizards and the water is full of small fish and crabs to keep the kiddies entertained. There are also lots of walking trails into the bush from the boardwalk over the mopani swamps to the lush hills and valleys that surround the water.
This is a place for when you have nothing planned on the weekend and just want to quickly escape the bush for the day without the hassle, not to mention that it is an excellent source of exercise to burn off the kids' excess energy. Bobbin Head is within the jurisdiction of the National Parks so there is a small entry fee for the day, or you could simply sign up for an annual pass which is good value for money. It is close enough to the city for that quick day out or even for the afternoon.