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Bobbin Head

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by Christina Brandalise (subscribe)
So much to little time...
Published October 7th 2016
Make a day of it with the family
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Bobbin Head is a really pretty spot

Bobbin Head is located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, just over 30kms north of Sydney. It is a great spot for a family day out as well as a perfect "escape the city" type destination, with not too much driving involved. In fact, you can even take a return ferry there from Palm Beach, read more here. Arriving by car, entry to the National Park is $12 per vehicle and, once inside, you will find ample parking.

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Situated along the Cowan Creek

The Bobbin Head Picnic Area sits on Cowan Creek , surrounded by great views, walking tracks, lots of amenities, kids playground, eateries, paddle boat hire and an award winning Marina. You feel will feel a world away from the city while also having everything you need at your fingertips. Bobbin Head has a lot to offer but is also a short drive away from Westfields Hornsby.

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The Bobbin Inn Cafe is in an historic building

There are two cafes/restaurants to choose from, alternatively, you can picnic or have a BBQ. There is lots of undercover seating, shelters and shady trees to lounge under, while a couple of the bigger ones can be booked for parties. We chose to have lunch at the Bobbin Inn Café which is in an historic building with lots of character. It has indoor and outdoor seating and the menu consists of burgers, salads, steak, and other hot meals. They also serve an all day breakfast, have some pretty decent desserts and are BYO. Click here for the full menu, however, the stunning location is the drawcard here. Open 6 days a week, you will also find the tourist information centre inside.

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The dessert bar at Bobbin Inn Cafe

Just across the bridge from the Bobbin Inn Café is the Paddle Boat Hire where you can hire 2 or 4 seater paddle boats at $25 and $35 respectively for half an hour. We didn't get very far in half an hour but it was fun (and a great leg workout). The paddle boats are available weekends and all public holidays 11am - 5pm.

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Paddle Boating is fun and a great workout

Down at Empire Marina sits Galley Foods Eatery, a licensed venue serving a wide variety of burgers, rolls, fish and chips and more. There is also live music on Saturdays and great views to be had. They are open 7 days and we will try this one next trip. You can even hire a "tinny" here starting at $80 for 2 hours. Next time.

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Enjoy a meal at Empire Marina

The kids are well looked after with a massive fenced kids playground. It was a hit with my boy who quickly made loads of friends to play with while we relaxed after lunch and our paddle boat leg workout. For further information about Bobbin Head, please click here.

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The playground is fully fenced and sand filled.


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Why? Eat, drink, play, escape the city for a day
When: 7 days
Where: Bobbin Head
Cost: $12 park entry fee per car
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A stunning spot, Christina!
by Elaine (score: 3|9077) 2247 days ago
Looks a beautiful location. I must visit :)
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1940) 2247 days ago
Congratulations on winning a prize in the Local Attractions competition.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 2238 days ago
Congrats on your Bronze Award in the competition, Christina!
by Elaine (score: 3|9077) 2238 days ago
Looks like it's time for a day trip, this spot looks great, Christina. Cheers Marie
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|992) 2242 days ago
well we did go to Bobin head park it is a delight full park we will go back there soon
by fasno (score: 1|81) 2228 days ago
Well done, awesome work as always Christina x
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1940) 2238 days ago
I used to live on the Northern Beaches & loved to visit Ku-ring-gai.
by Tina Nunnington (score: 2|310) 2239 days ago
Wow, it certainly has changed since I went there years ago. Time for another visit, I think. Great article.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2659) 2247 days ago
What a beautiful spot! I used to live on the northern beaches - this makes me want to go back! Congrats on your competition place, great article :)
by Sue W (score: 3|1748) 2237 days ago
A lovely spot to picnic with family n friends. Though the hire fees are excessive at $25/35 for half an hour makes it expensive for a family added to entry fees as well.
by Katena Mahoney (score: 0|7) 2244 days ago
Congratulations winning third place.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2238 days ago
Congrats on winning the comp award Christina, well deserved :) cheers Marie
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|992) 2238 days ago
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