Sphinx Trail

by John Wilson June. 05, 2019 255 views

I've lived in Sydney for decades but this beautiful place was new to me. Let me share my latest discovery from my home town.

This was a 10 kilometre walk across many terrains within national park, including several kilometres along the pristine and serene waters of Cowan Creek - at times hard to believe you are within the boundaries of Australia's largest city.

This was a 10 kilometre walk across many terrains within national park, including several kilometres along the pristine and serene waters of Cowan Creek - at times hard to believe you are within the boundaries of Australia's largest city.

From the track there are glimpses of water throughout.

From the track there are glimpses of water throughout.

Angophoras, or Sydney Red Gums, are plentiful. These massive trees seem to miraculously grow out of rock.

Angophoras, or Sydney Red Gums, are plentiful. These massive trees seem to miraculously grow out of rock.

The name red gum - pretty obvious where that came from.

The name red gum - pretty obvious where that came from.

I didn't anticipate so many wildflowers out at the beginning of our Sydney winter. Here the spider-like form of a red grevilia.

I didn't anticipate so many wildflowers out at the beginning of our Sydney winter. Here the spider-like form of a red grevilia.

A pink grevilia.

A pink grevilia.

Thousands of native fuschias.

Thousands of native fuschias.

Not sure why the wattle is in flower. Wattle Day is not until August 1. Is it the mild autumn/climate change?

Not sure why the wattle is in flower. Wattle Day is not until August 1. Is it the mild autumn/climate change?

All sorts of wildflowers out.

All sorts of wildflowers out.

And all sorts of colours.

And all sorts of colours.

And shapes.

And shapes.

With possibly the most plentiful being Banksia. They were out everywhere. Spectacular.

With possibly the most plentiful being Banksia. They were out everywhere. Spectacular.

It's not just the flowers that catch the eye in the bush.

It's not just the flowers that catch the eye in the bush.

All sorts of unusual plants and fungus on the trail.

All sorts of unusual plants and fungus on the trail.

Fantastic trees, like this bushfire survivor.

Fantastic trees, like this bushfire survivor.

Scribbly gums

Scribbly gums

I thought this one looked like it was from a horror movie - I expected it to come alive and try to grab me.

I thought this one looked like it was from a horror movie - I expected it to come alive and try to grab me.

There were mangrove swamps at the wider parts of the creek.

There were mangrove swamps at the wider parts of the creek.

Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, a little hard to make out without an expert eye.

Ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, a little hard to make out without an expert eye.

The creek starts to get deeper, meandering towards the bay and the ocean.

The creek starts to get deeper, meandering towards the bay and the ocean.

Boats are moored when the water gets even deeper.

Boats are moored when the water gets even deeper.

And so to the name - Sphinx Trail. A World War 1 soldier in rehabilitation after the war built this Sphinx replica as a memorial. It stands at the head of the track. One of those little Sydney curiosities I knew little about before taking this walk.

And so to the name - Sphinx Trail. A World War 1 soldier in rehabilitation after the war built this Sphinx replica as a memorial. It stands at the head of the track. One of those little Sydney curiosities I knew little about before taking this walk.

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Heike 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful photos, John!
#11 looks like a face and....hmm, beware of this 'abscess-tree' in #17, it could spay a foul smelling liquid to you, if you come too near...smiley

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John Wilson Replied to Heike 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Heike, yes, that tree is nightmarish!

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Russell Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

sweet series #1 The water is quite inviting and the scene is quite peaceful..

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John Wilson Replied to Russell Smith 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much Russell, yes, a very peaceful place, fantastic for a long walk.

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Bill Baird 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Great set !

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John Wilson Replied to Bill Baird 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Much appreciated Bill!

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