Gibberagong Track

by John Wilson July. 17, 2021 270 views

Recently we made another walking track discovery in the northern parts of Sydney.

Hidden away in Sydney's Kuringai National Park, the Gibberagong Track takes you to another world with secret waterholes just a few minutes away from busy urban streets.

Hidden away in Sydney's Kuringai National Park, the Gibberagong Track takes you to another world with secret waterholes just a few minutes away from busy urban streets.

Gibberagong means place of many rocks, and its derivation soon became obvious.

Gibberagong means place of many rocks, and its derivation soon became obvious.

The track winds through damp gorges and substantial forests as it follows a creek down to the sea.

The track winds through damp gorges and substantial forests as it follows a creek down to the sea.

Two of my Sydney favourites together - grass tree and angophora.

Two of my Sydney favourites together - grass tree and angophora.

I was surprised just how many pristine waterholes we found.

I was surprised just how many pristine waterholes we found.

This would be a great place on a hot summer's day.

This would be a great place on a hot summer's day.

Even little stony beaches of sorts deep in the bush.

Even little stony beaches of sorts deep in the bush.

Then healthy mangroves ...

Then healthy mangroves ...

... which mean healthy fish.

... which mean healthy fish.

There are just a few wildflowers out at this time of year.

There are just a few wildflowers out at this time of year.

Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves.

Aboriginal axe-grinding grooves.

There are interesting rock overhangs hugging the track.

There are interesting rock overhangs hugging the track.

Of all the scribbly gums I've seen, this could be the scribbliest.

Of all the scribbly gums I've seen, this could be the scribbliest.

The creek widened as we approached our destination, Bobbin Head, which opens out to Broken Bay and the Pacific.

The creek widened as we approached our destination, Bobbin Head, which opens out to Broken Bay and the Pacific.

Sorry, didn't quite catch that. Could you repeat please? After walking for 2 hours our path was blocked for the final kilometre and we had to turn back - just as an unexpected thunderstorm ripped through the valley. We were completely drenched for the return walk.

Sorry, didn't quite catch that. Could you repeat please? After walking for 2 hours our path was blocked for the final kilometre and we had to turn back - just as an unexpected thunderstorm ripped through the valley. We were completely drenched for the return walk.

After the rain, everything was even more vivid.

After the rain, everything was even more vivid.

Staghorn, a local epiphyte.

Staghorn, a local epiphyte.

More staghorns.

More staghorns.

Just another mossy tree, but it appealed to me.

Just another mossy tree, but it appealed to me.

Last of the raindrops on the creek.

Last of the raindrops on the creek.

And then sun came back out for the last half hour of our return walk. What a great discovery, the Gibberagong Track. The northern Sydney national parks are some of my favourite places.

And then sun came back out for the last half hour of our return walk. What a great discovery, the Gibberagong Track. The northern Sydney national parks are some of my favourite places.

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