Bobbin Head & Kalkari
Located on the banks of the Cowan Creek in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head is a historic recreation area utilised today by picnickers, families, walkers, boating and canoe enthusiasts.
It is believed that Bobbin Head derived its name from a rock located within the vicinity of the Marina, which, when partially submerged, appeared to bob up and down.
A diverse range of vegetation, from dry sclerophyll and remnant rainforests to the waterways mangroves provides homes for a variety of plants and animals, including the spotted-tailed quoll and the southern brown bandicoot. During a visit, it is not uncommon for students to be surprised and thrilled by an encounter with a large goanna or swamp wallaby.
The Bobbin Head/Kalkari area provides an insight into the cultural history of the area, providing a diverse range of significant Aboriginal heritage sites, including traditional rock engravings, midden caves and sites of Aboriginal axe grinding.
Common Tracks Used include:
- Kalkari / Birrawanna Track – see Wildwalks and National Parks and Wildlife Service sites for track details. Please note we walk in one direction from Kalkari to Bobbin Head. The bus will need to pick-up from Bobbin Head if you have chosen to walk the Birrawanna Track.
- Gibberagong Track – we only walk a short section of this track from Bobbin Head to the rainforest. See Wildwalks or National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Muogamarra Nature Reserve
Muogamarra is a place of unique beauty and scientific value located on the northern edge of Sydney, between Cowan and the Hawkesbury River.
Muogamarra, pronounced Moo-o-ga-marra, is an Aboriginal word meaning of the Awabagal. It means ‘preserve the future’ which indicates the purpose this area has been dedicated.
The reserve covers approximately 2,500 ha of pristine bushland and other important environments and is currently managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife.
Together with the interesting geological formations, the area also provides an insight into the human history of the area through the interesting Aboriginal engraving sites and early European heritage sites, including evidence of a convict road and associated school.
West Head is situated at the northern tip of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, providing spectacular views of the Pittwater area.
The area showcases a rich diversity of significant Aboriginal sites including rock engravings at the Basin Track, the Red Hands Cave and the Aboriginal cave shelter site.
Schools can choose from a variety of trails and programs that are offered within the West Head area. The common tracks used are the Red Hands Cave Track, Resolute Track, and The Basin walk to the engravings.
For more information about the history of West Head including some fantastic videos, click here.
Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is a 375 hectare bushland providing an important habitat for plants and animals and visitors alike. The area is home to over 300 species of identified plants within six vegetation communities. This provides habitat to a diversity of native animals, with over 80 species of birds calling the area home.
We visit a number of different areas so be sure to check the meeting point and areas that we will visit.
Sites near your school
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