Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx
Darug Country

1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min

3.4 km
oneway

↑ 180 m
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Moderate track
This walk offers a great way to explore most of the Warrimoo Track and also visit the Sphinx War Memorial. The walk winds down to Cowan Creek, providing some great views as the creek becomes wider. The journey continues up the steep hill through various bush environments before arriving at the Sphinx War Memorial and picnic area. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Coming to the carpark off Warrimoo Road. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Bush next to Warrimoo Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Warrimoo Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Warrimoo Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Goana on tree next to Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sinja Huddles Memorial Chair. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
View from Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Crossing Cowan creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Continuing along the bushtrack. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Warrimoo Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Bottom of Sphinx Walking track (Warrimoo Track). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Climbing up the Sphinx Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Sphinx Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The track up to the Sphinx. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Sphinx Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sphinx track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign to Sphinx. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sphinx Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Sphinx War Memorial. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
The Sphinx War Memorial. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sphinx area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Picnic Table at Sphinx. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sphinx war memorial. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sphinx war memorial and flag pole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Park area near Sphinx. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sphinx car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Sphinx Memorial driveway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The Sphinx Memorial gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Water bubbler at the Sphinx gates. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bobbin Head entrance gate. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Warrimoo Avenue & Timbarra Road (-33.700635,151.1655472)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Killeaton Street
  • Turn on to Collins Road then drive for 640 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Collins Road and drive for another 340 m
  • Turn left onto Toolang Road and drive for another 180 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Warrimoo Avenue and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Turn right onto Timbarra Road and drive for another 1 m
Finish (-33.6887478,151.1523507)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park, this walk follows the management trail through the bush for a while before winding down a gentle hill and coming to the signposted intersection with the Darri track.
From the intersection, the walk follows the Bobbin Head arrow along the service trail (heading north west). The trail meanders through the bush for a while before winding steadily down a long hill to the end of the ridge. Here, the trail comes to a Memorial Chair at a lookout over Cowan Creek.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Warrimoo Avenue & Timbarra Road Start heading along Timbarra Road (a residential road).
After 70 m pass the "Ku-ring-gai National Park - Carpark" (9 m on your right).
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Warrimoo Track.
After another 720 m continue straight, to head along Warrimoo Track.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Warrimoo Track & Sphinx Track) turn sharp left, to head along Sphinx Track.
After another 75 m head up the 89 earthen steps (about 60 m long)
After another 430 m cross the ford.
Then head up the 68 earthen steps (about 40 m long)
After another 70 m head up the 18 earthen steps (about 20 m long)
After another 80 m head up the 15 earthen steps (about 10 m long)
After another 120 m head up the 7 earthen steps (about 5 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 36 earthen steps (about 35 m long)
After another 105 m (at the intersection of Sphinx Trail & Sphinx Track) veer right, to head along Sphinx Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Sphinx Trail & Sphinx Track) turn left, to head along Sphinx Track (a walking track).
After another 70 m head through the bollard.
After another 15 m pass the water tap (on your left).
Then find the "Sphinx Memorial" (25 m on your left).
Sphinx Memorial
Sphinx Memorial

Private Shirley spent one and a half years carving this monument whilst a patient of the Lady Davidson Convalescent Hospital. William Shirley was in hospital, being treated after serving in WW1. Shirley died in 1929, leaving this memorial to fallen A.I.F. comrades. "To my glorious comrades of the A.I.F by the late W. Shirley No 5756 Pte. 13th Battalion Died 27th August 1928"
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Private Shirley spent one and a half years carving this monument whilst a patient of the Lady Davidson Convalescent Hospital. William Shirley was in hospital, being treated after serving in WW1. Shirley died in 1929, leaving this memorial to fallen A.I.F. comrades. "To my glorious comrades of the A.I.F by the late W. Shirley No 5756 Pte. 13th Battalion Died 27th August 1928"

Continue straight, to head along Sphinx Track.
After another 25 m pass a seat (10 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 40 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Memorial Road & Sphinx Track veer right, to head along Memorial Road (a service road).
Then pass the "Sphinx Track / Warrimoo Track" (on your left).
After another 195 m continue straight, to head along Memorial Road.
After another 90 m head through/around the gate.

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Then pass the water tap (7 m on your right).
After another 9 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Warrimoo Track to the Sphinx


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.4 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 3.1 km from the start.


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