Oxfam Training – Checkpoint 3 – 4.

So I just signed myself up to do the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km Sydney walk, that means it’s time to get started on my training. I’m pretty fit generally, and after doing plenty of section 1-2 walk of the Oxfam Trailwalker Sydney series last year, we (me and 1 other team mate + her friend) decided to start walk and checkout checkpoint 3-4.

There’s more information here on the checkpoints if you are interested.

Firstly, we met up at Mount Kuring-gai station (unfortunately there was trackwork – I drove to Mount Kuring-gai station, but later will be a pain to get back to my car).

From Mount-Kuring-gai station, you will want to turn left in the station till you reach the end of the street and start walking down the bush towards the river. (We need to go towards Apple Tree Bay – so once we reach the bottom, we turn right).

As soon as we reached apple tree bay, there is a 10 minute climb to the top where you will see the Regional office. Cross the road towards the office and start walking down the Birrawanna Track. Once we got down the track (it’s a pretty short one), we arrived at Bobbin head, which is the start of section 3. There are plenty of BBQ spots here and it is a nice place to picnic.

Keep walking down and you’ll get to the Mangrove boardwalk. This is awesome! Check out some of the photos here.

After a while, you’ll get back to the bush (forest), away from civilisation again. You’ll eventually reach a sign that says rainforest or wahroonga.

follow the wahroonga sign and go right.

After walking for about an hour near the river, you’ll want to get ready to ascend to murrua road.

It’s about a 15 minute steep climb. Once you get to the top, we continued onto Murrua Walking track and then you’re back on the streets!

We kept walking and eventually reached the national park entry gates.

We had our lunch around here before continuing onto the sphinx walking track.

I came across someone who was walking with me at the UNSW wandering society meetup last week at the Illawarra Escarpment track here! We descended for about 30 minutes before needing to climb back up again, and then there’s another 20 minute of fire trail before reaching Timbarra Road. At Timbarra road, we decided to just take the bus (as it just arrived and would take us to Gordon Station), instead of walking to St Ives Showground. (I figured to get back to Kuring-gai station would be a trek itself so wanted to speed up the process).

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8.4
Score

Pros

  • Great views
  • Not to difficult
  • Easily accessible by public transport

Cons

  • Fair bit of street walking
Views
8
Difficulty
7
Distance
7

Final Verdict

To get from Mount Kuring-gai station to bobbin head is about 5km. Checkpoint 3 is a fun walk with great views all around. There is a few challenging bit, but otherwise pretty easy in terms of difficulty. The distance is manageable, at 17km, so ideal for beginners to try out.