While we’ve all been staying home, the playground at Bobbin Head, Mt Colah (in the Hornsby LGA) has had a much needed facelift and what a beautiful nature playground it is now!
Bobbin Head is located in the Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. As well as being a great place to bushwalk, paddle or go fishing, Bobbin Head is the perfect waterfront picnic spot, particularly now that it has a fully fenced, upgraded nature playground for the kids.
Firstly to the new playground, which is located near Cockle Creek. This is a playground designed for kids to get dirty! It’s essentially a giant sand pit and includes:
  • a six-metre high activity climbing net
  • timber parkour deck challenge
  • rope fishnet
  • large platypus climbing structure
  • swings
  • slides
  • tunnels to crawl in.
It has shade sails in spots, is fully fenced and there are toilets across the road. Surrounding the playground is plenty of space to pull up a picnic rug or kick a ball around.  And best of all, there’s a cafe across the road for coffee, hot chips, an ice block or more!
Outside the playground, Bobbin Head is a large area which features barbecues, picnic tables, shelters and plenty of green space for an impromptu frisbee session or a spot of cricket.
Other things to do include:
  • go on a bushwalk. There are numerous bush walks on offer. The Birrawanna Loop track is approximately 3.2km and you can start down near the cafe. It’s moderately challenging and can be a little steep in parts. For younger kids, the Mangrove Walk is by far the easiest and shortest walk (it’s currently shut for refurbishment – due to reopen late October 2021).
  • fishing (but you will need a licence).
Other information:
  • Park entry fees apply. It was $12 for a day when we visited.
  • If you live in the Hornsby LGA and plan to go before 11 October, keep in mind once you cross the bridge you are in the Ku-Ring-Gai LGA. But never fear, there’s plenty of fun on offer on the Hornsby LGA side.