Starting at the end of Bibbenluke Avenue in Duffys Forest, the Bibbenluke Trail continues south along the top of a ridge from the road.
It’s fairly flat for the first 700m, until the remains of a gate and a timber National Parks sign is reached. The Bibbenluke Trail then descends fairly steeply.
Passing the base of an electricity pylon, the trail continues past the junction of another service trail that goes to the another electricity pylon. The Bibbenluke Track goes a bit further before finishing near the bottom of the valley.
A narrow bushwalking track continues for another few hundred metres, descending to Cowan Creek.
Cowan Creek soon comes into view, before the Bibbenluke Track crosses a last section of ferns to reach the riverbank.
There are a few people on the opposite side of Cowan Creek, where the more popular Sphinx Track meets the Warrimoo Track. There’s no-one around on my side of the creek, where a long, sandy beach meets the wide creek.
To my left (upstream) there’s a rocky sandstone outcrop, with a rope used for jumping into the creek.
From the outcrop, there’s a nice view up the river (it’s possible to get to the other side of the rocks, and I’m hoping on a future bushwalk I can continue up Cowan Creek to form a loop with the Kierans Creek track I discovered a few days ago.) UPDATE – I return a few months later, following the creek from here up to Anembo Reserve – read about this off-track adventure in Bibbenluke to Anembo Reserve via Kierans Creek)
Today, I’m returning the same way. I stop near the end of the track to catch the sunset from a west-facing rock ledge, before the last few hundred metres back to the car.
It’s a lovely spot by the water; although the track is down is pretty unexciting, it would be a good option for reaching a nice swimming spot on a warm day.
0.0km Trackhead at end of Bibbenluke Avenue 0.2km Junction with track to Anembo Reserve 0.7km Old National Parks sign 1.5km End of Bibbenluke Trail 1.8km Cowan Creek 3.6km Bibbenluke trackhead
More information on the Bibbenluke Trail
This is a relatively easy walk down a firetrail – although the last section is very steep. From the end of the Bibbenluke Trail you can continue off-track up Cowan Creek and then Kierand Creek, allowing more adventurous bushwalks to be done.
For more bushwalking suggestions, have a look at the Guide to Ku-ring-gai Chase, which lists all the official and informal routes in the park.