Bibbenluke Trail

The Bibbenluke Trail is a rough service road that descends to Cowan Creek. Reaching the creek opposite the Sphinx Track, it’s a nice spot for a swim in summer.

Starting at the end of Bibbenluke Avenue in Duffys Forest, the Bibbenluke Trail continues south along the top of a ridge.

It’s fairly flat for the first 700m, until the remains of a gate and a timber National Parks sign is reached. The trail then descends fairly steeply.

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Passing the base of an electricity pylon, the trail continues past the junction of another service trail that goes to the base of an 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.

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Cowan Creek soon comes into view, before the 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, where a long, sandy beach meets the wide creek.

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To my left (upstream) there’s a rocky sandstone outcrop, with a rope used for jumping into the creek.

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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.)

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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.

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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 swiming 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
Location End of Bibbenluke Avenue, Terrey Hills
Distance 3.6km return (4.7km as walked, exploring a few side-tracks)
Grade Easy. 180m total elevation gain. Mostly on a fire-trail.
Season/s All year.
Map/s Interactive topographical map [AllTrails]
9130-4S Hornsby (1:25K)  Buy / Download
GPS Route Gaia GPS map with option to download GPX / KML file

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