Sphinx Memorial Walking Track to Bobbin Head Track 10 Km, grade – Hard

After watching our team, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, beat the Miami Dolphins in the last regular season NFL game, we got our butts off the sofa and headed out into the great outdoors. Today’s destination, The Sphinx Memorial Track to Bobbin Head Track up in Ku-Ring Gai National Park.

The way we did the hike was about 10 Km and there was a lot of elevation we descended and ascended, so, a very good workout. The trail was lovely, as was the weather and it took us about 4.5 hours to complete the circuit. Enjoy the pics!
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A very different return trip

A few days after Christmas, the four of us set off to hike from Wondabyne to Kariong Brook Falls. I’d done this hike with Heather and Brian during our Winter and swam in the freezing cold, crystal clear waters of the pool under the falls. This time, was a very different experience. Instead of cool, comfortable hiking temps, we had a mostly sunny day with a high of 32° C (90° F). When we weren’t in the shade, we were roasting!

The hike can only be reached by train, or boat. We arrived on the train and headed up the steep path through, thankfully, shady forest. At the top of the incline we had a ways to go along a wide and mostly sunny path, before reaching the trail that heads off to Kariong Brook Falls.
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We enjoyed ourselves, despite the heat and all cooled off at the first stream we came to (about two hours in to our hike).
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We found lots of lizards and some cool grasshoppers along the way.

A very cool looking, well camouflaged grasshopper
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Even the eye is camouflaged!
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The waterfall wasn’t nearly as spectacular as it was during the winter, nor was the water as clear, due to being stirred up by anyone who came by. It was, however, so refreshing and so relieving to be in that pool and lots of fun swinging off the rope swing.
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We spent nearly two hours playing in the water before we finally headed back. The trip back was much cooler than the way out. We arrived back at the train station a little worse for wear, but happy and proud of ourselves.