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Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Wonder, Engage, Inspire

Telephone02 9457 8245

Emailgibberagon-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Our Sites

Bobbin Head

Located on the banks of the Cowan Creek in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head is a historic recreation area utilised today by picnickers, families, walkers, boating and canoe enthusiasts.

Many of the Gibberagong programs at Bobbin Head include a walk to the rainforest along the Gibberagong Track. On this track, students will explore a diverse range of vegetation, from dry sclerophyll and remnant rainforests to the waterways mangroves. During a visit, it is not uncommon for students to be surprised and thrilled by an encounter with a large goanna or swamp wallaby. Students will also visit significant Aboriginal heritage sites, including traditional rock engravings, midden caves and sites of Aboriginal axe grinding.

Gibberagong Track Notes

Visit Wildwalks or National Parks and Wildlife Service. NOTE: we only walk a short section of the Gibberagong track (Bobbin Head to the rainforest).

Historic Photos

View images of Bobbin Head over the years by visiting the Playing With Time: Exploring Bobbin Head Google Site.

Kalkari to Bobbin Head

Located at the top of the Birrawanna Track, the Kalkari Visitors Centre is a wonderful place to explore before commencing the walk down to Bobbin Head. In the Centre, students will be be inspired to learn more about the park’s plants, animals, Aboriginal history and management.

During the walk to Bobbin Head, students will visit a lookout with spectacular scenic views. Through engaging, hands-on activities they will explore the environment and learn further about the plants, animals and Aboriginal heritage of the park.

The walk concludes at the historic Bobbin Head Picnic Area.

Kalkari/Birrawanna Track Notes

Visit Wildwalks or National Parks and Wildlife Service. NOTE: the walk is one way from Kalkari to Bobbin Head. The bus is required to drop-off at Kalkari and pick-up from Bobbin Head.

Photos

View images of Kalkari and Birrawanna Track by visiting the Playing With Time: Exploring Kalkari Google Site.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is a place of unique beauty and scientific value located on the northern edge of Sydney, between Cowan and the Hawkesbury River. Pronounced Moo-o-ga-marra, it is an Aboriginal word of the Awabagal meaning ‘preserve the future’ which indicates the purpose this area has been dedicated.

The reserve covers approximately 2,500 ha of pristine bushland and other important environments and is currently managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife.

Together with the interesting geological formations, the area is very well known for the Aboriginal engraving sites and early European heritage sites, including evidence of a convict road and associated school.

Muogamarra Track Notes

Visit National Parks and Wildlife Service for information about the site including some track information.

Historic Photos

View images of Muogamarra over the years by visiting the Playing With Time: Exploring Muogamarra Google Site.

West Head

West Head is situated at the northern tip of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, providing spectacular views of the Pittwater area.

The area showcases a rich diversity of significant Aboriginal sites including rock engravings at the Basin Track, the Red Hands Cave and other Aboriginal engraving sites.

Schools can choose from a variety of trails and programs that are offered within the West Head area. The common tracks used are the Red Hands Cave TrackResolute Track, and The Basin walk to the engravings.

Historic Photos

View images of West Head over the years by visiting the Playing With Time: Exploring West Head Google Site. For more information about the military history of West Head including some fantastic videos, click here.

The Basin

Overlooking Pittwater in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at West Head, The Basin is a large grassy area with beautiful surrounds and spectacular views.

At The Basin, you’ll find great facilities along with a picnic area, sheltered beach and an inland lagoon where we are able to take the students canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.

There’s no car access to The Basin campground. Schools can park at West Head Road but it’s a steep 2.8km walk to the campground from there. If you’re not up for the hike, arrive by  ferry which leaves from Palm Beach Wharf.

Historic Photos

View images of The Basin over the years by visiting the Playing With Time: Exploring The Basin Google Site.

Manly Dam

Manly Warringah War Memorial Park is a 375 hectare bushland providing an important habitat for plants and animals and visitors alike. The area is home to over 300 species of plants within six vegetation communities. This provides habitat to a diversity of native animals, with over 80 species of birds calling the area home. Powerful Owls and Glossy Black-Cockatoos have been seen during excursions at Manly Dam.

We visit a number of different areas so be sure to check the meeting point and areas that we will visit.

Davidson Reserve

Davidson Park is located within Garigal National Park, at the north end of the Roseville Bridge, Forestville. This large grassy picnic area is situated along the banks of the picturesque Middle Harbour Creek. This location offers large open grassy areas with plenty of shade and easily accessible toilet facilities. Small pockets of bushland and gullies adjoining the park enable students to explore the natural features of the area.