2 hrs 45 mins
(0km) Boronia Park → Princes St trackhead
Continue straight: From the end of Boronia Avenue, this walk follows the GNW arrow post up along the rocky track. The track leads over a small rise then bends right (ignoring the track to your left), to head down a few stone steps, then a series of timber steps. The track then continues along the bank of the Lane Cove River (to your right) for about 100m to come to a T-intersection with Princes St. Here the walk turns left and heads up the road (away from the water view) for about 50m, coming to an intersection with another track and a large green ‘The Great North Walk’ signpost (on your right).
(0.55km) Princes St trackhead → Int of Great North Walk and Meyers Avenue track
Turn right: From the picnic area, this walk follows the GNW arrow post across the rocky Brickmakers Creek and up the steps. The walk continues along the short timber boardwalk, then leads up the timber steps for about 100m where the track flattens out, veering right at another GNW arrow post. Here the track leads down between the rocks, with a filtered view to the water, and a short distance later, the track veers right again at another GNW arrow post, heading gently down between some more rocks. For another 150m , the mostly flat track leads over some rock platforms then along a short section of timber boarding to come to a three-way intersection marked with a GNW arrow, and a larger unfenced rock platform (to the right).
(1.11km) Int of Great North Walk and Meyers Avenue track → Int of Great North Walk and the Lane Cove River track
(1.64km) Int of Great North Walk and the Lane Cove River track → End of Lane Cove River track
(1.64km) Int of Great North Walk and the Lane Cove River track → Mangrove viewing platform
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the clear track, leading gently uphill (initially keeping the concrete building and Barton Cres track on your left). The fairly flat, rocky track leads through the forest, keeping the Lane Cove River not far to your right. After about 300m, the track leads up some steps to a boulder outcrop with good views over the river. The track continues for another 100m to a small clearing and a timber viewing platform (on your right).
Mangrove viewing platform
(2.15km) Mangrove viewing platform → Buffalo Creek track head
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows GNW arrow up along Pains Rd for about 20m to the intersection with a wide track, marked with another GNW arrow post, just where the road bends left.
Continue straight: From the bend in Pains Rd (near house number 4), this walk follows GNW arrow along the wide track, whilst keeping a few houses up to your left. After about 120m, the track leads up a grassy hill to find a large open parkland, Buffalo Creek Reserve. Here, the walk turns right and follows the ‘Great North Walk’ sign across the grass, passing a picnic table and fireplace, and coming to the large ‘Buffalo Creek Track Head’ signpost (on your right).
Buffalo Creek Reserve
(2.93km) Buffalo creek track head → Int of Great North Walk and Pittwater Road carpark path
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Sugarloaf Point’ sign along the flat rocky and sandy track, keeping the valley to your right. The track generally bends left around the side of the hill, passing a few interesting rock platforms along the way. Soon after heading down some stone steps, this track comes to a signposted T-intersection with a wide sandy trail. There is a ‘Buffalo Ck Reserve’ sign pointing back up the steps.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Pittwater Road 0.25km’ sign up along the wide management trail, which soon becomes sealed. The trail winds up beside a large, fenced, high-tension power line concrete tower. The trail soon leads around a locked gate and comes to an intersection just before Pittwater Rd, with a ‘Great North Walk’ track sign (on the right).
(3.67km) Int of Great North Walk and Pittwater Road carpark path → Magdala Park carpark
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow along the wide track, initially keeping Kittys Creek to your right. The track almost immediately bends left (ignoring the side track on the left) and follows the bank of the Lane Cove River (on your right) through the casuarina forest for just shy of 200m. Here, the track starts edging away from the river and enters more dense vegetation for just over 200m, before the track opens up and comes to a ‘Lane Cove National Park – Sugarloaf Point’ sign. From the sign, the walk leads up along the grass, keeping the playing fields to your right and coming to a GNW arrow post in front of the toilet block beside Magdala Park car park.
(4.97km) Magdala Park carpark → Int. opposite end of Mowbray Rd
Turn right: From the transmissions tower, this walk follows the ‘Newcastle’ sign downhill along the concrete footpath away from Magdala Park. The path soon turns right and leads over the ‘Clifford Love’ footbridge. The 150m-long bridge leads over Lane Cove River and then over the ‘National Starch’ factory, to find a footpath on the other side. The footpath leads around the edge of the fenced car park and comes to the footpath beside Epping Rd, just beside the traffic lights at Mowbray Rd.
(5.39km) Int. opposite end of Mowbray Rd → Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post down across the main bridge span, keeping the traffic to your right. After almost 100m, this walk comes to the other side of the bridge, where there is an intersection with another set of stairs (on your left) and another GNW arrow.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the stairs and towards the water. At the bottom of the stairs, the walk turns left and follows the footpath under the bridge then up a few steps to a signposted intersection, just on the other side of the bridge.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lane Cove National Park – Fairyland Track’ sign down along the dirt track, keeping the filtered view of Lane Cove River to your right. The track soon leads down some timber steps, past a short rock wall and across two short flat timber bridges. The walk continues up some steps and across a timber bridge with a hand rail. The rocky track then leads downhill for about 100m before going gently uphill past the high tension transmission tower, to then come to a signposted intersection, just after passing under the power lines.
(6.11km) Int. Scenic Trail and Great North Walk → Intersection behind Honeywell
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the timber staircase to then follow the ‘0.8km scenic trail’ arrow post gently uphill. From this sign, the track leads up over a series of rocks and up a few rock steps (ignoring a track on your right) for about 40m to pass an ‘Aboriginal uses for plants’ information sign. Here the walk continues up the stone steps to then follow alongside a wire fence for just shy of 100m (behind the ‘Honeywell’ building). The walk then follows one of a few tracks that continues straight to come to a T-intersection with a sealed road, just at the far corner of the ‘Honeywell’ building.
(6.32km) Intersection behind Honeywell → North Ryde Train Station
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north following the footpath beside Julius Ave gently uphill. After just shy of 100m, this walk leaves the ‘Riverside Corporate Park east Entrance’ and turns left at Delhi Rd. The walk now follows the footpath (past a bus stop and post box) for 270m to come to the traffic lights at the intersection of Delhi Rd & (the other end of) Julius Ave at the ‘Riverside Corporate Park West Entrance’.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses Julius Ave and follows the footpath alongside Delhi Rd (on the other side of the road from Macquarie Park Cemetery). After about 60m, this footpath leads past ‘Delhi Convenience Store’ (open 7am-7pm M-F & 10am-4pm weekends Ph: 02 9889 8822) and continues (crossing a driveway with traffic lights) for about 200m to come to the entrance of ‘North Ryde’ train station.
Maps for the Boronia Park to North Ryde walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Parramatta River||1:25 000 Map Series||91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER||NSW-91303N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||2 hrs 45 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|Signs||Directional signs along the way (3/6)|
|Experience Required||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
4.5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.4km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.3km) has short steep hills.
Quality of track
3.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.6km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (1.5km) follows a smooth and hardened path.
Around 4.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 2.6km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 480m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
For the most part, this walk follows a section of the Great North Walk through “Fairylands” and past a few waterfalls, then across Lane Cove River (via Epping rd) to Mowbray Park. Starting and ending on two busy roads, it is a pleasant surprise to visitors how nice the bushland can be. Allow some time to enjoy Fairylands and the views of Lane Cove river along the way.
Total climbing: 105m
2.6 km One way
This walk loops around a section of the Lane Cove River. Starting at Fullers Bridge, the walk follows the Great North walk through the historic site of Fairylands to Epping road before crossing the Lane Cove river and heading up the other bank of the river, passing through a variety of environments including a Golf Course. The walk then returns to Fullers Bridge.
Total climbing: 175m
5.3 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
An enjoyable walk through lower sections of the Lane Cove National Park, this walk features plenty of mangroves next to the Lane Cove River, particularly in the section between Boronia Av and Buffalo Creek Reserve. Sugarloaf Point is well worth going the 200m for as its a good spot for a rest (or lunch) with views of the river. The walk has a number of contrasts where you think you are a long way from the city, with the occasional stark reminder.
Total climbing: 154m
5.5 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
Starting at North Ryde train station this walk explores a stretch of the Lane Cove River, visiting the historic Fairlylands Pleasure Grounds along the way. The walk starts by wandering through the Riverside Corporate Park and soon comes alongside the Lane Cove River to join the Great North Walk. Here we follows the GNW though Fairylands before exploring a few streets in Chatswood West. After the weir, this walk leaves the main spine of the Great North Walk to explore the lovely River Side Track, through many picnic areas and up to the Lane Cove Tourist Park. Here the you wander along the roads back to the train station.
Total climbing: 193m
6.9 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk begins in the busy city of Chatswood and soon enters the nearby bushland around the Lane Cove River. The walk uses the v-shaped valleys to escape from the houses. Due to pollution and rubbish in stormwater run-off there are some less then pleasant pockets, however, this walk does explore some wonderful views of the Lane Cove River and its surrounds. You can buy lunch at the Golf course, or there are plenty of nice spots along the river to stop and eat.
Total climbing: 302m
11.2 km Circuit
This overnight walk starts from the Obelisk in Macquarie Park, Sydney, at the official start of the Great North Walk. The walk soon boards the ferry from Circular Quay to Woolwich, and follows the Great North Walk through the streets of Hunters Hill and into the Lane Cove National Park. After staying the night in a caravan park here, the walk backtracks a little, then heads north, winding through the Lane Cove Valley, up to Thornleigh train station.
Total climbing: 1114m
33 km One way
This fun walk covers a large section of the Great North Walk, starting from the official start in Circular Quay. After a short ferry trip the walk follows the Lane Cove River through the Lane Cove National Park, to Thornleigh. Here, the walk enters Berowra Valley National Park, continuing along the Great North Walk to before following the popular Blue Gum Walk up out of the valley, to Hornsby train station. Camp overnight at Lane Cove tourist park and at the Scout camp in Thornleigh.
Total climbing: 1695m
44.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
Going through the streets of Hunters Hill, this walk is on the first segment of the Great North Walk. The majority of the walk is on roads and footpaths so you may not really consider it a bush walk. The track does pop into some pockets of nice bushland, but these are short, relative to the walking along the streets.
Total climbing: 175m
5.8 km One way
This walk, also know as the Black Cockatoo track, starts from Mowbray Park and explores the area where the Camaraigal Clan of the Guringai Tribe once lived. The walk leads across the top of a small escarpment and winds down and back along the Lane Cove river bank. The change in vegetation is quite defined and interesting. A boardwalk section through the mangroves gives a close view of river life that changes with the tides.
Total climbing: 66m
1.5 km Circuit
This short walks follows a section the Great North Walk along the Lane Cove River to an old picnic ground know as Fairylands Pleasure Grounds or “the Rest”. The walk gives great views of the river and of some sandstone formations. Fairylands has mostly grown over now, but still has some bits of history to explore, or you can just relax and watch the river go by as you eat lunch.
Total climbing: 31m
978 m Return
This walk follows a large section of Lane Cove River. The walk follows the Riverside Walking track up the Lane Cove River to De Burghs Bridge. From the bridge the track winds back along the hillside on the other side of the river. The track then passes a few historic buildings, and the Visitor Centre, before crossing at the weir and returning to the Tourist Park. There are plenty of grassy picnic areas along the way and the Boat Shed sells snacks.
Total climbing: 383m
12 km Circuit
This walk, from the Lane Cove Tourist Park to the Lane Cove River Boat Shed, meanders along the placid Lane Cove River, passing many picnic areas along the way. The Boat Shed itself is surrounded by a large picnic area with plenty of space for the kids to run around and play. You can even hire a boat and go for a paddle.
Total climbing: 98m
3.4 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
From the Tourist Park, this walk heads down to the other side of the Lane Cove River, to Baker’s Cottage. The walk passes the Lane Cove River Boat Shed and a play ground for the kids with plenty of open areas to run and play. Baker’s Cottage, perched up a slight hill, is worth the short distance with its unique history and age of the structure. Grab an ice-cream from the boat shed or hire a boat and go for a paddle. Spend some time and enjoy the park and bush lands.
Total climbing: 163m
5.9 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a fairly easy walk, from the main picnic and playground of Lane Cove National Park, to the Boat Shed. The track winds around the banks of the Lane Cove River with the river always in sight. The walk is enjoyable with plenty of opportunities to kick a ball or have a picnic in one of the many grassed areas or picnic shelters along the way.
Total climbing: 23m
1.3 km Return
This walk explores some of the hills and river banks of the Lane Cove National Park. Leaving the weir precinct on Max Allen Drive, the walk follows the Great North Walk over the hill and down to Fiddens Wharf (just near the oval). The return journey, past Schwartz Homestead, provides a great chance to see some local heritage. The track passes several picnic areas by the river providing a great chance to rest, eat and enjoy the view.
Total climbing: 159m
4.3 km Circuit
1 hr 27 mins
The Baker’s Cottage Heritage Track is a quick and interesting walk. The track itself is mainly drivable road, and turns to bush track before going up the hill to the cottage itself. At 140 years of age, Baker’s Cottage is the oldest unmodified structure, still standing, in the Ku-ring-gai area. All entrances to the cottage are blocked, so you can’t see inside. It is worth looking around the ground to see some other historic remains.
Total climbing: 56m
1.5 km Return
5.3 km One way
The Heritage Walk visits many of the historically significant buildings within the Lane Cove National Park. The walk follows the Lane Cove River from Fiddens Wharf and finishes at the Weir Precinct on Fullers Rd. The buildings are surprisingly intact, considering their age and history. A great walk for those wanting to see some culturally significant heritage buildings.
Total climbing: 89m
2.6 km One way
Starting from the Macquarie Park train station, you wander down Lane Cove Rd and over De Burghs Bridge to join the main spine of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove Valley. Here the walk heads under De Burghs bridge then explores the dry grass tree and eucalypt forest along the side of the ridge. The track soon leads you down into the ferny and moist valley beside Lane Cove River. Near the top of the valley, you walk up some stone steps built during the depression to find some rock engravings with 1930’s style political satire, Conscript Pass. The side trip provides access to the scout campsite, where the main walk continues leads up through the streets to find Thornleigh train station.
Total climbing: 413m
11.5 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
Fire DangerEach park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.
Weather ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
Short URL = http://wild.tl/bptnr
There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.