4 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Gordon Station → Int. Blackbutt Creek Trk and Vale St
Continue straight: From Gordon Station bus depot, this walk heads up the hill of St Johns Ave to the Pacific Highway. The walk crosses to the other side at the pedestrian crossing. From here, this walk follows the shop fronts up the Pacific Highway, then turns left onto Moree St. This street is followed until the walk turns right onto Vale St. This walk continues along Vale St for a short time to the intersection with the bush track on the left of the street.
(0.98km) Int. Blackbutt Creek Trk and Vale St → Int. Lady Game Drive and Falls Creek Trk
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, passing a concrete sewerage inspection hole on the right. The trail continues along the creek line for another 20m, to the intersection which leads down to the creek on the right.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the creek downstream for approximately 200m to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the left-hand arrow on the ‘Blackbutt Creek Track’ sign, down the hill. The track contours with the creek on the right, and the houses high on the left, for approximately 1km to then steeply descend to the intersection above the concreted water-crossing.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill, across the concrete ford (creek), to then turn right and follow along side the creek. The trail tends left away from the creek, up to a white gate.
(2.74km) Int. Lady Game Drive and Falls Creek Trk → Allen Park
(3.95km) Allen Park → Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
(4.08km) Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail → DeBurghs Bridge North
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post up the timber steps. The track then leads up some stone steps and comes to a three-way intersection, where a sign points back to ‘Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk’.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lane Cove River Weir via Riverside walk’ sign up the steps with ‘GNW’ painted on them. The walk then gently winds up for about 130m to pass a ‘Lane Cove National Park’ sign. The walk turns left here, heading around the locked gate to the edge of Lane Cove Rd, on the north side of DeBurghs Bridge.
(4.68km) DeBurghs Bridge North → DeBurghs Bridge South
(4.95km) DeBurghs Bridge South → Int. Riverside Trk and Ryde Rd Access Trk SE
(4.98km) Int. Riverside Trk and Ryde Rd Access Trk SE → Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
(5.26km) Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance → Porters Creek bridge West
(6.77km) Porters Creek bridge West → Porters Creek bridge East
(6.8km) Porters Creek bridge East → 13 Cottonwood Glen
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes through to Fern Valley, winding left past a small creek from a drain high on the right, which drains into the Lane Cove River below on the left. The track continues along the river bank for approximately 1km, passing through some clearings before opening out onto picnic area ’19 Halfway Point’. The track heads across this clearing up to the gate on the right, to continue down the road passing the toilet block (above on the right). The track passes through picnic area ’18 Korong’ to the other side of its grass clearing, where the bush track starts.
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk follows the bush track around the Lane Cove River bank, keeping the river on the left, for approximately 400m to cross the ’13 Cottonwood Glen’ picnic area, over a small bridge to come to a car park beside the river.
13 Cottonwood Glen
(8.87km) 13 Cottonwood Glen → 9 Carters Creek
9 Carters Creek
(9.23km) 9 Carters Creek → 8 Ironbarks
(9.44km) 8 Ironbarks → Boat Shed
Lane Cove Boatshed
(9.92km) Boat Shed → Lane Cove Weir South
(10.44km) Lane Cove Weir South → Koonjeree Middle Trk
Koonjeree Picnic Area
(10.54km) Koonjeree Middle Trk → Fullers Bridge Pedestrian Crossing
Turn left: From the toilets, this walk heads through the low bushes, following the car park (which is on the left). The walk winds through the bushes to pass a stone seat on the left before crossing the entrance road to the Lane Cove National Park. This walk then continues along the footpath for a few metres to the road, which it crosses to come to the bus stop.
Continue straight: From the intersection near the bus stop, this walk follows the footpath beside Delhi Rd, across Fullers Bridge to come to the traffic lights at the intersection of ‘Lady Game Dr’ and ‘Delhi Rd’.
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
(10.82km) Int. Lady Game Dr and Delhi Rd → End of Fullers Park
(11.29km) End of Fullers Park → Valley View Close
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the sign to ‘Valley View Close’, down into the dense, moist forest to soon cross the bouldery and sandy Blue Gum Creek. After crossing the creek, this walk continues up for about 80m through the dense vegetation to then head up a set of stone steps. About 50m from the top of these steps, this walk comes to an intersection (with a faint track on your right) marked with a National Park arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track directly away from face of the National Park arrow post, keeping the valley to your left. After about 130m, this track leads past a large ‘Lane Cove National Park’ sign and continues behind the houses for another 50m. Here, this walk turns right and heads up the footpath (between the houses) to come to Valley View Close (between No.12 and 14).
(11.97km) Longford St Steps → Int. Shirley Rd and The Rifleway
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath uphill  beside ‘Shirley Rd’. After about 700m (veering left at ‘Abingdon Rd’), this walk crosses ‘Alston Way’ (the second street on your left). Then about 150m after crossing Alston Way, this walk crosses Shirley St (just after it bends left) to come to an intersection with a pedestrian laneway  beside house No.20 (just in front of the power pole).
(12.93km) Int. Shirley Rd and The Rifleway → Roseville Train Station
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk crosses the road and heads up the steps (between houses 21 & 23) to follow the pedestrian lane for about 60m, where the path zigzags up some steps to come to Larkin Lane.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads across the road and follows the power lines straight up the alley between the shops. The path continues for about 60m to come to the Pacific Highway, where this walk turns right and follows the footpath for about 40m and crosses the highway at traffic lights. Here the walk continues straight up the footpath to small a shop on the bridge over Roseville Railway Station.
Maps for the Gordon to Roseville Station (Riverside Walk) 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||4 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|Signs||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|Experience Required||No experience required (1/6)|
|Weather||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
5km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 3.7km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 3.1km has short steep hills and the remaining 1.5km is very steep.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 3.4km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 2.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 1.5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
7km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 4.6km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.5km) has minimal directional signs.
This whole walk, 13km requires no previous bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 13km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 3.2km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced). The remaining (1.5km) has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged).
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, 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
5.3 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
This is a scenic walk which takes in views of the Lane Cove River and some heritage buildings. Porters Creek bridge is a fantastic example of extravagant stone work, cut locally from the creek itself. The walk generally follows the Lane Cove River, passing many favourite sun baking spots for the local water dragons. Water Dragons and water birds seem to favour this lower bank, along with picnickers who enjoy the many grassed picnic areas along the way.
Total climbing: 87m
5.5 km One way
This walk is a popular track being close to roads, yet surrounded by nice tall trees. The walk heads down hill with tall eucalyptus surrounding the track and providing shade for most of the walk. Convenient access to the start of the walk from Gordon Railway station is another feature of this walk.
Total climbing: 121m
5.5 km Return
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
Following the Lane Cove River, this walk mostly follows a section of the Great North Walk and is well maintained and signposted. Things to lookout for include Fiddens Wharf which is a very pleasant spot to sit and watch the ducks. The walk passes by Lane Cove National Park Headquarters, so pop by and check out the other experiences available in the park.
Total climbing: 200m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk takes you down into the v-shaped valleys that run between the houses of Roseville and Chatswood. The walk stays predominantly in the valleys, with many sections on road or footpath. This walk has a surprising amount of bushland which is very close to civilisation. The walk also passes the Lane Cove River Steak and Seafood Restaurant which is a great spot for a lunch break.
Total climbing: 185m
6 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 starts at Roseville station and explores the streets and alleyways of Roseville before joining the main spine of the Great North Walk at Fullers Bridge. Here you head deeper into the bush to explore the eastern bank on the Lane Cove River. There is a great diversity of mostly dry forest and some great sandstone rock formation, as well as a side trip to Blue Hole to enjoy. Soon after Blue hole you leave the river (and GNW) to cross over De Burghs Bridge, past a few cafes and restaurants to find Macquarie Park railway station.
Total climbing: 290m
8.8 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
The track connecting Gordon to Roseville Railway Station is a surising scenic walk through remnant bushland. The walk escapes the urban centres to wind through the valleys and along the Lane Cove River with its abundance of water dragons, ducks and other birds. The walk is a great way to do a station to station walk, even if you have a car.
Total climbing: 345m
10.7 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
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
This walk, from Epping Station to Gordon Station, passes below the homes which sit on the hills high above the Lane Cove River. The walk mostly follows management trails which weave above and across the rivers and creeks which fill the valley. The walk then leaves Lane Cove River National Park and enters the Blackbutt Reserve before reaching Gordon, then Gordon Station.
Total climbing: 365m
11.7 km One way
4 hrs 15 mins
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 is a great way to get into the bush without being far from civilisation. The walk wanders through untouched valleys and along the Lane Cove River, passing over many roads and footpaths to connect such unspoilt bush. The side trip to Baker’s cottage is definitely worth the short stroll, with the heritage building having a long history.
Total climbing: 381m
12.2 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
16.3 km One way
Following the Lane Cove River and Terry’s Creek, this walk uses the valleys between the stations to explore some suburban bushland. From Chatswood Station, the walk soon leaves the suburban area and passes through the bush along the Lane Cove River. A great station-to-station walk with a few options for snacks along the way.
Total climbing: 554m
18.1 km One way
6 hrs 45 mins
This overnight walk starts from Gordon train station and winds through bush filled valleys to Hornsby station. From Gordon station, the walk winds down past the Gordon golf course to the Great North Walk, then continues north through the Lane Cove Valley before staying overnight at the Baden Powell scout camp. The next day, the walk continues along the Great North Walk, through Thornleigh and down into the Berowra Valley Regional Park, following Berowra creek to the beautiful Fishponds waterhole. From here, the walk passes up through a piece of the old Blue Gum High Forest to Hornsby Quarry, and on to Hornsby train station.
Total climbing: 1025m
25.8 km One way
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
6 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This pleasant walk starts at the bottom of Eastern Arterial Road (near the speed camera) and follows the service trails and bush tracks into Garigal National Park and down the side of the valley to Middle Harbour Creek. From here the track follows Middle Harbour Creek north to the pipe bridge, and along the Bungaroo bush track and the pipeline service trail as it climbs up to St Ives.
Total climbing: 400m
6.8 km One way
This walk starts in St Ives and follows the Pipeline and Bungaroo tracks down to Middle Harbour Creek, crossing the creek at the stepping stones and continuing to Davidson Picnic area. Much of this walk follows Middle Harbour Creek, providing great water views and passing some interesting sandstone caves along the way. The Davidson park picnic area is a great place for a rest and play after this walk.
Total climbing: 399m
9 km One way
4.7 km Return
This pleasant walk follows the pipeline, from Hunter Avenue in St Ives, to John Oxley Drive, Davidson. The walk follows the pipeline down into the valley and crosses Middle Harbour Creek (via a quick upstream detour to the Bungaroo Track crossing) before climbing out of the valley to John Oxley Drive.
Total climbing: 213m
4.7 km One way
2 hrs 15 mins
360 m Return
This walk explores a section of Middle Harbour and Gordon Creek following a narrow bush track. The walk provides some great views across Middle Harbour Creek and the bushland of the area. This walk also gets close to the mangroves along Middle Harbour creek. With the right tide, these mangroves can be very interesting to explore.
Total climbing: 133m
2.6 km One way
1 hr 15 mins
This walk explores a section of bush between Hunter Ave, St Ives, and Middle Harbour Creek. The walk follows a reasonably well defined bush track, passing several rocky outcrops with views across the valley. The walk is named after Bungaroo, a spot of Middle Harbour creek which was described by the first Governor of NSW when he and his party were exploring this area for farmland. Follow these historic footsteps and explore a piece of wonderful bushland.
Total climbing: 237m
3.6 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This return walk starts at the Founders Way track head, in St Ives, and follows the pipeline through the National Park. The walk heads down into the valley where it comes to the Middle Harbour Creek pipe bridge. There is a short, optional side trip along the Bungaroo Track to the stepping stones crossing the creek.
Total climbing: 137m
3 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
This circuit walk starts at Founders Way and follows the Bungaroo bush track through the national park to Middle Harbour Creek. There is an optional side trip to the creek crossing before returning, via the pipe bridge and the Pipeline Track. Along the Bungaroo Track there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take in the great forest like surroundings, in what is a tiny portion of the Garigal National Park.
Total climbing: 190m
3.5 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This is a short walk down into the Lane Cove Valley, crossing the Lane Cove River, and out the other side. The entire track is concrete, making it a favourite trail for bike riders taking the short cut from Turramurra to Maquarie University. There are picnic tables at Browns Water Hole.
Total climbing: 49m
1.3 km One way
Following a section of the Great North Walk, this popular walk is well signposted and maintained. There are good views of the Lane Cove River as the track passes along the side of the ridge to the north. In several sections the track goes down to smaller creeks (some of which are polluted). Watch these creeks after rain as the boulders and small bridges can become quite slippery.
Total climbing: 155m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 45 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/gtrbw
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.