Lane Cove River tourist park
(0km) Lane Cove Tourist Park → Riverside Dr
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows ‘Lane Cove River Weir’ sign south down the hill. The track leads gently down the side of the hill for about 80m to pass a ‘Native Flora’ information sign, then about 90m later passes a ‘Bush Regeneration’ information sign among the ferns. Just 30m past this sign, the track leads over a small metal bridge beside the tall fern trees and ‘Native Fauna’ information sign. Here the track continues for a short distance to come to an intersection with Riverside Drive, where a ‘Tourist Park’ sign points back up the hill.
(0.54km) Riverside Dr → 13 Cottonwood Glen
(0.67km) 13 Cottonwood Glen → Porters Creek bridge East
Continue straight: From ’18 Korong’ picnic area, this walk heads across the clearing and up the road to the sign marked ’19 Halfway Point’. The walk passes this sign and the gate next to it, heading to the bottom of the grass clearing. The track then turns left and follows the Lane Cove River for approximately 1km, passing through some small clearings. The track then rounds to the left over a rocky section, then passes a creek fed by a drain high on the left. The track winds right, into the picnic area ’20 Fern Valley’ where there are picnic tables.
Continue straight: From Fern Valley, this walk heads north along the river. The track winds and undulates for approximately 1km, following the Lane Cove River. The track then turns left to head up Porters Creek for approximately 100m, then heads up some stairs to Porters Creek bridge, on Riverside Drive.
(2.73km) Porters Creek bridge East → Porters Creek bridge West
(2.76km) Porters Creek bridge West → Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
(4.28km) Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance → Int. Riverside Trk and Ryde Rd Access Trk SE
(4.55km) Int. Riverside Trk and Ryde Rd Access Trk SE → DeBurghs Bridge South
(4.58km) DeBurghs Bridge South → DeBurghs Bridge North
(4.85km) DeBurghs Bridge North → Sandstone caves
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign to ‘Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk’ down the hill and steps, keeping the valley to your right. The track soon leads down some stone steps, then a little further along, partway down some timber steps, this walk comes to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the flat track, keeping the valley to your right. The track soon bends left then follows a GNW arrow post down off a rock platform to cross the rocky Blackbutt Creek. Here, the walk heads up a series of timber steps, then the track flattens out and turns right at another GNW arrow post. Here the track widens into a trail and leads up over a partially buried, green metal pipeline (sometimes hissing) then follows the power lines for about 50m before turning left and coming to a signposted intersection partway up the hill. There is a ‘Great North Walk – Deburghs Bridge’ sign pointing back downhill.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the steps and along the narrower track, directly away from the face of the ‘Great North Walk’ sign. This track soon passes under some power lines then continues through the open forest for about 50m to head down some rocky steps. From here, the walk follows the base of the rock wall to head through a long tunnel-like sandstone overhang. Here the track leads down to cross a mossy and rocky gully, then heads up around the left side of a large cube boulder (know as ‘The Block’). The walk then follows along the base of long sandstone wall (on your left) for about 130m and then enters a sandstone overhang.
(5.79km) Sandstone caves → Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
(7.35km) Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk → Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
(8.14km) Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk → Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow up along the road for a short distance and comes to another signposted intersection with another track (on your right), a short distance before the locked gate.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow posts down a couple of timber steps then along the narrow track. The track gently meanders through the open forest for a short time until heading up some timber steps and coming to a T-intersection with a wide management trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post downhill along the wide management trail (keeping the house up to your left). The trail soon follows the power line down to an intersection where a ‘Blue Hole – Fiddens Wharf’ sign points back up the hill.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Park Visitors Centre’ sign downhill, away from the houses. Just over 100m later, the wide trail bends left and follows a cliff line to an intersection with a narrower track (marked with a GNW arrow post) about 10m before a locked gate.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post downhill along the narrow track and soon comes to an intersection with Max Allen Dr, beside a large ‘Great North Walk’ sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the road up the hill. The road passes over the hill, to an intersection with a track on the left, marked by wooden posts. Now Turn left to rejoin the main walk .
(8.14km) Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk → Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
(8.49km) Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area → Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road, with the water on the right. The walk tends left, continuing up the road to pass a brick building on the right, before coming to the signposted intersection, opposite Baker’s Flat.
(9.12km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat → Baker’s Cottage
(9.12km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat → Lane Cove Weir South
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the path for approximately 50m to pass a toilet block on the left of the track. The track continues to an intersection with a railed footpath.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the slight gradient, away from the toilet block to the large concreted area above the weir.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads directly down the hill to the weir at the water.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows GNW arrow post across the top of the weir to another GNW arrow post of other side of the weir, just past the sandstone pillars. After heavy or prolonged rain this crossing may be closed if water is flowing over the top.
Lane Cove Weir
(9.71km) Lane Cove Weir South → Boat Shed
Lane Cove Boatshed
(10.23km) Boat Shed → 9 Carters Creek
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow post along the narrow management trail, keeping the river to your right. After about 60m, this walk heads around a locked gate, then heads up over the grass to find a picnic area. Here the walk heads over the timber bridge, past the ‘9 Carters Creek’ sign and into the picnic area. The walk veers left across the picnic area to come back to the car park, just below the toilet block on the far side of the picnic area.
9 Carters Creek
(10.92km) 9 Carters Creek → 13 Cottonwood Glen
13 Cottonwood Glen
(11.28km) 13 Cottonwood Glen → Riverside Dr
(11.41km) Riverside Dr → Lane Cove Tourist Park
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads uphill directly away from the face of the ‘Scribbly Gums picnic area’ sign and past the large scribbly gum. The track leads under a banksia tree and after about 40m starts to climb a series of stone steps. After climbing these steps for about 60m, this walk heads through a gap in a fence to come to the edge of the Lane Cove Tourist Park. From here, this walk head directly away from the face of the ‘Lane Cove National Park’ sign and straight up the internal road. This road soon bends left then leads though the campsite for about 100m before bending right just past the laundry. Here the walk heads up this road for about 50m, past the boom gates, to come to the front of the the ‘Lane Cove Tourist Park’ office.
Maps for the Lane Cove Tourist Park River Circuit 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.
|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||Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)|
|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 has short steep hills and another 3km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 2.4km has gentle hills with occasional steps and the remaining 1.5km is very steep.
Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.1km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.9km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 1km follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
5km of this walk is clearly signposted and another 5km has directional signs at most intersection. The remaining (1.5km) has minimal directional signs.
Around 10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 12km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 4.5km 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
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
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
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
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
5.3 km One way
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
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
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 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
This walk goes from Gordon, to Roseville station, using the Riverside Walking Track. From DeBurghs Bridge, the walk follows the western bank of the Lane Cove River, passing many picnic areas and the Lane Cove River Boat Shed. The scenic walk along the Lane Cove River provides plenty of opportunities for a picnic or to kick the ball around before heading up to Roseville Station.
Total climbing: 346m
13.3 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
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
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 section of the Great North Walk, starting from De Burghs bridge. The walk winds north west, through the Lane Cove Valley, passing through Browns Waterhole and continuing alongside Lane Cove river as it zigzags along the valley floor. The walk then climbs up to the Thornleigh playing field and along the streets to Thornleigh train station
Total climbing: 363m
9.7 km One way
3 hrs 45 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
This walk leads down through the valleys beneath the houses, high on the ridge tops, to reaching the banks of the Lane Cove River at the Chatswood Golf Course. The walk then follows the scenic river, using boardwalks at times. The walk sees another side of Chatswood, with many natural treasures hidden along the way.
Total climbing: 137m
5.4 km One way
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 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 walk is a great one from Chatswood Station to the Lane Cove River National Park. The walk descends through the vegetated bushland which fills the valleys of the Lane Cove River. There are two places to buy a bite to eat, the Chatswood Golf Club and the Lane Cove River Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
Total climbing: 222m
7.5 km Circuit
This walk explores Terrys Creek and the Lane Cove National Park. From Eastwood station the track follows Terrys creek past a small waterfall, under the M2, past Browns Water hole and along the Lane Cove river before climbing up to Thornleigh Oval and the train station. There are picnic tables at Browns waterhole, not a bad place for lunch, otherwise there are a few nice creek banks to rest along the way
Total climbing: 285m
10.3 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
Initially following Terry’s Creek, and then the Lane Cove River, this walk goes through some of the prettier sections of the Lane Cove National Park before climbing up to Thornleigh and continuing into the Berowra Valley Regional Park. Following Berowra Creek and the side of the valley, the surrounds change from the wet environment of Lane Cove to the dry scrub and bushland of Berowra. The walk continues until climbing out, up to Hornsby Railway Station, through a remnant of the old Blue Gum High Forest.
Total climbing: 811m
20.6 km One way
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
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