3 hrs 30 mins
(0km) Roseville Train Station → Int. Shirley Rd and The Rifleway
Continue straight: From near the end of Larkin Lane, this walk heads past the green power box and down the pedestrian laneway steps. After approximately 60m, the lane leads down some more steps to find an intersection with another concrete footpath on the other side of Larkin St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps, beside number 4 Larkin St. From the bottom of the steps, the walk heads along the pedestrian alley for about 40m, and then crosses a 60m long bridge. On the other side of the bridge, this walk continues up the alley for about 80m, coming to an intersection with Shirley Rd.
(0.41km) Int. Shirley Rd and The Rifleway → Longford St Steps
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down along ‘Longford St’ for about 100m to come to the top of the ‘Valley View Cl’ steps (on the left), just past No.31.
(1.38km) Longford St steps → Int. Blue Gum Ck and Greville St Trks
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the steps (with a handrail) down between houses No.12 and 14. At the back of the houses, this walk turns left and follows the track for about 50m to pass a ‘Lane Cove National Park’ sign. Then about 130m past this sign, this walk comes to an intersection with a faint track (on your left) marked with a National Park arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the National Park arrow post south along the clear track, keeping the valley to your right. After about 50m, the track leads down some stone steps then continues down for about 80m through the denser vegetation to cross the bouldery and sandy Blue Gum Creek. A short distance after crossing the creek, this walk heads up to a T-intersection marked with a ‘Blue Gum Creek Track’ sign (pointing back down to ‘Valley View Close’).
(1.9km) Int. Blue Gum Ck and Greville St Trks → Koonjeree Middle Trk
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk follows the grassy trail under the sewerage bridge and continues for about 300m to come to a larger clearing and picnic shelter in Fullers Park. This walk continues along the grassy trail on the edge of the park, then heads up the short sealed driveway past the ‘Lane Cove National Park – Fullers Park’ sign, and around the locked gate to come to Lady Game Drive. Here the walk turns left and follows the grassy verge for about 40m to come to the intersection of Delhi Rd and Lady Game Dr.
Turn right: From the corner, this walk crosses Lady Game Drive at the traffic lights, heading towards Fullers Bridge.
Continue straight: From the corner of Lady Game Drive and Delhi Rd, this walk follows the footpath beside Delhi Rd, across Fullers Bridge. Just on the far side of the bridge, this walk comes to an intersection with a footpath (and steps, on your right) about 15m before the bus stop shelter.
Turn right: From the intersection between the bus stop and bridge, this walk heads down the steps (away from the road) to almost immediately come to an intersection with another footpath.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the concrete footpath, away from the bridge, whilst keeping the river to your right. The path leads along the edge of ‘Koonjeree picnic area’ until just past the ‘Crossing the Lane Cove River’ information sign, where this walk comes to an intersection with another footpath (leading through the middle of the picnic area).
Koonjeree Picnic Area
(2.71km) Koonjeree Middle Trk → Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove Weir
(2.81km) Lane Cove Weir South → Int. Great North Walk near Naamaroo
Turn right: From the north side of the weir, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the edge of the picnic area, keeping the water to your right. The footpath leads past the picnic shelter and rubbish bins, coming to a T-intersection with Max Allen Drive, just beside the bridge (on your right) and to the ‘Great North Walk’ track head signs.
Turn left: From the bridge, this walk heads gently uphill along the road to the intersection with the visible concrete stairs just below the National Parks Office.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the road uphill, keeping the short sandstone wall and National Parks office on your left. The road soon bends left and leads up past the staff parking, to an intersection (with a track on your right) marked with a large ‘Great North Walk’ sign.
(3.16km) Int. Great North Walk near Naamaroo → Southern Int. Bradfield Rd and Great North Walk
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide trail uphill, initially keeping the cliff line to your right. The trail bends right then leads uphill for about 130m, coming to an intersection (just below the power lines) where a ‘Park Visitors Centre’ sign points back down the hill.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follow the ‘Blue Hole – Fiddens Wharf’ sign and power line up along the wide management trail. Just as the trail flattens out, this walk comes to an signposted intersection with a narrower track (on your left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow posts down the timber steps. The track gently meanders through the open forest for a short time then heads up a few steps to come to a T-intersection with a sealed road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow down along the road for a short distance and comes to another signposted intersection with a track (on your right).
(3.61km) Southern Int. Bradfield Rd and Great North Walk → Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper arrow on the historic walk sign post, gently uphill along the wide trail. The trail leads through the casuarina forest for about 30m then passes the ‘Scribbly Gum’ information sign. The trail then bends left and leads downhill, narrowing significantly. Here the track heads down a series of timber steps to pass a ‘Sydney Red Gum’ information sign. The track then crosses the ferny gully and passes the ‘Sandstone Gully Community’ and then the ‘Sydney Peppermint’ information signs. From here, the track leads across another gully then up and along the side of a steep hill (with an unfenced cliff to your left) for about 70m, coming to a rock platform with a ‘Blackbutts’ information sign. Here the walk leads down the staircase and stone path for a short time and crosses the ‘weedy’ creek on a short timber boardwalk. The now flat track leads for another 50m to a signposted intersection (with some steps on your right), where a ‘Visitor Centre Loop’ sign points back along the track.
(4.84km) Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk → Sandstone caves
(6.39km) Sandstone caves → Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Great North Walk – Deburghs Bridge’ sign downhill along the wide management trail. The trail soon bends right and follows the power lines down, stepping over a partially buried, green metal pipeline (sometimes hissing). After this, the trail follows a GNW arrow left as the trail significantly narrows and leads down a series of timbers steps then across the rocky Blackbutt Creek. Here, the walk follows the GNW arrow up onto the rock platform, where the track turns left then leads along the flat to a T-intersection with a GNW arrow post, and a set of steps (up to your right AND down to your left).
(7.05km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk → Blue Hole
(7.05km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk → Int. Great North Walk and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE
(7.17km) Int. Great North Walk and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE → Eden Gardens
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete footpath downhill alongside Lane Cove Rd, passing under the large ‘Lane Cove National Park’ sign. The walk then follows the footpath across ‘De Burghs Bridge’ to an intersection on the far side, marked with a NPWS arrow marker.
Continue straight: From the south side of the bridge, this walk follows the grassy verge beside Lane Cove Rd gently uphill along a worn track. The track leads up past some signs for just over 250m to cross Riverside Drive (a signposted entrance to ‘Lane Cove National Park’) and find a concrete footpath on the other side. Here, the walk follows the footpath beside the Lane Cove Rd for about 130m past a bus stop then across the driveway (at the traffic lights) to come to the intersection in front of ‘Eden Gardens’ nursery.
(8.02km) Eden Gardens → Macquarie Park Station
Maps for the Roseville to Macquarie Park 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||3 hrs 30 mins|
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Short steep hills (3/6)|
|Quality of track||Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)|
|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
3.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 2.8km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (2.8km) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.2km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 2.2km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 340m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
Around 5km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.3km has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 9km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
Around 5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3.4km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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 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 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
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
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
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
This walk follows Moores Creek through several reserves in east Roseville and East Lindfield. The track is named after Australia’s 7th Prime Minster, who once lived in the area. The walk explores the ferns and sandstone overhangs of the area, and there are several small waterfalls on Moore creek, which are worth the very short detour to visit. Officially, the Little Digger track finishes near the bottom of the Carlyle road service trail, but we included this section to get back to the road.
Total climbing: 93m
2.2 km One way
A popular walk that explores Gordon, Middle Harbour and Moores Creeks. This walk crosses a section of Garigal National park and a few reserves managed by Ku-ring-gai Council, you will see some great water views, sandstone caves and heritage sandstone works. The track is well signposted. The optional short section at the end of this walk takes you to Echo Point park, a great place for a picnic to finish off your walk.
Total climbing: 237m
6.1 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 pleasant walk starts from Lindfield Park and heads through the bushland to the Two Creeks Track, which it follows through the National Park to, and along, Middle Harbour Creek. The walk returns to Lindfield Park via the picturesque Little Digger Track, and through a few shortcut alley ways in East Lindfield.
Total climbing: 287m
6.7 km Circuit
2 hrs 45 mins
Exploring both the eastern and western sides of Middle Harbour Creek, this walk follows the Little Digger and Two Creeks Tracks down to the Roseville Bridge, and into Davidson Reserve. This is a fantastic spot to take a break before following the waterline along the Lyrebird Track for a while and looping back to Davidson reserve along the ridge, via the Casuarina track.
Total climbing: 470m
11.5 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
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, 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
516 m Return
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
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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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.