(0km) End of Vimiera Rd → Browns Waterhole
From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete management trail down the gentle hill to the picnic tables and clearing signposted as ‘Browns Waterhole’.
(0.67km) Browns Waterhole → Browns Waterhole int
(0.76km) Browns Waterhole int → Int of GNW and Kissing Point Road trail
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the concrete path uphill. The path winds up for about 100m, passing a few signs before coming to an intersection with a track (on your right, that leads to an informal, unfenced lookout), just after a GNW arrow post, where the path mostly flattens out.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the wide concrete path as it bends left. After about 50m, the path leads under some high tension power lines, then about 50m later, comes to an intersection with a track (on your right), marked with a GNW arrow post and an aluminium ‘Lane Cove Valley’ map.
(1.03km) Int of GNW and Kissing Point Road path → Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk follows the management trail along the side of the hill, initially keeping the houses up to your left. The trail soon leads past a high tension power line tower and along the side of the hill and gently up for about 200m to another metal high tension power line tower. Here the trail bends left and leads up a fairly steep but short hill, where the trail then leads more gently uphill for another 400m before another short, steep climb. From the top of this climb, the trail continues for about 70m before crossing over a rock platform and coming to an intersection (about 25m below the Koombalah Ave gate, on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main trail gently along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right. After about 40m, this trail leads to an intersection with a track (on your right), marked with a GNW arrow post (just as this trail bends left).
(1.9km) Int of the GNW and the South Turramurra High School trail → Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill, keeping the valley to your right for about 30m to come to a faint intersection with a track (on your right – this faint track leads down to an old weir).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main track east, keeping the valley to your right. After about 120m, this track leads down (becoming steeper as it goes) to the cross the weir and bridge over Avondale Creek to find a pleasant sandy beach on the Lane Cove River. This last crossing may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. Here the track bends left and climbs up the timber steps a short distance to come to a T-intersection with a wide trail marked with a GNW arrow post and a ‘Lane Cove Valley’ aluminum sign and map.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post downhill along the management trail, keeping the Lane Cove River a short distance to your right. After about 120m, the trail crosses a small gully then leads gently uphill for about 70m to come to an intersection with a track (on your right) marked with a GNW arrow post.
(2.6km) Int of the Great North Walk and the West Pymble service trail link track → Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track
(3.21km) Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track → Green Shed
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post south, downhill for about 30m to come to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post (and a sign pointing right to ‘Marsfield’).
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post east, gently down along the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right). After about 80m, this walk steps off a small rock platform then crosses two flat timber bridges over Congham Creek. Here the track continues for another 100m (passing close to a few houses) to cross a small gully then climb up a few timber steps. About 70m further along the track, this walk passes a concrete sewerage access point to come to an intersection with a faint track on your left (that leads a short distance to a management trail), marked with a GNW arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the mostly flat track, keeping the valley to your left (running parallel with the high tension power lines, up to your left). After about 150m, this track leads close to a high tension power line tower, then comes to a locked green shed opposite a fenced-off pipe bridge (down in the valley to your right).
(3.77km) Green shed → Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
(3.91km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth) → Int of GNW and Ryde Road trail (west)
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, heading under the power lines and along track whilst leaving the management trail behind. After about 30m, this track leads down the hill and a few stone steps to cross Quarry Creek then climbs up a few steps and follows the mostly flat track through the bush for about 400m, to come to the end of a weedy section marked with a concrete sewerage access point. Here the rocky track climbs up the side of the hill for about 200m, through open eucalypt forest with some limited views right over the valley, for about 200m before passing large metal pipe (crossing the Lane Cove River). About 30m after passing the pipe, the track winds up to come to a clear intersection with a wide management trail, where a ‘Thornleigh Oval’ sign points back down the hill.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lane Cove Weir’ sign south and gently downhill along the management trail. The trail winds downhill for about 200m to cross a concrete bridge over Rudder Creek (beside a concrete sewerage pipe). Here the trail leads uphill for another 80m to come to an intersection with the GNW track (on your left), marked with ‘The Great North Walk’ sign.
(4.81km) Int of Great North Walk and Ryde Road track → Int. Opposite the end of Lady Game Drive
Maps for the Vimeira Rd to De Burghs Bridge 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||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||Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)|
|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
3.3km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.6km has gentle hills with occasional steps. The remaining (280m) is flat with no steps.
Quality of track
2.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 620m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
Around 3.3km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 1.9km is clearly signposted.
Around 4km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.1km requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 4.4km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 700m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 2.7km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 2.4km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
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
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
Following the Great North Walk, and the upper reaches of the Lane Cove River South, this walk explores dense bushland surrounding the river. You will experience a variety of trails along this walk, from steep bush tracks to wide biketrails. The common feature, however, is how well managed these trails are. The section just south of Thornleigh is the highlight of the walk as the bushtrail winds its way around the hill.
Total climbing: 106m
6.1 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk, from Epping to Pennant Hills Station, is a great way to see the upper Lane Cove River Valley. The walk does pass near major roads, but there are times along the track, near Browns Water Hole and along the Lane Cove River, where you forget how close you are to the city. Allow time to enjoy some of the lovely spots along the way.
Total climbing: 249m
8.4 km One way
3 hrs 15 mins
A great way to explore the Lane Cove Valley from Epping Station, this walk loops around North Epping, returning to the station. There are many sights to be seen along this walk, with Whale Rock and Brown’s Waterhole being a couple of highlights. The walk explores Devlins Creek, upper Lane Cove River and Terry’s Creek. A lovely way to spend a few hours.
Total climbing: 168m
8.4 km Circuit
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
Epping to Eastwood, via Lane Cove River, is the longer route through the bush between the stations. This walk visits Big Ducky Waterhole, Whale Rock, Browns Waterhole and the Lane Cove River. The water is a great feature of this walk as you explore the valleys between Epping and Eastwood Stations.
Total climbing: 189m
10.2 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
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
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
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
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
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
3.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
One of the most enjoyable walks in the Lane Cove valley, this relatively short trail ventures down into the valley and explores a variety of bushland. Spend a short while and go out to the scenic lookout and take your time around the waterfall. The track is pretty well signposted with a few information signs explaining some features. This walk was established by STEP a community based environmental organisation, based in South Turramurra.
Total climbing: 95m
2.7 km Circuit
This walk starts from Belinda Cres and provides a lovely walk to Whale Rock. The walk first passes some exotic plants and then into more native bushland with some interesting canopies and dense growth. Whale Rock, one of the features of this walk, is quite a sight and is well worth exploring. It is possible to walk up the service trail to Boundary Rd from Whale Rock to make a one way walk.
Total climbing: 41m
2.8 km Return
This rock formation really does look like a Whale. The walk down from Boundary Rd is the shortest and easiest way to see Whale Rock. The walk follows a management trail the short distance to an intersection where you will find Whale Rock. This walk starts at the end of Boundary Rd in North Epping.
Total climbing: 26m
516 m Return
This walk, via Terry’s Creek, is the most direct bush route between the two stations. Terry’s Creek waterfall features as a wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the bush. The walk up to Eastwood Station visits the open grassy Forrester Park, another nice place to take a break along this walk.
Total climbing: 71m
4.1 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
This walk, to Cheltenham Station from Epping Station, visits Whale Rock and Lane Cove River. This is not the most direct route between the two stations, but it is a great way to explore Devlins Creek. With a train station at each end, this walk mostly follows well define management trails with a narrow section of track at the upper end of Devlins Creek.
Total climbing: 184m
6.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
17.6 km One way
6 hrs 45 mins
This walk explores the bush between Epping and Pennant Hills stations. Sections of the walk pass through the Lane Cove National Park, although not down to the Lane Cove River. The walk explores a section of Devlins and Byles Creeks before passing near Pennant Hills park. The walk then takes the road for a short distance to finish at Pennant Hills Station.
Total climbing: 155m
5.3 km One way
This walk, between Epping and Thornleigh Stations, follows Devlins Creek then Lane Cove River as they wind through the valley. There are a number of interesting rock features to enjoy along the walk. The walk starts and ends near shops, so you can fill up with a coffee or a bite to eat at each end. From Whale Rock, the track becomes wide and very easy to follow.
Total climbing: 209m
8 km One way
360 m Return
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
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)
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Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
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