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Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station
Time: 6 hrs 45 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.3 km WSW of Chatswood
Length: 18.1 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 18.1 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 554 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 554 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk There is a train station near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Lane Cove National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station

Map of Walk

Location

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Chatswood Station
Int. Victoria Ave and Pacific Highway
Int. Edgar St and Edgar St Reserve Trk
Bob Peirson Memorial Seat
Int. Park Ave and Edgar St Reserve Trk
Int. Park Ave and Rail to River Trk
Int. Sylvia St and Centennial Ave Trks
Int. Ferndale Trk and Beresford Trk
Int. Harnett Pl Trk and Ferndale Trk
Harnett Pl sign post
Int. Lowanna Park and Greville St
Int. Lowanna Park and Fullers Rd
Int. Fullers Rd and Bellevue Ave
Int. Hawthorne Ave and Bellevue Ave
Int. Rail to River Trk and Hawthorne Ave
Eastern side of O.H. Reid Memorial Oval
O.H. Reid Memorial Oval car park
Int. Rail to River Trk and Reid Drive
Int. Behind the 8th Tee
Int. Fairway and Delhi Rd
Lady Game Dr opp. Fullers Park
Max Allen Drive Bridge
Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr
Jenkins Hill
Int. Below Jenkins Hill Park
Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Schwartz Homestead
Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Sandstone caves
Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Int GNW and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE
Int of GNW and Ryde Road trail (west)
Int of GNW and Yanko Road tracks
Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail (east)
Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
Green Shed
Int of the GNW and Powerline access track
Int of GNW and Christie Park track
Int of the GNW and Powerline access track
Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track
Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track
Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail
Int of GNW and the old weir track
Int of GNW and the Turramurra High School bushtrack
Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail
Int near the end of Koombalah Ave
Creek crossing
Int of GNW and Kissing Point Road trail
Int of flat rock view
Int of Browns waterhole trail and pipe bridge track
Browns Waterhole int
Browns Waterhole
Int of Terry's Creek Walking Track and Brown's Waterhole Servicetrail
Signpost 20 int
Int of Crimea road and Epping road tracks.
Signpost 18 int
Signpost 17 int
Signpost 16 int
Int of Eastwood Station track
Int of Terrys Creek bushtrack
Eastwood Station track
Int of Eastwood Station and Epping road track
Int of Eastwood Station and Pembroke street tracks
Int of Eastwood Station and Rest area tracks
Int of Eastwood station and Browns Waterhole tracks
Int of Eastwood station and Pembroke park tracks
Int of Eastwood station and Dence park tracks
Int of Eastwood station and Waterfall tracks
Int of Eastwood station and waterfall loop tracks
Int of Eastwood station and waterfall loop tracks
Top of Terrys creek falls
Forrester Park
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Victoria Ave and Pacific Highway

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Photo Gallery

 
Rail to River sign near Western Way
 
Rail to River sign near Western Way +
 
Edgar St Park
 
Edgar St Park +
 
Rail to River walk behind tennis courts
 
Rail to River walk behind tennis courts +

 
Rail to River walk sign
 
Rail to River walk sign +
 
Track across creek
 
Track across creek +
 
Track up valley parallel to Fullers Rd
 
Track up valley parallel to Fullers Rd +

 
Track marker
 
Track marker +
 
Rail to River walk
 
Rail to River walk +
 
Rock pool on Ferndale Loop
 
Rock pool on Ferndale Loop +

 
Int. Harnett Pl and Rail to River Walk
 
Int. Harnett Pl and Rail to River Walk +
 
Lowanna Park Sign
 
Lowanna Park Sign +
 
Footpath to Chatswood Station
 
Footpath to Chatswood Station +

 
Hawthorne Ave Rail to River signs
 
Hawthorne Ave Rail to River signs +
 
Track up between houses
 
Track up between houses +
 
O.H. Reid Oval
 
O.H. Reid Oval +

 
Rail to River walk above 8th Tee
 
Rail to River walk above 8th Tee +
 
Sign behind 8th Tee
 
Sign behind 8th Tee +
 
Track north of Golf Course
 
Track north of Golf Course +

 
Fullers Bridge
 
Fullers Bridge +
 
Track under Fullers Bridge
 
Track under Fullers Bridge +
 
BBQ beside Max Allen Drive
 
BBQ beside Max Allen Drive +

 
Great North Walk sign
 
Great North Walk sign +
 
NPWS Centre
 
NPWS Centre +
 
Jenkins Hill Park
 
Jenkins Hill Park +

 
Max Allen Dr
 
Max Allen Dr +
 
Turrumburra Picnic Area
 
Turrumburra Picnic Area +
 
Int. of Baker's Track and Max Allen Dr
 
Int. of Baker's Track and Max Allen Dr +

 
Schwartz Homestead
 
Schwartz Homestead +
 
Thistlewaite picnic area
 
Thistlewaite picnic area +
 
No dogs or bikes sign
 
No dogs or bikes sign +

 
Wattle
 
Wattle +
 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf
 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf +
 
Rosella
 
Rosella +

 
along the Lane Cove river
 
along the Lane Cove river +
 
The Block
 
The Block +
 
Creek near DeBurgs Bridge
 
Creek near DeBurgs Bridge +

 
Blue Hole track intersection
 
Blue Hole track intersection +
 
Arrow marker beside track
 
Arrow marker beside track +
 
Sewage access point
 
Sewage access point +

 
creek crossing
 
creek crossing +
 
Track above Lane Cove River
 
Track above Lane Cove River +
 
Information signs along the way
 
Information signs along the way +

 
Small Weir
 
Small Weir +
 
winding up and along lane cove valley
 
winding up and along lane cove valley +
 
Bradley Reserve sign
 
Bradley Reserve sign +

 
path to Browns Waterhole
 
path to Browns Waterhole +
 
Browns Water hole causeway
 
Browns Water hole causeway +
 
Browns Water Hole
 
Browns Water Hole +

 
Browns Waterhole Picnic Area
 
Browns Waterhole Picnic Area +
 
Brown's Waterhole
 
Brown's Waterhole +
 
Terry's Creek walking track sign
 
Terry's Creek walking track sign +

 
Paved section of service trail
 
Paved section of service trail +
 
Northern End of Terrys creek track
 
Northern End of Terrys creek track +
 
Going under the M2 Motorway
 
Going under the M2 Motorway +

 
Track through heath
 
Track through heath +
 
Track leading to signposted intersection
 
Track leading to signposted intersection +
 
Track under tree branch
 
Track under tree branch +

 
Down at waterlevel
 
Down at waterlevel +
 
Track above pot holes in creek bed
 
Track above pot holes in creek bed +
 
Track past pipe access
 
Track past pipe access +

 
Footbridge over creek
 
Footbridge over creek +
 
Track above creek
 
Track above creek +
 
Causeway under Epping Rd
 
Causeway under Epping Rd +

 
Graffiti under Epping Rd
 
Graffiti under Epping Rd +
 
Terry's Creek
 
Terry's Creek +
 
Bench seats near Epping Rd
 
Bench seats near Epping Rd +

 
Signposts on Terrys Creek track
 
Signposts on Terrys Creek track +
 
Coming out from the creek
 
Coming out from the creek +
 
Terrys Creek track
 
Terrys Creek track +

 
The waterfall waterhole
 
The waterfall waterhole +
 
Track beside rocky outcrop near Forrester Park
 
Track beside rocky outcrop near Forrester Park +
 
Forrester Park
 
Forrester Park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 18km
Time 6 hrs 45 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
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)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
8km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 7km has short steep hills. Whilst another 3.6km is flat with no steps and the remaining 55m is very steep.

Quality of track
10km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 6km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.7km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 960m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 9km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 9km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 13km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 5km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 17km 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.

Infrastructure
Around 9km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 9km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Chatswood Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Chatswood Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus to Chatswood Station
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Chatswood Station
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Chatswood Station to Int. Edgar St and Edgar St Reserve Trk
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 623 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -37 m
From Chatswood Train Station, this walk exits the station onto Victoria Ave. The walk then continues up Victoria Ave, passing Chatswood RSL on the left. This walk continues to the Pacific Highway where it crosses over the at a pedestrian crossing or the foot bridge near by.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north up the Pacific Highway, to turn left onto Western Way. The walk continues down Western Way through a dogleg, turning right onto Jenkins Rd then quickly left back onto Western Way. The walk heads down Western Way to turn right onto Edgar St and to the Edgar Reserve Park with green gate.

(0.62 km) Int. Edgar St and Edgar St Reserve Trk to Int. Park Ave and Edgar St Reserve Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 336 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk passes the gate, then the playground on the right, and continues through the clearing. The track continues for approximately 150m to an intersection marked by a memorial bench.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads between the tennis court fence on your right and the houses on your left for approximately 150m. The track then comes to an intersection with Park Ave, and a 'Rail to River Walk' sign[1].

(0.96 km) Int. Park Ave and Edgar St Reserve Trk to Int. Park Ave and Rail to River Trk
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 32 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' sign down the road for approximately 30m to the next signpost.

(0.99 km) Int. Park Ave and Rail to River Trk to Harnett Pl sign post
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 500 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -30 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' signpost past the 'Ferndale Park' sign, down the management trail. The walk continues along the trail for approximately 60m to a large grassed clearing. The walk then continues away from the clearing along a bush track, which soon comes to some steppingstones across the creek. Approximately 50m later, the walk comes to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the creek (which remains on your left) down the gully for approximately 100m to the signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk heads along the creek (which remains on the left) for approximately 60m to turn up the steps to a signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' sign up the hill. The track zigzags up through mossy rock outcrops to a house on the left. This walk continues up the stairs to the intersection with the road.

(1.49 km) Harnett Pl sign post to Int. Hawthorne Ave and Bellevue Ave
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 1.02 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -35 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the road and heads right, up the hill. The walk continues up the hill to Lowanna Park gate on the left.
Turn left: From the gate on Greville St, this walk passes through the park diagonally, past the play equipment and BBQs, to the gate on the Fullers Rd side of Lowanna Park.
Turn left: From Lowanna Park, this walk heads along Fullers Rd towards the mechanics, initially keeping the park on the left. The walk continues along Fullers Rd, as Millwood Ave breaks off to the right. The first left is the signposted intersection with Bellevue Ave.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' signs down Bellevue Ave for approximately 500m, tending right to the signposted intersection.

(2.51 km) Int. Hawthorne Ave and Bellevue Ave to Int. Rail to River Trk and Hawthorne Ave
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 51 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' sign down the hill for approximately 30m to the telegraph pole with 'Rail to River Walk' sign.

(2.56 km) Int. Rail to River Trk and Hawthorne Ave to Eastern side of O.H. Reid Memorial Oval
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 71 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -13 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Rail to River Walk' sign down the hill between the fences. The walk comes to the end of the laneway and descends the stairs, down through rocky outcrops to the O.H. Reid Memorial Oval.

(2.64 km) Eastern side of O.H. Reid Memorial Oval to O.H. Reid Memorial Oval car park
Track: Moderate - openland
Length = 134 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads across the oval to the car park to the left of the toilet block.

(2.77 km) O.H. Reid Memorial Oval car park to Int. Rail to River Trk and Reid Drive
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 381 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the O.H. Reid Memorial Oval car park, this walk heads along the road with Chatswood Golf Course below on the left. The walk continues along the road for approximately 200m, passing a street on the left, to the intersection opposite house No. 17.

(3.15 km) Int. Rail to River Trk and Reid Drive to Lady Game Dr opp. Fullers Park
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 350 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left: From the intersection opposite No. 17 Reid Drive, the walk heads down the stairs tending left down the hill to the signposted intersection behind the 8th tee.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the golf course, following the Lane Cove River (on the left of the track). The walk continues under the river bank's shady vegetation for a short time to the intersection of Delhi Rd and Lady Game Dr.
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk heads down (away from the road) and under Fullers Bridge, then comes up the other side to meet the footpath next to Lady Game Drive, opposite Fullers Park.

(3.5 km) Lady Game Dr opp. Fullers Park to Max Allen Drive Bridge
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 249 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -5 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk heads up Lady Game Drive and turns left into Lane Cove National Park. The path continues past the toll booth to the other side of the bridge, where there is a 'Great North Walk' signpost[2].

(3.75 km) Max Allen Drive Bridge to Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 50 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the bridge, this walk heads gently uphill along the road[3] to the intersection with the visible concrete stairs just below the National Parks Office[4].

(3.8 km) Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr to Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 213 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath to the intersection in the middle of the clearing, above the weir.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the road following the signs to the toilets. This walk continues to the point where the track splits.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the clearing and past the toilet block on the right. The walk heads across and up the hill for approximately 50m to the intersection with the road.

(4.01 km) Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk to Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 331 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -15 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill with the river below, on the left. The walk meets a clearing on the left marked as '28 Turramburra Flat'. This walk passes a parking area on the left, and toilets on the right. The road then comes to a signposted intersection, on the right.

(4.34 km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat to Baker's Cottage
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 120 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk heads up the stairs tending right, up the hill. The walk passes a sign about native grasses before continuing right, to Baker's Cottage.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn right to continue along this walk.)

Baker's Cottage Alt = 13 m
Baker's Cottage was built in 1865 as the residence of William Baker and his family. The cottage once stood in the middle of a well-kept garden and orchard. The cottage itself was once larger, with more rooms and a verandah surrounding it. The residence changed hands only twice, and was then appropriated by the Minister of Lands in 1938.

(4.34 km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat to Schwartz Homestead
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 366 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the sealed road, with the water below to the left, for a short time to a right-hand bend. The road comes around to the entrance of the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Depot, on the right, with the Schwartz Homestead a short distance up the hill.

Schwartz Homestead Alt = 5 m
The Schwartz Homestead is a neat little white and green 1920's timber cottage with a balcony on three sides. It was probably built by orchardist George Warr, who leased the land from 1917.[5] More info

(4.71 km) Schwartz Homestead to Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 257 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the depot, this walk continues up the sealed road, with the water below, to the left. The walk continues to a cul-de-sac at the end of the sealed road, where a picnic area is marked '33 Thistlewaytes' picnic area.

(4.97 km) Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area to Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.15 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -49 m
Continue straight: From the cul-de-sac at the northern end of the Thistlethwaytes picnic area, this walk leads up the hill, away from the picnic area and river flats. The walk climbs up the hill steeply to tend right. The track contours for a short time to come to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper arrow on the historic walk sign post[6], gently uphill along the wide trail. The trail leads through the casuarina forest[7] for about 30m then passes the 'Scribbly Gum' information sign[8]. The trail then bends left and leads downhill, narrowing significantly[9]. Here the track heads down a series of timber steps[10] to pass a 'Sydney Red Gum' information sign[11]. The track then crosses the ferny gully and passes the 'Sandstone Gully Community'[12] and then the 'Sydney Peppermint'[13] information signs. From here, the track leads across another gully[14] then up and along the side of a steep hill (with an unfenced cliff to your left[15]) for about 70m, coming to a rock platform with a 'Blackbutts' information sign[16]. Here the walk leads down the staircase[17] and stone path for a short time and crosses the 'weedy'[18][19] creek on a short timber boardwalk[20]. The now flat track leads for another 50m to a signposted intersection (with some steps on your right), where a 'Visitor Centre Loop' sign[21] points back along the track.

(6.12 km) Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk to Sandstone caves
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -49 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Blue Hole' sign[22] across the flat timber boardwalk bridge[23], keeping the river to your left. After about 60m, the track passes a small sandstone overhang[24] then crosses a section of timber boardwalk[25], heading over the rock[26] to a small beach beside the Lane Cove River[27].
The track then continues along the river bank[28] for about 120m to then turn right up a side gully, crossing the creek on a timber footbridge[29]. The track then leads up a short but steep set of timber steps[30], where the track flattens out to come to a signposted intersection. Here the walk continues straight, following the 'Blue Hole' sign[31] over the small rise then back down to the bank of the river[32]. The rocky track follows the bank for about 250m, where the track climbs the hill[33] for a short time to follow the side of the hill around through the eucalypt and grass tree forest[34]. After about 230m, the track passes along the top of an unfenced cliff[35] (to your left). The track continues for just shy of 400m, passing a series of rock walls[36][37]. At the end of the clearest (and longest) rock wall[38], the track turns sharply right[39][40] and comes to the top of this rock wall.
From here, the walk turns left to lead over a rise, then crosses a small flat timber bridge[41]. The rocky track then continues to climb for 100m to come to an unfenced rock platform[42]. Turning right here, this walk climbs up[43] a little further to pass through a sandstone overhang[44], coming immediately to a second overhang which provides a bit more shelter[45].

Sandstone caves Alt = 19 m
This fairly large sandstone overhang is found on the eastern side of the Lane Cove Valley. The walking track leads through the two caves that run in series, with the northern cave being larger. The lip of the overhang hangs down a bit, providing some extra protection from wind and rain. The cave also provide some shade and a cooler spot on hot days, and there are also a couple of well placed boulders forming nice seats[46].

(7.67 km) Sandstone caves to Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 658 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -44 m
Continue straight: From the cave[47], this walk follows the track along the side of the hill, keeping the valley down to your left. The track soon follows along the base of long sandstone wall[48] (on your right) for about 130m and passes around the right-hand side of a large cube boulder[49] (know as 'The Block'[50]). The track leads across a mossy and rocky gully[51] then uphill to pass through a long tunnel-like sandstone overhang[52][53], and along the base of another long sandstone wall[54]. At the end of this wall, the track leads up some rocky steps[55] and then leads gently through the open forest[56] for about 50m before passing under some power lines[57]. The track soon leads up some steps[58], coming to a signposted T-intersection with a management trail[59], where a GNW arrow points back along the track[60].
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Great North Walk - Deburghs Bridge' sign[61] downhill along the wide management trail. The trail soon bends right and follows the power lines[62] down, stepping over a partially buried, green metal pipeline[63] (sometimes hissing[64]). After this, the trail follows a GNW arrow[65] left as the trail significantly narrows and leads down a series of timbers steps[66] then across the rocky Blackbutt Creek[67][68]. Here, the walk follows the GNW arrow up onto the rock platform[69], where the track turns left then leads along the flat to a T-intersection with a GNW arrow post[70], and a set of steps[71] (up to your right AND down to your left).

(8.33 km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk to Blue Hole
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 28 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads straight down the timber steps[72]. Partway down the hill, metal steps[73] lead between a couple of rocks, where the track then comes to a sandy beach[74] and water hole, 'Blue Hole' on the Lane Cover River, in view of Deburghs Bridge[75].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer left to continue along this walk.)

Blue Hole Alt = 9 m
Blue Hole[76] is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge[77]. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach[78] on the north side of the river. The water is polluted by run-off and rubbish, especially after rain, so it is not suitable for swimming. It is still a pleasent place to relax and enjoy the valley.

(8.33 km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk to Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.53 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 57 m Descent = -44 m
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post up the timber steps[79]. The track then leads up some stone steps[80] and comes to a three-way intersection, where a sign points back to 'Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk'[81].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh via Great North Walk' sign[82] down a couple of steps[83] and along the track towards Deburghs Bridge, keeping the valley to your left. After about 50m, the track leads under the large concrete Deburghs Bridge[84], with some graffiti[85]. On the other side of the bridge, the track bends right to head up over some rocks, following two sections of hand railing[86][87]. From the end of these handrails, the track leads gently up among the grass trees[88] for about 400m (and a weedy section of track) to come to a clear T-intersection[89] with a management trail, where a 'Great North Walk' sign[90] points back down the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[91] north, gently downhill along the management trail. After about 80m, this trail crosses a concrete bridge[92] over Rudder Creek (beside a concrete sewerage pipe[93]). From here, the trail leads uphill for just shy of 200m to come to an intersection with the GNW track (on your left), where a 'Lane Cove Weir' sign[94] points back down along the trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh Oval' sign[95] west, gently down the track, away from the management trail. The track almost immediately passes the large metal pipe (crossing the Lane Cove River[96]) then winds down the rocky track[97] for about 200m, through open eucalypt forest[98] with some limited views left over the valley, to come to a weedy section of track marked with a concrete sewerage access point[99]. Here the track mostly flattens out and leads along the side of the hill for about 400m to head down a few steps and cross Quarry Creek[100]. The walk then heads up some steps and follows the track for another 30m to come to a T-intersection[101] with the Gloucester Ave fire trail, marked with a GNW and NPWS arrow post[102].

(9.86 km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail (east) to Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 34 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post[103] gently uphill along the management trail, away from the gate whilst keeping the power line poles on your left. After about 30m (just past the second power pole), this trail leads to an intersection with a track (on the left), marked with another set of NPWS & GNW arrow posts[104] (just under the high tension power lines[105]).

(9.89 km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth) to Int of the Great North Walk and the West Pymble service trail link track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.31 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 51 m Descent = -47 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[106] south, downhill along the track and under the high tension power lines[107]. The track winds gently downhill for almost 150m until, just after passing close to the the high tension power line tower[108], this walk comes to a locked green shed[109] opposite a fenced-off pipe bridge[110] (down in the valley to your left).
Continue straight: From the green shed, this walk follows the track[111] along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left (running parallel with the high tension power lines, up to your right). After about 150m, this walk comes to an intersection with a faint track on your right (that leads a short distance to a management trail), marked with a GNW arrow post[112].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the mostly flat track, through the dense forest, and almost immediately passes a concrete sewerage access point[113]. After about 70m, this walk heads down a few timbers steps to cross a small gully[114], where the track continues for another 100m (passing close to a few houses[115]), then crosses two flat timber bridges[116] over Congham Creek. Here the walk veers left up onto the rock platform[117] and follows the track gently uphill for another 80m to come to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post[118] (and a sign pointing left to 'Marsfield'[119]).
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post[120] north, uphill for about 30m to come to a faint intersection with a track (on your right) marked with a GNW arrow post[121].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[122] gently uphill along the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your left) for about 100m to come to a small clearing and three way intersection, marked with yet another GNW arrow post[123] and a pile of rocks[124] (on your left).
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[125] up the short rocky hill[126] and away from the high tension power lines[127]. The track (rocky early on[128]) leads along the side of the hill among some grass trees[129] for about 300m before passing under the power lines again. Here the track continues for another 300m along the side of the valley to come to a clear intersection with intersection with a wide management trail[130].

(11.2 km) Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track to Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[131] downhill along the management trail. The trail leads down for about 70m to cross a small gully[132] then runs closely beside the Lane Cove River[133] (on your left) for another 120m to come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post and a 'Lane Cove Valley' aluminum sign and map[134].

(11.41 km) Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail to Int of the GNW and the South Turramurra High School trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 489 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 46 m Descent = -12 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, directly away from the face of the 'Lane Cove Valley' aluminum sign and map[135], down the track and timber steps[136] to a sandy beach on the Lane Cove River[137]. Here the walk turns right to cross the weir and bridge[138] over Avondale Creek, (this may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain) then climb gently uphill for about 120m to come to a faint intersection with a faint track (on your left - this faint track leads down to another old weir).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill following the main track, whilst keeping the valley to your left for about 30m to come to a clear Y-intersection marked with a GNW arrow post[139].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[140] along the track, keeping the Lane Cove River a short distance to your left[141]. After about 80m, the track steps up to and crosses a short section to timber boardwalk/bridge[142]. Here the walk climbs up the rocky hill following a series of concrete access points[143] and timber steps[144] for about 230m to come to a T-intersection with a management trail, marked with a GNW arrow post[145].

(11.9 km) Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail to Browns Waterhole int
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,footpath,footpath,footpath
Length = 1.14 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -52 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[146] gently downhill along the management trail for about 40m to come to an intersection with a short trail (on the right, which leads to the gate[147] at the end of Koombalah Ave).
Continue straight: From the intersection just below the Koombalah Ave gate, this walk follows the management trail gently downhill, whilst keeping the valley to your left. The trail initially leads over a rock platform, then about 50m later, leads down a steep hill[148]. The trail then heads gently down for about 400m before a short steep hill[149] leads down to a metal high tension power line tower[150]. Here the trail bends right and leads down and along the side of the hill for another 200m to pass another high tension power line tower[151] and head behind a few houses. Just behind the second house, this walk comes to ephemeral creek on a rock platform[152].
Continue straight: From here, this walk crosses the ephemeral creek[153] (keeping the houses up to your right) and continues along the trail for about 30m to come to a T-intersection with a wide, shared, concrete path, marked with several signposts[154].
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post downhill[155] along the wide, shared, concrete path. After about 50m, this path leads under some high tension power lines[156] then bends right[157]. About 50m after passing under the power lines, this path leads to an intersection with a track[158] (on your left, that leads to an informal unfenced lookout), just before a GNW arrow post[159].
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads fairly steeply downhill along the concrete path. The path passes a few signs[160] over about 100m, then comes to an intersection with a track (on your left), marked with a timber barricade and a GNW arrow post[161].
Veer right: From the intersection, this follows the concrete path downhill for just shy of 50m to come to a intersection with a dirt management trail[162]. This intersection is beside the Lane Cove River crossing[163] (on your left) and is marked with a 'The Great North Walk' sign here[164].

(13.04 km) Browns Waterhole int to Browns Waterhole
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 90 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk crosses the the causeway of Browns Waterhole. (Caution is needed during and after rain, may become impassable) From here the track continues up the hill on the other side until reaching a small picnic area signposted as 'Browns Waterhole'.

Browns Waterhole Alt = 31 m
Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir[165]. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table[166] and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.

(13.13 km) Browns Waterhole to Int of Terry's Creek Walking Track and Brown's Waterhole Servicetrail
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 40 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From Browns Waterhole, at the picnic tables, this walk follows the concrete management trail away from the river, up the gentle hill until reaching the large green 'Terrys Creek Walking Track' sign.

(13.17 km) Int of Terry's Creek Walking Track and Brown's Waterhole Servicetrail to Int of Eastwood station and waterfall loop tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.95 km Time = 55 mins
Climb = 70 m Descent = -51 m
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Terrys creek walking track sign through the dense bush and along a metal walkway the winds along for a little while, joining back onto a bushtrack and following it up some wooden steps and all the way along to the signposted intersection of a bushtrack heading down across the creek.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack south through the bush winding up some steps and crossing underneath the M2 moter way and back down and around to the signposted intersection of the Crimea road and Epping road tracks.
Turn right: From the intersection the tack follows the Epping road arrow down across the creek and up the other side to the signposted intersection of the Eastwood Station track at the number 18 plaque
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Eastwood Station arrow through the bush winding all the way along to a rock platform where you can see the M2 motorway and continues along the track, all the way through until it comes to the signposted intersection of the signposted intersection of the Eastwood Station track
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads west through the bush winding down a gentle hill and around a sewage access point, coming back up the other side to the signposted intersection of the Eastwood Station track.
Turn left: From the intersection the track heads south, up the short hill and through the bush passing 2 sewage access points as it winds along the left hand side of the creek, all the way to the intersection of the Eastwood Station track, a short distance after passing the 3rd sewage access point.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack south alongside the creek, passing a sewage access point and continuing up a short hill to the intersection of the unnamed bushtrack.
Veer left: From the intersection the track heads south west along the bushtrack winding up and down along the left side of the creek until it crosses a small wooden bridge and continues through the bush, all the way to the intersection of the unnamed bushtrack.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the Eastwood Station arrow along the creek and through the bush past signpost 15, and a sewage access point. continuing up a short hill to the intersection of the Epping road track.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack down the gentle hill, winding around and under the Epping road bridge and across the rocks until it comes to the intersection of the Pembroke road path and the Eastwood Station track at the base of the wooden steps.
Veer left: From the intersection the track heads up the steps to the top, at the intersection of the Rest area track.
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Eastwood Station sign south along the bushtrack winding past a sewage access point and the number 12 signpost, coming down and along the creek, all the way to the intersection of the Eastwood station tracks.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads south along the bushtrack climbing up a small hill and down across a thin wooden creek bridge, passing a sewage access point as the track continues along the creek for a short while until it turns up and away from the creek, winding up a rocky hill and along the side of the valley for a short while, coming back down towards the creek, passing the number 11 signpost and crossing the creek again. From the creek crossing the track continues up and along the gentle hill winding through the bush until it comes to the signposted intersection of Eastwood station and Pembroke park tracks.
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Dence Park sign down across the creek (for safety reasons you should avoid the crossing after recent rainfall) and up the other side to the intersection of the Eastwood station and Dence Park tracks.
Turn left : From the intersection the track follows the Eastwood station arrow south through the bush winding along side the creek and through a thick patch of bamboo. Staying close to the creek, the track continues upstream until it comes to the unsignposted intersection of the Eastwood station and waterfall tracks.
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack heading up the hill through dense ferns and along the side of the valley for a short distance to the intersection of the waterfall loop track.

(16.11 km) Int of Eastwood station and waterfall loop tracks to Terrys Creek Waterfall
Optional sidetrip: Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 28 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack heading down towards the creek, winding around and down some rock steps to the intersection of the Terrys creek waterfall.
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then turn left to continue along this walk.)

Terrys Creek Waterfall Alt = 55 m
This is a small waterfall on Terrys Creek, and makes a good spot to break from the walk.

(16.11 km) Int of Eastwood station and waterfall loop tracks to Forrester Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 694 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -15 m
Veer right: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack heading up a short rocky hill and through some grass trees, coming down the other side and around beside a short rock wall to the top of the Terrys creek waterfall.
Continue straight: From the top of the falls the track follows the creek up stream along the bushtrack winding through the fairly open bush for a while until it heads up some wooden steps onto a platform and continues along all the way through thicker bush, crossing the bridged Terrys creek and continuing all the way along to the back of Forrester park.

(16.81 km) Forrester Park to Eastwood Railway Station
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 1.28 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 28 m Descent = -20 m
Veer left: From Forrester Park, this walk heads south-east along Davis Avenue for about 30m to the right-hand bend in the road. From here, the walk crosses Terry's Creek on a bridge and then turns right onto Vimiera Road. At the end of Vimiera Rd, the walk turns right onto Balaclava Rd, then immediately left onto Blaxland Road. The walk passes May St and Ethel Lane, and turns right into Ethel Street, following this road to the end where it comes to Eastwood Railway Station.

Catch the train to Eastwood Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Eastwood Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip to the end of the walk.
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Catch the bus from Eastwood Railway Station
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Eastwood Railway Station
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

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Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Lane Cove River tourist park


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 0.4 km
Mountain Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 0.5 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 0.5 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 1.4 km
Rays Outdoors 93- 99 Parramatta Rd , Camperdown 1800 641 867 10 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Chatswood Station to Eastwood Station
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
10 km (to the NW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 21 km (to the SSW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 21 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 41 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 3 years ago)
Please Note: Each 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 and Climate
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Lane Cove National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
This small but picturesque city park is a haven of peaceful bushland along the winding Lane Cove River. Home to the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter and 27 km of the Great North Walk, you can also hire a boat, take a stroll or enjoy a picnic by the weir.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Lane Cove National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Terrys Creek walking track maintenance
Some areas of this park will experience temporary disruptions and delays due to walking track maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Closed areas are:
  • Terrys Creek walking track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.



Bradley Reserve Bradley Reserve is a large natural bushland area owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve extends from Lane Cove River to the end of Kissing Point Road north to George Christie playing fields. The reserve is home to the locally well know STEP track, and is cared for by the STEP inc, the "South Turramurra Environment Protection". The Great north walk also heads through this reserve, and is also home to Browns water hole.
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I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.

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Molly - Getting onto the start of the IP:129.78.233.xxx | 2014-07-16 08:27:58
I found it difficult to get out of Chatswood Station because Victoria Ave passes both north and south of the station. I was twice directed to the northerly bit, because nobody knew where the RSL was (tip to self: always ask over-60s). So here's my suggestion. When coming out of the station take the first obvious arrow to Victoria Ave. You'll then be facing the bus interchange, with signs to Victoria Ave pointing to your left AND to your right. Don't go right (also the Chatswood Mall sign is that way). Go left. You'll see the modest RSL sign fairly soon out of the station and all's easy after that because of the brilliant river-to-rail signage all along the walk.

There is an error in the notes at 2.77 km: the street is not to the left but to the right. It might be confusing if you are looking for a street leading into the golfcourse.
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