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De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge
Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.6 km NNW of Lane Cove
Length: 6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 200 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 200 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
Style: One way
Track: Hard

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. (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 De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge
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Int. Opposite the end of Lady Game Drive
Int of GNW and Ryde Road trail (west)
Int. Great North Walk and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE
Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
Sandstone caves
Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
Schwartz Homestead
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Int. Below Jenkins Hill Park
Jenkins Hill
Lane Cove Weir North
Lane Cove Weir South
Koonjeree Middle Trk
Koonjeree Toilets
Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
Int. Great North Walk and Fullers Bridge Bus Stop Trk
Riverside Cafe
Starting point for this hiking track: Int of Great North Walk and Ryde Road track

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Photo Gallery

 
signpost opposite Lady Game drive
 
signpost opposite Lady Game drive +
 
winding down under the brudge
 
winding down under the brudge +
 
under de Burgs bridge
 
under de Burgs bridge +

 
answer me these questions three
 
answer me these questions three +
 
Track near The Block
 
Track near The Block +
 
along the Lane Cove river
 
along the Lane Cove river +

 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +
 
Bakers Cottage
 
Bakers Cottage +
 
Down past Max Allen Dr to Jenkins Hill
 
Down past Max Allen Dr to Jenkins Hill +

 
Jenkins Hill Park
 
Jenkins Hill Park +
 
Lane Cove Wier
 
Lane Cove Wier +
 
Koonjeree park
 
Koonjeree park +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge bushwalking track

Cross Section of the De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 6km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
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)
*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
4.2km of this walk has short steep hills and another 1.6km is flat with no steps. The remaining (130m) has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
3.9km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.5km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 340m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely and the remaining 200m follows a clear and well formed track or trail.

Signs
Around 3.2km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.8km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 4.1km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 6km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 55m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 4.2km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Int. Opposite the end of Lady Game Drive
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Drive to Int. Opposite the end of Lady Game Drive
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
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(0 km) Int. Opposite the end of Lady Game Drive to Int of Great North Walk and Ryde Road track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 316 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -23 m
From the intersection, this walk passes over the timber railing and turns left down the hill. The track winds down the hill for approximately 200m to the signposted intersection.

(0.32 km) Int of GNW and Ryde Road trail (west) to Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 664 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -22 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[1] south, gently downhill past the NPWS no bikes or pets post[2] and along the track which soon bends left. The track leads gently down through a weedy section[3], then among the rocks and grass trees[4] for about 400m to come to a metal handrail[5]. The walk follows the two sections of handrail down this steeper stretch of rocky track, then the track mostly flattens out and leads under the large concrete Deburghs Bridge[6], with some graffiti[7]. Once on the other side of the bridge, this track leads along the side of the valley for another 50m to climb up a couple of steps[8] and come to three-way intersection, where a 'Thornleigh via Great North Walk' sign[9] points back along the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign to 'Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk'[10] down the hill and steps, keeping the valley to your right. The track soon leads down some stone steps[11], then a little further along, partway down some timber steps, this walk comes to a three-way intersection[12], marked with a GNW arrow post.

(0.98 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 right: From the intersection, this walk heads straight down the timber steps[13]. Partway down the hill, metal steps[14] lead between a couple of rocks, where the track then comes to a sandy beach[15] and water hole, 'Blue Hole' on the Lane Cover River, in view of Deburghs Bridge[16].
(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then veer right to continue along this walk.)

Blue Hole Alt = 9 m
Blue Hole[17] is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge[18]. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach[19] 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.

(0.98 km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk to Sandstone caves
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 658 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 44 m Descent = -34 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the flat track[20], keeping the valley to your right. The track soon bends left then follows a GNW arrow post down off a rock platform[21] to cross the rocky Blackbutt Creek[22][23]. Here, the walk heads up a series of timber steps[24], then the track flattens out and turns right at another GNW arrow post[25]. Here the track widens into a trail and leads up over a partially buried, green metal pipeline[26] (sometimes hissing[27]) then follows the power lines[28] for about 50m before turning left and coming to a signposted intersection partway up the hill[29]. There is a 'Great North Walk - Deburghs Bridge' sign pointing back downhill[30].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the steps and along the narrower track[31], directly away from the face of the 'Great North Walk' sign. This track soon passes under some power lines[32] then continues through the open forest[33] for about 50m to head down some rocky steps[34]. From here, the walk follows the base of the rock wall[35] to head through a long tunnel-like sandstone overhang[36][37]. Here the track leads down to cross a mossy and rocky gully[38], then heads up around the left side of a large cube boulder[39] (know as 'The Block'[40]). The walk then follows along the base of long sandstone wall[41] (on your left) for about 130m and then enters a sandstone overhang[42].

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[43].

(1.64 km) Sandstone caves to Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -62 m
Continue straight: From the cave, this walk follows the track through the second cave[44], keeping the valley to your right. Soon after the second cave, the track bends right and leads down to an unfenced rock platform[45]. Here the walk turns left and follows the rocky track down for 100m, then crosses a small flat timber bridge[46]. Just past the bridge, this walk turns right at the top of a smaller unfenced cliff and heads down the small gully, where the track then turns sharply left[47][48] to follow along the base of this cliff[49].
The track continues for just shy of 400m, passing a few more rock walls[50][51] (on your left), to then pass along the top of an unfenced cliff[52] (to your right). The track continues through the eucalypt and grass tree forest[53] and soon starts leading down the side of the hill, then follows the track along the bank of the Lane Cove River for about 250m. The track leaves the river and climbs a small rise to a signposted intersection.
The walk continues straight, following the 'Visitors Centre' sign downhill, then soon goes down some steps[54] to cross the creek on a timber foot bridge[55]. The track turns right on the other side of the bridge and leads out of the lush gully to follow the bank of the Lane Cover River[56] again for about 120m, coming to rock platform and small beach on the bank of the river[57]. Here the walk heads over the rock and follows the short section of timber boardwalk[58], where the track then leads past a small sandstone overhang[59]. About 60m later, the track crosses over a flat timber boardwalk bridge[60] and comes to a signposted three-way intersection and a 'Blue Hole' sign[61] pointing back along the track.

(3.19 km) Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk to Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail
Length = 1.15 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 49 m Descent = -51 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the track follows the 'Visitors Centre Loop' arrow[62][63] along the track, keeping the river to your right. After about 50m, this walk heads over a short timber boardwalk[64] and crosses the 'weedy'[65][66] creek. The walk then heads up some steps and a staircase to the top of a rock platform, where there is a 'Blackbutts' information sign[67]. The track leads gently up along the side of hill for about 70m, passing an unfenced cliff to your right[68], where the track bends left to lead across a rock gully[69]. The track then leads past the 'Sydney Peppermint'[70] and 'Sandstone Gully Community'[71] information signs and across a ferny gully to find a 'Sydney Red Gum' information sign[72]. From here, the walk heads up a series of timber steps[73] to where the track suddenly widens into a mostly flat trail. This trail soon bends right and leads through the casuarina forest, past the 'Scribbly Gum' information sign[74] to an intersection (with a narrower track on your left), just before the 'Sandstone Hillslope Community' information sign[75][76].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads around the hillside, with the river below on the right. The walk tends left as it contours around the hill. It then descends over speed bumps for approximately 50m to the car park of Thistlethwaytes picnic area.

(4.34 km) Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area to Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 623 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -13 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk heads down the road, with the water to the right. The walk continues down the road for a short time, to the intersection with the entrance of the National Parks and Wildlife Service's Depot on the left, and the Schwartz Homestead a short distance up the hill.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the road, with the water on the right. The walk tends left, continuing up the road to pass a brick building on the right, before coming to the signposted intersection, opposite Baker's Flat.

(4.97 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 left : 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 left 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.

(4.97 km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat to Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 331 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -10 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the road towards the car park at '29 Bakers Flat'. The walk continues along the road to pass the clearing and tend right, up the hill, to an intersection with a bush track on the right.

(5.3 km) Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk to Lane Cove Weir South
Track: Moderate - footpath,servicetrail
Length = 261 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the path for approximately 50m to pass a toilet block on the left of the track. The track continues to an intersection with a railed footpath.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the slight gradient, away from the toilet block to the large concreted area above the weir.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads directly down the hill to the weir at the water.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[77] (past a seat[fac=8374] on the right) to cross over the concrete ford[fac=8375] (top of the weir wall[78]) to the other side of Lane Cove River to find an intersection marked with another GNW arrow post[79]. After heavy or prolonged rain, this crossing may be closed. It is unsafe to cross if water is flowing over the top.

Lane Cove Weir Alt = 1 m
The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations[80]. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder'[81] has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding[82]. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up[83] and downstream[84].

(5.56 km) Lane Cove Weir South to Koonjeree Middle Trk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[85] along the concrete footpath, keeping the river to the left. The path leads around the edge of the 'Koonjeree picnic area'[86] and comes to an intersection with another footpath[87] (leading through the middle of the picnic area).

Koonjeree Picnic Area Alt = 2 m
Koonjeree Picnic Area[88] is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets[89][90][91], town tap water, picnic tables and shelters[92], a large open area[93] and car parking[94]. On the bank of the Lane Cove River[95], this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

(5.66 km) Koonjeree Middle Trk to Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 193 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the road then passes over it, to the toilet blocks.
Turn left: From the toilets, this walk heads through the low bushes, following the car park (which is on the left). The walk winds through the bushes to pass a stone seat on the left before crossing the entrance road to the Lane Cove National Park. This walk then continues along the footpath for a few metres to the road, which it crosses to come to the bus stop.

(5.85 km) Fullers Bridge Bus Stop to Riverside Cafe
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 38 m Time =
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left : From the intersection between the bus stop and bridge, this walk heads down the steps[96] (away from the road) to almost immediately come to an intersection with another footpath[97].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath under Fullers Bridge[98] and comes to the end of a minor road[99], in front of the 'Riverside Cafe Bar AND Grill'[100].

Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill Alt = 2 m
The Riverside Cafe[101] is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner[102]. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13[103]. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

(5.89 km) Riverside Cafe to Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 67 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From in front of 'Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill'[104], this walk heads up along the minor road[105]. At the T-intersection with River Ave, this walk crosses the road to find a 'Great North Walk' signposted intersection[106].

Catch the bus from Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
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.
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Drive from Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
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
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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 Equipment 72 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9419 6955 5.3 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 5.3 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 5.3 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 5.9 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 5.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge.
Channel Call sign
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Site Distance and dir from De Burghs Bridge to Fullers Bridge
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
5 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 21 km (to the W)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 40 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
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
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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.


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