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Fairyland loop Track

Time: 2 hrs 30 mins Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.6 km W of Chatswood
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 5.3 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 175 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 175 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: Circuit
Track: Hard

This walk loops around a section of the Lane Cove River. Starting at Fullers Bridge, the walk follows the Great North walk through the historic site of Fairylands to Epping road before crossing the Lane Cove river and heading up the other bank of the river, passing through a variety of environments including a Golf Course. The walk then returns to Fullers Bridge. (open in app)


There are Closed areas in Lane Cove National Park
Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
Sponsor of Fairylands Loop Track bushwalking tracknotes

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Fairylands Loop Track
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Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
End of Quebec Ave
Int of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track
River view
Fairyland
Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk
Int on NW side of Epping Rd bridge
SW corner of Epping Rd bridge
Int. Great North Walk and Mowbray Park car park access Trk
Mowbray car park (near oval)
Int. River Trk and Bus Stop Trk
Int. Upper and Athletic Field Access Trks
Int. Upper and River Access Trks
Int. River Trk and Upper Access Trk
Int. Avro Rd Trk and River Access Trk
Int. River Trk and Avian Cr Trk
Int. River Trk and Melrose St Trk
8th Green
Int. Behind the 8th Tee
Int. Fairway and Delhi Rd
Lady Game Dr opp. Fullers Park
Fullers Bridge Pedestrian Crossing
Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
Int. Great North Walk and Fullers Bridge Bus Stop Trk
Riverside Cafe
Starting point for this hiking track: End of Quebec Ave

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Fairlylands track at Quebec St
 
Fairlylands track at Quebec St +
 
Natives
 
Natives +
 
View of Lane Cove river
 
View of Lane Cove river +

 
Walking track east of Fairylands
 
Walking track east of Fairylands +
 
Steps east of Fairylands
 
Steps east of Fairylands +
 
Moss growing in Fairylands
 
Moss growing in Fairylands +

 
Walking into Fairylands
 
Walking into Fairylands +
 
Plenty of information signs at fairylands
 
Plenty of information signs at fairylands +
 
Fairylands and Lane Cove River
 
Fairylands and Lane Cove River +

 
Boardwalk western side of fairylands
 
Boardwalk western side of fairylands +
 
Track west of Fairyland
 
Track west of Fairyland +
 
Great North walk on ridge west of fairylands
 
Great North walk on ridge west of fairylands +

 
Great north walk east of Epping Road
 
Great north walk east of Epping Road +
 
Track on North eastern side of Epping Road Bridge
 
Track on North eastern side of Epping Road Bridge +
 
Track on South Eastern side of Epping Road Bridge
 
Track on South Eastern side of Epping Road Bridge +

 
Footpath under Epping road Bridge and Lane Cove river
 
Footpath under Epping road Bridge and Lane Cove river +
 
Nice Rock overhang Near Mowbray Park
 
Nice Rock overhang Near Mowbray Park +
 
Lane Cove river (oppersite Fairylands)
 
Lane Cove river (oppersite Fairylands) +

 
Boardwalk east of Mowbray Park
 
Boardwalk east of Mowbray Park +
 
Point on Lane Cove river with nice access
 
Point on Lane Cove river with nice access +
 
Boardwalk along LaneCove River
 
Boardwalk along LaneCove River +

 
Grassy track
 
Grassy track +
 
Rocky edge to Lane Cove river
 
Rocky edge to Lane Cove river +
 
Southern end of fairway
 
Southern end of fairway +

 
Northern end of Chatswood Golf Course
 
Northern end of Chatswood Golf Course +
 
Track north of Golf Course
 
Track north of Golf Course +
 
Fullers Bridge
 
Fullers Bridge +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Fairylands Loop Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Fairylands Loop Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Fairylands Loop Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Fairylands Loop Track 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 5km
Time 2 hrs 30 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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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
3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 1.1km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 930m has short steep hills and the remaining 330m is very steep.

Quality of track
2.2km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.9km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 920m follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 330m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 2.8km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 2.5km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 5km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 330m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 5km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 3.5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 1.8km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
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.
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Drive to Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
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.
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(0 km) Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave to Int. of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track
Track: Hard - bushtrack,road
Length = 878 m Time = 19 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -39 m
From the intersection on River Ave (near Delhi Rd), this walk follows the 'Great North Walk - Sydney Cove' sign[1] up along the rocky track. The track soon leads up a steep rock staircase[2] and past a small bench seat[3]. The track continues to wind quite steeply up, passing a few GNW arrow posts and winding among some large boulders to climb up onto a large, flat rock platform[4]. Here, the walk veers left and follows a mostly flat narrow track through the bush for about 170m, then heads around a locked gate[5] to find the end of Quebec Rd[6].
Continue straight: From the locked gate, this walk follows the sealed Quebec Rd[7], keeping the fenced Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens on your right. The narrow road continues for about 300m passing a couple of driveways[8] (to your left) to come to a T-intersection with Quebec Rd and Fairylands Ave[9][10]. Here the walk turns right and follows the now wider Quebec Rd as it bends left and leads downhill[11]. Just before the road bends left again (near the bottom of this hill) this walk comes to an intersection with a track[12] (on your right), marked with a GNW arrow post.

(0.88 km) Int of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track to River view
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 131 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -5 m
Turn right: From the opposite number 101 Quebec Rd, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[13], under the power lines and down the track[14] past the 'Dogs Strictly Prohibited'[15] and 'Lane Cove National Park - Fairlyland Track'[16] signs. The track soon leads over a short section of timber boardwalk[17] and along the track for a bit over 100m to an unfenced rock platform[18][19], with river views (on your left).

Lookout Alt = 5 m
This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River[20]. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.

(1.01 km) River view to Fairyland
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 358 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -14 m
Continue straight: From the view point, this walk heads along the flat track[21] whilst keeping the river below to your left. After about 150m, this walk starts to lead down a set of timber steps[22], winding down then along short timber boardwalk[23] to come to a 'Site of Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' information sign[24]. The walk continues along the track through the ferns to an intersection beside a large palm tree[25], just past the 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' sign[26] where a short track on the left leads to a seat[27] beside Lane Cove River.

Fairyland Alt = 1 m
Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total[28]. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat[29]. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.

(1.37 km) Fairyland to Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 419 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the centre of Fairylands, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[30], keeping the Lane Cove River through the trees to your left and soon passing the 'Take Yourself Back to Fairyland' photo sign[31]. The walk then follows the timber boardwalk through the moist forest to the 'Site of Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' information sign[32], where the track then leads up a series of timber and dirt steps out of the old pleasure grounds. At the top of the steps, the track bends sharply left then continues uphill for another 70m or so. Here, the track leads down and over a small flat timber bridge[33] then up to a signposted intersection in view of a concrete building[34] (up to your right) and a high tension transmission tower[35] (to your left).

(1.79 km) Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk to Mowbray car park (near oval)
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath,footpath
Length = 860 m Time = 18 mins
Climb = 20 m Descent = -33 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[36][37], this walk follows the GNW arrow downhill along the track, passing under the power lines[38] whilst keeping the transmission tower to your left. Soon after passing closer to this tower[39], the rocky track leads uphill[40] for about 100m and crosses a timber bridge with a hand rail[41]. From here, the walk crosses two short flat timber bridges[42][43] then leads past a short rock wall[44]. Soon after this, the track leads up a series of timber steps[45] and just after flattening out, this walk comes to a signposted intersection with a concrete footpath, beside Epping Road bridge[46].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[47] down a few steps and along the footpath under the bridge[48][49]. On the other side of the bridge[50], this walk turns right and heads up the stairs[51] to an intersection with a wide shared footpath beside Epping Rd[52].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[53] down across the main bridge span, keeping the traffic to your left. After almost 100m, this walk comes to the other side of the bridge, where there is an intersection[54] with another set of stairs[55] (on your right) and another GNW arrow[56].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs away from the main road, to turn right under the bridge. The track heads under the bridge to come out the other side, continuing along the river bank for approximately 50m to the car park.

(2.65 km) Mowbray car park (near oval) to 8th Green
Track: Moderate - footpath,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.68 km Time = 34 mins
Climb = 58 m Descent = -63 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the stairs, keeping the oval on the left of the walk as it winds around the hill. The walk leads to a park bench and intersection, above the spectators' stand.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk leads across the grassed area to a 'Mowbray Park' sign before a bridge. The track passes the sign and bridge to continue to wind through the bush for approximately 60m, to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the athletics oval, keeping the valley of the river on the left. The track winds through the bush, passing by a track (which leads to a rockshelf lookout on the left) and continuing on to a signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads down the stairs with a large boulder to the left of the track. The track passes under a large fig tree to continue down to a signposted intersection.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the Lane Cove River, with the water to the left of the track. The track quickly opens out onto a clearing next to the river bank. The track continues left for a few more metres, before two sections of boardwalked track lead to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the direction of the 'River Track' arrow, keeping the river below on the left of the track. Large sections of track are suspended above the mangroves on a boardwalk. The track winds along the Lane Cove River bank for approximately 400m to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads south-east, keeping the river below on the left. The track has boardwalks in sections which are raised above the mangroves. The track continues to a signposted intersection.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk heads along the line of mangroves and river (on the left of the track). The walk continues for a short time to come out onto the management trail, behind the green of the 8th fairway on Chatswood Golf Course.

(4.32 km) 8th Green to Int. Fairway and Delhi Rd
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 673 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill and across the bridge. The walk hugs the treeline, continuing down the left of the 8th Fairway, with the Lane Cove River to the left. The walk passes the 8th Tee and heads past the metal fence to come to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: 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.

(5 km) Int. Fairway and Delhi Rd to Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,footpath,footpath,footpath,footpath,road
Length = 322 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -4 m
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.
Turn sharp right: From the intersection, the walk follows Lady Game Drive towards the set of traffic lights, and soon reaches the intersection with Delhi Rd.
Turn right: From the corner of Lady Game Drive and Delhi Rd, this walk follows the footpath beside Delhi Rd, across Fullers Bridge[57]. Just on the far side of the bridge, this walk comes to an intersection with a footpath[58] (and steps, on your right) about 15m before the bus stop shelter[59].
Turn right: From the intersection between the bus stop and bridge, this walk heads down the steps[60] (away from the road) to almost immediately come to an intersection with another footpath[61].
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath under Fullers Bridge[62] and comes to the end of a minor road[63], in front of the 'Riverside Cafe Bar AND Grill'[64].
Turn right: From in front of 'Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill'[65], this walk heads up along the minor road[66]. At the T-intersection with River Ave, this walk crosses the road to find a 'Great North Walk' signposted intersection[67].

Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill Alt = 2 m
The Riverside Cafe[68] 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[69]. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13[70]. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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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
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
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Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

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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

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


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 2.7 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 2.7 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 2.7 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 3.5 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 6.7 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Fairylands Loop Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Fairylands Loop Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
8 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 20 km (to the N)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 20 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 23 km (to the W)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 42 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 2 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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A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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.


Walker Feedback

Comments
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Warwick - Grading IP:121.44.171.xxx | 2012-04-28 11:06:06
Hi,
thanks for your site and maps. I did this walk at an easy pace today. Stopped and checked out all the signs at Fairylands and paused for a bite to eat. It only took 1:45. My main comment though is the grading. The first bit is slightly difficult but only for 5 minutes. After that the track is relatively easy. I think your rating should only be Medium not Hard.
admin - re: Grading Super Administrator | 2012-04-28 12:07:57
Warwick wrote:
Hi,
thanks for your site and maps.... My main comment though is the grading. The first bit is slightly difficult but only for 5 minutes. After that the track is relatively easy. I think your rating should only be Medium not Hard.

Thanks Warwick
I greatly appreciate your feedback. I use the AS 2156.1 for grading all the walks on wildwalks. It grades the whole walk as to the the most difficult section. Which at times makes great sense and at other times seems odd. So this walks is graded a 4/6 for the first 300m then 3/6 (medium) for the rest - just as you suggested.
Aware of this issue I have started work on a new method for display the walks grading information. So hopefully fairly soon you will be able to see a more detailed breakdown and rational for the walks grading.
The AS 2156.1 also does not consider how much energy is needed for a walk (how much you might sweet). So I am also working on a 'Sweet Factor' to show in addition to the grade.
Hope that makes sense.
It is not perfect grading system, they day there is a better one I will happily switch to it.
Matt :)
Suzanne - Fairylands Loop Track IP:124.149.118.xxx | 2014-01-04 04:37:01
Hi,
It might be useful to include a note on checking the tides - today the track on the Lane Cove side of the river was flooded. We ended up doing some street walking to get back to Fullers Rd. Another option might be to include a street map. In hind sight we should have backtracked as it added about an hour to the walk.
Kind regards
Flora - Duration IP:14.200.128.xxx | 2015-01-31 11:59:43
Thanks for all the useful information. Just that the timing wasn't quite accurate, it only took me 1 hr30mins and I guess at most only need under 2 hours.
Frenchie - Duration & grading IP:14.202.173.xxx | 2015-10-11 06:56:04
Thanks for the precise info on how to not get lost during the walk. =D
First bushwalk ever today and I was a bit worried when I realised just before the start that it was graded as 'Hard', however, only the start is steep, the remainder of the walk is really enjoyable and accessible.
Duration for me was about 1.5hrs with no time or very little time taken at lookout or around the river.
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