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Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.8 km WNW of Chatswood
Length: 2.6 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 2.6 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 89 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 89 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 end of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Moderate

The Heritage Walk visits many of the historically significant buildings within the Lane Cove National Park. The walk follows the Lane Cove River from Fiddens Wharf and finishes at the Weir Precinct on Fullers Rd. The buildings are surprisingly intact, considering their age and history. A great walk for those wanting to see some culturally significant heritage buildings. (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 Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk
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Fiddens Wharf Oval
Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area
Schwartz Homestead
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Baker's Cottage
Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk
Int. Below Jenkins Hill Park
Jenkins Hill
Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr
Starting point for this hiking track: Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk

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
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Photo Gallery

 
Fiddens Wharf Oval
 
Fiddens Wharf Oval +
 
Track down from Fiddens Wharf Oval
 
Track down from Fiddens Wharf Oval +
 
Track up to Fiddens Wharf Oval
 
Track up to Fiddens Wharf Oval +

 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf
 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf +
 
following the Great North Walk
 
following the Great North Walk +
 
Fiddens Wharf area from above
 
Fiddens Wharf area from above +

 
Rosella
 
Rosella +
 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf
 
Track down to Fiddens Wharf +
 
Track down to Thistlethwaite picnic area
 
Track down to Thistlethwaite picnic area +

 
Wattle
 
Wattle +
 
Regeneration area
 
Regeneration area +
 
Thistlewaite picnic area
 
Thistlewaite picnic area +

 
Max Allen Dr to Schwartz Homestead
 
Max Allen Dr to Schwartz Homestead +
 
Schwartz Homestead
 
Schwartz Homestead +
 
Int. of Baker's Track and Max Allen Dr
 
Int. of Baker's Track and Max Allen Dr +

 
North side of Baker's Cottage
 
North side of Baker's Cottage +
 
Rear slab and curtilages to cottage
 
Rear slab and curtilages to cottage +
 
Baker's Cottage
 
Baker's Cottage +

 
Baker's Cottage curtilages
 
Baker's Cottage curtilages +
 
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 +
 
Jenkins Hill Park area above weir
 
Jenkins Hill Park area above weir +
 
Lane Cove Wier
 
Lane Cove Wier +

 
NPWS Centre
 
NPWS Centre +
 
Max Allen Drive
 
Max Allen Drive +
 
Great North Walk sign
 
Great North Walk sign +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk 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 2.6km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Clearly signposted (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
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
Around 1.4km of this walk has short steep hills, whilst the remaining 1.2km is flat with no steps.

Quality of track
Around 1.4km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles, whilst the remaining 1.2km follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 2.6km is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 2.6km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2.6km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.4km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 1.2km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Drive to Fiddens Wharf Oval
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) Fiddens Wharf Oval to Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 31 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
From the far south-west corner of Fiddens Wharf Oval, this walk follows the NPWS arrow through the gap in the fence[1] and down the concrete steps[2]. The timber steps then lead down to a T-intersection[3] with a track beside the river, where a 'Fiddens Wharf' sign[4] points back up the stairs.

(0.03 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
Turn left: From the intersection, the track follows the 'Visitors Centre Loop' arrow[5][6] along the track, keeping the river to your right. After about 50m, this walk heads over a short timber boardwalk[7] and crosses the 'weedy'[8][9] 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[10]. The track leads gently up along the side of hill for about 70m, passing an unfenced cliff to your right[11], where the track bends left to lead across a rock gully[12]. The track then leads past the 'Sydney Peppermint'[13] and 'Sandstone Gully Community'[14] information signs and across a ferny gully to find a 'Sydney Red Gum' information sign[15]. From here, the walk heads up a series of timber steps[16] 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[17] to an intersection (with a narrower track on your left), just before the 'Sandstone Hillslope Community' information sign[18][19].
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.

(1.18 km) Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area to Schwartz Homestead
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 257 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -6 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.

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.[20] More info

(1.44 km) Schwartz Homestead to Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 366 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 9 m Descent = -7 m
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.

(1.8 km) Int. Opposite Bakers Flat to Baker's Cottage
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.

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.

(1.92 km) Baker's Cottage to Int. Opposite Bakers Flat
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 120 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -10 m
Turn around: From Baker's Cottage, the walk heads down the stairs tending left. The walk continues down the hill to meet the road.

(2.04 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
Turn left: 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.

(2.37 km) Int. Max Allen Dr and Jenkins Hill Trk to Int. Below Jenkins Hill Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 130 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -6 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.

(2.5 km) Int. Below Jenkins Hill Park to Jenkins Hill
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 46 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
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.

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[21]. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder'[22] has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding[23]. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up[24] and downstream[25].

(2.55 km) Jenkins Hill to Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 37 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath to the road.

(2.59 km) Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr to Max Allen Drive Bridge
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 50 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -2 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads gently down along the road[26] to an intersection just before the bridge[27], marked with the 'Great North Walk' track head signs[28][29].

Catch the bus from Max Allen Drive Bridge
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 Max Allen Drive Bridge
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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Driving Directions
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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 3.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 4 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 3.9 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 4.7 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 6.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lane Cove National Park Heritage Walk
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
7 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 19 km (to the N)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 21 km (to the S)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 22 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
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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