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Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.9 km ENE of Ryde
Length: 1.3 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 1.3 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 17 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 17 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: Return
Track: Moderate

This is a great way to explore the picnic areas and banks of the Lane Cove River. There are picnic areas and plenty of seats to enjoy along the way. On the weekend you can hire a boat and go for a paddle before heading back to the start. You could spend a whole day enjoying the river, bus and parklands. The walk is mostly flat and the alternate route leads around the only really rough section of the track. (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed
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Max Allen Drive Bridge
Lane Cove Weir North
Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove River Lookout
Illoura Picnic area
Picnic Shelter
Illoura Picnic Area
Starting point for this hiking track: Lane Cove Weir North

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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Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed 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 1.3km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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 Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*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 480m of this walk is flat with no steps, whilst the remaining 160m has gentle hills with occasional steps.

Quality of track
310m of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 180m follows a smooth and hardened path. The remaining (160m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
This whole walk, 640m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 640m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 590m 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
This whole walk, 640m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Max Allen Drive Bridge
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)
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Drive to Max Allen Drive Bridge
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
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) Max Allen Drive Bridge to Lane Cove Weir North
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 72 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
From the car parking area[fac=8370] near the bridge on Max Allen Drive[1][2], this walk follows the 'Sydney Cove' sign[3] along the concrete footpath past the garbage bins[4]. The path leads past a sheltered BBQ[fac=8371] as the path bends right along the water's edge it also leads past a few picnic tables[fac=8372][fac=8373] and comes to another GNW marker[5] and an intersection with a sealed management trail beside the weir[6] (on your left).

(0.07 km) Lane Cove Weir North to Lane Cove Weir South
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 53 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[7] (past a seat[fac=8374] on the right) to cross over the concrete ford[fac=8375] (top of the weir wall[8]) to the other side of Lane Cove River to find an intersection marked with another GNW arrow post[9]. 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[10]. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder'[11] has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding[12]. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up[13] and downstream[14].

(0.13 km) Lane Cove Weir South to Lane Cove River Lookout
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 50 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the southern side of the weir[15], this walk follows the sealed trail up (away from the weir) for about 10m to turn right and follow the 'Riverside walking track' sign[16] along the concrete footpath[17]. The path soon leads to and follows a timber boardwalk for 40m to come to a fenced lookout with a few seats[fac=8376] (and a stepped seating area[18]) and great views over the Lane Cove River[19].

Lane Cove River Lookout Alt = 2 m
Found along the timber boardwalk on the banks of the Lane Cove River, just up stream from the weir, is this lovely viewing platform[20]. The boardwalk and platform are fenced (1.1m high), there are two main seats[fac=8376] and a stepped area for extra seating[21]. The views extend upstream for about 250m and is a great spot to watch water birds and the occasional paddle boat.

(0.18 km) Lane Cove River Lookout to Illoura Picnic Area
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 307 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk heads along the timber boardwalk for about 80m (enjoying more river views to the right) to then head down a timber ramp at the edge of a grassy clearing. The walk now follows the 'Riverside walking track' sign[22] along the wide dirt track between the river and 'Spoonbill'[23] picnic area[fac=8377][fac=8379][fac=8378] for about about 80m. The walk then leads past a grove of trees to the far side of the next picnic area, 'Illoura'[24] picnic area[fac=8380][fac=8381][fac=8382][fac=8383][fac=8384], to find an intersection at the 'Riverside Walking Track' sign (pointing back to 'Lane Cove River weir 0.35km'[25]).

Illoura Picnic Area Alt = 3 m
The Illoura Picnic Area in Lane Cove National Park, is an open grassy area beside the river and about 140m downstream of the Boatshed. The picnic area has a water tap[fac=8382][26], picnic tables[fac=8381][fac=8384][27] and wood fired BBQ[fac=8380][28]. On the other side of the Riverside Drive is a small toilet block[fac=8383]. The eastern edge of the picnic area is a large brick picnic shelter[fac=8389].

Illoura Picnic Shelter Alt = 2 m
The park brick picnic shelter is on the bank of the Lane Cove River, near the Boatshed. There are two picnic tables[fac=8389] in the shelter. The tables are 78cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table is 4.3m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 29cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table has seats that are 3.7m. Outside the shelter is another picnic table[29] and wood BBQ[30]. The picnic shelter is nestled in a grove of trees between the carpark and the open grassy Illoura picnic area. There is a small toilet block across the road[fac=8383]

(0.48 km) Illoura Picnic area to Boatshed
Alternate Route: Walk: Easy - bushtrack,footpath ( Show detail)
Length = 277 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -5 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill directly away from the river and face of the 'Riverside walking track'[31] sign towards the road. After 15m (about halfway across the picnic area) this walk turns right to follows the asphalt footpath[32] for about 20m (past a picnic table[33] and BBQ[34]) to the large brick picnic shelter[35].
Continue straight: From the front of the brick picnic shelter, this walk follows the asphalt footpath[36] (keeping the shelter to the right), towards the car park. The walk then heads through the car park[37] to the 5-way road intersection[38] at the far side. Here the walk keeps to the right and follows the asphalt road for about 90m downhill behind the sandstone building - boatshed[39] and through the car park to an intersection on the far side of the Boatshed. Here the walk follows the '7 moola'[40] downhill for about 40m to then turn right and to head towards the water on a gravelly trail. After another 10m this walk comes to a T-intersection and turns right to lead past the picnic tables[fac=8388] then along the concrete path to the front of the boatshed and kiosk[41][42].
Turn sharp left to rejoin the main walk, following the notes from 0.48km 'Illoura Picnic Area'.

(0.48 km) Illoura Picnic Area to Boat Shed
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 158 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk follows the 'Boatshed 0.15km' arrow[43] on the 'Riverside Walking Track' sign along the track keeping the river to the right. After 50m this walk leads below a large brick picnic area[44] then about 15m later leads through an acacia grove with a short rough steep[fac=8385] section then a narrow[fac=8386] section of track. After another 60m the track leads to a grassy clearing with a large picnic table[45][fac=8387] then continues to head along the concrete path[46] on the river side of the sandstone building[47] coming to the hire and kiosk area of the boatshed[48].

Lane Cove Boatshed Alt = 3 m
Lane Cove Boatshed, in Lane Cove National Park, is situated on the bank of the (you guessed it) Lane Cove River. You can hire rowboats, kayaks, pedal boats, bikes and canoes[49], for different ways to enjoy the river. The shop also sells ice-creams, chips and drinks. The shed is open on weekend from 10am - 5pm. During summer school holidays, the shop is also open from 12-5pm[50]. For more info, call Greg on 0418600695[51].

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.
(Links currently not working sorry)
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Drive from Max Allen Drive Bridge
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

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
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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 2.8 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 2.8 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 2.8 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 3.6 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 6.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lane Cove Weir to Boat Shed
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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 21 km (to the SSW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 23 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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