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Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)
Time: 3 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.8 km SE of Pennant Hills
Length: 8.2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 8.2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 233 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 233 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 and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

Setting out from Pennant Hills train station, this walk loops around Pennant Hills Park, exploring the surrounding bush and visiting Whale rock on the way. The walk turns back towards the park after passing the Lane Cove River. The walk mostly follows management trails. (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 Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)
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Pennant Hills station
Pennant Hills Park entry
Mambara loopback int.
Britannia St shortcut int.
Mambara fourway int.
Mambara turning area int.
Int of Pennant Hills park and Mambara Tracks(south)
Int of Pennant Hills park and unnamed tracks
Int. of Pennant Hills Park and Blackbutt Ave Trks
Int of Develin creek and Pennant Hills park entry bushtrack
Int of Pennant Hills park entry and cheltenham tracks
Int of North Epping service trail
Int of North Epping access track
Int of Epping Trk and Malton Rd Trail
Big Ducky Waterhole
Whale Rock
Int of Whale Rock and Pennant Hills service trail
Int of Pennant Hills park and powerline service trails
Int of Pennant Hills park and airfield service trails
End of Pennant Hills Park
Pennant Hills Park Entry
Pennant Hills Park entry
Starting point for this hiking track: Pennant Hills station

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
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Start Mambara Track
 
Start Mambara Track +
 
Mambara Track
 
Mambara Track +
 
Sign interpreting the bush on the Mambara Track
 
Sign interpreting the bush on the Mambara Track +

 
Mambara Trk
 
Mambara Trk +
 
Track nearing Mambara Trk
 
Track nearing Mambara Trk +
 
Track below Mambara Track
 
Track below Mambara Track +

 
Track nearing Pennant Hills Park
 
Track nearing Pennant Hills Park +
 
Once burnt bush
 
Once burnt bush +
 
Sign near Pennant Hills Park
 
Sign near Pennant Hills Park +

 
Steps up to Pennant Hills
 
Steps up to Pennant Hills +
 
Leaf litter along the track
 
Leaf litter along the track +
 
Railed steps
 
Railed steps +

 
Watercrossing
 
Watercrossing +
 
Track to Pennant Hills
 
Track to Pennant Hills +
 
Service trail out of the valley
 
Service trail out of the valley +

 
Signpost to Pennant Hills
 
Signpost to Pennant Hills +
 
Service trail through the valley
 
Service trail through the valley +
 
Service trail to Whale Rock
 
Service trail to Whale Rock +

 
Track near Whale Rock
 
Track near Whale Rock +
 
Whale Rock from the intersection
 
Whale Rock from the intersection +
 
Whale Rock above service trail
 
Whale Rock above service trail +

 
Track above Devlins Ck
 
Track above Devlins Ck +
 
Track below rock outcrop
 
Track below rock outcrop +
 
Devlin's Creek Crossing
 
Devlin's Creek Crossing +

 
Track up spur to Pennant Hills Park
 
Track up spur to Pennant Hills Park +
 
Track up to Pennant Hills Park
 
Track up to Pennant Hills Park +
 
Track sign
 
Track sign +

 
Gate at Pennant Hills Park
 
Gate at Pennant Hills Park +
 
Road through Pennant Hills Park
 
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Sign at Pennant Hills Park
 
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Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) 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 8km
Time 3 hrs
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
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
3.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.3km) is very steep.

Quality of track
3.5km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (2.2km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 4.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 790m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the train to Pennant Hills Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Pennant Hills 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 Pennant Hills 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 Pennant Hills 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) Pennant Hills station to Mambara east int.
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 1.55 km Time = 27 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -51 m
From the platform the track heads out onto Railway street, turns right and continues up towards Pennant Hills road. Before it reaches the main road, the track heads up a short set of steps and up the ramp to the overpass, where it crosses the main road and continues down the other side to the bottom. Turning right at the main road, the track follows the footpath along the main road east for a short distance to the intersection of the Cresant. From the intersection the track follows the Cresant down the hill and along to the end of the road turning left and then immediately right onto Charlotte road which joins onto Brittania street and to the intersection of the Pennant Hills Park entry at the round about.
Continue straight: From the 'Pennant Hills Park’ entry sign[1] (beside the Britannia St roundabout, near the car park[fac=8071]), this walk leads gently downhill along the narrow concrete footpath[2], keeping the road to your right (and ignoring the short path on your right)[3]. After 10m this walk comes to a log seat[4][fac=8069] (on your right), and ‘Wildlife Protection Area’[5], 'Mambara Track'[6] and 'Mambara Access Track'[7] signs (on your left). This walk continues for 40m along the path around the sharp left bend [8] then continues for another 20m to come to a 3-way intersection[9], marked with an arrow post[10] (on your left).
Turn right: From the intersection[11], this walk follows the arrow post[12] gently downhill along the concrete path[13], keeping the road (a short distance) to your right. After 5m this walk passes 'The Ultimate Jigsaw' sign[14] (on your left) then continues gently uphill[15] for about 140m over a series of rough concrete sections[16] to come to a 3-way intersection with a dirt track[17] (on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete path gently up over a rise[18] (keeping the road to your right). After about 15m this walk leads gently downhill and soon bends left[19]. This walk continues along the path for about 70m past a 'Bush Recycling' sign[20] (on the left) to come to a 4-way intersection[21] (with two dirt tracks on the right).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads distinctly but gently downhill[22] along the concrete path as the track bends left. This walk then gently meanders downhill for about 20m through the open forest[23], passing a potential trip hazard[fac=8070] on the path. This walk then continues for about 35m along the path which soon bends right[24], then comes to a sharp left hand bend[25]. Half way through the bend there is a 3-way intersection with a dirt track[26] (on the right).
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk leads downhill along the concrete path, immediately passing the turning rest bay[27] (on the left) and a 'You scratch my back' sign[28] (on the right). This walk then continues gently downhill through the open forest[29] for another 35m to a distinct 3-way intersection with a short concrete path (on the right)[30].

(1.55 km) Int of Pennant Hills park and Mambara Tracks(south) to Int of North Epping service trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 920 m Time = 22 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -83 m
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack down off the footpath and down the hill, winding along to the intersection of the unnamed bushtrack.
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack winding south along the side of the valley through thick scrub until it opens out onto a thin rock platform at the top of a hill
Veer left: From the intersection the track off the rock platform and down the hill, winding through the bush following the cheltenham sign along the side of the valley for a long while until continuing down some wooden steps to the telegraph pole at the intersection of the bushtrack.
Veer right: From the intersection the bushtrack follows the powerlines, down the gentle hill and down the long set of steps to the bottom where it crosses the creek to the signposted intersection of the Cheltenham bushtrack.
Turn right: From the intersection the track follows the Cheltenham sign up the bushtrack and up some steps to the intersection of the North Epping service trail

(2.47 km) Int of North Epping service trail to Big Ducky Waterhole
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 568 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -12 m
Turn sharp left: From the intersection the track follows the service trail down the hill for a short distance to the intersection of the Pennant Hills track
Veer right: From the intersection the track follows the service trail south east down the gentle hill and through the valley until it drops down across a creek and continues up the other side to the intersection of the Epping bushtrack.
Veer left: From the intersection the track follows the Lane Cove River arrow along the servicetrail for a while before it loops around the top of Big Ducky Waterhole.

Big Ducky Waterhole Alt = 49 m
The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)

(3.04 km) Big Ducky Waterhole to Whale Rock
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 479 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the top of Big Ducky Waterhole the continues through the valley keeping Devlins Creek below on the left of the track all the way to Whale Rock.

Whale Rock Alt = 48 m
This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.

(3.52 km) Whale Rock to Int of Pennant Hills park road
Track: Hard - servicetrail
Length = 2.67 km Time = 57 mins
Climb = 138 m Descent = -63 m
Continue straight: From Whale Rock the track follows the Penant Hills Park arrow along the service trail as it winds through the valley, crossing several small concrete creek crossings until it comes to the signposted intersection of the Pennant Hills ovals service trail.
Turn left : From the intersection the track follows the Pennant Hills ovals sign up the steep rocky service trail winding all the way up the side of the valley, flattening out to a gentle climb as it approaches the top and passing the intersection of a powerline service trail, continuing along the top of the ridge all the way to the intersection of the second second powerline service trail. From here the track continues along the ridge, following the service trail through the thick bushland all the way to the intersection of the third powerline service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the service trail winding up the gentle hill and turning right at the archery warning sign, continuing through the bush to the intersection of the airfield service trail.
Turn left: From the intersection the track follows the service trail west through the bush up a long gentle hill and through a metal gate to the intersection of the Pennant Hills park road.

(6.19 km) End of Pennant Hills Park to Pennant Hills Park Entry
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 749 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: From the intersection at the National Park gate the track follows the road up the gentle hill as it passes several tennis courts, football and hockey fields as it winds all the way up to the intersection of the bushtrack behind the "Pennant Hills Park walking track system" sign on the left side of the road.

Pennant Hills Park Alt = 124 m
Pennant Hills Park is a large sporting complex located in the back of Pennant Hills and on the border of the Land Cove National Park. This large venue consists of four large ovals (3 with cricket pitches), 16 tennis courts, a hockey court and an archery range. If you would like to book a tennis court then contact David Cochrane (02) 9481 0970. There are also BBQ and picnic facilities provided at the park.

(6.94 km) Pennant Hills Park Entry to Pennant Hills Park entry
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 79 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads up the road keeping the sports oval on the right of the road as it comes to the round about.

(7.02 km) Pennant Hills Park entry to Pennant Hills station
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 1.15 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 35 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the roundabout the track follows Britannia street up past the two large ovals and continuing all the way along, winding around the left and right hand bends in the road which becomes the Cresant, and heads up the hill to the intersection of Pennant Hills road. From the intersection the track turns left at the main road and follows it along the footpath for a short distance to the bottom of the overpass, turning left up the ramp that winds all the way up and over the road coming back down to the intersection of Railway street. From the intersection the track follows Railway street down the hill and past the bus stops to the entrance to the train station.

Catch the train from Pennant Hills Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Pennant Hills Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your train trip from the end of the walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Catch the bus from Pennant Hills 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)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Pennant Hills 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.
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

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
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

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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)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 1 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 4.6 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 4.5 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 7.8 km
Castle Tarpaulin Warehouse 14/ 10 Victoria Ave, Castle Hill (02) 9899 3959 8.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River).
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
2 km (to the E)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 16 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 26 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 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
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      33°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|33°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|26°Possible late shower.
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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AlanM - Nice walk especially this clos IP:125.254.78.xxx | 2012-01-27 09:32:04
I am amazed at the great walks around Sydney suburbs and this one is no exception. Once you get into the National Park you only see houses for about 100 metres. You could well be a long way from civilisation for the rest of it.

Here is a video of my walk http://youtu.be/feTWczZCbT4
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