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Riverside Walk
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.9 km ENE of Ryde
Length: 5.3 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.3 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 114 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 114 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

This walk is a lovely stroll along one side of the Lane Cove River. The walk passes through many picnic areas, providing plenty of options for rests and food breaks (some having BBQ's). This walk is also good for taking a Frisbee or a ball along for the kids. (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 Riverside Walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Riverside Walk
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Max Allen Drive Bridge
Lane Cove Weir North
Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove River Lookout
Illoura Picnic Area
Boat Shed
8 Ironbarks
9 Carters Creek
13 Cottonwood Glen
18 Korong
20 Fern Valley
Porters Creek bridge East
Porters Creek bridge West
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
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
BBQ beside Max Allen Drive
 
BBQ beside Max Allen Drive +
 
Lane Cove Wier
 
Lane Cove Wier +
 
Platform above Lane Cove River
 
Platform above Lane Cove River +

 
Lane Cove River
 
Lane Cove River +
 
Riverside Walking Track
 
Riverside Walking Track +
 
Track to Boat Shed
 
Track to Boat Shed +

 
Boats outside the shed
 
Boats outside the shed +
 
Sign along track
 
Sign along track +
 
Ironbark Picnic Area
 
Ironbark Picnic Area +

 
Gate to Ironbark Flats
 
Gate to Ironbark Flats +
 
Boardwalk along track
 
Boardwalk along track +
 
Riverside walk Lane Cove
 
Riverside walk Lane Cove +

 
Picnic shelter above Riverside walk
 
Picnic shelter above Riverside walk +
 
Water Dragon hiding in the water
 
Water Dragon hiding in the water +
 
Korong picnic area
 
Korong picnic area +

 
Road north of Korong
 
Road north of Korong +
 
Halfway Point picnic area
 
Halfway Point picnic area +
 
Picnic table along track
 
Picnic table along track +

 
Lane Cove River from Riverside walk
 
Lane Cove River from Riverside walk +
 
Porters Creek Bridge
 
Porters Creek Bridge +
 
Porters Creek Bridge
 
Porters Creek Bridge +

 
Bridge on Riverside Walk
 
Bridge on Riverside Walk +
 
Track through ferns Riverside walk
 
Track through ferns Riverside walk +
 
Entrance to Riverside Track
 
Entrance to Riverside Track +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Riverside Walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Riverside Walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Riverside Walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Riverside Walk 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
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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 Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
*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
1.5km of this walk is very steep and another 1.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.2km is flat with no steps and the remaining 1.1km has short steep hills.

Quality of track
3.1km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 1.5km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely. Whilst another 520m follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 210m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.7km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1.5km) has minimal directional signs.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 5km requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 5km 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
2.7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) and another 1.5km has limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged). The remaining (1.1km) has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


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.
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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
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(0 km) Max Allen Drive Bridge to Lane Cove Weir South
Track: Moderate - footpath,servicetrail
Length = 125 m Time = 2 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).
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].

(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[20] along the wide dirt track between the river and 'Spoonbill'[21] 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'[22] 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'[23]).

(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[24] 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[25] 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[26][fac=8387] then continues to head along the concrete path[27] on the river side of the sandstone building[28] coming to the hire and kiosk area of the boatshed[29].

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[30], 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[31]. For more info, call Greg on 0418600695[32].

(0.64 km) Boat Shed to 8 Ironbarks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 473 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -8 m
Continue straight: From the shop-front side of the boatshed, this walk follows the riverside track upstream, keeping the river just to your right. The track soon narrows and after about 80m, comes to a large clearing, the '7 Moola' picnic area (with toilets[33] and water). The track leads over a small flat timber bridge[34] in the middle of the picnic area to then find a NPWS arrow post[35] on the far side. Here this walk follows the arrow along the track for about 70m to then climb up the metal staircase[36], where the track continues for another 180m, first up and over a rocky outcrop[37] then along a flat track to find another large clearing. On the far side of this picnic area, just past the '8 Ironbarks' sign[38], this walk comes to a three-way intersection[39] (with a concrete path on your left).

(1.11 km) 8 Ironbarks to 9 Carters Creek
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 216 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow post[40] along the narrow management trail, keeping the river to your right. After about 60m, this walk heads around a locked gate[41], then heads up over the grass to find a picnic area[42]. Here the walk heads over the timber bridge[43], past the '9 Carters Creek' sign[44] and into the picnic area. The walk veers left across the picnic area[45] to come back to the car park, just below the toilet block[46] on the far side of the picnic area.

9 Carters Creek Alt = 4 m
Carters Creek Picnic Area is the ninth formal picnic space along this stretch of the Lane Cove River. This picnic area is home to a couple of sheltered picnic tables[47], a gas BBQ[48] a large open grassy area[49], garbage bins, toilets[50] and a car park[51]. There is some limited access to the river view[52]. A pleasant spot among the tall gums.

(1.33 km) 9 Carters Creek to 13 Cottonwood Glen
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 363 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk follows the NPWS arrow post[53] across a small creek and up the footpath, away from the picnic area. From the the top of the small hill, the track now leads (keeping the river on your right) for almost 300m, passing through a re-vegetating tall gum forest[54] then a pleasant she-oak stand[55], to come to a large gravel car park[56] just before Cottonwood Glen picnic area.

13 Cottonwood Glen Alt = 2 m
Cottonwood Glen picnic area is a large open grassy spot on the bank of the Lane Cove River. There is a grove of trees along the edge of the river, but you can still get clear views across the water from the car park area. There are several picnic tables[57] and a small toilet block[58][59] just up the hill.

(1.69 km) 13 Cottonwood Glen to Porters Creek bridge East
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.06 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -26 m
Continue straight: From the car park, this walk follows riverside walk arrow across '13 Cottonwood Glen' picnic area, over the small bridge, keeping the river on the rightOnce back into the bush the track continues for approximately 400m to come to the '18 Korong' picnic area.
Continue straight: From '18 Korong' picnic area, this walk heads across the clearing and up the road to the sign marked '19 Halfway Point'. The walk passes this sign and the gate next to it, heading to the bottom of the grass clearing. The track then turns left and follows the Lane Cove River for approximately 1km, passing through some small clearings. The track then rounds to the left over a rocky section, then passes a creek fed by a drain high on the left. The track winds right, into the picnic area '20 Fern Valley' where there are picnic tables.
Continue straight: From Fern Valley, this walk heads north along the river. The track winds and undulates for approximately 1km, following the Lane Cove River. The track then turns left to head up Porters Creek for approximately 100m, then heads up some stairs to Porters Creek bridge, on Riverside Drive.

(3.75 km) Porters Creek bridge East to Porters Creek bridge West
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - road
Length = 32 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: At the bridge, this walk crosses the creek using the road/bridge, to the signposted intersection with the bush track, on the right.

(3.79 km) Porters Creek bridge West to Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.51 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 53 m Descent = -23 m
Turn right: From Porters Creek bridge, this walk heads down the stairs and along the creek bank, with the creek on the right, for approximately 100m. The track then turns left to follow the Lane Cove River, on the right of the track, for approximately 400m, passing some cliffs on the left. From the cliffs, the walk continues for approximately 600m to lead left up some stairs to the signposted intersection on the road.

Catch the bus from Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
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 Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
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.
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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
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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 Riverside Walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Riverside Walk
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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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