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Riverside Walking Track
Time: 2 hrs Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.6 km NE of Ryde
Length: 5.5 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 5.5 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 85 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 85 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 is a scenic walk which takes in views of the Lane Cove River and some heritage buildings. Porters Creek bridge is a fantastic example of extravagant stone work, cut locally from the creek itself. The walk generally follows the Lane Cove River, passing many favourite sun baking spots for the local water dragons. Water Dragons and water birds seem to favour this lower bank, along with picnickers who enjoy the many grassed picnic areas along the way. (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 Walking Track

Map of Walk

Location

                Sponsor of Riverside Walking Track bushwalking tracknotes
Map of Riverside Walking Track
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Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
Porters Creek bridge West
Porters Creek bridge East
20 Fern Valley
18 Korong
13 Cottonwood Glen
9 Carters Creek
8 Ironbarks
Boat Shed
Illoura Picnic Area
Lane Cove River Lookout
Lane Cove Weir South
Koonjeree Middle Trk
Koonjeree Toilets
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance

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

 
Entrance to Riverside Track
 
Entrance to Riverside Track +
 
Signpost along Riverside Track
 
Signpost along Riverside Track +
 
Riverside Walking Track
 
Riverside Walking Track +

 
Porters Creek Bridge
 
Porters Creek Bridge +
 
Porters Creek Bridge
 
Porters Creek Bridge +
 
Picnic table along track
 
Picnic table along track +

 
Lane Cove River from Riverside walk
 
Lane Cove River from Riverside walk +
 
Boardwalk along track
 
Boardwalk along track +
 
Railed Riverside walk into Weir area
 
Railed Riverside walk into Weir area +

 
Sign above weir
 
Sign above weir +
 
Lane Cove Wier
 
Lane Cove Wier +
 
NPWS Centre
 
NPWS Centre +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Riverside Walking Track bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Riverside Walking Track bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Riverside Walking Track bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Riverside Walking Track 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 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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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 1.4km 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 370m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
2.1km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 1.9km is clearly signposted. The remaining (1.5km) has minimal directional signs.

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

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

Infrastructure
2.9km 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 Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
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 Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk Parking fees apply in the area.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
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(0 km) Int. Riverside Trk and Riverside Dr at park entrance to Porters Creek bridge West
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 1.51 km Time = 28 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -53 m
From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Riverside Walk' sign down the stairs. The track winds above the Lane Cove River for approximately 600m, passing some cliffs on the right. The track continues to wind above the river for another 400m, to then turn right, up Porters Creek. The track follows Porters Creek for approximately 100m to the intersection with Riverside Drive at Porters Creek bridge.

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

(1.55 km) Porters Creek bridge East to 13 Cottonwood Glen
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 2.06 km Time = 35 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -34 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads down the stairs and follows Porters Creek, on the left of the track, for approximately 100m. The track then turns right to follow the Lane Cove River for approximately 1km, winding and undulating. The track comes to an opening at Fern Valley, with picnic tables.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk passes through to Fern Valley, winding left past a small creek from a drain high on the right, which drains into the Lane Cove River below on the left. The track continues along the river bank for approximately 1km, passing through some clearings before opening out onto picnic area '19 Halfway Point'. The track heads across this clearing up to the gate on the right, to continue down the road passing the toilet block (above on the right). The track passes through picnic area '18 Korong' to the other side of its grass clearing, where the bush track starts.
Continue straight: From the clearing, this walk follows the bush track around the Lane Cove River bank, keeping the river on the left, for approximately 400m to cross the '13 Cottonwood Glen' picnic area, over a small bridge to come to a car park beside the river.

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[1] and a small toilet block[2][3] just up the hill.

(3.61 km) 13 Cottonwood Glen to 9 Carters Creek
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 363 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the car park on the south side of 'Cottonwood Glen', this walk follows the NPWS arrow post[4] along the track into the bush, keeping the river to your left. The track leads along side the river for about 300m, first through a lovely she-oak stand[5], then through a re-vegetating tall gum forest[6] before heading down a sealed footpath[7] to come to a car park (beside the toilet block[8]) at Carters Creek 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[9], a gas BBQ[10] a large open grassy area[11], garbage bins, toilets[12] and a car park[13]. There is some limited access to the river view[14]. A pleasant spot among the tall gums.

(3.97 km) 9 Carters Creek to 8 Ironbarks
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 216 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From in front of the toilets at Carters Creek picnic area, this walk heads across the grass clearing[15] and across the small timber bridge[16] to come to the car park[17]. After crossing the car park, this walk continues over the grass[18], beside the road, keeping the river to your left, and then veers left and follows the NPWS arrow post[19] down around the locked gate. Here the walk follows the narrow trail for about 60m to come to an intersection[20] with a footpath on your right, just before the '8 Ironbarks' sign[21] and picnic area.

(4.19 km) 8 Ironbarks to Boat Shed
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 473 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the intersection[22] just west of '8 Ironbarks'[23], this walk follows the track through the picnic area, keeping the river on the left. On the far side of the picnic area, this walk follows the NPWS arrow post[24] for about 180m up over a rocky outcrop[25] to then head down a metal staircase[26]. The track winds down alongside the river for another 70m to come to the edge of another large grassy clearing. Here, this walk heads across '7 Moola' picnic area (with toilets[27] and water), crossing a small flat timber bridge[28] in the middle. The track soon leaves this clearing and continues for another 80m to come to the shop-front side of the sandstone boatshed building[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].

(4.66 km) Boat Shed to Illoura Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 158 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Continue straight: From the shop front of the boatshed[33], this walk follows the concrete path keeping the river to the left to walk to the end of the building. Here, the walk follows the wide dirt track, past the large picnic table[34][fac=8387], keeping to the lower main (but narrowing) track for about 60m to pass through a notably narrow[fac=8386] then short rough steep[fac=8385] section of track in the acacia grove. About 15m later the walk leads below a large brick picnic shelter[35] and 50m later comes to a 'Riverside Walking Track' sign[36] at the edge of the 'Illoura'[37] picnic area.

(4.82 km) Illoura Picnic Area to Lane Cove River Lookout
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 307 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the picnic area, this walk follows the 'Lane Cove River weir 0.35km' arrow[38] on the 'Riverside Walking Track' sign along the track keeping the river to the left to head alongside the 'Illoura'[39] picnic area. The walk then leads past a grove of trees to then head to the far end of the next picnic area, the 'Spoonbill'[40] picnic area[fac=8377][fac=8379][fac=8378]. Here the walk leads past the 'Riverside walking track' sign[41] up the concrete then timber ramp and along the boardwalk for about 80m (enjoying more river views) to come to a fenced lookout with a few seats[fac=8376] (and a stepped seating area[42]) and great views over the Lane Cove River[43].

(5.12 km) Lane Cove River Lookout to Lane Cove Weir South
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 50 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the lookout, this walk follows the timber boardwalk, keeping the river to the left. After about 40m the boardwalk ends and the walk follows a concrete footpath[44] to come to a t-intersection with an asphalt trail marked with a large 'Riverside walking track' sign[45] just above the weir[46] (to the left).

(5.17 km) Lane Cove Weir South to Koonjeree Middle Trk
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[47] along the concrete footpath, keeping the river to the left. The path leads around the edge of the 'Koonjeree picnic area'[48] and comes to an intersection with another footpath[49] (leading through the middle of the picnic area).

Koonjeree Picnic Area Alt = 2 m
Koonjeree Picnic Area[50] is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets[51][52][53], town tap water, picnic tables and shelters[54], a large open area[55] and car parking[56]. On the bank of the Lane Cove River[57], this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

(5.27 km) Koonjeree Middle Trk to Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 193 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads towards the road then passes over it, to the toilet blocks.
Turn left: From the toilets, this walk heads through the low bushes, following the car park (which is on the left). The walk winds through the bushes to pass a stone seat on the left before crossing the entrance road to the Lane Cove National Park. This walk then continues along the footpath for a few metres to the road, which it crosses to come to the bus stop.

Catch the bus from Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
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 Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
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
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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 4.9 km
Larry Adler Ski & Outdoor 77 Archer St , Chatswood (02) 9412 4777 4.9 km
Mountain Designs Shop 16/ 9 Spring St , Chatswood (02) 9415 4566 4.9 km
Kangaroo Tent City & BBQs 165-167 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood (02) 9884 9199 5.5 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 5.9 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Riverside Walking Track.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Riverside Walking Track
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
6 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 18 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 21 km (to the W)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 22 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 40 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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