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Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park
Time: 2 Days Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
0.6 km NNE of Sydney
Length: 33 km Walk Length
As this is a One Way walk, the 33 km only includes the walking distance from the start to the end point
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 1110 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 1110 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 walkThere is a ferry stop near the start of this walk
Style: One way
Track: Hard

This overnight walk starts from the Obelisk in Macquarie Park, Sydney, at the official start of the Great North Walk. The walk soon boards the ferry from Circular Quay to Woolwich, and follows the Great North Walk through the streets of Hunters Hill and into the Lane Cove National Park. After staying the night in a caravan park here, the walk backtracks a little, then heads north, winding through the Lane Cove Valley, up to Thornleigh train station. (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 Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park

Map of Walk

Location

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The Obelisk
Circular Quay
Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St
Goat Paddock
Woolwich Lookout
Bottom of Kellys Bush
Top of Kellys Bush
Int of Gladstone Ave and Woolwich Rd
End of Serpentine Rd
Int of Brookes and Vernon Sts
Hunters Hill Shops
End of Mount St
Joubert Street Reserve
Boronia Park
End of Boronia Ave
Princes St trackhead
Brickmakers picnic area
Int of Great North Walk and Meyers Avenue track
Int of Great North Walk and the Lane Cove River track
Int of Great North Walk and Barons Crescent access track
Mangrove viewing platform
Int of Great North Walk and Pains Road (south)
Int of Great North Walk and Pains Road (north)
Buffalo creek track head
Int of Sugarloaf and Great North Walk tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Sugarloaf Point tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Sugarloaf Point tracks
Int of Great North Walk and Pittwater Road carpark path
Kittys Creek bridge int
Magdala Park carpark
Magdala Park transmissions tower
Int. opposite end of Mowbray Rd
SE corner of Epping Rd bridge
SW corner of Epping Rd bridge
Int on NW side of Epping Rd bridge
Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk
Fairyland
River view
Int. of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track
End of Quebec Ave
Corner of Delhi Rd and River Ave
Riverside Cafe
Int. Great North Walk and Fullers Bridge Bus Stop Trk
Fullers Bridge Bus Stop
Koonjeree Toilets
Koonjeree Middle Trk
Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove River Lookout
Illoura Picnic Area
Boat Shed
8 Ironbarks
9 Carters Creek
13 Cottonwood Glen
Riverside Dr
Int. Weir and Scribbly Gums picnic area trks
Lane Cove Tourist Park
Int. Weir and Scribbly Gums picnic area trks
Riverside Dr
13 Cottonwood Glen
9 Carters Creek
8 Ironbarks
Boat Shed
Illoura Picnic Area
Lane Cove River Lookout
Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove Weir North
Jenkins Hill
Int. National Parks Office Trk and Max Allen Dr
Int. Great North Walk near Naamaroo
Int. Great North Walk and Naamaroo Service Trail
Int. Booraba Ave and Great North Walk
Int. Great North Walk and Bradfield Rd Access Trk
Northern Int. Bradfield Rd and Great North Walk
Southern Int. Bradfield Rd and Great North Walk
Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Sandstone caves
Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Int GNW and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE
Int of GNW and Ryde Road trail (west)
Int of GNW and Yanko Road tracks
Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail (east)
Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
Green Shed
Int of the GNW and Powerline access track
Int of GNW and Christie Park track
Int of the GNW and Powerline access track
Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track
Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track
Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail
Int of GNW and the old weir track
Int of GNW and the Turramurra High School bushtrack
Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail
Int near the end of Koombalah Ave
Creek crossing
Int of GNW and Kissing Point Road trail
Int of flat rock view
Int of Browns waterhole trail and pipe bridge track
Browns Waterhole int
Int of GNW and Cove St trail
Int of GNW and the STEP track (east)
Int of GNW and the STEP track (west)
Int of GNW and Whale Rock trail
Int of GNW and the Pennant Hills Park track
Int of the GNW and the Morona Ave trail
Conscript Pass
Int of the GNW and Lorna Pass tracks
Int of GNW and BP scout camp tracks
Back of Thornleigh Oval
Int of Handley and Ferguson Avenues
Int of Railway Parade and Pennant Hills Road overpass steps
Starting point for this hiking track: The Obelisk

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Photo Gallery

 
The Obelisk
 
The Obelisk +
 
Circular Quay Ferry and Train Terminal
 
Circular Quay Ferry and Train Terminal +
 
Woolwich warf
 
Woolwich warf +

 
Following the streets
 
Following the streets +
 
Woolwich lookout
 
Woolwich lookout +
 
Following the concret footpaths
 
Following the concret footpaths +

 
Near the Hunters Hill Highschool
 
Near the Hunters Hill Highschool +
 
Under the Burns Bay road bridge
 
Under the Burns Bay road bridge +
 
back on the streets
 
back on the streets +

 
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pb_20080903_348 +
 
following the edge of the river
 
following the edge of the river +
 
Lane Cove River banks
 
Lane Cove River banks +

 
Buffalo Creek Reserve
 
Buffalo Creek Reserve +
 
winding down from the reserve
 
winding down from the reserve +
 
following the boardwalk
 
following the boardwalk +

 
Sugarloaf Point
 
Sugarloaf Point +
 
Following the Great North Walk
 
Following the Great North Walk +
 
following the boardwalk
 
following the boardwalk +

 
Magdala Park
 
Magdala Park +
 
Path down to Lane Cove River bridge
 
Path down to Lane Cove River bridge +
 
Track on South Eastern side of Epping Road Bridge
 
Track on South Eastern side of Epping Road Bridge +

 
Great north walk east of Epping Road
 
Great north walk east of Epping Road +
 
Plenty of information signs at fairylands
 
Plenty of information signs at fairylands +
 
Lane Cove river from view point east of Fairyland
 
Lane Cove river from view point east of Fairyland +

 
Bornia in bloom
 
Bornia in bloom +
 
Platform above Lane Cove River
 
Platform above Lane Cove River +
 
Ironbark Picnic Area
 
Ironbark Picnic Area +

 
Lane Cove Tourist Park
 
Lane Cove Tourist Park +
 
Lane Cove Wier
 
Lane Cove Wier +
 
Heading up and away from the reserve
 
Heading up and away from the reserve +

 
along the Lane Cove river
 
along the Lane Cove river +
 
The Block
 
The Block +
 
under de Burgs bridge
 
under de Burgs bridge +

 
Sewage access point
 
Sewage access point +
 
creek crossing
 
creek crossing +
 
Small Weir
 
Small Weir +

 
Browns Waterhile track
 
Browns Waterhile track +
 
Browns Water hole causeway
 
Browns Water hole causeway +
 
winding through the Lane Cove Valley
 
winding through the Lane Cove Valley +

 
Passing the Pennant Hills turn off
 
Passing the Pennant Hills turn off +
 
Creek beside Great North walk
 
Creek beside Great North walk +
 
Crossing the Lane Cove River
 
Crossing the Lane Cove River +

 
Following the Great North Walk
 
Following the Great North Walk +
 
On the Great North walk Near Baden Powell Scout camp
 
On the Great North walk Near Baden Powell Scout camp +
 
hitting the streets
 
hitting the streets +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park 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 33km
Time 2 Days
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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 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
16km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 13km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 8km has short steep hills and the remaining 560m is very steep.

Quality of track
13km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 12km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. Whilst another 11km follows a smooth and hardened path and the remaining 1.3km follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.

Signs
Around 27km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 11km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 32km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 6km requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 35km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 3.1km is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 28km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 10km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the ferry to Circular Quay
Public transport (ferry) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for upto date running time info
Use these links to plan your Ferry (and train) trip to the end of this walk.

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Catch the train to Circular Quay Station
Public transport (train) available to this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Circular Quay 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 The Obelisk
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 The Obelisk
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|

The Obelisk Alt = 6 m
The Obelisk in Macquarie Place (Cnr of Bridge and Loftus Sts) is the original Mile Stone for 19th century roads in NSW. The surrounding park is the original town square built in 1810, while the Obelisk was erected by Governor Macquarie (well actually the Convicts did the heavy work) in 1818. For nearly 200 years this monument stood as the zero mile/km marker for all principal roads. There are a number of inscriptions including distance markers and "The Obelisk was erected in Macquarie Place A.D.1818, to Record that all the Public Roads Leading to the Interior of the Colony are measured from it. L.Macquarie Esq Governor". The park has a number of other historic items worth exploring.

(0 km) The Obelisk to Circular Quay
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 263 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -5 m
From the tall sandstone obelisk[1][2][3] (in Macquarie Place[4][5] at the intersection of Bridge and Loftus Sts, Sydney), this walk heads down along the footpath beside Loftus St[6], towards the view of the Harbour Bridge. After about 80m, the footpath leads past 'Jessie Street Gardens'[7], which is 'Dedicated to the achievements of Australian women'[8] - definitely worth the time to read the plaques[9][10][11].
From here, the walk continues down past McDonald's[12] and across Alfred St to underneath the 'Circular Quay Railway Station' building[13].

(0.26 km) Circular Quay to Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - transport
Length = 4.81 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From Circular Quay ferry terminal[14], this walk heads over to Wharf 5[15] and catches a ferry (about $6) to Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St[16][17]. A ferry leaves every 30-60 mins during the day. The trip is very pleasant and passes the Opera House[18], travels the under the Harbour Bridge[19], around Garden Island[20], near Cockatoo Island[21] and on to Woolwich Ferry Wharf near the mouth of the Lane Cove River.
Note: The distance and altitude change for this ride is not included in the total for this walk.

(5.07 km) Woolwich Ferry Wharf, Valentia St to Goat Paddock
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 724 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From Woolwich Wharf[22] (at the end of Valentia Street[23]), this walk follows the footpath, past the toilets[24] and the large 'Great North Walk' sign[25] (and past the children's playground[26] which is across the road) to the top of 'Valentia St'[27]. The walk turns left and follows the tree-lined 'The Point Rd'[28], which bends left and becomes 'Gale St'[29]. Not far along Gale St, this walk comes to the front of the gates at the top of the signposted 'Goat Paddock' park[30][31] (on your left)

Goat Paddock Alt = 17 m
Goat Paddock is the open area north of Woolwich Dock. The park has a path winding down through the middle[32], providing access to the waters edge. In 1835, the Clarke family received a grant of the land at the eastern end of the peninsula, what we now call Woolwich. In 1898, Morts Dock and Engineering Company bought this land and commissioned the excavation of the dock[33]. The area is well maintained and is used by many locals for their morning strolls.

(5.8 km) Goat Paddock to Woolwich Lookout
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 78 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -2 m
Continue straight: From the gates at the top of 'Goat Paddock'[34][35], this walk follows the footpath uphill beside Gale St, which soon bends right. The walk passes 'Woolwich Pier Hotel'[36] (on the opposite side of the road), then veers left across the grass on the signposted 'Woolwich Lookout' park[37], and soon comes to the fenced[38] lookout platform[39] on the left, about 80m from the lookout.

Woolwich Lookout Alt = 19 m
Woolwich Lookout is a fenced lookout[40] atop of the cliffs at the western end of Woolwich Dock[41]. There are great views down the sandstone cutting[42], through the dock at the mouth of the Lane Cove River and to North Sydney. In December 1901, the W. Solomon & Sons company (commissioned by Morts Dock and Engineering Company) completed the excavation of 85,000 cubic metres of sandstone to construct this dry dock. At the time, this 188 metres long, and 27 metres wide, pit was the largest dry dock in Australia. In 1963, the Army purchased the site and now it is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust[43].

(5.87 km) Woolwich Lookout to Bottom of Kellys Bush
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 356 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -11 m
Continue straight: From 'Woolwich Lookout'[44], this walk winds down the concrete footpath[45], initially keeping the water view to your left. Crossing the road[46], this walk then follows the GNW arrow post[47] downhill along Edgecliff Rd[48][49], which soon bends right (enjoying the water views across to Cockatoo Island[50]), then crosses Margaret St[51] to become Alfred St. Continuing to the end of Alfred St[52], this walk comes to a short sandstone wall and a 'Kellys Bush' sign[53]

(6.23 km) Bottom of Kellys Bush to Top of Kellys Bush
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 229 m Time = 6 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the end of Alfred St[54], this walk follows the 'Nelson Parade' sign[55] up the sandstone steps[56]. At the top of the steps, this walk turns right, following the 'Picnic Area' sign[57] along the dirt track[58] for about 80m to a three-way intersection just past a bench seat[59]. This walk veers right, following the 'Nelson Parade' sign[60] up the steps[61], passing a 'Kellys bush' information sign[62] at the top of the hill, then leaves the park through a gap in the timber fence[63] to come to a road[64] beside Weil Park[65] (a large playing field[66]).

Kellys Bush Alt = 40 m
In the late 1880s, pocket of bushland between Prince George Parade and Alfred St, Woolwich was set aside to to act as a buffer zone between the Parramatta River and the Sydney Smelting Company. The area was named after the owner of the land and smelting company, T.H. Kelly [67]. From the passion of the local people who fought to protect this area, Kelly's Bush is now owned by the Hunters Hill Council and cared for by a team of local bush regenerators[68].

(6.46 km) Top of Kellys Bush to Int of Gladstone Ave and Woolwich Rd
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 223 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 4 m Descent = -4 m
Continue straight: From the top of Kellys Bush, this walk follows the GNW arrow[69] gently uphill along Prince George Parade[70] (directly away from the park). Soon after passing a set of swings[71] (on the central reservation), this walk turns right[72] (crossing over the other part Prince George Parade) to follow another GNW arrow post along 'Gladstone Ave'[73] until coming to an intersection with 'Woolwich Rd'[74].

(6.68 km) Int of Gladstone Ave and Woolwich Rd to End of Serpentine Rd
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 190 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -10 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow west alongside Woolwich Rd[75] for about 100m, then turns right across the road[76] and heads to the end of Serpentine Rd[77]. There are some GNW arrows here and a footpath[78] on the left.

(6.87 km) End of Serpentine Rd to Int of Brookes and Vernon Sts
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 416 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -32 m
Continue straight: From the end of Serpentine Rd[79], this walk follows the GNW arrows down a few steps[80], then downhill along the footpath[81]. The path soon leads down to Vernon St to turn left[82], following the street for about 30m. Here the walk turns right[83], leading down a pedestrian lane-way[84] and steps[85][86] between two house, coming to 'Mornington Reserve', beside Alexandra Bay on the Lane Cove River[87][88]. Here the walk turns left, leading up along the grassy track reserve behind some houses[89] for about 180m to turn left at a GNW post[90] marking another pedestrian lane-way. The walk heads up this lane-way[91] then up the steps to turn right on Vernon St[92], coming almost immediately to an intersection with Brookes St[93] (on your right).

(7.29 km) Int of Brookes and Vernon Sts to Hunters Hill Shops
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 1.21 km Time = 22 mins
Climb = 31 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along Vernon St[94] which soon bends left. At the top of the hill, this walk turns right to follow the footpath beside Woolwich Rd[95] for about 150m, then turns right down Futuna Lane[96]. At the T-intersection, this walk turns left to follow Futuna St past the grand 'St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church' building[97][98] and then come to another T-intersection[99]. Here the walk crosses Crescent St and turns right a short distance and then left into Garrick Ave[100]. At the end of Garrick Ave[101], this walk follows the GNW arrow along the zigzagging pedestrian lane way[102][103] for about 170m to come to Passy Ave[104]. Here the walk crosses the road and turns right, following the footpath for about 150m to then turn left onto Ambrose St[105]. After a further 100m, the walk turns right at Ferry St to pass in front of the large sandstone 'All Saints Anglican Church' building[106][107]. Just past this church, the walk passes a few shops[108] to cross Alexandra St, then turns left. Just after crossing Ady St, this walk comes to to 'Jaspers Restaurant'[109][110], opposite more cafes and shops[111][112].

Hunters Hill Shops Alt = 29 m
Just opposite the intersection of Alexandra and Ady Streets is a community shopping village in Hunters Hill. There are a few cafes and small restaurants[113] set among a lovely series of sandstone buildings[114]. You could even get your hair cut if so desired. The Ricciotti Deli Cafe open 7 days 0800-1700 (weekends 0800-1500) ph: (02) 9817-7388[115].[116]

(8.5 km) Hunters Hill Shops to End of Mount St
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 772 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -43 m
Continue straight: From in front of 'Jaspers Restaurant'[117][118], this walk heads gently downhill along Alexandra St[119] almost immediately passing 'Vienna' Cottage[120][121] (an artisan's home built in 1871[122]). This walk continues along beside Alexandra St[123] for about 500m, passing the post office[124], Masonic Centre[125], town hall[126], Congregational Church[127], a tiny and very old-looking pharmacy[128] to come to a four-way intersection with Mount St[129] (on your right), opposite a children's playground[130]. Here the walk follows the GNW post right[131] and downhill along Mount St[132] to come to a waterfront[133] intersection[134] at the end of the street.

(9.27 km) End of Mount St to Joubert Street Reserve
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 624 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -2 m
Turn left : From the northern end of Mount St[135], this walk follows the asphalt footpath[136] behind Hunters Hill High School[137], whilst keeping the Lane Cover River[138] to your right. The path leads past a few information signs[139][140], then bends left at the grassy clearing[141] to head up the side of the school. The path leads up a small set of stairs[142] and turns right on Reiby Rd, where the walk follows the road[143] for 100m until the road bends right. Here, the walk crosses the road[144] to follow the GNW arrow[145] up to the right and along the concrete footpath, which leads under under Burns Bay Rd (Fig Tree Bridge)[146]. Just after passing under the bridge, the walk heads left, diagonally up through Joubert Street Reserve to Joubert St[147] (just downhill from the intersection with Figtree Rd).

(9.89 km) Joubert Street Reserve to Boronia Park
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 932 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -3 m
Continue straight: From Joubert Street Reserve, this walk crosses Joubert St and heads uphill to then turn right into Figtree Rd. The walk leads along the footpath beside Figtree Rd[148] for about 350m, then turns right onto Ryde Rd[149] (there is a Coles Express service station to your left[150], if you want a cold drink). Following the footpath alongside Ryde Rd for about 500m (passing St Joseph's College[151] along the way), this walk comes to Boronia Ave, just beside Boronia Park[152].

Boronia Park Alt = 39 m
Boronia Park is found at the intersection of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave[153]. The park is centered around a couple of large playing fields[154] and a grand stand[155]. Here you will find public toilets[156], tap water, electric BBQs[157] and a children's playground[158]. There is also shade from the trees and rain shelter to provide some relief on the hot or wet days.

(10.82 km) Boronia Park to End of Boronia Ave
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 265 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -23 m
Turn right: From the intersection of 'Boronia Ave' and 'Ryde Rd' (beside 'Boronia Park' [159] ), this walk follows 'Boronia Ave' downhill for just over 250m to come to the end of the road[160].

(11.09 km) End of Boronia Ave to Int of Great North Walk and Meyers Avenue track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 843 m Time = 17 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -38 m
Continue straight: From the end of Boronia Avenue[161], this walk follows the GNW arrow post[162] up along the rocky track. The track leads over a small rise then bends right (ignoring the track to your left), to head down a few stone steps[163], then a series of timber steps[164]. The track then continues along the bank of the Lane Cove River[165][166] (to your right) for about 100m to come to a T-intersection with Princes St[167]. Here the walk turns left and heads up the road[168] (away from the water view[169]) for about 50m, coming to an intersection with another track and a large green 'The Great North Walk' signpost[170] (on your right).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Buffalo Ck. Park' arrow[171] down along track. Veering right after about 50m, this wide track then leads through the casuarina forest[172] for a short time, coming to an intersection and a small clearing with a picnic table[173], the informally named Brickmakers Creek picnic area.
Turn right: From the picnic area, this walk follows the GNW arrow post across the rocky Brickmakers Creek[174] and up the steps[175]. The walk continues along the short timber boardwalk[176], then leads up the timber steps[177] for about 100m where the track flattens out, veering right at another GNW arrow post[178]. Here the track leads down between the rocks[179], with a filtered view to the water, and a short distance later, the track veers right again at another GNW arrow post[180], heading gently down between some more rocks. For another 150m , the mostly flat track leads over some rock platforms[181][182] then along a short section of timber boarding[183] to come to a three-way intersection marked with a GNW arrow, and a larger unfenced rock platform[184] (to the right).

(11.93 km) Int of Great North Walk and Meyers Avenue track to Mangrove viewing platform
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.04 km Time = 20 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -30 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the rock platform[185], keeping the river down to your right. The walk soon heads down some steps carved in the rock[186], then follows the rocky and sandy track gently downhill, passing some interesting rock formations[187][188] over about 140m then climbing over some rocks with a metal handrail[189]. The track leads up a series of steps[190] for about 200m, then goes up some carved steps (also with a handrail[191]). From here, the rocky track heads down the steps[192] then leads alongside the mangroves[193] for just shy of 100m, coming to a T-intersection marked with a GNW arrow[194].
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow up the steps[195]. The track bends right and comes to an intersection with the signposted 'Access to Barons Cres'[196] track on your left, just below the large concrete building[197].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[198] along the clear track, leading gently uphill (initially keeping the concrete building and Barton Cres track on your left[199]). The fairly flat, rocky track leads through the forest, keeping the Lane Cove River[200] not far to your right. After about 300m, the track leads up some steps[201] to a boulder outcrop[202] with good views over the river. The track continues for another 100m to a small clearing and a timber viewing platform[203] (on your right).

Mangrove viewing platform Alt = 2 m
This timber viewing platform[204] is found on bank on south-west of the confluence of the Lane Cove River and Buffalo Creek. This area is affected by the tides so the view is constantly changing. The lookout platform provides an opportunity to view the mangroves community[205] and the eroded sandstone ruins[206]

(12.97 km) Mangrove viewing platform to Buffalo Creek track head
Walk: Easy - bushtrack,road,bushtrack
Length = 777 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 17 m Descent = -16 m
Turn left: From the timber platform[207], this walk heads directly away from the Lane Cove River[208] and follows the track up the valley, keeping the Buffalo Creek mangroves to your right. The track soon leads under a fallen tree[209] and meanders along the flat[210] for about 120m, then follows a short section of timber boardwalk[211]. The track then leads up some steps to pass under a small sandstone overhang[212], then continues along the base of a sandstone wall[213], from where the track leads over another shorter section of timber boardwalk[214]. The track then comes to another section of boardwalk which leads through the wetlands[215], over a small creek[216] and past the information sign about the 'Friends of Buffalo Creek'[217]. The boardwalk then leads past some paperbark trees[218] and turns right onto the dirt track[219]. The walk follows this track for about 50m before heading up the timber ramp[220] and steps[221] to Pains Rd.
Turn right: From the intersection[222], this walk follows GNW arrow up along Pains Rd[223] for about 20m to the intersection with a wide track, marked with another GNW arrow post[224], just where the road bends left[225].
Continue straight: From the bend in Pains Rd (near house number 4), this walk follows GNW arrow[226] along the wide track, whilst keeping a few houses up to your left[227]. After about 120m, the track leads up a grassy hill[228] to find a large open parkland, Buffalo Creek Reserve[229][230]. Here, the walk turns right and follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[231] across the grass, passing a picnic table[232] and fireplace[233], and coming to the large 'Buffalo Creek Track Head' signpost[234][235] (on your right).

(13.75 km) Buffalo creek track head to Int of Great North Walk and Sugarloaf Point tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 540 m Time = 13 mins
Climb = 33 m Descent = -27 m
Turn right: From the 'Buffalo Creek Track Head', this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[236] down three sets of timber stairs[237]. Here the walk follows the timber boardwalk[238] as it winds through the mangroves to a hand-railed viewing area[239], just before a bridge.
From here, the walk crosses Buffalo Creek[240] on the bridge[241] then climbs up the stone steps[242] to veer left at a faint intersection (at the top of the steep climb), marked with a GNW arrow post[243]. The rocky track leads more gently up past the 'Lane Cove River National Park - Sugarloaf Point' sign[244] to a signposted T-intersection, where another GNW arrow[245] points back down the track.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sugarloaf Point' sign[246] along the flat rocky and sandy track, keeping the valley to your right. The track generally bends left around the side of the hill, passing a few interesting rock platforms[247] along the way. Soon after heading down some stone steps[248], this track comes to a signposted T-intersection with a wide sandy trail[249]. There is a 'Buffalo Ck Reserve' sign[250] pointing back up the steps.

(14.29 km) Int of Great North Walk and Sugarloaf Point tracks to Sugarloaf Point
Optional sidetrip: Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 284 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 2 m Descent = -9 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Sugarloaf Point' sign down the hill and along the service trail to the open waterfront clearing at Sugarloaf Point, which extends all the way along to the end of the grass clearing.

(Retrace your steps back to the main track, then continue straight to continue along this walk.)

Sugarloaf Point Alt = 2 m
Sugarloaf Point is a large grassy clearing with a picnic area on the edge of the Lane Cove River, just north of the Buffalo Creek junction. The riverside picnic area has a couple of picnic benches and a small beach, making it possible to pull a boat up to the point.

(14.29 km) Int of Great North Walk and Sugarloaf Point tracks to Kittys Creek bridge int
Walk: Easy - servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 782 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 15 m Descent = -18 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Pittwater Road 0.25km' sign[251] up along the wide management trail, which soon becomes sealed[252]. The trail winds up beside a large, fenced, high-tension power line concrete tower[253][254]. The trail soon leads around a locked gate[255] and comes to an intersection[256] just before Pittwater Rd, with a 'Great North Walk' track sign[257] (on the right).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Great North Walk' sign[258] past the picnic table[259] and down the timber steps, whilst keeping Pittwater Rd through the trees to your left. The track soon passes a 'Lane Cove National Park' sign[260] then heads down some timber stairs[261]. The track continues just below the road (on your left) and beside the mangroves (on your right) for a little over 400m, crossing several timber platforms[262] and going up and down a few steps to come to a 'Coastal Wetlands' information sign[263]. Having moved away from the road, the track now heads along a timber boardwalk[264] that winds through the mangroves and wetlands to cross Kitty Creek[265] on a bridge[266]. Just on the other side of the bridge, this walk comes to a T-intersection with a sign pointing back to 'Sugarloaf Point'[267].

(15.07 km) Kittys Creek bridge int to Magdala Park carpark
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 723 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -16 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow[268] along the wide track, initially keeping Kittys Creek to your right. The track almost immediately bends left (ignoring the side track on the left[269]) and follows the bank of the Lane Cove River[270] (on your right) through the casuarina forest[271] for just shy of 200m. Here, the track starts edging away from the river and enters more dense vegetation[272] for just over 200m, before the track opens up and comes to a 'Lane Cove National Park - Sugarloaf Point' sign[273]. From the sign, the walk leads up along the grass[274], keeping the playing fields[275] to your right and coming to a GNW arrow post[276] in front of the toilet block[277] beside Magdala Park car park[278].

Magdala Park Alt = 3 m
Magdala Park, found at the end of Magdala Rd, North Ryde, is home to a large playing field with a baseball diamond in the corner and a smaller playing field to the north. There is a car park [279], public toilets[280], sheltered picnic tables [281], childrens playground[282], garbage bins[283], and town water on tap[284]. There are a few Great North Walk signs highlighting the direction of the walk as it winds across the open grassy area.

(15.8 km) Magdala Park carpark to Magdala Park transmissions tower
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 113 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -3 m
Turn right: From the front of the toilet block[285], this walk follows the GNW arrow across the car park[286]. The walk then heads through the gap in the fence[287] and turns left, heading over the grass to the intersection with a concrete footpath at the base of the large transmissions tower[288], where a sign points back to 'Sydney Cove'[289].

(15.91 km) Magdala Park transmissions tower to Fairyland
Track: Moderate - footpath,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.44 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 52 m Descent = -59 m
Turn right: From the transmissions tower[290], this walk follows the 'Newcastle' sign[291] downhill along the concrete footpath away from Magdala Park. The path soon turns right[292] and leads over the 'Clifford Love' footbridge[293][294]. The 150m-long bridge leads over Lane Cove River[295][296] and then over the 'National Starch' factory[297], to find a footpath on the other side. The footpath leads around the edge of the fenced car park[298] and comes to the footpath beside Epping Rd, just beside the traffic lights[299] at Mowbray Rd.
Continue straight: From the traffic lights, this walk heads downhill towards the bridge, crossing the factory driveway[300]. Just over 100m past the driveway, the shared footpath[301] leads to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post, and a set of steps[302] (on the left).
Continue straight: From the intersection[303], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down across the main bridge span, keeping the traffic to your right. After almost 100m, this walk comes to the other side of the bridge, where there is an intersection with another set of stairs[304] (on your left) and another GNW arrow[305].
Turn left: From the intersection[306], this walk follows the GNW arrow post down the stairs[307][308] and towards the water. At the bottom of the stairs, the walk turns left and follows the footpath under the bridge[309][310] then up a few steps to a signposted intersection[311], just on the other side of the bridge.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Lane Cove National Park - Fairyland Track' sign[312] down along the dirt track, keeping the filtered view of Lane Cove River to your right[313]. The track soon leads down some timber steps[314], past a short rock wall[315] and across two short flat timber bridges[316][317]. The walk continues up some steps and across a timber bridge with a hand rail[318]. The rocky track then leads downhill[319] for about 100m before going gently uphill past the high tension transmission tower[320], to then come to a signposted intersection[321], just after passing under the power lines.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads away from the buildings and the high tension power line tower, following the GNW arrow post downhill[322] and almost immediately crosses a small flat timber bridge[323]. The rocky track leads up a short hill then the track starts to leads down for about 70m, where the track bends sharply right. Then the walk leads down a series of timber steps[324] into the lusher forest[325] and a 'Site of Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' information sign[326].
Here the walk heads along the timber boardwalk[327], then follows the track past the 'Take Yourself Back to Fairyland' photo sign[328], and then onto an intersection beside a large palm tree[329]. There is a 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' sign[330] and short track on the right that leads to a seat[331] beside Lane Cove River.

Fairyland Alt = 1 m
Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total[332]. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat[333]. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.

(17.35 km) Fairyland to River view
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 358 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 14 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection at the centre of Fairylands, this walk follows the clear track whilst keeping the Lane Cove River through the trees to your right, past the 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' sign[334]. The mostly flat track winds gently through the ferns to pass the 'Site of Fairyland Pleasure Grounds' information sign[335], then continues along the short timber boardwalk[336] and up a series of timber steps[337]. The now mostly-flat track[338] leads along the side of the hill for about 150m, coming to a short track which takes this walk to an unfenced rock platform[339][340] with river views (on your right).

Lookout Alt = 5 m
This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River[341]. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.

(17.71 km) River view to Int of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 131 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the view point, this walk heads along the flat track[342] whilst keeping the river below to your right. After about 100m, the track crosses a short section of timber boardwalk[343] then leads past a series of National Park signs[344][345][346] to come to a T-intersection with Quebec Rd (opposite number 101).

(17.84 km) Int. of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track to End of Quebec Ave
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 550 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 38 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill following the GNW arrow post along Quebec Rd[347]. At the top of the hill, the road bends right and comes to a signposted intersection[348], where this walk turn left to follow the GNW arrow post up what looks like a long sealed driveway[349]. The walk follows Quebec Ave for about 300m past a couple of driveways[350] (on your right) then below the fenced Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens[351][352] (on your left), coming to a turning circle[353] and a locked gate[354] at the end of the road.

(18.39 km) End of Quebec Ave to Riverside Cafe
Track: Hard - bushtrack,road
Length = 395 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -46 m
Continue straight: From the end of Quebec Ave, this walk follows the GNW arrow post around the locked gate and along the fairly flat, rocky track. After about 170m, this track leads to the edge of a large rock platform[355]. From here, the walk tends right, going down through a gap in the rock[356] then leading along the base of a short rock wall. The track then starts to lead more steeply downhill when, just after passing a small bench seat[357], the track leads down a steep stone staircase[358] and then comes to a signposted T-intersection with River Rd[359] (near Delhi Rd). Here, a 'Sydney Cove' sign[360] points back up the hill.
Continue straight: From the intersection, follows the GNW arrow post across River Ave[361][362], down along the minor road (keeping the busy Delhi Rd to your left). At the end of this minor rd this walk finds a footpath[363] in front of 'Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill'[364].

Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill Alt = 2 m
The Riverside Cafe[365] is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner[366]. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13[367]. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

(18.78 km) Riverside Cafe to Koonjeree Middle Trk
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 231 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 6 m Descent = -7 m
Turn left: From in front of 'Riverside Cafe Bar AND Grill'[368], this walk follows the GNW arrow post and footpath[369] under Fullers Bridge[370] to an intersection with a set of steps[371] just on the other side.
Turn left: From the intersection[372] (on the north-west corner of Fullers Bridge), this walk heads up the steps[373] to come to another footpath beside Dehli Rd[374].
Turn right: From the bus stop, this walk heads along the footpath, away from Fullers Bridge. The walk soon crosses the entrance road to Lane Cove National Park before winding right, through the low bushes, to come to the toilet block.
Turn right: From the toilet blocks, this walk heads across the road to follow the footpath through the middle of the Koonjeree picnic area, to the intersection near the water's edge.

Koonjeree Picnic Area Alt = 2 m
Koonjeree Picnic Area[375] is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets[376][377][378], town tap water, picnic tables and shelters[379], a large open area[380] and car parking[381]. On the bank of the Lane Cove River[382], this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

(19.01 km) Koonjeree Middle Trk to Lane Cove Weir South
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - footpath
Length = 98 m Time = 2 mins
Climb = 1 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[383] along the concrete footpath[384], keeping the river just to your right. The path leads around the edge of the clearing and comes to a T-intersection with a road[385], just beside the weir[386] (on your right).

(19.11 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
Turn left: From the southern side of the weir[387], this walk follows the sealed trail up (away from the weir) for about 10m to turn right and follow the 'Riverside walking track' sign[388] along the concrete footpath[389]. 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[390]) and great views over the Lane Cove River[391].

(19.16 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[392] along the wide dirt track between the river and 'Spoonbill'[393] 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'[394] 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'[395]).

(19.47 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[396] 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[397] 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[398][fac=8387] then continues to head along the concrete path[399] on the river side of the sandstone building[400] coming to the hire and kiosk area of the boatshed[401].

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[402], 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[403]. For more info, call Greg on 0418600695[404].

(19.63 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[405] and water). The track leads over a small flat timber bridge[406] in the middle of the picnic area to then find a NPWS arrow post[407] on the far side. Here this walk follows the arrow along the track for about 70m to then climb up the metal staircase[408], where the track continues for another 180m, first up and over a rocky outcrop[409] then along a flat track to find another large clearing. On the far side of this picnic area, just past the '8 Ironbarks' sign[410], this walk comes to a three-way intersection[411] (with a concrete path on your left).

(20.1 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[412] along the narrow management trail, keeping the river to your right. After about 60m, this walk heads around a locked gate[413], then heads up over the grass to find a picnic area[414]. Here the walk heads over the timber bridge[415], past the '9 Carters Creek' sign[416] and into the picnic area. The walk veers left across the picnic area[417] to come back to the car park, just below the toilet block[418] 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[419], a gas BBQ[420] a large open grassy area[421], garbage bins, toilets[422] and a car park[423]. There is some limited access to the river view[424]. A pleasant spot among the tall gums.

(20.31 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[425] 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[426] then a pleasant she-oak stand[427], to come to a large gravel car park[428] 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[429] and a small toilet block[430][431] just up the hill.

(20.68 km) 13 Cottonwood Glen to Riverside Dr
Walk: Easy - road
Length = 131 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 11 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From car park beside '13 Cottonwood Glen' picnic area[432], this walk follows the 'Lane Cove Tourist Park' arrow post[433] up the road. This walk soon veers left[434] to head up beside the '12 Blackbutt' picnic area[435], then up some steps[436] to come to a signposted intersection with Riverside Drive[437].

(20.81 km) Riverside Dr to Lane Cove Tourist Park
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 538 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 43 m Descent = -6 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Tourist Park' sign[438] gently up the track (away from the road) for about 30m to pass a 'Native Fauna' information sign[439] and cross a small metal bridge[440] beside the tall fern trees[441]. Here the walk continues gently up through the forest for another 30m to pass the 'Bush Regeneration' information sign[442], then the track continues to wind gently uphill for almost 180m, passing the 'Native Flora'[443] information sign and coming to a three-way intersection beside a large gum, where a sign points back down to 'Lane Cove River Weir' sign[444].
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk heads uphill directly away from the face of the 'Scribbly Gums picnic area' sign[445] and past the large scribbly gum[446]. The track leads under a banksia tree[447] and after about 40m starts to climb a series of stone steps[448]. After climbing these steps for about 60m, this walk heads through a gap in a fence[449] to come to the edge of the Lane Cove Tourist Park[450].
From here, this walk head directly away from the face of the 'Lane Cove National Park' sign[451] and straight up the internal road[452]. This road soon bends left then leads though the campsite for about 100m before bending right just past the laundry[453]. Here the walk heads up this road for about 50m, past the boom gates[454], to come to the front of the the 'Lane Cove Tourist Park' office[455].

Lane Cove River tourist park Alt = 49 m
This is a well-established caravan park on the edge of Lane Cove National Park, offering a variety of camp sites from tent to powered sites for caravans and even en suite cabins. The campsite is a great point to access many wonderful walks in Lane Cove Valley. There are many facilities including a laundry, toilets, showers (including facilities for people with disabilities and with infants), recreation room, Internet kiosk (with free access to Wildwalks.com), wireless Internet, BBQ's and a pool. There is bike hire available and the reception has basic supplies for sale (bread, milk, snacks, newspapers).

Overnight stay Goto day 2 notes

Day 2


(21.35 km) Lane Cove Tourist Park to Illoura Picnic Area
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,road,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack,bushtrack
Length = 1.88 km Time = 36 mins
Climb = 26 m Descent = -74 m
Turn around: From the office of the 'Lane Cove Tourist Park'[456], this walk heads down the internal road, past the boom gates[457] for about 50m to turn left just past the laundry[458]. The walk then continues along this road as it bends right after about 100m, then leads down to a T-intersection[459]. Just on the other side (and to the left) of this intersection, there is a set of steps beside the large 'Lane Cove National Park' sign[460].
From this concreted section between sites 152 and 151, this walk follows the sign[461] down the stone steps[462] for about 60m, where the track then leads gently down to a T-intersection marked with a timber signpost[463] (beside a large scribbly gum).
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows 'Lane Cove River Weir' sign[464] south down the hill. The track leads gently down the side of the hill for about 80m to pass a 'Native Flora' information sign[465][466], then about 90m later passes a 'Bush Regeneration' information sign[467] among the ferns. Just 30m past this sign, the track leads over a small metal bridge[468] beside the tall fern trees[469] and 'Native Fauna' information sign[470]. Here the track continues for a short distance to come to an intersection with Riverside Drive, where a 'Tourist Park' sign[471] points back up the hill.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Riverside walk' arrow post down the steps[472] and then follows the road down past the '12 Blackbutt' picnic area[473]. Soon the road leads to a Y-intersection[474] and veers right down to the car park[475] beside '13 Cottonwood Glen' picnic area[476] and the Lane Cove River.
Turn right: From the car park on the south side of 'Cottonwood Glen', this walk follows the NPWS arrow post[477] 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[478], then through a re-vegetating tall gum forest[479] before heading down a sealed footpath[480] to come to a car park (beside the toilet block[481]) at Carters Creek picnic area.
Continue straight: From in front of the toilets at Carters Creek picnic area, this walk heads across the grass clearing[482] and across the small timber bridge[483] to come to the car park[484]. After crossing the car park, this walk continues over the grass[485], beside the road, keeping the river to your left, and then veers left and follows the NPWS arrow post[486] down around the locked gate. Here the walk follows the narrow trail for about 60m to come to an intersection[487] with a footpath on your right, just before the '8 Ironbarks' sign[488] and picnic area.
Continue straight: From the intersection[489] just west of '8 Ironbarks'[490], 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[491] for about 180m up over a rocky outcrop[492] to then head down a metal staircase[493]. 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[494] and water), crossing a small flat timber bridge[495] 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[496].
Continue straight: From the shop front of the boatshed[497], 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[498][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[499] and 50m later comes to a 'Riverside Walking Track' sign[500] at the edge of the 'Illoura'[501] picnic area.

(23.23 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[502] on the 'Riverside Walking Track' sign along the track keeping the river to the left to head alongside the 'Illoura'[503] 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'[504] picnic area[fac=8377][fac=8379][fac=8378]. Here the walk leads past the 'Riverside walking track' sign[505] 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[506]) and great views over the Lane Cove River[507].

(23.53 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[508] to come to a t-intersection with an asphalt trail marked with a large 'Riverside walking track' sign[509] just above the weir[510] (to the left).

(23.58 km) Lane Cove Weir South to Lane Cove Weir North
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 53 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[511] over the concrete ford[fac=8375] (top of the weir wall[512]) to the other side of the river (past a seat[fac=8374] on the left) to find an intersection marked with another GNW arrow post[513] (up the steps/ramp to the right). 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[514]. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder'[515] has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding[516]. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up[517] and downstream[518].

(23.64 km) Lane Cove Weir North to Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk
Track: Moderate - footpath,road,bushtrack,servicetrail,servicetrail,bushtrack,road,bushtrack
Length = 1.12 km Time = 25 mins
Climb = 59 m Descent = -31 m
Continue straight: From the weir, this walk follows the footpath straight up the hill for approximately 20m to the large concrete area of the intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the footpath to the road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the road uphill, keeping the short sandstone wall and National Parks office on your left[519]. The road soon bends left and leads up past the staff parking[520], to an intersection (with a track on your right) marked with a large 'Great North Walk' sign[521].
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[522] up the timber steps away from the road. The track passes a 'Caution - Swimming in Lane Cover River is not advisable...' sign[523] and then comes to an intersection with a wider management trail[524].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the wide trail uphill[525], initially keeping the cliff line to your right[526]. The trail bends right then leads uphill for about 130m, coming to an intersection (just below the power lines) where a 'Park Visitors Centre' sign[527] points back down the hill.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follow the 'Blue Hole - Fiddens Wharf' sign[528] and power line[529] up along the wide management trail. Just as the trail flattens out, this walk comes to an signposted intersection with a narrower track[530] (on your left).
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow posts[531] down the timber steps. The track gently meanders through the open forest[532] for a short time then heads up a few steps to come to a T-intersection[533] with a sealed road.
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow[534] down along the road for a short distance and comes to another signposted intersection[535] with a track (on your right).
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow[536] up the timber steps, away from the road. The track soon leads down[537] a longer set of timber steps where the track meanders[538] through the bush, passing a few rocky outcrops[539][540] before heading down the another series of timber stairs. Just beyond these steps, the track leads to a T-intersection[541] with a wide management trail, marked with a 'Sandstone Hillslope Community' information sign[542][543].

(24.75 km) Int. Great North Walk and Thistlethwaytes Picnic Area Trk to Bottom of Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 798 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 23 m Descent = -44 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the upper arrow on the historic walk sign post[544], gently uphill along the wide trail. The trail leads through the casuarina forest[545] for about 30m then passes the 'Scribbly Gum' information sign[546]. The trail then bends left and leads downhill, narrowing significantly[547]. Here the track heads down a series of timber steps[548] to pass a 'Sydney Red Gum' information sign[549]. The track then crosses the ferny gully and passes the 'Sandstone Gully Community'[550] and then the 'Sydney Peppermint'[551] information signs. From here, the track leads across another gully[552] then up and along the side of a steep hill (with an unfenced cliff to your left[553]) for about 70m, coming to a rock platform with a 'Blackbutts' information sign[554]. Here the walk leads down the staircase[555] and stone path for a short time and crosses the 'weedy'[556][557] creek on a short timber boardwalk[558]. The now flat track leads for another 50m to a signposted intersection (with some steps on your right), where a 'Visitor Centre Loop' sign[559] points back along the track.

(25.55 km) Fiddens Wharf Oval Trk to Sandstone caves
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 1.56 km Time = 32 mins
Climb = 62 m Descent = -49 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Blue Hole' sign[560] across the flat timber boardwalk bridge[561], keeping the river to your left. After about 60m, the track passes a small sandstone overhang[562] then crosses a section of timber boardwalk[563], heading over the rock[564] to a small beach beside the Lane Cove River[565].
The track then continues along the river bank[566] for about 120m to then turn right up a side gully, crossing the creek on a timber footbridge[567]. The track then leads up a short but steep set of timber steps[568], where the track flattens out to come to a signposted intersection. Here the walk continues straight, following the 'Blue Hole' sign[569] over the small rise then back down to the bank of the river[570]. The rocky track follows the bank for about 250m, where the track climbs the hill[571] for a short time to follow the side of the hill around through the eucalypt and grass tree forest[572]. After about 230m, the track passes along the top of an unfenced cliff[573] (to your left). The track continues for just shy of 400m, passing a series of rock walls[574][575]. At the end of the clearest (and longest) rock wall[576], the track turns sharply right[577][578] and comes to the top of this rock wall.
From here, the walk turns left to lead over a rise, then crosses a small flat timber bridge[579]. The rocky track then continues to climb for 100m to come to an unfenced rock platform[580]. Turning right here, this walk climbs up[581] a little further to pass through a sandstone overhang[582], coming immediately to a second overhang which provides a bit more shelter[583].

Sandstone caves Alt = 19 m
This fairly large sandstone overhang is found on the eastern side of the Lane Cove Valley. The walking track leads through the two caves that run in series, with the northern cave being larger. The lip of the overhang hangs down a bit, providing some extra protection from wind and rain. The cave also provide some shade and a cooler spot on hot days, and there are also a couple of well placed boulders forming nice seats[584].

(27.11 km) Sandstone caves to Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 339 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -24 m
Continue straight: From the cave[585], this walk follows the track along the side of the hill, keeping the valley down to your left. The track soon follows along the base of long sandstone wall[586] (on your right) for about 130m and passes around the right-hand side of a large cube boulder[587] (know as 'The Block'[588]). The track leads across a mossy and rocky gully[589] then uphill to pass through a long tunnel-like sandstone overhang[590][591], and along the base of another long sandstone wall[592]. At the end of this wall, the track leads up some rocky steps[593] and then leads gently through the open forest[594] for about 50m before passing under some power lines[595]. The track soon leads up some steps[596], coming to a signposted T-intersection with a management trail[597], where a GNW arrow points back along the track[598].

(27.45 km) Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail to Int. Great North Walk and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 441 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -20 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Great North Walk - Deburghs Bridge' sign[599] downhill along the wide management trail. The trail soon bends right and follows the power lines[600] down, stepping over a partially buried, green metal pipeline[601] (sometimes hissing[602]). After this, the trail follows a GNW arrow[603] left as the trail significantly narrows and leads down a series of timbers steps[604] then across the rocky Blackbutt Creek[605][606]. Here, the walk follows the GNW arrow up onto the rock platform[607], where the track turns left then leads along the flat to a T-intersection with a GNW arrow post[608], and a set of steps[609] (up to your right AND down to your left).
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post up the timber steps[610]. The track then leads up some stone steps[611] and comes to a three-way intersection, where a sign points back to 'Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk'[612].

(27.89 km) Int GNW and Ryde Rd Access Trk NE to Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack,servicetrail,bushtrack
Length = 1.41 km Time = 29 mins
Climb = 54 m Descent = -44 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh via Great North Walk' sign[613] down a couple of steps[614] and along the track towards Deburghs Bridge, keeping the valley to your left. After about 50m, the track leads under the large concrete Deburghs Bridge[615], with some graffiti[616]. On the other side of the bridge, the track bends right to head up over some rocks, following two sections of hand railing[617][618]. From the end of these handrails, the track leads gently up among the grass trees[619] for about 400m (and a weedy section of track) to come to a clear T-intersection[620] with a management trail, where a 'Great North Walk' sign[621] points back down the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[622] north, gently downhill along the management trail. After about 80m, this trail crosses a concrete bridge[623] over Rudder Creek (beside a concrete sewerage pipe[624]). From here, the trail leads uphill for just shy of 200m to come to an intersection with the GNW track (on your left), where a 'Lane Cove Weir' sign[625] points back down along the trail.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh Oval' sign[626] west, gently down the track, away from the management trail. The track almost immediately passes the large metal pipe (crossing the Lane Cove River[627]) then winds down the rocky track[628] for about 200m, through open eucalypt forest[629] with some limited views left over the valley, to come to a weedy section of track marked with a concrete sewerage access point[630]. Here the track mostly flattens out and leads along the side of the hill for about 400m to head down a few steps and cross Quarry Creek[631]. The walk then heads up some steps and follows the track for another 30m to come to a T-intersection[632] with the Gloucester Ave fire trail, marked with a GNW and NPWS arrow post[633].

(29.3 km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail (east) to Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 34 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 0 m Descent = -1 m
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post[634] gently uphill along the management trail, away from the gate whilst keeping the power line poles on your left. After about 30m (just past the second power pole), this trail leads to an intersection with a track (on the left), marked with another set of NPWS & GNW arrow posts[635] (just under the high tension power lines[636]).

(29.33 km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth) to Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 693 m Time = 15 mins
Climb = 22 m Descent = -11 m
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[637] south, downhill along the track and under the high tension power lines[638]. The track winds gently downhill for almost 150m until, just after passing close to the the high tension power line tower[639], this walk comes to a locked green shed[640] opposite a fenced-off pipe bridge[641] (down in the valley to your left).
Continue straight: From the green shed, this walk follows the track[642] along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your left (running parallel with the high tension power lines, up to your right). After about 150m, this walk comes to an intersection with a faint track on your right (that leads a short distance to a management trail), marked with a GNW arrow post[643].
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the mostly flat track, through the dense forest, and almost immediately passes a concrete sewerage access point[644]. After about 70m, this walk heads down a few timbers steps to cross a small gully[645], where the track continues for another 100m (passing close to a few houses[646]), then crosses two flat timber bridges[647] over Congham Creek. Here the walk veers left up onto the rock platform[648] and follows the track gently uphill for another 80m to come to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post[649] (and a sign pointing left to 'Marsfield'[650]).
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post[651] north, uphill for about 30m to come to a faint intersection with a track (on your right) marked with a GNW arrow post[652].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[653] gently uphill along the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your left) for about 100m to come to a small clearing and three way intersection, marked with yet another GNW arrow post[654] and a pile of rocks[655] (on your left).

(30.02 km) Int of the GNW and mid Gloucester Ave fire trail access track to Int of the Great North Walk and the West Pymble service trail link track
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 616 m Time = 14 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -36 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[656] up the short rocky hill[657] and away from the high tension power lines[658]. The track (rocky early on[659]) leads along the side of the hill among some grass trees[660] for about 300m before passing under the power lines again. Here the track continues for another 300m along the side of the valley to come to a clear intersection with intersection with a wide management trail[661].

(30.64 km) Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track to Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 208 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -7 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[662] downhill along the management trail. The trail leads down for about 70m to cross a small gully[663] then runs closely beside the Lane Cove River[664] (on your left) for another 120m to come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post and a 'Lane Cove Valley' aluminum sign and map[665].

(30.85 km) Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail to Int of GNW and the Turramurra High School bushtrack
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 179 m Time = 4 mins
Climb = 7 m Descent = -9 m
Turn left : From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post, directly away from the face of the 'Lane Cove Valley' aluminum sign and map[666], down the track and timber steps[667] to a sandy beach on the Lane Cove River[668]. Here the walk turns right to cross the weir and bridge[669] over Avondale Creek, (this may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain) then climb gently uphill for about 120m to come to a faint intersection with a faint track (on your left - this faint track leads down to another old weir).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads gently uphill following the main track, whilst keeping the valley to your left for about 30m to come to a clear Y-intersection marked with a GNW arrow post[670].

(31.03 km) Int of GNW and the Turramurra High School bushtrack to Int of the GNW and the South Turramurra High School trail
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 310 m Time = 9 mins
Climb = 39 m Descent = -3 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[671] along the track, keeping the Lane Cove River a short distance to your left[672]. After about 80m, the track steps up to and crosses a short section to timber boardwalk/bridge[673]. Here the walk climbs up the rocky hill following a series of concrete access points[674] and timber steps[675] for about 230m to come to a T-intersection with a management trail, marked with a GNW arrow post[676].

(31.34 km) Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail to Browns Waterhole int
Track: Moderate - servicetrail,footpath,footpath,footpath
Length = 1.14 km Time = 23 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -52 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[677] gently downhill along the management trail for about 40m to come to an intersection with a short trail (on the right, which leads to the gate[678] at the end of Koombalah Ave).
Continue straight: From the intersection just below the Koombalah Ave gate, this walk follows the management trail gently downhill, whilst keeping the valley to your left. The trail initially leads over a rock platform, then about 50m later, leads down a steep hill[679]. The trail then heads gently down for about 400m before a short steep hill[680] leads down to a metal high tension power line tower[681]. Here the trail bends right and leads down and along the side of the hill for another 200m to pass another high tension power line tower[682] and head behind a few houses. Just behind the second house, this walk comes to ephemeral creek on a rock platform[683].
Continue straight: From here, this walk crosses the ephemeral creek[684] (keeping the houses up to your right) and continues along the trail for about 30m to come to a T-intersection with a wide, shared, concrete path, marked with several signposts[685].
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post downhill[686] along the wide, shared, concrete path. After about 50m, this path leads under some high tension power lines[687] then bends right[688]. About 50m after passing under the power lines, this path leads to an intersection with a track[689] (on your left, that leads to an informal unfenced lookout), just before a GNW arrow post[690].
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads fairly steeply downhill along the concrete path. The path passes a few signs[691] over about 100m, then comes to an intersection with a track (on your left), marked with a timber barricade and a GNW arrow post[692].
Veer right: From the intersection, this follows the concrete path downhill for just shy of 50m to come to a intersection with a dirt management trail[693]. This intersection is beside the Lane Cove River crossing[694] (on your left) and is marked with a 'The Great North Walk' sign here[695].

Browns Waterhole Alt = 31 m
Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir[696]. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table[697] and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.

(32.47 km) Browns Waterhole int to Int of GNW and the STEP track (east)
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 573 m Time = 12 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -14 m
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign[698] along the dirt management trail, keeping the Lane Cove River to your left. After about 80m, the trail leads under some high tension power lines[699], where there is a mostly clear view over the river[700] (to your left). The trail then gently leads down through the valley[701] for about 400m to come to an intersection with Cove St trail, marked with a GNW arrow post[702].
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[703] downhill along the management trail for about 30m to cross a small culverted creek[704]. The walk then follows the trail up the short hill to come to an intersection with the signposted 'STEP track'[705][706] (on your right).

(33.05 km) Int of GNW and the STEP track (east) to Int of GNW and the STEP track (west)
Walk: Easy - servicetrail
Length = 582 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 8 m Descent = -9 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post[707] and STEP Track markers[708] along the management trail, whilst keeping the river to your left. The trail undulates through the valley (weedy in places[709]) and tall forest[710] for just shy of 600m, to come to a clear intersection at the bottom of a sealed management trail[711] (on your right). This intersection is marked with another 'STEP Track' map/sign[712] and a 'The Great North Walk' sign[713].

(33.63 km) Int of GNW and the STEP track (west) to Int of GNW and the Pennant Hills Park track
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.03 km Time = 18 mins
Climb = 25 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign gently downhill along the management trail, directly away from the face of the 'STEP Track' map/sign[714]. Keeping the river to your left, the trail leads downhill for about 80m to come to a Y-intersection[715], where there is a 'Lane Cove Valley' map/sign[716] and a 'Lane Cove River Park' sign[717] pointing back along the trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh Station' sign[718] past the 'Lane Cove Valley' map, initially keeping the other trail and river to your left. The trail follows the valley floor, keeping the river just to your left, for a bit over 500m, to then cross the Lane Cove River at a rocky ford[719]. This crossing may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. On the other side of the river, this walk continues along the trail[720] for about 400m (with the river now close by on your right) to come to an intersection with a faint track[721] (on your left, that leads up towards Pennant Hills Park).

(34.66 km) Int of GNW and the Pennant Hills Park track to Int of the GNW and the Morona Ave trail
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.17 km Time = 21 mins
Climb = 29 m Descent = -15 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail, keeping the river just to your right. After about 60m, the trail bends right and crosses the Lane Cove River at a rocky ford[722], then continues along the valley floor among the fern trees (and concrete pipe access points[723]) for about 900m to cross the Lane Cove River again at another rocky ford[724]. (These crossings may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain). The trail then continues along the valley floor[725] (with the river now on your left) for just over 150m to come to an intersection at the bottom of the sealed Morona Ave trail[726] (on your right), marked with a 'Lane Cove Valley' map/sign[727] and a GNW arrow post[728].

(35.83 km) Int of the GNW and the Morona Ave trail to Conscript Pass
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 329 m Time = 8 mins
Climb = 24 m Descent = -8 m
Veer left: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the valley floor, away from the two trails, keeping the river just to your left. The track soon narrows, leading past a water depth indicator[729], and becomes rocky for about 150m before coming to a faint intersection, where GNW arrow post points left[730]. Here, the walk turns left and crosses the Lane Cove River using the concrete stepping stones[731] (this crossing may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain) to follow the 'Thornleigh Station' sign[732] up the timber steps for about 40m and find a GNW registration box[733] (damaged at time of writing). The track bends sharply right[734] and zigzags up the rocky hill for another 30m, before bending sharply left to find the 'Conscript Pass' and 'B Stevens'[735][736] engravings (at the third metal hand rail).

Conscript Pass Alt = 85 m
Conscript Pass is a small sandstone pass between the Lane Cove River and Thornleigh, on the Great North Walk. During the 1930s, some stone steps were built through a cleft in the rock[737] as part of a public works program, in response to the depression. The pass has two main engravings. Firstly 'Conscript Pass' is followed with a downwards pointing arrow[738] and a series of initials and numbers. On another wall (that you face when walking up) is engraved 'B Stevens' followed a surprisingly good caricature[739][740] of the then Premier of NSW, Bertram Stevens[741]. Stevens (later knighted) replaced Jack Lang[742] in 1932 as Premier of NSW, when Lang was dismissed by the Governor (just two months Lang after opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge).

(36.16 km) Conscript Pass to Int of the GNW and Lorna Pass tracks
Track: Moderate - bushtrack
Length = 104 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = 0 m
Continue straight: From 'Conscript Pass', this walk heads up the stone steps through the cleft in the rock[743] to follow the track and more stone steps uphill for about 100m, coming to a T-intersection with Lorna Pass track, marked with a GNW arrow post[744].

(36.26 km) Int of the GNW and Lorna Pass tracks to Back of Thornleigh Oval
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 426 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 47 m Descent = 0 m
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'Thornleigh' sign[745] uphill along the rocky track, keeping the valley to your left. The track leads up a series of timber steps[746] for about 230m, becoming steeper as they go[747], to come to a clear T-intersection signposted with a large 'The Great North Walk' sign[748], and a stone 'Lorna Pass' arrow[749] pointing back down the track.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post and 'Thornleigh Station' sign[750] uphill along the wide rocky track[751]. After just over 150m, the track bends left (ignoring a faint track on your right[752]) and heads uphill for another 40m to come to the back (south-east corner) of Thornleigh Oval[753], marked with a 'Lane Cove National Park' signpost[754].

(36.69 km) Back of Thornleigh Oval to Int of Handley and Ferguson Avenues
Walk: Easy - bushtrack
Length = 155 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the fence line around the oval, keeping the oval to your left. After about 100m, this walk passes in front of the clubhouse[755] (there are toilets[756] and a water tap[757] on your right) to pass a 'Great North Walk' sign[758] and come to the corner of 'Handley' and 'Ferguson' Avenues[759] in front of the 'Thornleigh Oval' sign[760].

Thornleigh Oval Alt = 155 m
Thornleigh Oval is found at the intersection of Handley and Ferguson Avenues, Thornleigh. There is a large playing field[761], tap water[762], public toilets[763][764] and some shelter in the awning of the club house[765]. The oval has a car park, and a number io signs for the Great North walk[766] and other local tracks[767].

(36.84 km) Int of Handley and Ferguson Avenues to Thornleigh Train Station
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 923 m Time = 16 mins
Climb = 19 m Descent = -5 m
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'Thornleigh Station' sign across the road to follow the footpath beside 'Handley Ave'. After about 130m, the walk crosses Clifford Ave[768] then after about 250m, crosses 'Orchard St' to follow 'Station St' almost directly ahead[769]. About 190m along 'Station St', this walk continues straight across 'Wood St'[770] (you can get to Parkway Plaza if you turn right here) and continues for just over 200m to find a footbridge[771] beside Pennant Hills Rd. Here the walk heads up the ramp and crosses over the busy road[772] then down the ramp (or steps) to find the intersection with Railway Parade[773].
Veer left: From the base of the steps, this walk follows the GNW arrow across 'Railway Pde'[774], heading towards the train line. At the fence, this walk veers left and leads along the pedestrian alley[775] for about 60m before turning right and climbing up the railway bridge steps[776], coming to the 'Thornleigh' Train Station[777].

Catch the train from Thornleigh Station
Public transport (train) available from this Bushwalk Check out the facilities at Thornleigh Station
You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
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Catch the bus from Thornleigh Train Station
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Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
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Drive from Thornleigh Train 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
Map Car Shuffle
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)
Inski 46 York St , Sydney (02) 9233 3200 0.8 km
Mitchells Adventure 81 York St , Sydney (02) 9299 6321 0.8 km
Venus Repair Workshop Suite 36a 104 Bathurst St , Sydney (02) 9267 0706 1.3 km
Wildsports Upper Floor 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9264 2095 1.1 km
Trek & Travel 447 Kent St , Sydney (02) 9261 3435 1.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park
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1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 15 km (to the SW)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
18 km (to the NW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 28 km (to the NNW)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 29 km (to the WNW)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 48 km (to the N)

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      30°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu20°|26°Possible shower.
Fri20°|31°Partly cloudy.
Sat18°|25°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.



Bradley Reserve Bradley Reserve is a large natural bushland area owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve extends from Lane Cove River to the end of Kissing Point Road north to George Christie playing fields. The reserve is home to the locally well know STEP track, and is cared for by the STEP inc, the "South Turramurra Environment Protection". The Great north walk also heads through this reserve, and is also home to Browns water hole.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Berowra Valley National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
Following the Berowra Creek the Berowra Valley National Park is located on the Hornsby Plateau and is made up of typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. The great North walk, Benowie walking track, and many other great walks stretch spann this park. The area has varied vegetation including many different sorts of Eucalyptus and plenty of native animals, includingl swamp wallibies, water dragons, bandicoots, Lyre Birds, and bush turkeys. There are several campsites within the Park, and Crosslands Reserve is also a popular spot near the middle of the park.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping
Current Park Closure information for Berowra Valley National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Safety alerts: Quarry trail and Benowie walking track restricted access
Access restrictions are in place along trails that traverse the land managed by the Hornsby Rifle Range. Restricted areas include:
  • an 800m section of trail, 2km in from the Quarry Road entrance at Dural
  • an 800m section of trail, 300m in from the Stewart Avenue entrance at Hornsby
  • a 750m section of the Benowie walking track between Steele Bridge and Fishponds Waterholes.
Shooting times are between 9am and 4.30pm, 7 days a week. All visitors wishing to access the restricted sections of trail during these times must request prior authorisation by contacting the Hornsby Rifle Range on their 24 hour contact number 0417 201 606. Consult the map on Page vii of the Berowra Valley National Park Draft Plan of Management to plan alternative routes during these hours. Visit the website for further information about the Hornsby Rifle Range.


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FruitLoops - Can be one day walk IP:115.70.62.xxx | 2010-09-13 07:49:36
Sunday 12/09/2010 Departed Thornleigh station 0515hrs. Stopped for espresso coffee 0920hrs at Lane Cove River Steak House. Arrived Woolwich Ferry wharf 1350hrs.
Several generous stops made for snack breaks, comfort or to enjoy the scenery.
A disciplined walking routine will see this walk completed in one day, without the need of forcing the march or resorting to jogging.
Cathm - Clifford Love Bridge IP:120.18.137.xxx | 2012-03-15 12:30:39
I walked this today and the bridge is open again.
admin - re: Clifford Love Bridge Super Administrator | 2012-03-16 00:37:54
Cathm wrote:
I walked this today and the bridge is open again.

Thanks Cathm - great news. I have updated the notes again. Thanks for taking the time to let us know

Matt :)
Mark B - Great Track Notes IP:203.37.46.xxx | 2012-04-24 03:05:20
Found these notes an great assistance in my walk along the GNW on Sunday from Circular quay to Turramurra. I also had the official Department of Lands map but I found these notes easier to follow, more detailed and more up to date.

Thanks!
Rob Gosford - Woolwich to Thornleigh IP:220.244.214.xxx | 2013-04-29 22:30:59
the GNW from Woolwich to Thornleigh Oval is extremely interesting. Did this GNW stretch in several sections. Took Wildwalks track notes with me but were not needed.........the track is very well marked. exceptional. an easy flat hike. will do it again one day.
Warks - Thornleigh to City IP:119.225.10.xxx | 2014-07-11 01:13:07
Walked from Thornleigh to the city last Sunday (6/7/14) - started just after 9am and reached Woolwich pier just after 3pm so six hours including about 25 minutes worth of breaks. There's the odd confusing junction with no signposting at all so you just have to work it out. We found picking up the track after crossing Delhi Road difficult - didn't realise it turned right away from the river and went up those stairs - about the hardest part of the walk.

The walk through Hunters Hill could be done on a bus if you time it right - there's only a couple of patches of bush to walk and they love to send you down and up hills. Saw only local walkers except one group of three doing the long route.
Great fun - good warm up for longer walks.
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