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Whale Rock
Time: 15 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
2.3 km NNE of Epping
Length: 0.5 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 0.5 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 26 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 26 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This rock formation really does look like a Whale. The walk down from Boundary Rd is the shortest and easiest way to see Whale Rock. The walk follows a management trail the short distance to an intersection where you will find Whale Rock. This walk starts at the end of Boundary Rd in North Epping. (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 Whale Rock

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Whale Rock
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Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
End of Boundary Rd
 
End of Boundary Rd +
 
Start of Boundary Rd Fire Trail
 
Start of Boundary Rd Fire Trail +
 
Boundary Rd gate
 
Boundary Rd gate +

 
Sign next to Boundary Rd Fire Trail
 
Sign next to Boundary Rd Fire Trail +
 
Whale Rock
 
Whale Rock +
 
Whale Rock from the intersection
 
Whale Rock from the intersection +

Terrain


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

Cross sectional view of the Whale Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Whale Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Whale Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Whale Rock 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 520m
Time 15 mins
.


Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
This whole walk, 260m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
This whole walk, 260m follows a smooth and hardened path.

Signs
This whole walk, 260m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
This whole walk, 260m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 260m is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
This whole walk, 260m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail
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 Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail to Whale Rock
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 258 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = -23 m
From the end of Boundary Rd the track heads past the gate following the sign, Bounday Rd Fire Trail. The track winds down the hill to pass over several speed bumps to come to the sandstone feature of Whale Rock.

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

Catch the bus from Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Int. Boundary Rd and Boundary Rd Fire Trail
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Lane Cove River tourist park


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 2.7 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 5.9 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.7 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 5.6 km
Snowgum Rhodes Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 66, Rhodes (02) 8765 1035 9.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Whale Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Whale Rock
Click to re-center search
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
2 km (to the NNE)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 16 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 17 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 24 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 40 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place.
(Tomorrow the Fire Danger Rating is LOW MODERATE, No fire ban.) (Downloaded 2 years ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
°C (feels like °)
km/h from the
% humidity     (as at )
Wed      33°Showers. Likely storm developing.
Thu19°|28°Possible shower.
Fri18°|33°Partly cloudy.
Sat16°|26°Possible late shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Lane Cove National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
This small but picturesque city park is a haven of peaceful bushland along the winding Lane Cove River. Home to the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter and 27 km of the Great North Walk, you can also hire a boat, take a stroll or enjoy a picnic by the weir.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Lane Cove National Park
Closure information last downloaded Sunday 27th of September 2015 07:00 AM
Closed areas: Terrys Creek walking track maintenance
Some areas of this park will experience temporary disruptions and delays due to walking track maintenance, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Closed areas are:
  • Terrys Creek walking track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre on (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.


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