2 hrs 30 mins
(0km) North Ryde Train Station → The Village
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follow the footpath beside ‘Julius Ave’ heading into the signposted ‘Riverside Corporate Park West Entrance’. After about 150m, this walk veers left at the roundabout to continue along Julius Ave for another 400m, passing a few CSIRO and commercial buildings to come to the entrance of ‘The Village’ shopping complex (on your left).
(0.87km) The Village → Wetland intersection
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk crosses Julius Ave and follows the footpath beside Richardson Pl downhill. After about 70m, this walk turns right down the sealed driveway following the ‘The Binary Centre’ sign further downhill. After another 150m (just before the footpath ends), this walk crosses the road to come to an intersection with a faint track (in the bush on your left), just past the back corner of the ‘Honeywell’ building (partway around the right-hand bend, marked with a driveway dip in the gutter).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the footpath downhill beside the road for about 35m to pass the steps in front of the ‘Binary Centre’, where the walk continues a little further down the road (or steps) to come to the main car park entrance of the Binary Centre, just near the end of the road.
Continue straight: From the intersection in at the start of the Binary/Goodman car park, this walk heads down through the middle of the turning circle at the end of the main road to follow the gravel/dirt trail, keeping the building to your left. About 80m from the end of the road, along this trail, this walk passes one track then comes to an intersection with a signposted track on (on your left) marked with a ‘Scenic Trail’ arrow post.
(1.33km) Wetland intersection → Int. Scenic Trail and Great North Walk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track behind the Binary Building, keeping the building up to your left. After about 100m (just past the end of the building), this walk comes to an intersection at the bottom of some timber stairs (on your left), marked with a ‘What can you See?’ information sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the track gently downhill directly away from the Binary Building. The track soon leads under the high-tension power lines to merge with another track and come to an intersection marked with a GNW arrow post and a NPWS ‘No dogs permitted’ sign.
(1.61km) Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk → Fairyland
(2.03km) Fairyland → Int of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track
Continue straight: From the view point, this walk heads along the flat track whilst keeping the river below to your right. After about 100m, the track crosses a short section of timber boardwalk then leads past a series of National Park signs to come to a T-intersection with Quebec Rd (opposite number 101).
(2.52km) Int. of Quebec Rd and Fairyland Track → End of Quebec Ave
(3.07km) End of Quebec Ave → Riverside Cafe
Continue straight: From the intersection, follows the GNW arrow post across River Ave, 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 in front of ‘Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill’.
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
(3.46km) Riverside Cafe → Koonjeree Middle Trk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads along the concrete footpath, away from the bridge, whilst keeping the river to your right. The path leads along the edge of ‘Koonjeree picnic area’ until just past the ‘Crossing the Lane Cove River’ information sign, where this walk comes to an intersection with another footpath (leading through the middle of the picnic area).
Koonjeree Picnic Area
(3.58km) Koonjeree Middle Trk → Lane Cove Weir South
Lane Cove Weir
(3.68km) Lane Cove Weir South → Boat Shed
Lane Cove Boatshed
(4.2km) Boat Shed → 9 Carters Creek
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the NPWS arrow post along the narrow management trail, keeping the river to your right. After about 60m, this walk heads around a locked gate, then heads up over the grass to find a picnic area. Here the walk heads over the timber bridge, past the ‘9 Carters Creek’ sign and into the picnic area. The walk veers left across the picnic area to come back to the car park, just below the toilet block on the far side of the picnic area.
9 Carters Creek
(4.89km) 9 Carters Creek → 13 Cottonwood Glen
13 Cottonwood Glen
(5.25km) 13 Cottonwood Glen → Int. Weir and Scribbly Gums picnic area trks
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Tourist Park’ sign gently up the track (away from the road) for about 30m to pass a ‘Native Fauna’ information sign and cross a small metal bridge beside the tall fern trees. Here the walk continues gently up through the forest for another 30m to pass the ‘Bush Regeneration’ information sign, then the track continues to wind gently uphill for almost 180m, passing the ‘Native Flora’ 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.
(5.63km) Int. Weir and Scribbly Gums picnic area trks → Lane Cove Tourist Park
Lane Cove River tourist park
(5.92km) Lane Cove Tourist Park Office → North Ryde Train Station
Veer left: From the phone box, this walk follows Plassey Rd south, heading directly away from the face of the ‘Reception 25m’ sign. After about 250m, this walk passes a ‘Welcome to Lane Cove River Tourist Park’ sign (on your left), then leads under the high-tension power lines. From here, the walk continues for another 220m then passes the entrance of ‘Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium’. Soon after passing this entrance, this walk follows the footpath on the left-hand side of the road for about 130m to then cross ‘Delhi Rd’ at the traffic lights and come to ‘Riverside West Entrance’ on ‘Julius Ave’.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk crosses Julius Ave and follows the footpath alongside Delhi Rd (on the other side of the road from Macquarie Park Cemetery). After about 60m, this footpath leads past ‘Delhi Convenience Store’ (open 7am-7pm M-F & 10am-4pm weekends Ph: 02 9889 8822) and continues (crossing a driveway with traffic lights) for about 200m to come to the entrance of ‘North Ryde’ train station.
Maps for the North Ryde Fairyland circuit walkYou can download the PDF for this walk to print a map.
These maps below cover the walk and the wider area around the walk, they are worth carrying for safety reasons.
|Parramatta River||1:25 000 Map Series||91303N PARRAMATTA RIVER||NSW-91303N|
|Sydney||1:100 000 Map Series||9130 SYDNEY||9130|
Overview of this walks grade – based on the AS 2156.1 – 2001
Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
|Time||2 hrs 30 mins|
|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||Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)|
|Infrastructure||Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
3.8km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 2.5km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 330m is very steep and the remaining 290m has short steep hills.
Quality of track
2.6km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail and another 2.6km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.4km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and the remaining 330m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
Around 6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 620m has directional signs at most intersection.
Around 7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 330m requires some bushwalking experience.
This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).
This whole walk, 7km is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).
This short walks follows a section the Great North Walk along the Lane Cove River to an old picnic ground know as Fairylands Pleasure Grounds or “the Rest”. The walk gives great views of the river and of some sandstone formations. Fairylands has mostly grown over now, but still has some bits of history to explore, or you can just relax and watch the river go by as you eat lunch.
Total climbing: 31m
978 m Return
This is a fairly easy walk, from the main picnic and playground of Lane Cove National Park, to the Boat Shed. The track winds around the banks of the Lane Cove River with the river always in sight. The walk is enjoyable with plenty of opportunities to kick a ball or have a picnic in one of the many grassed areas or picnic shelters along the way.
Total climbing: 23m
1.3 km Return
For the most part, this walk follows a section of the Great North Walk through “Fairylands” and past a few waterfalls, then across Lane Cove River (via Epping rd) to Mowbray Park. Starting and ending on two busy roads, it is a pleasant surprise to visitors how nice the bushland can be. Allow some time to enjoy Fairylands and the views of Lane Cove river along the way.
Total climbing: 105m
2.6 km One way
This walk, from the Lane Cove Tourist Park to the Lane Cove River Boat Shed, meanders along the placid Lane Cove River, passing many picnic areas along the way. The Boat Shed itself is surrounded by a large picnic area with plenty of space for the kids to run around and play. You can even hire a boat and go for a paddle.
Total climbing: 98m
3.4 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
5.3 km One way
This walk loops around a section of the Lane Cove River. Starting at Fullers Bridge, the walk follows the Great North walk through the historic site of Fairylands to Epping road before crossing the Lane Cove river and heading up the other bank of the river, passing through a variety of environments including a Golf Course. The walk then returns to Fullers Bridge.
Total climbing: 175m
5.3 km Circuit
2 hrs 30 mins
This is a scenic walk which takes in views of the Lane Cove River and some heritage buildings. Porters Creek bridge is a fantastic example of extravagant stone work, cut locally from the creek itself. The walk generally follows the Lane Cove River, passing many favourite sun baking spots for the local water dragons. Water Dragons and water birds seem to favour this lower bank, along with picnickers who enjoy the many grassed picnic areas along the way.
Total climbing: 87m
5.5 km One way
From the Tourist Park, this walk heads down to the other side of the Lane Cove River, to Baker’s Cottage. The walk passes the Lane Cove River Boat Shed and a play ground for the kids with plenty of open areas to run and play. Baker’s Cottage, perched up a slight hill, is worth the short distance with its unique history and age of the structure. Grab an ice-cream from the boat shed or hire a boat and go for a paddle. Spend some time and enjoy the park and bush lands.
Total climbing: 163m
5.9 km Return
2 hrs 30 mins
Following the Lane Cove River, this walk mostly follows a section of the Great North Walk and is well maintained and signposted. Things to lookout for include Fiddens Wharf which is a very pleasant spot to sit and watch the ducks. The walk passes by Lane Cove National Park Headquarters, so pop by and check out the other experiences available in the park.
Total climbing: 200m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk takes you down into the v-shaped valleys that run between the houses of Roseville and Chatswood. The walk stays predominantly in the valleys, with many sections on road or footpath. This walk has a surprising amount of bushland which is very close to civilisation. The walk also passes the Lane Cove River Steak and Seafood Restaurant which is a great spot for a lunch break.
Total climbing: 185m
6 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk gives you the chance to explore the bush and wetlands alongside the Lane Cove River, from Boronia Park to the new underground train station at North Ryde. You will visit several mangrove wetlands, some dry eucalypt forests and have the opportunity to rest and fill up your water bottle at a few well maintained parks. This walk follows the GNW most of the way, until soon after passing under Epping Road where you take a detour up through the Riverside Corporate Park to Delhi Rd and the train station.
Total climbing: 231m
7.2 km One way
2 hrs 45 mins
This walk starts at Roseville station and explores the streets and alleyways of Roseville before joining the main spine of the Great North Walk at Fullers Bridge. Here you head deeper into the bush to explore the eastern bank on the Lane Cove River. There is a great diversity of mostly dry forest and some great sandstone rock formation, as well as a side trip to Blue Hole to enjoy. Soon after Blue hole you leave the river (and GNW) to cross over De Burghs Bridge, past a few cafes and restaurants to find Macquarie Park railway station.
Total climbing: 290m
8.8 km One way
3 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows a large section of Lane Cove River. The walk follows the Riverside Walking track up the Lane Cove River to De Burghs Bridge. From the bridge the track winds back along the hillside on the other side of the river. The track then passes a few historic buildings, and the Visitor Centre, before crossing at the weir and returning to the Tourist Park. There are plenty of grassy picnic areas along the way and the Boat Shed sells snacks.
Total climbing: 383m
12 km Circuit
This walk is a great way to get into the bush without being far from civilisation. The walk wanders through untouched valleys and along the Lane Cove River, passing over many roads and footpaths to connect such unspoilt bush. The side trip to Baker’s cottage is definitely worth the short stroll, with the heritage building having a long history.
Total climbing: 381m
12.2 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk goes from Gordon, to Roseville station, using the Riverside Walking Track. From DeBurghs Bridge, the walk follows the western bank of the Lane Cove River, passing many picnic areas and the Lane Cove River Boat Shed. The scenic walk along the Lane Cove River provides plenty of opportunities for a picnic or to kick the ball around before heading up to Roseville Station.
Total climbing: 346m
13.3 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
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.
Total climbing: 1114m
33 km One way
This fun walk covers a large section of the Great North Walk, starting from the official start in Circular Quay. After a short ferry trip the walk follows the Lane Cove River through the Lane Cove National Park, to Thornleigh. Here, the walk enters Berowra Valley National Park, continuing along the Great North Walk to before following the popular Blue Gum Walk up out of the valley, to Hornsby train station. Camp overnight at Lane Cove tourist park and at the Scout camp in Thornleigh.
Total climbing: 1695m
44.4 km One way
Other Nearby walks
This walk, also know as the Black Cockatoo track, starts from Mowbray Park and explores the area where the Camaraigal Clan of the Guringai Tribe once lived. The walk leads across the top of a small escarpment and winds down and back along the Lane Cove river bank. The change in vegetation is quite defined and interesting. A boardwalk section through the mangroves gives a close view of river life that changes with the tides.
Total climbing: 66m
1.5 km Circuit
This walk explores some of the hills and river banks of the Lane Cove National Park. Leaving the weir precinct on Max Allen Drive, the walk follows the Great North Walk over the hill and down to Fiddens Wharf (just near the oval). The return journey, past Schwartz Homestead, provides a great chance to see some local heritage. The track passes several picnic areas by the river providing a great chance to rest, eat and enjoy the view.
Total climbing: 159m
4.3 km Circuit
1 hr 27 mins
The Baker’s Cottage Heritage Track is a quick and interesting walk. The track itself is mainly drivable road, and turns to bush track before going up the hill to the cottage itself. At 140 years of age, Baker’s Cottage is the oldest unmodified structure, still standing, in the Ku-ring-gai area. All entrances to the cottage are blocked, so you can’t see inside. It is worth looking around the ground to see some other historic remains.
Total climbing: 56m
1.5 km Return
The Heritage Walk visits many of the historically significant buildings within the Lane Cove National Park. The walk follows the Lane Cove River from Fiddens Wharf and finishes at the Weir Precinct on Fullers Rd. The buildings are surprisingly intact, considering their age and history. A great walk for those wanting to see some culturally significant heritage buildings.
Total climbing: 89m
2.6 km One way
Starting from the Macquarie Park train station, you wander down Lane Cove Rd and over De Burghs Bridge to join the main spine of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove Valley. Here the walk heads under De Burghs bridge then explores the dry grass tree and eucalypt forest along the side of the ridge. The track soon leads you down into the ferny and moist valley beside Lane Cove River. Near the top of the valley, you walk up some stone steps built during the depression to find some rock engravings with 1930’s style political satire, Conscript Pass. The side trip provides access to the scout campsite, where the main walk continues leads up through the streets to find Thornleigh train station.
Total climbing: 413m
11.5 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
This walk follows a section of the Great North Walk, starting from De Burghs bridge. The walk winds north west, through the Lane Cove Valley, passing through Browns Waterhole and continuing alongside Lane Cove river as it zigzags along the valley floor. The walk then climbs up to the Thornleigh playing field and along the streets to Thornleigh train station
Total climbing: 363m
9.7 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This walk leads down through the valleys beneath the houses, high on the ridge tops, to reaching the banks of the Lane Cove River at the Chatswood Golf Course. The walk then follows the scenic river, using boardwalks at times. The walk sees another side of Chatswood, with many natural treasures hidden along the way.
Total climbing: 137m
5.4 km One way
16.3 km One way
Following the Lane Cove River and Terry’s Creek, this walk uses the valleys between the stations to explore some suburban bushland. From Chatswood Station, the walk soon leaves the suburban area and passes through the bush along the Lane Cove River. A great station-to-station walk with a few options for snacks along the way.
Total climbing: 554m
18.1 km One way
6 hrs 45 mins
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
This walk begins in the busy city of Chatswood and soon enters the nearby bushland around the Lane Cove River. The walk uses the v-shaped valleys to escape from the houses. Due to pollution and rubbish in stormwater run-off there are some less then pleasant pockets, however, this walk does explore some wonderful views of the Lane Cove River and its surrounds. You can buy lunch at the Golf course, or there are plenty of nice spots along the river to stop and eat.
Total climbing: 302m
11.2 km Circuit
This walk is a great one from Chatswood Station to the Lane Cove River National Park. The walk descends through the vegetated bushland which fills the valleys of the Lane Cove River. There are two places to buy a bite to eat, the Chatswood Golf Club and the Lane Cove River Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
Total climbing: 222m
7.5 km Circuit
Fire DangerEach 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 ForestThis walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.
Park Information & Alerts
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