(0km) Chatswood Station → Int. Park Ave and Rail to River Trk
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads north up the Pacific Highway, to turn left onto Western Way. The walk continues down Western Way through a dogleg, turning right onto Jenkins Rd then quickly left back onto Western Way. The walk heads down Western Way to turn right onto Edgar St and to the Edgar Reserve Park with green gate.
Turn left: From the intersection, the walk passes the gate, then the playground on the right, and continues through the clearing. The track continues for approximately 150m to an intersection marked by a memorial bench.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk heads between the tennis court fence on your right and the houses on your left for approximately 150m. The track then comes to an intersection with Park Ave, and a ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign down the road for approximately 30m to the next signpost.
(0.99km) Int. Park Ave and Rail to River Trk → Int. Ferndale Trk and Beresford Trk
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the creek (which remains on your left) down the gully for approximately 100m to the signposted intersection.
(1.31km) Int. Ferndale Trk and Beresford Trk → Int. Lowanna Park and Greville St
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign up the hill. The track zigzags up through mossy rock outcrops to a house on the left. This walk continues up the stairs to the intersection with the road.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk crosses the road and heads right, up the hill. The walk continues up the hill to Lowanna Park gate on the left.
(1.67km) Int. Lowanna Park and Greville St → Eastern side of O.H. Reid Memorial Oval
Turn left: From Lowanna Park, this walk heads along Fullers Rd towards the mechanics, initially keeping the park on the left. The walk continues along Fullers Rd, as Millwood Ave breaks off to the right. The first left is the signposted intersection with Bellevue Ave.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Rail to River Walk’ signs down Bellevue Ave for approximately 500m, tending right to the signposted intersection.
Turn left: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign down the hill for approximately 30m to the telegraph pole with ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign.
Turn right: From the intersection, the walk follows the ‘Rail to River Walk’ sign down the hill between the fences. The walk comes to the end of the laneway and descends the stairs, down through rocky outcrops to the O.H. Reid Memorial Oval.
(2.64km) Eastern side of O.H. Reid Memorial Oval → Int. Behind the 8th Tee
Continue straight: From the O.H. Reid Memorial Oval car park, this walk heads along the road with Chatswood Golf Course below on the left. The walk continues along the road for approximately 200m, passing a street on the left, to the intersection opposite house No. 17.
Turn left: From the intersection opposite No. 17 Reid Drive, the walk heads down the stairs tending left down the hill to the signposted intersection behind the 8th tee.
(3.21km) Int. Behind the 8th Tee → 8th Green
Chatswood Golf Course
(3.68km) 8th Green → Int. Avro Rd Trk and River Access Trk
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow for the ‘River Walk’, keeping the Lane Cove River on the right. The track continues along some boardwalk sections which are raised above the mangroves in places. The track continues to a signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘River Track’ sign, keeping the river below on the right. Large sections of track are suspended above the mangroves on a boardwalk. The track continues to wind along the Lane Cove River bank for approximately 400m to a signposted intersection.
(4.65km) Int. Avro Rd Trk and River Access Trk → Int. River Trk and Upper Access Trk
(4.91km) Int. River Trk and Upper Access Trk → Mowbray car park (near oval)
Turn sharp left: From the oval’s far corner, closest to the river and furthest from the road, this walk heads up the steps to the signposted intersection.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the hillside towards the oval (below on the right). The track winds through the bush for approximately 60m to pass over a bridge and a ‘Mowbray Park’ sign in a grassed area. The walk crosses this grass area to come to the intersection with the footpath.
Continue straight: From the park bench, this walk heads down the footpath, keeping the oval below on the right. The walk continues down the hill for a short time to soon come to the intersection to the side of the oval.
(5.43km) Mowbray car park (near oval) → Int. Epping Rd and Sam Johnson Way
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk heads along the shared footpath, keeping the traffic to your left. After about 100m, the walk crosses the factory driveway and comes to a set of traffic lights (opposite the end of Mowbray Rd).
Continue straight: From the traffic lights, this walk heads uphill along the footpath beside Epping Rd to the first driveway entry to the large Shell petrol station.
Continue straight: From the driveway, this walk heads up the hill along side Epping Rd, passing under a footbridge tothe traffic lights. Here the walk crosses Sam Johnson Way to the other side of the intersection.
(6.8km) Int. Epping Rd and Sam Johnson Way → Int. Elizabeth Pde and Lower Stringybark Trk
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Murray St’ sign along the creek bank, away from the bridge. The track passes through sections of rocks and ferns for approximately 700m before coming to an unmarked intersection on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads east along the creek (below on the right). The track winds through rocks and undulates for approximately 150m to an unmarked intersection on the left.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Elizabeth Pde’ arrow, undulating a little alongside the creek for approximately 150m, then turns right, up the hill, to the intersection with the road.
(7.94km) Int. Elizabeth Pde and Lower Stringybark Trk → Int. Stringybark Trk and Centennial Ave
(8.22km) Int. Stringybark Trk and Centennial Ave → End of Murray St
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads north up the grassed hill to the road, at the end of Murray St.
(8.77km) End of Murray St → Sharland Ave entrance to Campbell Park
(9.47km) Sharland Ave entrance to Campbell Park → Int. Ferndale Trk and Beresford Lane Trk
Continue straight: From the entrance to Campbell Park, this walk crosses Dalrymple Ave into another grassy area marked by a ‘Ferndale Park’ sign. The track winds around to an interpretation sign which it passes to drop into a creek. The track then winds left along the side of a grassy clearing to follow the creek bank for approximately 50m along the back of some houses to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the hill to the next arrow and sign at the corner of the house. The track winds down a slight gradient for approximately 100m to a signposted intersection.
(9.8km) Int. Ferndale Trk and Beresford Lane Trk → Chatswood Station
Turn sharp left: From the intersection, this walk heads up Lone Pine Ave to turn right onto Eddy Rd. The walk continues up to the end of the road, then turns left onto Pacific Highway. The walk passes the primary school and overpass, coming to the pedestrian crossing opposite Victoria Ave.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk crosses at pedestrian crossing on Pacific Highway, or takes the foot bridge just near the intersection. This walk then continues down Victoria Ave to the entrance of the train station on the right. If the road turns left, you have gone too far.
Maps for the Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve Walk 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.
|AS 2156.1||Gradient||Very steep (4/6)|
|Quality of track||Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)|
|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)|
Some more details of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining grading looking at sections of the walk
5km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 3.5km is flat with no steps. Whilst another 2.6km has short steep hills and the remaining 55m is very steep.
Quality of track
6km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 4.3km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (590m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.
Around 6km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 4.8km is clearly signposted.
Around 11km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 140m requires some bushwalking experience.
Around 11km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 140m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 8km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 2.7km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
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
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
3.3 km Circuit
1 hr 30 mins
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 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
An enjoyable walk through lower sections of the Lane Cove National Park, this walk features plenty of mangroves next to the Lane Cove River, particularly in the section between Boronia Av and Buffalo Creek Reserve. Sugarloaf Point is well worth going the 200m for as its a good spot for a rest (or lunch) with views of the river. The walk has a number of contrasts where you think you are a long way from the city, with the occasional stark reminder.
Total climbing: 154m
5.5 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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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
5.3 km One way
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
This walk follows Moores Creek through several reserves in east Roseville and East Lindfield. The track is named after Australia’s 7th Prime Minster, who once lived in the area. The walk explores the ferns and sandstone overhangs of the area, and there are several small waterfalls on Moore creek, which are worth the very short detour to visit. Officially, the Little Digger track finishes near the bottom of the Carlyle road service trail, but we included this section to get back to the road.
Total climbing: 93m
2.2 km One way
Starting at North Ryde train station this walk explores a stretch of the Lane Cove River, visiting the historic Fairlylands Pleasure Grounds along the way. The walk starts by wandering through the Riverside Corporate Park and soon comes alongside the Lane Cove River to join the Great North Walk. Here we follows the GNW though Fairylands before exploring a few streets in Chatswood West. After the weir, this walk leaves the main spine of the Great North Walk to explore the lovely River Side Track, through many picnic areas and up to the Lane Cove Tourist Park. Here the you wander along the roads back to the train station.
Total climbing: 193m
6.9 km Circuit
2 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, 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
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
A popular walk that explores Gordon, Middle Harbour and Moores Creeks. This walk crosses a section of Garigal National park and a few reserves managed by Ku-ring-gai Council, you will see some great water views, sandstone caves and heritage sandstone works. The track is well signposted. The optional short section at the end of this walk takes you to Echo Point park, a great place for a picnic to finish off your walk.
Total climbing: 237m
6.1 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
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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There are other downloads I am still working on.
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* KML (google earth file)
* GPX (GPS file)
Special Maps/ brochures
* A3 topo maps
* PDF with Lands Topo map base
* PDF with arial image (and map overlay)
I wanted to get the main site live first, this extra stuff will come in time.