4 hrs 15 mins
(0km) Epping Station → End of Pembroke street
(1.03km) End of Pembroke St → Int on Epping Rd east of Terrys Creek
(1.14km) Int on Epping Rd east of Terrys Creek → Int of Eastwood Station and Rest area tracks
(1.18km) Int of Eastwood Station and Rest area tracks → Int of Terry’s Creek Walking Track and Brown’s Waterhole Servicetrail
Veer right: From the intersection the track heads under the Epping road bridge on the right side of the creek and onto the bushtrack which winds up the gentle hill to the intersection of the Epping Road bushtrack.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the Browns Waterhole arrow down the short hill passing a sewage access point and signpost 15, continuing along side the creek to the intersection of the Browns Waterhole bushtrack.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the bush track north east along the bushtrack winding along the creek and down across a wooden bridge continuing up and along through the bush to the intersection of the Browns Waterhole bushtrack.
Veer right: From the intersection the track heads north down the short hill and past a sewage access point, winding along the creek to the intersection of the Browns Waterhole bushtrack.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack north passing a sewage access point and continuing through the bush as the track winds along the right hand side of the creek, passing 2 more sewage access points along the track before coming to the signposted intersection of the Browns Waterhole track.
Turn right: From the intersection the track heads east down the gentle hill and around a sewage access point, continuing up the other side for a short while to the signposted intersection of the Browns Waterhole track.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the Browns Waterhole arrow through the bush, winding all the way through the bush as it winds around to a rock platform with views of the M2 motorway bridge and continues through the bush for a short while to the signposted intersection of the Browns Waterhole track.
Turn left: From the intersection the track follows the bushtrack heading down and across the creek and up the other side coming to the signposted intersection of the Crimea road and Browns Waterhole tracks
Turn left: From the intersection the track follows the Browns Waterhole arrow north along the bushtrack crossing underneath the M2 moter way and continuing along, down some steps and through to the intersection of a bushtrack winding down across the creek.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track heads north east away from the M2 overpass, following the bushtrack through the valley as it winds down some wooden steps and joins onto a metal walkway which continues through dense bushland until joining back onto a dirt track and continues all the way along to the intersection of the Browns Waterhole track.
(3.15km) Int of Terry’s Creek Walking Track and Brown’s Waterhole Servicetrail → Browns Waterhole
(3.19km) Browns Waterhole → Browns Waterhole int
(3.28km) Browns Waterhole int → Int of the GNW and the Turramurra High School service trail
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the concrete path uphill. The path winds up for about 100m, passing a few signs before coming to an intersection with a track (on your right, that leads to an informal, unfenced lookout), just after a GNW arrow post, where the path mostly flattens out.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads uphill along the wide concrete path as it bends left. After about 50m, the path leads under some high tension power lines, then about 50m later, comes to an intersection with a track (on your right), marked with a GNW arrow post and an aluminium ‘Lane Cove Valley’ map.
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post away from the face of the aluminium ‘Lane Cove Valley’ map sign along the dirt trail. After about 30m, this walk crosses an ephemeral creek on a rock platform, coming to a spot behind some houses.
Continue straight: From the creek, this walk follows the management trail along the side of the hill, initially keeping the houses up to your left. The trail soon leads past a high tension power line tower and along the side of the hill and gently up for about 200m to another metal high tension power line tower. Here the trail bends left and leads up a fairly steep but short hill, where the trail then leads more gently uphill for another 400m before another short, steep climb. From the top of this climb, the trail continues for about 70m before crossing over a rock platform and coming to an intersection (about 25m below the Koombalah Ave gate, on your left).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main trail gently along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right. After about 40m, this trail leads to an intersection with a track (on your right), marked with a GNW arrow post (just as this trail bends left).
(4.41km) Int of the GNW and the South Turramurra High School trail → Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post gently downhill, keeping the valley to your right for about 30m to come to a faint intersection with a track (on your right – this faint track leads down to an old weir).
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the main track east, keeping the valley to your right. After about 120m, this track leads down (becoming steeper as it goes) to the cross the weir and bridge over Avondale Creek to find a pleasant sandy beach on the Lane Cove River. This last crossing may become impassable after heavy or prolonged rain. Here the track bends left and climbs up the timber steps a short distance to come to a T-intersection with a wide trail marked with a GNW arrow post and a ‘Lane Cove Valley’ aluminum sign and map.
(4.9km) Int of the GNW and the Avondale creek service trail → Int of the GNW and the West Pymble service trail link track
(5.11km) Int of the Great North Walk and the West Pymble service trail link track → Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth)
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post south, gently downhill for about 100m to come to a faint intersection with a track (on your left) marked with a GNW arrow post.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post south, downhill for about 30m to come to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post (and a sign pointing right to ‘Marsfield’).
Veer left: From the intersection, the walk follows the GNW arrow post east, gently down along the side of the hill (keeping the valley to your right). After about 80m, this walk steps off a small rock platform then crosses two flat timber bridges over Congham Creek. Here the track continues for another 100m (passing close to a few houses) to cross a small gully then climb up a few timber steps. About 70m further along the track, this walk passes a concrete sewerage access point to come to an intersection with a faint track on your left (that leads a short distance to a management trail), marked with a GNW arrow post.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the GNW arrow post along the mostly flat track, keeping the valley to your left (running parallel with the high tension power lines, up to your left). After about 150m, this track leads close to a high tension power line tower, then comes to a locked green shed opposite a fenced-off pipe bridge (down in the valley to your right).
Continue straight: From the green shed, this walk follows the track as it winds along the side of the hill, keeping the valley to your right and initially keeping the high tension power line tower on your left. After about 150m, this track winds up to a clear intersection with the Gloucester Ave fire trail, marked with a set of NPWS AND GNW arrow posts (just under the high tension power lines).
(6.42km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave service trail (sth) → Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail (east)
(6.45km) Int of GNW and Gloucester Ave fire trail → Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk
Turn right: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Lane Cove Weir’ sign south and gently downhill along the management trail. The trail winds downhill for about 200m to cross a concrete bridge over Rudder Creek (beside a concrete sewerage pipe). Here the trail leads uphill for another 80m to come to an intersection with the GNW track (on your left), marked with ‘The Great North Walk’ sign.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the ‘Great North Walk’ sign south, gently downhill past the NPWS no bikes or pets post and along the track which soon bends left. The track leads gently down through a weedy section, then among the rocks and grass trees for about 400m to come to a metal handrail. The walk follows the two sections of handrail down this steeper stretch of rocky track, then the track mostly flattens out and leads under the large concrete Deburghs Bridge, with some graffiti. Once on the other side of the bridge, this track leads along the side of the valley for another 50m to climb up a couple of steps and come to three-way intersection, where a ‘Thornleigh via Great North Walk’ sign points back along the track.
Continue straight: From the intersection, the walk follows the sign to ‘Lane Cove River Weir via Great North Walk’ down the hill and steps, keeping the valley to your right. The track soon leads down some stone steps, then a little further along, partway down some timber steps, this walk comes to a three-way intersection, marked with a GNW arrow post.
(7.98km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk → Blue Hole
(7.98km) Int. Great North Walk and Blue Hole Trk → Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail
(8.3km) Int. Great North Walk and Blaxland Rd Service Trail → Allen Park
(8.43km) Allen Park → House No.1 Blaxland Rd
(8.79km) House No.1 Blaxland Rd → House No.52 Lady Game Drive
(8.89km) House No.52 Lady Game Drive → Int. Lady Game Drive and Falls Creek Trk
(9km) Int. Lady Game Drive and Falls Creek Trk → Int. Blackbutt Creek Trk and Vale St
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill, tending right, while keeping the valley of the creek below on the left. The walk then comes to a section of concrete track, winding up the hill for a short time, to then contour along the hillside for approximately 1km. This walk continues, with the creek below on the right and the houses high on the right, to the signposted intersection.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill on the service trail, tending left for approximately 200m. The trail comes to an intersection, which is approximately 20m before a large, concrete drain head.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill towards the concrete sewerage inspection hole and then continues approximately 10m up to the rocky intersection on the left.
Veer right: From the intersection, this walk heads up the hill away from the creek, to tend right. The track then continues on a slight upward gradient for approximately 300m, then follows a line of a house on the left, and passes a gate to the road, next to house No. 31.
(10.76km) Int. Blackbutt Creek Trk and Vale St → Gordon Station
Continue straight: From the Gordon Station bus depot, this walk heads up the railed stairs to the ticket office for Gordon Station.
Maps for the Epping to Gordon Station 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||4 hrs 15 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||Minimal directional signs (4/6)|
|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 4.8km has short steep hills. Whilst another 1.8km is flat with no steps and the remaining 100m is very steep.
Quality of track
7km of this walk follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles and another 2.9km follows a smooth and hardened path. Whilst another 1.8km follows a clear and well formed track or trail and the remaining 620m follows a rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely.
7km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection and another 4.2km is clearly signposted. The remaining (100m) has minimal directional signs.
Around 10km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.5km 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 700m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.
Around 6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 6km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).
This is a short walk down into the Lane Cove Valley, crossing the Lane Cove River, and out the other side. The entire track is concrete, making it a favourite trail for bike riders taking the short cut from Turramurra to Maquarie University. There are picnic tables at Browns Water Hole.
Total climbing: 49m
1.3 km One way
This walk, via Terry’s Creek, is the most direct bush route between the two stations. Terry’s Creek waterfall features as a wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the bush. The walk up to Eastwood Station visits the open grassy Forrester Park, another nice place to take a break along this walk.
Total climbing: 71m
4.1 km One way
1 hr 30 mins
Following a section of the Great North Walk, this popular walk is well signposted and maintained. There are good views of the Lane Cove River as the track passes along the side of the ridge to the north. In several sections the track goes down to smaller creeks (some of which are polluted). Watch these creeks after rain as the boulders and small bridges can become quite slippery.
Total climbing: 155m
4.4 km One way
1 hr 45 mins
A well maintained and signposted track that follows the Lane Cove River, along a section of the Great North Walk. The section of bush track just west of De Burghs Bridge has great views of the river. Brown’s Waterhole is a good spot to break, although early in the walk. Watch out for cyclists in the Brown’s Waterhole area as this is a popular bike riding trail.
Total climbing: 178m
Note: There is no car transport option to the start of this walk.
5.1 km One way
This walk is a popular track being close to roads, yet surrounded by nice tall trees. The walk heads down hill with tall eucalyptus surrounding the track and providing shade for most of the walk. Convenient access to the start of the walk from Gordon Railway station is another feature of this walk.
Total climbing: 121m
5.5 km Return
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
Following the Great North Walk, and the upper reaches of the Lane Cove River South, this walk explores dense bushland surrounding the river. You will experience a variety of trails along this walk, from steep bush tracks to wide biketrails. The common feature, however, is how well managed these trails are. The section just south of Thornleigh is the highlight of the walk as the bushtrail winds its way around the hill.
Total climbing: 106m
6.1 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
This walk, from Epping to Pennant Hills Station, is a great way to see the upper Lane Cove River Valley. The walk does pass near major roads, but there are times along the track, near Browns Water Hole and along the Lane Cove River, where you forget how close you are to the city. Allow time to enjoy some of the lovely spots along the way.
Total climbing: 249m
8.4 km One way
3 hrs 15 mins
A great way to explore the Lane Cove Valley from Epping Station, this walk loops around North Epping, returning to the station. There are many sights to be seen along this walk, with Whale Rock and Brown’s Waterhole being a couple of highlights. The walk explores Devlins Creek, upper Lane Cove River and Terry’s Creek. A lovely way to spend a few hours.
Total climbing: 168m
8.4 km Circuit
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 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
Epping to Eastwood, via Lane Cove River, is the longer route through the bush between the stations. This walk visits Big Ducky Waterhole, Whale Rock, Browns Waterhole and the Lane Cove River. The water is a great feature of this walk as you explore the valleys between Epping and Eastwood Stations.
Total climbing: 189m
10.2 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
This walk explores Terrys Creek and the Lane Cove National Park. From Eastwood station the track follows Terrys creek past a small waterfall, under the M2, past Browns Water hole and along the Lane Cove river before climbing up to Thornleigh Oval and the train station. There are picnic tables at Browns waterhole, not a bad place for lunch, otherwise there are a few nice creek banks to rest along the way
Total climbing: 285m
10.3 km One way
3 hrs 45 mins
The track connecting Gordon to Roseville Railway Station is a surising scenic walk through remnant bushland. The walk escapes the urban centres to wind through the valleys and along the Lane Cove River with its abundance of water dragons, ducks and other birds. The walk is a great way to do a station to station walk, even if you have a car.
Total climbing: 345m
10.7 km One way
4 hrs 30 mins
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 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
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
Initially following Terry’s Creek, and then the Lane Cove River, this walk goes through some of the prettier sections of the Lane Cove National Park before climbing up to Thornleigh and continuing into the Berowra Valley Regional Park. Following Berowra Creek and the side of the valley, the surrounds change from the wet environment of Lane Cove to the dry scrub and bushland of Berowra. The walk continues until climbing out, up to Hornsby Railway Station, through a remnant of the old Blue Gum High Forest.
Total climbing: 811m
20.6 km One way
This overnight walk starts from Gordon train station and winds through bush filled valleys to Hornsby station. From Gordon station, the walk winds down past the Gordon golf course to the Great North Walk, then continues north through the Lane Cove Valley before staying overnight at the Baden Powell scout camp. The next day, the walk continues along the Great North Walk, through Thornleigh and down into the Berowra Valley Regional Park, following Berowra creek to the beautiful Fishponds waterhole. From here, the walk passes up through a piece of the old Blue Gum High Forest to Hornsby Quarry, and on to Hornsby train station.
Total climbing: 1025m
25.8 km One way
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, to Cheltenham Station from Epping Station, visits Whale Rock and Lane Cove River. This is not the most direct route between the two stations, but it is a great way to explore Devlins Creek. With a train station at each end, this walk mostly follows well define management trails with a narrow section of track at the upper end of Devlins Creek.
Total climbing: 184m
6.8 km One way
2 hrs 30 mins
17.6 km One way
6 hrs 45 mins
This walk explores the bush between Epping and Pennant Hills stations. Sections of the walk pass through the Lane Cove National Park, although not down to the Lane Cove River. The walk explores a section of Devlins and Byles Creeks before passing near Pennant Hills park. The walk then takes the road for a short distance to finish at Pennant Hills Station.
Total climbing: 155m
5.3 km One way
This walk, between Epping and Thornleigh Stations, follows Devlins Creek then Lane Cove River as they wind through the valley. There are a number of interesting rock features to enjoy along the walk. The walk starts and ends near shops, so you can fill up with a coffee or a bite to eat at each end. From Whale Rock, the track becomes wide and very easy to follow.
Total climbing: 209m
8 km One way
This walk starts from Belinda Cres and provides a lovely walk to Whale Rock. The walk first passes some exotic plants and then into more native bushland with some interesting canopies and dense growth. Whale Rock, one of the features of this walk, is quite a sight and is well worth exploring. It is possible to walk up the service trail to Boundary Rd from Whale Rock to make a one way walk.
Total climbing: 41m
2.8 km Return
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.
Total climbing: 26m
516 m Return
The Mambara Track is a short walk, accessible to everyone, and a great walk for gaining some knowledge about the local bush. The walk follows a concrete footpath and has many signs with information about the surrounding bush. A great loop walk for the whole family and great introduction to the walking experiences in the area.
Total climbing: 23m
717 m Circuit
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
3.2 km Return
1 hr 30 mins
One of the most enjoyable walks in the Lane Cove valley, this relatively short trail ventures down into the valley and explores a variety of bushland. Spend a short while and go out to the scenic lookout and take your time around the waterfall. The track is pretty well signposted with a few information signs explaining some features. This walk was established by STEP a community based environmental organisation, based in South Turramurra.
Total climbing: 95m
2.7 km Circuit
8.2 km Circuit
A really nice loop walk in a corner of Berowra Valley Regional Park with good access by public transport. The walk starts and finishes at Thornleigh train station. The scenery includes beautiful scenes along Zig Zag creek and nice forest while going up Stringybark ridge, plus as an optional side trip to see the remnants of the historic Thornleigh Quarry and Zig Zag railway. There are good spots to eat or grab a coffee near Thornleigh station before or after the walk.
Total climbing: 187m
6.6 km Circuit
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.