Rail to River Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs

7.5 km Circuit

222 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Rail to River Walk walk

You 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

Cross sectional view of the Rail to River Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rail to River Walk

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.

Length 7.5 km
Time 3 hrs

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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 No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
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


3.4km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 2.9km has gentle hills with occasional steps. Whilst another 1.1km has short steep hills and the remaining 110m is very steep.

Quality of track

5km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.1km follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles. The remaining (310m) follows a clear and well formed track or trail.


Around 3.8km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.7km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

This whole walk, 7km requires no previous bushwalking experience.


This whole walk, 7km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).


Around 7km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 750m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Rail to River Walk walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Rail to River Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Rail to River Walk walk starts and ends at the Chatswood Station (gps: -33.797073, 151.18037)
Your transport options to Chatswood Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. There is free parking available.
(get details)

Fire Danger

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 Forest

This walk starts in the Metropolitan weather district always check the formal BOM forecast or pdf before starting your walk.

Forecast snapshot

Park Information & Alerts



Short URL = http://wild.tl/rtrw

Gallery images
There are other downloads I am still working on.
You will probably need to login to access these — still all free.
* 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.
Happy walking
Matt 🙂