Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve Walk

Download & Print Map and Notes

4 hrs

11.2 km Circuit

302 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve 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 and Stringybark Creek Reserve Walk bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve 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 11.2 km
Time 4 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 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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

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

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve Walk walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Rail to River and Stringybark Creek Reserve 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



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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 🙂