North Ryde Fairyland circuit

Download & Print Map and Notes

2 hrs 30 mins

6.9 km Circuit

191 m

Hard track
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.

Maps for the North Ryde Fairyland circuit 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 North Ryde Fairyland circuit bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the North Ryde Fairyland circuit

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 6.9 km
Time 2 hrs 30 mins

Grade 4/6

Hard track
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


3.7km of this walk is flat with no steps and another 2.6km 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 smooth and hardened path and another 2.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. Whilst another 1.6km 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.

Experience Required

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).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the North Ryde Fairyland circuit walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the North Ryde Fairyland circuit walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The North Ryde Fairyland circuit walk starts and ends at the North Ryde Train Station (gps: -33.794427, 151.13796)
Your transport options to North Ryde Train Station are by;
Train. (get details)
Bus. (get details)
Car. Parking fees apply in the area.
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Train. (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 🙂