Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)

Download & Print Map and Notes

3 hrs

8.2 km Circuit

233 m

Hard track
Setting out from Pennant Hills train station, this walk loops around Pennant Hills Park, exploring the surrounding bush and visiting Whale rock on the way. The walk turns back towards the park after passing the Lane Cove River. The walk mostly follows management trails.

Maps for the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) 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.
Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series 91304S HORNSBY NSW-91304S
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 Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) bushwalking track

Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River)

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 8.2 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 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


3.9km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 2.9km is flat with no steps. The remaining (1.3km) is very steep.

Quality of track

3.5km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 2.4km follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (2.2km) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.


Around 4.3km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 3.8km has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required

Around 6km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 1.9km requires some bushwalking experience.


Around 7km of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 790m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.


Around 5km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 3km has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Similar walks

A list of walks that share part of the track with the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) walk.

Other Nearby walks

A list of walks that start near the Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) walk.

Plan your trip to and from the walk here

The Pennant Hills Park loop (via Lane Cove River) walk starts and ends at the Pennant Hills station (gps: -33.738042, 151.07288)
Your transport options to Pennant Hills 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 🙂