Lane Cove National Park

The Lane Cove National Park offers visitors an outstanding opportunity to view and photograph Australian wildlife up close in the wild

Lane Cover River seen from De Burghs Bridge
Lane Cover River seen from De Burghs Bridge cc licensed photo by Oliver Townshend

Located north of Sydney, Lane Cove National Park straddles the banks of Lane Cove River. Small by National Park standards, Lane Cove Park still covers an area of nearly 1500 acres, however, it is no more than one kilometre across at its widest point. The park offers visitors the opportunity to experience a genuine wilderness experience, without travelling far from the city, making it a great destination for lovers of the great outdoors.

Even though the park is completely surrounded by suburban development along its borders, it is another world within, with large areas consisting of rugged terrain covered in thick bush, much of it slopes down to the river. Not to worry though, as there are some great picnic areas with BBQ facilities and flush toilets available right near the entrance we direct you to below. There are also some great trails from which you can explore the park. While the central portion of the current park was designated as parkland as far back as the 1920s, Lane Cove did not become a National Park until 1992.

Wildlife is abundant in the park, especially considering its close suburban surroundings. A visit to the park will usually provide some opportunities to capture some great wildlife and nature photographs.

There are numerous options for getting to the park from Sydney, however, our directions below will get you there with just one train followed by one bus which will drop you off right by the park entrance. From there you can access either side of the river by a pedestrian bridge. The entire journey should only take about 40 minutes. When you get off the bus you can head north on Riverside Drive, which meanders along the west side of the river. Here you will find many picnic areas, some with BBQ facilities and flush toilets. It is a popular route for hikers and cyclists as it has very little traffic. If you cross over the pedestrian bridge just past the park entrance you can access Lane Cove Walking Track which later joins The Great North Walk, a trail that runs from Sydney all the way to Newcastle. This trail carries on for miles along the east side of the river showing off some of the park's more rugged wilderness. There are numerous other interconnected trails in the park, so you should have a look at the map on the official website above before venturing out.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: Riverside Dr, North Ryde NSW 2113, Australia

Phone: (02) 8448 0400

Official Website: Lane Cove National Park

Map of nearby accommodations:


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T1Chatswood Station + Bus #5450 minutes

How to get to Lane Cove National Park by

By Train and Bus: Take the T1 North Shore & Northern Line from either Wynyard, Town Hall or Central Station to Chatswood Station. At Chatswood Station catch bus #545 or #550 at Stand L westbound on Victoria Avenue (this is a prepaid stop Monday to Friday) and get off the bus on Delhi Road at River Avenue. You will see the park entrance right by the bus stop.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Lane Cove National Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating Surrounded by trees, birds... And very quiet - hard to believe I'm in Sydney! Very relaxing and enjoyable stay. Good amenities and well sized caravan spot

Adriaan de Beer - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Living in Sydney we are blessed with many great local BBQ spots – Lane Cove is one of the many worth visiting whenever you want to relax amongst the greenery and watch the river and paddlers pass by. What out for the kookaburras, they are highly accomplished at diving in and taking your lovingly cooked kebabs

Mark Kunnen - 23 days ago

4 Star Rating It's great! I went hiking here with friends and it was super fun. But I'm only giving 4 stars because of the ticks. It's fine for humans, but it could be deadly for a pet. Another thing which makes this place bad for animals is the fox poison. But, unless you have a pet, it is great and I seriously recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Zeynep Erdoğmuş - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating My partner and I took the Riverside Walking Track for 10km of absolutely gorgeous woodland using the AllTrails app. The path was relatively well marked and where signage failed, the app kept us on track. If you're looking for a nice hike without going too far, this is the place to do it.

Alexander James Healy - 1 month ago


Enjoy a boat ride down the Lane Cove River in this video

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