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

Hours: 24/7

Address: Between Chatswood and Macquarie Park NSW

Official Website: Lane Cove National Park


Line Nearest Station Walking Time
T1Chatswood Station + Bus #256 / 2592 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 # 256 Chatswood or #259 Macquarie Centre at Platform G. 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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