Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park

11 h 17 min to 2 days

34.3 km
oneway

↑ 841 m
↓ -678 m

Hard track
This overnight walk starts from the Obelisk in Macquarie Park, Sydney, at the official start of the Great North Walk. The walk soon boards the ferry from Circular Quay to Woolwich, and follows the Great North Walk through the streets of Hunters Hill and into the Lane Cove National Park. After staying the night in a caravan park here, the walk backtracks a little, then heads north, winding through the Lane Cove Valley, up to Thornleigh train station. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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The Obelisk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Circular Quay Ferry and Train Terminal. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Woolwich warf. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Following the streets. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Woolwich lookout. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Following the concret footpaths. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Near the Hunters Hill Highschool. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Under the Burns Bay road bridge. | Photo by admin, 2008.
back on the streets. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Photo by admin, 2008.
following the edge of the river. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Lane Cove River banks. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Buffalo Creek Reserve. | Photo by admin, 2008.
winding down from the reserve. | Photo by admin, 2008.
following the boardwalk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Sugarloaf Point. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Following the Great North Walk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
following the boardwalk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Magdala Park. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Path down to Lane Cove River bridge. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Track on South Eastern side of Epping Road Bridge. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Great north walk east of Epping Road. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Plenty of information signs at fairylands. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Lane Cove river from view point east of Fairyland. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Bornia in bloom. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Platform above Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Ironbark Picnic Area. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Lane Cove Tourist Park. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Lane Cove Wier. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Heading up and away from the reserve. | Photo by admin, 2008.
along the Lane Cove river. | Photo by admin, 2008.
The Block. | Photo by admin, 2008.
under de Burgs bridge. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Sewage access point. | Photo by admin, 2008.
creek crossing. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Small Weir. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Browns Waterhile track. | Photo by admin, 2007.
Browns Water hole causeway. | Photo by admin, 2008.
winding through the Lane Cove Valley. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Passing the Pennant Hills turn off. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Creek beside Great North walk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Crossing the Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Following the Great North Walk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
On the Great North walk Near Baden Powell Scout camp. | Photo by admin, 2008.
hitting the streets. | Photo by admin, 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.863119,151.2100462)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Ferry Train
DirectionsFrom Cahill Expressway, Millers Point.
  • Turn on to York Street Offramp then drive for 250 m
  • Keep left onto Grosvenor Street and drive for another 480 m
  • Turn left onto Loftus Street and drive for another 35 m
Finish (-33.7319004,151.0780436)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the tall sandstone obelisk (in Macquarie Place at the intersection of Bridge and Loftus Sts, Sydney), this walk heads down along the footpath beside Loftus St, towards the view of the Harbour Bridge. After about 80m, the footpath leads past 'Jessie Street Gardens', which is 'Dedicated to the achievements of Australian women' - definitely worth the time to read the plaques. From here, the walk continues down past McDonald's and across Alfred St to underneath the 'Circular Quay Railway Station' building.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Z's Espresso at the start.
After another 9 m turn left.
Find the The Obelisk at the start.
The Obelisk
The Obelisk

The Obelisk in Macquarie Place (Cnr of Bridge and Loftus Sts) is the original Mile Stone for 19th century roads in NSW. The surrounding park is the original town square built in 1810, while the Obelisk was erected by Governor Macquarie (well actually the Convicts did the heavy work) in 1818. For nearly 200 years this monument stood as the zero mile/km marker for all principal roads. There are a number of inscriptions including distance markers and "The Obelisk was erected in Macquarie Place A.D.1818, to Record that all the Public Roads Leading to the Interior of the Colony are measured from it. L.Macquarie Esq Governor". The park has a number of other historic items worth exploring.
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The Obelisk in Macquarie Place (Cnr of Bridge and Loftus Sts) is the original Mile Stone for 19th century roads in NSW. The surrounding park is the original town square built in 1810, while the Obelisk was erected by Governor Macquarie (well actually the Convicts did the heavy work) in 1818. For nearly 200 years this monument stood as the zero mile/km marker for all principal roads. There are a number of inscriptions including distance markers and "The Obelisk was erected in Macquarie Place A.D.1818, to Record that all the Public Roads Leading to the Interior of the Colony are measured from it. L.Macquarie Esq Governor". The park has a number of other historic items worth exploring.

Then head up the surface|paving_stones steps (about 5 m long)
After another 10 m turn left, to head along Loftus Street.
After another 95 m pass a seat (15 m on your left).
Then pass the "First Fleet Memorial" (9 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass the "Espresso Room" (55 m on your left).
After another 50 m pass the "Jessie Street Gardens" (10 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (55 m on your left).
After another 15 m pass a seat (about 70 m ahead)., has a backrest.
Then pass the water tap (about 40 m ahead).
Turn right.
After another 35 m pass the "Cafe Sydney" (25 m on your right).
After another 70 m find the "Circular Quay" (70 m on your left).
Circular Quay
Circular Quay

Where the harbour meets the city, Circular Quay is a transport hub joining the busy ferry wharf with the train and bus services. The Quay provides great views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several other popular sights of Sydney. There are many small food kiosks and cafes as well as a McDonalds. Circular Quay is the site of Australia's first colonial settlement. In 1794, Thomas Muir was transported to Australia and later bought a farm and built a cottage on what we now call Circular Quay. Not a great deal is known about the traditional owners, as in 1789 almost half of this indigenous population died during a smallpox epidemic. It is reported that only three Cadigal people were left by 1791. In 1879, there were some Aboriginal people living in the boat sheds (near the now Museum of Contemporary Art) when they were dispossessed of that space so it could be used for hosting an international exhibition. Now, Circular Quay is popular among visitors enjoying the sites, and also daily commuters.
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Where the harbour meets the city, Circular Quay is a transport hub joining the busy ferry wharf with the train and bus services. The Quay provides great views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several other popular sights of Sydney. There are many small food kiosks and cafes as well as a McDonalds. Circular Quay is the site of Australia's first colonial settlement. In 1794, Thomas Muir was transported to Australia and later bought a farm and built a cottage on what we now call Circular Quay. Not a great deal is known about the traditional owners, as in 1789 almost half of this indigenous population died during a smallpox epidemic. It is reported that only three Cadigal people were left by 1791. In 1879, there were some Aboriginal people living in the boat sheds (near the now Museum of Contemporary Art) when they were dispossessed of that space so it could be used for hosting an international exhibition. Now, Circular Quay is popular among visitors enjoying the sites, and also daily commuters.

Then come to the viewpoint (65 m on your left).
This viewpoint is wheelchair accessible.
Then pass the water tap (60 m on your left).
Then pass a seat (35 m on your left)., has a backrest.
Then head through the bollard.
Continue straight.
Then pass a seat (20 m on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 20 m head through the tunnel (about 40 m long)
Then pass the toilet (8 m on your right).
Continue straight.
Then head through the tunnel (about 20 m long)
Then pass the "Cityextra" (10 m on your left).
After another 2 m continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the "Sorrentino" (40 m on your left).
After another 75 m catch the ferry (about 5.5 km long)
Then catch the ferry (about 3.3 km long)
Then come to the "Clifton Lane Steps" (75 m on your left).
After another 55 m pass the "Simmons Point Reserve" (45 m on your left).
After another 630 m pass the park (55 m on your left).
After another 135 m pass the "Mort Bay Park" (about 30 m ahead).
Balmain Station turn sharp right, to head along Balmain Birchgrove.
Then catch the ferry (about 2.2 km long)
Then pass the "Ballast Point Park" (60 m on your left).
After another 570 m catch the ferry (about 1.3 km long)
Then catch the ferry (about 770 m long)
After another 35 m pass a seat (55 m on your right).
Then pass the water tap (60 m on your right).
Then come to the viewpoint (65 m on your right).
Greenwich Point Wharf Station turn left, to head along Greenwich Point Woolwich Wharf.
After another 640 m pass the toilet (5 m on your right).
After another 20 m find the "Woolwich Wharf" (5 m on your right).
Woolwich Wharf
Woolwich Wharf

Woolwich Wharf, found at the end of Valentia Street, is a bit of a transport hub with a ferry terminal and a popular bus stop. There are public toilets in the bus shelter area, a public phone box and across the road is an open grass area and kids' playground in 'Valentia Street Reserve'. There is also a large sign highlighting the Great North Walk's presence.
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Woolwich Wharf, found at the end of Valentia Street, is a bit of a transport hub with a ferry terminal and a popular bus stop. There are public toilets in the bus shelter area, a public phone box and across the road is an open grass area and kids' playground in 'Valentia Street Reserve'. There is also a large sign highlighting the Great North Walk's presence.

After another 15 m veer right, to head along Valentia Street.
After another 6 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the playground (15 m on your left).
After another 145 m pass the "View Street Reserve" (about 75 m ahead).
At the intersection of The Point Road & Valentia Street turn left, to head along The Point Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 90 m (at the intersection of The Point Road & Angelo Street) continue straight, to head along The Point Road.
After another 265 m (at the intersection of The Point Road & Hunter Street) continue straight, to head along The Point Road.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Gale Street & The Point Road) continue straight, to head along Gale Street.
After another 215 m find the "Goat Paddock" (15 m on your left).
Goat Paddock
Goat Paddock

Goat Paddock is the open area north of Woolwich Dock. The park has a path winding down through the middle, providing access to the waters edge. In 1835, the Clarke family received a grant of the land at the eastern end of the peninsula, what we now call Woolwich. In 1898, Morts Dock and Engineering Company bought this land and commissioned the excavation of the dock. The area is well maintained and is used by many locals for their morning strolls.
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Goat Paddock is the open area north of Woolwich Dock. The park has a path winding down through the middle, providing access to the waters edge. In 1835, the Clarke family received a grant of the land at the eastern end of the peninsula, what we now call Woolwich. In 1898, Morts Dock and Engineering Company bought this land and commissioned the excavation of the dock. The area is well maintained and is used by many locals for their morning strolls.

Continue straight, to head along Gale Street.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Gale Street) veer right, to head along Woolwich Road.
After another 40 m turn left.
After another 75 m find the "Woolwich Lookout" (4 m on your left).
Woolwich Lookout
Woolwich Lookout

Woolwich Lookout is a fenced lookout atop of the cliffs at the western end of Woolwich Dock. There are great views down the sandstone cutting, through the dock at the mouth of the Lane Cove River and to North Sydney. In December 1901, the W. Solomon & Sons company (commissioned by Morts Dock and Engineering Company) completed the excavation of 85,000 cubic metres of sandstone to construct this dry dock. At the time, this 188 metres long, and 27 metres wide, pit was the largest dry dock in Australia. In 1963, the Army purchased the site and now it is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
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Woolwich Lookout is a fenced lookout atop of the cliffs at the western end of Woolwich Dock. There are great views down the sandstone cutting, through the dock at the mouth of the Lane Cove River and to North Sydney. In December 1901, the W. Solomon & Sons company (commissioned by Morts Dock and Engineering Company) completed the excavation of 85,000 cubic metres of sandstone to construct this dry dock. At the time, this 188 metres long, and 27 metres wide, pit was the largest dry dock in Australia. In 1963, the Army purchased the site and now it is managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Veer right.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 25 m pass the car park (75 m on your left).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Edgecliff Road & Clarke Road) veer left, to head along Edgecliff Road (a residential road).
After another 130 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Alfred Street & Margaret Street) continue straight, to head along Alfred Street.
After another 115 m pass the car park (45 m on your left).
After another 75 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 60 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
After another 15 m find the "Kellys Bush" (on your right).
Kellys Bush
Kellys Bush

In the late 1880s, pocket of bushland between Prince George Parade and Alfred St, Woolwich was set aside to to act as a buffer zone between the Parramatta River and the Sydney Smelting Company. The area was named after the owner of the land and smelting company, T.H. Kelly . From the passion of the local people who fought to protect this area, Kelly's Bush is now owned by the Hunters Hill Council and cared for by a team of local bush regenerators.
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In the late 1880s, pocket of bushland between Prince George Parade and Alfred St, Woolwich was set aside to to act as a buffer zone between the Parramatta River and the Sydney Smelting Company. The area was named after the owner of the land and smelting company, T.H. Kelly . From the passion of the local people who fought to protect this area, Kelly's Bush is now owned by the Hunters Hill Council and cared for by a team of local bush regenerators.

After another 7 m (at the intersection of Prince George Parade & Nelson Parade) continue straight, to head along Prince George Parade (a residential road).
After another 5 m (at the intersection of Prince Edward Parade & Prince George Parade) turn right, to head along Prince Edward Parade.
After another 135 m pass the "Great North Walk" (25 m on your left).
At the intersection of Gladstone Avenue & Prince Edward Parade turn right, to head along Gladstone Avenue.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Gladstone Avenue) turn left, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Serpentine Road & Woolwich Road) turn right, to head along Serpentine Road (a residential road).
After another 60 m turn left.
Then head down the surface|paved steps (about 4 m long)
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & The Great North Walk) turn sharp left, to head along Vernon Street (a residential road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Vernon Street) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk (a steps).
Then head down the surface|paved steps (about 85 m long)
Turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 200 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & The Great North Walk) veer right, to head along Vernon Street (a residential road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Vernon Street & Brookes Street) continue straight, to head along Vernon Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Vernon Street) turn right, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 295 m (at the intersection of Crescent Street & Woolwich Road) turn right, to head along Crescent Street (a residential road).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Garrick Avenue & Crescent Street) turn left, to head along Garrick Avenue.
After another 200 m find the "Ivy Alley" (35 m on your left).
Ivy Alley
Ivy Alley

A bespoke nursery located down a quaint little walking lane in Hunters Hill. They specialise in living plant ‘bouquets’ contained in beautiful pots and containers that will continue to grow and give pleasure for years to come. You’ll find them displayed amongst an array of garden treasures – new, old and salvaged. More information at https://www.ivyalley.com.au/

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A bespoke nursery located down a quaint little walking lane in Hunters Hill. They specialise in living plant ‘bouquets’ contained in beautiful pots and containers that will continue to grow and give pleasure for years to come. You’ll find them displayed amongst an array of garden treasures – new, old and salvaged. More information at https://www.ivyalley.com.au/


After another 60 m (at the intersection of Passy Avenue & The Great North Walk) turn right, to head along Passy Avenue (a residential road).
After another 145 m (at the intersection of Ambrose Street & Passy Avenue) turn left, to head along Ambrose Street.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Woolwich Road & Ambrose Street) turn right, to head along Woolwich Road (a highway|tertiary).
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Alexandra Street.
After another 90 m find the "Hunters Hill Shops" (9 m on your left).
Hunters Hill Shops
Hunters Hill Shops

Just opposite the intersection of Alexandra and Ady Streets is a community shopping village in Hunters Hill. There are a few cafes and small restaurants set among a lovely series of sandstone buildings. You could even get your hair cut if so desired. The Ricciotti Deli Cafe open 7 days 0800-1700 (weekends 0800-1500) ph: (02) 9817-7388.
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Just opposite the intersection of Alexandra and Ady Streets is a community shopping village in Hunters Hill. There are a few cafes and small restaurants set among a lovely series of sandstone buildings. You could even get your hair cut if so desired. The Ricciotti Deli Cafe open 7 days 0800-1700 (weekends 0800-1500) ph: (02) 9817-7388.

After another 320 m (at the intersection of Ferdinand Street & Alexandra Street) turn right, to head along Ferdinand Street (a residential road).
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Madeline Street & Ferdinand Street) turn left, to head along Madeline Street.
After another 130 m head up the steps (about 40 m long)
Turn right, to head along Mount Street.
After another 145 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Mount Street) turn left, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 265 m pass a seat (10 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 45 m head up the steps (about 15 m long)
Then pass the "Great North Walk" (on your right).
At the intersection of Reiby Road & The Great North Walk turn right, to head along Reiby Road (a residential road).
After another 105 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Reiby Road) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Joubert Street North & The Great North Walk) turn left, to head along Joubert Street North (a residential road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Figtree Road & Joubert Street North) turn right, to head along Figtree Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Figtree Road & Abigail Street) continue straight, to head along Figtree Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Ryde Road & Figtree Road) turn right, to head along Ryde Road (a road).
After another 550 m (at the intersection of Boronia Avenue & Ryde Road) turn right, to head along Boronia Avenue (a residential road).
After another 20 m find the "Boronia Park" (15 m on your left).
Boronia Park
Boronia Park

Boronia Park is found at the intersection of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave. The park is centered around a couple of large playing fields and a grand stand. Here you will find public toilets, tap water, electric BBQs and a children's playground. There is also shade from the trees and rain shelter to provide some relief on the hot or wet days.
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Boronia Park is found at the intersection of Ryde Rd and Boronia Ave. The park is centered around a couple of large playing fields and a grand stand. Here you will find public toilets, tap water, electric BBQs and a children's playground. There is also shade from the trees and rain shelter to provide some relief on the hot or wet days.

After another 10 m pass the playground (20 m on your left).
After another 225 m continue straight, to head along Boronia Avenue.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 225 m (at the intersection of Princes Street & The Great North Walk) turn left, to head along Princes Street (a service road).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Princes Street) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (7 m on your left).
After another 140 m pass the "Tipperary Falls" (75 m on your left).
After another 110 m continue straight.
After another 75 m turn right.
After another 165 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 15 m head down the 9 steps (about 5 m long)
After another 215 m head up the 18 steps (about 15 m long)
After another 60 m head down the 10 steps (about 6 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 11 steps (about 7 m long)
After another 60 m head down the 32 stone steps (about 15 m long)
After another 35 m head up the 8 steps (about 5 m long)
After another 70 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m head up the 21 steps (about 15 m long)
After another 4 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 305 m head up the 6 stone steps (about 4 m long)
After another 15 m head down the 17 steps (about 10 m long)
After another 160 m find the "Mangrove viewing platform" (10 m on your right).
Mangrove viewing platform
Mangrove viewing platform

This timber viewing platform is found on bank on south-west of the confluence of the Lane Cove River and Buffalo Creek. This area is affected by the tides so the view is constantly changing. The lookout platform provides an opportunity to view the mangroves community and the eroded sandstone ruins
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This timber viewing platform is found on bank on south-west of the confluence of the Lane Cove River and Buffalo Creek. This area is affected by the tides so the view is constantly changing. The lookout platform provides an opportunity to view the mangroves community and the eroded sandstone ruins

Then pass a seat (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 180 m head up the 6 steps (about 4 m long)
After another 15 m head up the 3 steps (about 3 m long)
After another 9 m head down the 7 steps (about 7 m long)
After another 245 m (at the intersection of Pains Road & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along Pains Road (a residential road).
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the water tap (65 m on your left).
Then pass the toilet (65 m on your left).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
After another 15 m find the "Buffalo Creek Reserve" (60 m on your left).
Buffalo Creek Reserve
Buffalo Creek Reserve

The Buffalo Creek Reserve is found off the side of Pittwater Rd, just south of Buffalo Creek. The reserve is home to a large wetland, car park, large children's playground , picnic shelters , BBQ's , toilets and town water on tap . The children's play area, on the western side of the reserve, is very popular. There is a large playing field and a second smaller picnic area on the eastern side (where the Buffalo Creek boardwalk starts ).
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The Buffalo Creek Reserve is found off the side of Pittwater Rd, just south of Buffalo Creek. The reserve is home to a large wetland, car park, large children's playground , picnic shelters , BBQ's , toilets and town water on tap . The children's play area, on the western side of the reserve, is very popular. There is a large playing field and a second smaller picnic area on the eastern side (where the Buffalo Creek boardwalk starts ).

After another 15 m pass the shelter (4 m on your right).
Then pass the picnic table (4 m on your right).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (6 m on your left).
Then pass the "Buffalo Creek Track Head" (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
Then head down the 36 surface|wood steps (about 25 m long)
After another 75 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
Then head up the 16 stone steps (about 6 m long)
After another 45 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Sugarloaf Track) turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m head up the 12 earthen steps (about 20 m long)
After another 40 m head up the 19 earthen steps (about 40 m long)
After another 180 m head down the 26 earthen steps (about 30 m long)
After another 8 m pass the sign (about 10 m ahead).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Sugarloaf Point. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Sugarloaf Point Trail turn left (a vehicle track).
After another 195 m pass the "Sugarloaf Hill" (75 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 10 m pass the car park (35 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass a seat (on your left)., has a backrest.
Then pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (on your left).
After another 9 m head down the 16 earthen steps (about 8 m long)
After another 25 m head down the 13 surface|wood steps (about 10 m long)
After another 245 m head down the 8 earthen steps (about 3 m long)
After another 120 m pass the sign.
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 9 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 2 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 130 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 75 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 660 m pass the toilet (about 35 m ahead).

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Then pass the playground (about 55 m ahead).
Then pass the water tap (35 m on your left).
After another 55 m find the "Magdala Park" (15 m on your right).
Magdala Park
Magdala Park

Magdala Park, found at the end of Magdala Rd, North Ryde, is home to a large playing field with a baseball diamond in the corner and a smaller playing field to the north. There is a car park , public toilets, sheltered picnic tables , childrens playground, garbage bins, and town water on tap. There are a few Great North Walk signs highlighting the direction of the walk as it winds across the open grassy area.
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Magdala Park, found at the end of Magdala Rd, North Ryde, is home to a large playing field with a baseball diamond in the corner and a smaller playing field to the north. There is a car park , public toilets, sheltered picnic tables , childrens playground, garbage bins, and town water on tap. There are a few Great North Walk signs highlighting the direction of the walk as it winds across the open grassy area.

Then pass the car park (on your left).
After another 80 m turn right.
After another 7 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 40 m veer right.
After another 45 m head through the bicycle barrier.
Then cross the bridge (about 150 m long)
After another 150 m head through the bicycle barrier.
Then head through the bollard.
After another 15 m head through the bollard.
After another 60 m pass the park (70 m on your right).

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Turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 130 m cross the bridge (about 95 m long)
Then pass the "Mowbray Park" (40 m on your right).
After another 50 m turn left.
Then head down the concrete steps (about 15 m long)
After another 85 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 15 m pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (7 m on your left).
After another 55 m head down the 11 steps (about 9 m long)
After another 60 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 70 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 40 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 320 m pass the "Fairyland Pleasure Grounds Board" (5 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 70 m pass a seat (15 m on your right)., has no backrest.
Veer left, to head along Fairyland Track.
After another 8 m find the "Fairyland" (15 m on your right).
Fairyland
Fairyland

Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.
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Once formally known as 'Fairyland Pleasure Grounds', and casually as 'The Rest', this site was similar to several others in Sydney. The land was purchased by Robert Swan in 1896 and encompassed about 17 acres in total. Part of the land was cleared for a market garden, growing strawberries and melons. By the early 1900s, the market garden had closed and the area had become a popular picnic and play ground, for people arriving mostly by boat. This was a very popular spot to visit for a special day out. Today, the buildings have (mostly) gone and the cleared area has grown back, but it still can offer a relaxing picnic and lunch spot by the river.

Then come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
After another 115 m pass the "Fairyland Pleasure Grounds Map" (7 m on your right).
After another 215 m come to the viewpoint (10 m on your right).
After another 25 m find the "Lookout" (20 m on your right).
Lookout
Lookout

This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.
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This small, informal and unfenced viewpoint is atop a large natural rock platform, between Fairyland and River Ave. There are a few in the area, but this is the most distinct. From here, there are nice views down the Lane Cove River. The area is unfenced and there is a significant drop off the side.

After another 90 m cross the bridge (about 2 m long)
After another 20 m pass the "Lane Cove National Park" (on your left).
After another 15 m pass the park (40 m on your right).
At the intersection of Quebec Road & Fairyland Track turn left, to head along Quebec Road (a residential road).
After another 210 m (at the intersection of Quebec Road & Fairyland Avenue) turn left, to head along Quebec Road (a service road).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Quebec Road.
After another 175 m pass the "Crematorium Cafe" (65 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Quebec Road.
After another 170 m pass the "Main car park" (70 m on your left).
Then pass the "Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium" (4 m on your left).
After another 50 m head through/around the gate.
After another 250 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
At the intersection of River Avenue & The Great North Walk continue straight (a footpath).
After another 5 m pass the "Alfred Cook Park" (10 m on your right).
After another 55 m find the "Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill" (20 m on your right).
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill

The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.
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The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Koonjeree Picnic Area" (4 m on your right).
Koonjeree Picnic Area
Koonjeree Picnic Area

Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.
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Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

After another 7 m pass the BBQ (5 m on your left).
After another 50 m find the "Potable Water" (about 20 m ahead).
Potable Water
Potable Water

Drinking fountain, 87cm high.
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Drinking fountain, 87cm high.

Then pass the car park (25 m on your left).
Turn right, to head along Riverside Drive.
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the car park (7 m on your left).
After another 8 m veer right.
After another 15 m veer left.
After another 15 m find the "Seat" (20 m on your right).
Seat
Seat

Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.
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Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.

After another 15 m find the "Trip Hazard" (5 m on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.
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The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.

Continue straight.
After another 5 m cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 10 m find the "Lane Cove River Lookout" (45 m on your left).
Lane Cove River Lookout
Lane Cove River Lookout

Found along the timber boardwalk on the banks of the Lane Cove River, just up stream from the weir, is this lovely viewing platform. The boardwalk and platform are fenced (1.1m high), there are two main seats and a stepped area for extra seating. The views extend upstream for about 250m and is a great spot to watch water birds and the occasional paddle boat.
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Found along the timber boardwalk on the banks of the Lane Cove River, just up stream from the weir, is this lovely viewing platform. The boardwalk and platform are fenced (1.1m high), there are two main seats and a stepped area for extra seating. The views extend upstream for about 250m and is a great spot to watch water birds and the occasional paddle boat.

After another 9 m find the "Lane Cove Weir" (on your left).
Lane Cove Weir
Lane Cove Weir

The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.
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The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.

After another 50 m find the "Seat" (7 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A stone seat, 42cm high, 60cm deep and 1.7m wide with a 22cm high arm and 22cm backrest.
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A stone seat, 42cm high, 60cm deep and 1.7m wide with a 22cm high arm and 22cm backrest.

Turn right.
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (7 m on your left)., has no backrest.
After another 75 m find the "BBQ" (5 m on your left).
BBQ
BBQ

Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.
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Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.

Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (about 10 m ahead).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (about 15 m ahead).
Turn left, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 25 m find the "Picnic Table" (9 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.
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Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.

After another 6 m pass the car park (4 m on your left).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 20 m pass the playground (50 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the cafe (35 m on your left).
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.
Then pass the BBQ (25 m on your right).
After another 90 m pass the sign (35 m on your left).

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Then pass the toilet (55 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 20 m pass the "Jenkins Kitchen" (20 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the car park (50 m on your right).
After another 5 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Max Allen Road) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
After another 7 m pass the "Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 140 m pass the sign (on your right).
Veer left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 85 m pass the sign (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 120 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Lane Cove Depot Road & The Great North Walk continue straight, to head along Lane Cove Depot Road (a service road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Lane Cove Depot Road) veer right, to head along The Great North Walk (a footpath).
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 320 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 190 m cross the ford.
After another 140 m cross the bridge
Then head down the 7 stone steps (about 3 m long)
After another 55 m head down the 26 steps (about 20 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 85 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 30 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 8 m head up the 11 steps (about 8 m long)
After another 740 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 340 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 95 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 150 m cross the ford.
After another 220 m head up the 5 steps (about 2 m long)
After another 2 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 125 m cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 30 m come to the "Blue Hole" (35 m on your left).
After another 5 m find the "Blue Hole" (35 m on your left).
Blue Hole
Blue Hole

Blue Hole is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach on the north side of the river. The water is polluted by run-off and rubbish, especially after rain, so it is not suitable for swimming. It is still a pleasent place to relax and enjoy the valley.
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Blue Hole is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach on the north side of the river. The water is polluted by run-off and rubbish, especially after rain, so it is not suitable for swimming. It is still a pleasent place to relax and enjoy the valley.

After another 105 m pass the sign (8 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 15 m head down the 5 earthen steps (about 4 m long)
After another 65 m come to the viewpoint (5 m on your left).
After another 380 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 75 m cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 145 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 9 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 560 m head down the 4 steps
Then cross the ford.
Then head up the 6 earthen steps (about 4 m long)
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Gloucester Avenue Trail & The Great North Walk) continue straight, to head along Gloucester Avenue Trail (a vehicle track).
After another 35 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Gloucester Avenue Trail) turn left, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
After another 370 m head down the 11 earthen steps (about 5 m long)
After another 6 m cross the ford.
After another 80 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
Then cross the bridge
After another 55 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m veer left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 110 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 130 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 190 m come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 40 m come to the viewpoint (8 m on your left).
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 95 m cross the ford.
After another 130 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (7 m on your right).
Veer left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 20 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 105 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 75 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 215 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 350 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 450 m cross the ford.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 15 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (6 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 155 m continue straight.
After another 7 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 15 m find the "Browns Waterhole" (25 m on your left).
Browns Waterhole
Browns Waterhole

Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.
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Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.

After another 15 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (7 m on your right).
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (4 m on your right).
After another 230 m pass the "Great North Walk".
After another 270 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 8 m pass the sign (on your right).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 60 m pass the sign (on your right).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & The Step - Main loop continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 40 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 280 m come to the "The Step Lookout" (70 m on your right).
After another 125 m pass the sign (55 m on your right).
After another 170 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 5 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Lane Cove Valley Walk continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 70 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (10 m on your right).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Devlins Creek Trail continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 15 m pass the sign (30 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the sign (4 m on your left).
After another 380 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m pass the "Dog paw cave" (80 m on your right).
After another 140 m cross the ford.
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 70 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Lane Cove River continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 480 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 490 m cross the ford.
Then cross the ford.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Morona Avenue Firetrail) veer left, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
After another 9 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (on your right).
After another 10 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 25 m pass the "Depth Marker" (on your left).
After another 7 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 160 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 5 m cross the stepping stones.
After another 20 m pass the sign (7 m on your left).
After another 15 m head up the 14 stone steps (about 7 m long)
After another 6 m find the "Conscript Pass" (on your left).
Conscript Pass
Conscript Pass

Conscript Pass is a small sandstone pass between the Lane Cove River and Thornleigh, on the Great North Walk. During the 1930s, some stone steps were built through a cleft in the rock as part of a public works program, in response to the depression. The pass has two main engravings. Firstly 'Conscript Pass' is followed with a downwards pointing arrow and a series of initials and numbers. On another wall (that you face when walking up) is engraved 'B Stevens' followed a surprisingly good caricature of the then Premier of NSW, Bertram Stevens. Stevens (later knighted) replaced Jack Lang in 1932 as Premier of NSW, when Lang was dismissed by the Governor (just two months Lang after opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge).
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Conscript Pass is a small sandstone pass between the Lane Cove River and Thornleigh, on the Great North Walk. During the 1930s, some stone steps were built through a cleft in the rock as part of a public works program, in response to the depression. The pass has two main engravings. Firstly 'Conscript Pass' is followed with a downwards pointing arrow and a series of initials and numbers. On another wall (that you face when walking up) is engraved 'B Stevens' followed a surprisingly good caricature of the then Premier of NSW, Bertram Stevens. Stevens (later knighted) replaced Jack Lang in 1932 as Premier of NSW, when Lang was dismissed by the Governor (just two months Lang after opening the Sydney Harbour Bridge).

After another 9 m head up the 14 stone steps (about 10 m long)
After another 70 m head up the 27 stone steps (about 25 m long)
After another 9 m head up the 16 stone steps (about 7 m long)
After another 30 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (6 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (6 m on your right).
After another 45 m cross the ford.
After another 35 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 15 m head up the 57 earthen steps (about 60 m long)
After another 20 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 5 m pass the sign.
Turn right.
After another 15 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
After another 185 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has a backrest.
Then pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (on your left).
After another 130 m pass the toilet (about 25 m ahead).

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Then pass the car park (about 30 m ahead).
Veer left.
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 40 m find the "Thornleigh Oval" (9 m on your right).
Thornleigh Oval
Thornleigh Oval

Thornleigh Oval is found at the intersection of Handley and Ferguson Avenues, Thornleigh. There is a large playing field, tap water, public toilets and some shelter in the awning of the club house. The oval has a car park, and a number io signs for the Great North walk and other local tracks.
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Thornleigh Oval is found at the intersection of Handley and Ferguson Avenues, Thornleigh. There is a large playing field, tap water, public toilets and some shelter in the awning of the club house. The oval has a car park, and a number io signs for the Great North walk and other local tracks.

Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Handley Avenue.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Handley Avenue & Clifford Avenue) continue straight, to head along Handley Avenue.
After another 265 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (6 m on your right).
At the intersection of Orchard Street & Handley Avenue turn right, to head along Orchard Street.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Station Street & Orchard Street) turn left, to head along Station Street.
After another 410 m find the "Subway" (25 m on your right).
Subway
Subway

This branch of the popular sandwich chain Subway, who make a variety of subs and sandwiches as you order them. For more details contact the store on (02) 9481 4200 or visit at Shop 2, 291 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh, NSW 2120.
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This branch of the popular sandwich chain Subway, who make a variety of subs and sandwiches as you order them. For more details contact the store on (02) 9481 4200 or visit at Shop 2, 291 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh, NSW 2120.

Continue straight.
After another 15 m cross the bridge (about 120 m long)
Turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 100 m long)
Turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
Then head down the 14 concrete steps (about 4 m long)
Then pass the car park (on your right).
After another 2 m turn right, to head along Station Street.
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Railway Parade & Station Street) continue straight (a footpath).
After another 35 m pass a seat (about 25 m ahead)., has a backrest.
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Curl and Wisker Cafe" (on your left).
After another 85 m find the "Zacs Great Food" (35 m on your left).
Zacs Great Food
Zacs Great Food

This restaurant can be found on Pennont Hills road just a stones throw from the station. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a continental menu ranging from about $20. for a meal. The opening hours are from 6.oo am to 10.00 pm from Tuesdays to Saterdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information on bookings call (02) 9484 6799.
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This restaurant can be found on Pennont Hills road just a stones throw from the station. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a continental menu ranging from about $20. for a meal. The opening hours are from 6.oo am to 10.00 pm from Tuesdays to Saterdays, and closed Sundays and Mondays. For more information on bookings call (02) 9484 6799.

Then head up the 4 concrete steps (about 15 m long)
Turn right.
Then cross the bridge (about 35 m long)
Then head up the 19 concrete steps (about 8 m long)
Then pass the "The Great North Walk" (on your left).
Then cross the bridge (about 30 m long)
Then pass the toilet (15 m on your right)., male.
Then pass the toilet (20 m on your right)., female.
Then pass the pay phone (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m come to a seat., has a backrest.
About 10 m past the end is "The Great North Walk".
About 20 m past the end is a pay phone.
About 35 m past the end is a car park.
About 55 m past the end is "Monday Morning".
The end.

An optional side trip to Sugarloaf Point.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Sugarloaf Point Trail & The Great North Walk Start heading along Sugarloaf Point Trail (a vehicle track).
Find the sign at the start.
After another 100 m continue straight, to head along Sugarloaf Point Trail.
After another 25 m pass the picnic table (10 m on your left).
After another 70 m find the "Sugarloaf Point" (on your right).
Sugarloaf Point
Sugarloaf Point

Sugarloaf Point is a large grassy clearing with a picnic area on the edge of the Lane Cove River, just north of the Buffalo Creek junction. The riverside picnic area has a couple of picnic benches and a small beach, making it possible to pull a boat up to the point.
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Sugarloaf Point is a large grassy clearing with a picnic area on the edge of the Lane Cove River, just north of the Buffalo Creek junction. The riverside picnic area has a couple of picnic benches and a small beach, making it possible to pull a boat up to the point.

After another 85 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 290 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Sydney to Thornleigh via Lane Cove Tourist Park


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 34.3 km
Time 11 h 17 min to 2 days
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 15.1 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 10 on route, on average they are 3.1 km apart with the largest gap of 12.8 km.

Seat: There are 16 on route, on average they are 2 km apart with the largest gap of 12.8 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Seat
130 m[seat]
Toilet
160 m[toilet]
Seat
175 m[seat]
Seat
270 m[seat]
Seat
270 m[seat]
Toilet
315 m[toilet]
Seat
6 km[seat]
Toilet
6.6 km[toilet]
Seat
7.9 km[seat]
Seat
11 km[seat]
Seat
14.4 km[seat]
Toilet
15 km[toilet]
Shelter
15.1 km[shelter]
Seat
15.8 km[seat]
Toilet
17.3 km[toilet]
Seat
18.6 km[seat]
Seat
20 km[seat]
Toilet
20.2 km[toilet]
Seat
20.3 kmSeat
Seat
20.4 kmSeat
Toilet
20.6 km[toilet]
Seat
33.2 km[seat]
Toilet
33.3 km[toilet]
Seat
34.2 km[seat]
Toilet
34.3 km[toilet]
Toilet
34.3 km[toilet]
Seat
34.3 km[seat]
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