Boronia Park to North Ryde

2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min

6.7 km
oneway

↑ 162 m
↓ -144 m

Moderate track
This walk gives you the chance to explore the bush and wetlands alongside the Lane Cove River, from Boronia Park to the new underground train station at North Ryde. You will visit several mangrove wetlands, some dry eucalypt forests and have the opportunity to rest and fill up your water bottle at a few well maintained parks. This walk follows the GNW most of the way, until soon after passing under Epping Road where you take a detour up through the Riverside Corporate Park to Delhi Rd and the 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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Kids play area at Boronia Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bushland near the end of Boronia Ave. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
From the end of Princes St Looking to Burns Bay Rd Bridge. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Princes St Trackhead. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Casurina stand near Brickmakers Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Timber Boardwalk at Brickmakers Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The GNW passing through a cleft in the rock in Gladesville. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bootle Brush (genus Callistemon). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Blue Flax-Lily (Dianella longifolia). | Photo by admin, 2010.
Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata). | Photo by admin, 2010.
View of the Lane Cove River from the rock platform at the end of Meyers avenue track . | Photo by admin, 2010.
Between a rock and a nice place. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pretty in Pink. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The GNW winding through the bouldery eucalypt forest. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lane Cove River from mangrove side trip. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking along the bank of the Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
A good place to rest and enjoy the river. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Mangrove viewing platform. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Mangrove viewing platform. | Photo by admin, 2010.
The GNW between sandstone wall and mangroves. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pains Road boardwalk. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Moist paperbark forest and boardwalk near Pains Road. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bend in Pains Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Between Pains Rd and Buffalo Creek Reserve. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Buffalo Creek Reserve. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Buffalo Creek Track Head. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Buffalo Creek Mangrove walk. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Buffalo Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Stone steps on the east side of Buffalo Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bridge over Buffalo Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking around Sugarloaf Point. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Rock platform at Sugarloaf Point. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Grevillea 'Pink Midget'. | Photo by admin, 2010.
A bit out of place it would seem. | Photo by admin, 2010.
GNW track at Sugarloaf point just beside Pittwater Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
GNW beside Pittwater Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Kitty Creek boardwalk. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Casuarina forest north of Kitty Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lane Cove River just north of Kitty Creek. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Play Area at Magdala Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Picnic Shelter at Magdala Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Water and bathrooms at Magdala Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Intersection under the hightension power line tower at Magdala Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Bridge over Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Lane Cove River. | Photo by admin, 2010.
On Epping Rd opposite Mowbray Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Walking over the Lane Cove River on the Epping Rd Footpath. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Under Epping Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Great north walk east of Epping Road. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Int. Corporate Park Scenic Trail and Great North Walk. | Photo by admin, 2008.
Corporate Park Scenic Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Riverside Corporate Park Scenic Trail steps. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Information sign on the Riverside Corporate Park Scenic Trail. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Pleasent forest in the Riverside Corporate Park. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Richardson Rd. | Photo by admin, 2010.
Delhi Rd. | Photo by admin, 2011.
Convienance Store on Delhi Rd. | Photo by admin, 2011.
North Ryde Staion. | Photo by admin, 2011.
North Ryde Staion. | Photo by admin, 2011.
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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 At the intersection of Boronia Avenue & Ryde Road (-33.8272608,151.1380376)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Western Distributor, A4, Rozelle.
  • Turn on to Victoria Road, A40 then drive for 4.6 km
  • Keep right onto Burns Bay Road and drive for another 510 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn left onto Church Street and drive for another 190 m
  • Continue onto Ryde Road and drive for another 870 m
  • Turn right onto Boronia Avenue and drive for another 3 m
Finish (-33.7944415,151.1379366)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (Parking fees apply in the area.) Train  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the intersection of 'Boronia Ave' and 'Ryde Rd' (beside 'Boronia Park' ), this walk follows 'Boronia Ave' downhill for just over 250m to come to the end of the road.
Continue straight: From the end of Boronia Avenue, this walk follows the GNW arrow post up along the rocky track. The track leads over a small rise then bends right (ignoring the track to your left), to head down a few stone steps, then a series of timber steps. The track then continues along the bank of the Lane Cove River (to your right) for about 100m to come to a T-intersection with Princes St. Here the walk turns left and heads up the road (away from the water view) for about 50m, coming to an intersection with another track and a large green 'The Great North Walk' signpost (on your right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Boronia Avenue & Ryde Road Start heading along Boronia Avenue (a residential road).
After 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 veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 255 m continue straight, 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)
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to End of Lane Cove River track. 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.
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).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 45 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).
After another 7 m pass the "Buffalo Creek Track Head" (6 m on your left).
After another 35 m pass the shelter (15 m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (15 m on your left).
Then pass the sign (5 m on your left).
Then head down the 36 surface|wood steps (about 25 m long)
After another 65 m veer right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 10 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 Sugarloaf Track & The Great North Walk) veer left, to head along Sugarloaf Track.
After another 145 m turn right.
After another 20 m head through the bollard.
After another 25 m head through the bollard.
Turn left.
After another 10 m 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 90 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 40 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 75 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 680 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 55 m turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 110 m cross the bridge (about 95 m long)
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 15 m veer left.
Then head down the surface|wood steps (about 20 m long)
After another 145 m find the "Binary Cafe" (35 m on your left).
Binary Cafe
Binary Cafe

The Binary Cafe, above the Binary Building car park within the Riverside Corporate centre, is only open weekdays, 6:30am-3pm. You can contact the cafe on Ph: (02) 9889 8581.
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The Binary Cafe, above the Binary Building car park within the Riverside Corporate centre, is only open weekdays, 6:30am-3pm. You can contact the cafe on Ph: (02) 9889 8581.

After another 35 m turn right, to head along Richardson Place.
After another 175 m turn left, to head along Richardson Place.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Julius Avenue & Richardson Place) turn right, to head along Julius Avenue.
After another 90 m turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 285 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 135 m continue straight.
After another 105 m come to "Perilla Cafe".
About 25 m past the end is "Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium".
About 65 m past the end is "The Sparrow's Mill".

Mo-Sa 11:30-10:00
The end.

An optional side trip to End of Lane Cove River track.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 90 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 90 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Boronia Park to North Ryde


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.7 km
Time 2 h 30 min to 2 h 45 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 3.9 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 2.8 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.2 km apart with the largest gap of 3.5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Seat
2.1 km[seat]
Toilet
2.8 km[toilet]
Shelter
2.8 km[shelter]
Shelter
2.8 km[shelter]
Seat
3.2 km[seat]
Toilet
4.6 km[toilet]
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