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Lane Cove National Park

Discover one of Sydney's natural beauties

Lane Cove National Park

Hard to believe only a short 11km North West of Sydneys City Centre a natural sanctuary awaits, full of so many family friendly things to do making for a perfect day out.

If you are looking to escape the city concrete jungle for a green change. Lane Cove National Park makes for a perfect place to escape the city hustle, enjoying a day of relaxation in a scenic bushland setting.

Spring is a beautiful time to explore and discover this natural beauty with the walking tracks full of vibrant colourful wildflowers and if you are lucky an opportunity to watch the new ducklings learning to swim on the river.

Row down the river

If you are looking for a relaxing morning or afternoon on the water, head to the Lane Cove Boat Shed. Here you can hire row boats, Kayaks, canoes and pedal boats. We have had many fun afternoons on the river, hiring a pedal boat from the Boat Shed. This is a great activity to do with friends. The kids love to race each other up and down the river and enjoy being on the lookout for any wildlife that may make an appearance along the river.

The Lane Cove Boat Shed is located off Riverside Drive Chatswood West, use Dehli Rd or Lane Cove Rd Entrances. Be sure to check the Opening Hours as this can vary.

Explore the walking trails

With so many walking tracks on offer there is something to cater for all levels from a leisurely 1km stroll to more challenging longer bushwalks of 10km or more. For those looking to learn a little history along the way. The Lane Cove National Heritage Walk follows pre-existing tracks and roads between the Park Office and Fiddens Wharf Reserve, with signs highlighting features of historical and natural significance. Be sure to look out for the earliest surviving European buildings in the Ku-ring-gai municipality and discover plants used by the Aborigines who occupied the Lane Cove River Valley. This walking track is approximately 2.5km and an easy grade, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Lane Cove National Park

Pull up a picnic

Lane Cove National Park makes for a picturesque spot to picnic. With over 30 picnic areas to be enjoyed throughout the park but most are situated near the river. We like to picnic at Jenkins Hill as there is a shaded playground for the kids, large flat grassy areas to play, picnic tables and toilet amenities. Barbeque facilities are provided or visitors to the park can use portable barbeques in open areas.
Note: During total fire bans, no fires, gas appliances or barbeques are allowed.

Kids playground

There is a playground for the kids located at Jenkins Hill near the Parks Information office. The playground is fully equipped with all the kids favourites, including slides and swings that are all under a shaded sail.

Lane Cove National Park

Lookout for wildlife

When visiting Lane Cove National Park be on the lookout for wildlife that call this natural beauty their home. With an incredible array of birdlife you may see cockatoos, colourful lorikeets and Kookaburras just to name a few. And in the spring on the river keep an eye out for new ducklings learning to swim.


Should you wish to bring your bike, there are plenty of places to cycle within the park. The lower valley below De Burghs Bridge provides sealed roads for a leisurely and comfortable cycle and for those who like a more challenging and rugged ride, trails for the mountain bikers can be found on the upper valley.

Lane Cove National Park is truly a hidden natural gem located right on our door step in the city of Sydney. A wonderful place to visit for those who love to enjoy the great outdoors and do not wish to embark on a long road trip.

Lane Cove National Park

Having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years - including 15 years mostly spent at 12,000 metres as an international flight attendant - Coralie's obsession with travel and curiosity about the world continues to thrive as she now embarks on exciting adventures with her family. She enjoys sharing these discoveries on her blog Family Travel Blogger, curating a resource that is insightful, useful and, most of all, inspiring.

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