Lane Cove Riverside Walk (Sydney)

Lane Cove Riverside Walk (Sydney)

In preparation for the Bloody long walk last year (2019), I explored the Lane Cove national park (North Shore) that is closer to the place that I stayed at that time. After researching, I found that the Lane Cove Riverside Walk is one of the popular and spectacular walks in the Lane Cove national park. It was surprising to know that there was a national park that had these amazing walks so close to home but I had never explored it before.

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Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park is a protected area within Sydney city. It is a perfect place to spend a day over the weekends and the best thing about the national park is that it is very close to the Sydney Central Business District (CBD). The national park has a river that flows in between and divides the park into two sections. The river is beautiful and the walks are around the river, which are even more beautiful.

The national park is open everyday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Lane Cove Riverside Walk

How to get to the national park?

Public transport

  • From the Central/Town Hall/Wynyard train station, one needs to take the North Shore train line to get to the Chatswood train station.
  • There are frequent buses between Chatswood station and Lane Cove National Park.
  • More details and up-to-date information can be found on the Transport for NSW website.


The Lane Cove National Park is about 10 kilometres (20 minutes) from Sydney CBD. The quickest and easiest way to get to the national park is to drive. But taking a car into the national park costs money and there is an entry fee of AUD 8 per vehicle for a single entry.

The national park has two entry points – one in Chatswood and the other in Macquarie Park. As the walk is a circuit walk, the starting point of the walk can be from any of these entries.

Chatswood entrance

Macquarie Park entrance

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Lane Cove Riverside walk details

As the name suggests, the Lane Cove Riverside walk is along the river in the Lane Cove National Park. The Lane Cove Riverside walk offers as a beautiful walk for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

Lane Cove Riverside Walk

Note: There are a few picnic areas along the way and if the weather is good then you can find many people barbecuing and enjoying the weather.


Lane Cove Riverside Walk
  • Starting point: Lane Cove National Park Entrance (either Chatswood or Macquarie Park). As this is a circuit walk, the starting point can be at either of the national park entrances.
  • Finishing point: Lane Cove National Park Entrance (either Chatswood or Macquarie Park). As this is a circuit walk, the finishing point can be at either of the national park entrances.
  • Total distance: 10 kilometers circuit.
  • Total time taken: 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate. There are some steep slopes along the way even though they are not too hard.
  • Cost: The entrance fee is only for the car and the cost is AUD 8. But if walking into the national park without a car then it is FREE.

If you have a car, then the best thing to do is to buy an yearly pass from National Park NSW website.

Important Information

  • It is a family-friendly walk. I did see many kids accompanying their parents on this walk.
  • The best time to visit the national park is during spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May). However, a warm sunny day in winter (June to August) is also a great time to do the walk.
  • Carry sufficient water. There are water filling stations at picnic tables where one can refill water. These water filling stations provide tap water and I would suggest taking water purifying tablets.
  • There are toilet facilities in the picnic area.
  • The national park also has a Lane Cove Boatshed where one can hire kayaks, pedal boats, and rowboats. The shed is open over the weekends and summer school holidays between 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • Watch out for wildlife. I saw a duck and its many ducklings. I think that was one of the best sights I have seen in this national park. Other than the ducklings, do look out for lizards, kookaburras, and many other species of birds.
  • There is a cafe in the national park near the parking area where one can buy water, ice cream, chips (french fries) and other food items.
  • There are no shops along the walk and hence ensure to take lunch and snacks.
  • Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.
  • carry an extra pair of socks, in case of blisters.
  • Do not feed or harm wildlife.
  • Do not throw litter in the national park. There are dedicated garbage bins, so dispose of the rubbish only in those garbage bins.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the national parks of New South Wales (NSW).

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, the Lane Cove National Park is very safe for solo female hikers. However, I would suggest going with one more person or with a group of people. This is because it is a national park and if there is a hiking buddy then it is useful in handling any unexpected situations.

Lane Cove Riverside Walk

Closing Notes

I loved the Lane Cove Riverside walk. It was very pretty and had a calming effect throughout the walk. I definitely recommend visiting this national park and doing the Lane Cove Riverside walk. This is one national park that I have to explore more and find more walks to do.

If you have explored the Lane Cove National Park and done any other walks, I would love to hear. Please drop a comment below or write to me on or

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  1. This riverside walk looks lovely! But I’m not sure if I have gotten over the fear of Australian wildlife. I know the pics on the internet are probably exaggerated and you probably don’t see those snakes and spiders every day, but every time I visit Australia, I daren’t venture too far from the city šŸ˜•

  2. I absolutely love finding fantastic hikes right under your nose. I enjoyed reading about the hike and the entire National Park sounds absolutely idyllic. It’s the kind of place I could see myself visiting on a trip to Sydney as I absolutely love outdoor activities.

  3. This is such a great piece of information to have for the next time I go to Sydney- I remember longing for more nature experiences when I was in the city, so this riverside walk would be a great way to get some fresh air!

    • Being a nature lover this place sounds so interesting to me. Loved the way you had explained all important things ranging from how to reach there to important things to remember. With your blog posts, I m getting a virtual tour to Sydney . Thanks for sharing .

  4. The Lane Cove National Park sounds like a great place to walk. The best part is its nearness to Sydney which must make it really convenient. The riverside walk with the promise of wildlife sighting sound like an amazing experience.

  5. I love how you give complete details of the less explored tourist spots of Sydney. Your blog is so helpful for someone who is planning to visit there and doesn’t know where to start from.

  6. Sydney has been on my list for so long, you make me want to visit it even more! These places look amazing. Iā€™m definitely saving it for later.

  7. I would love to visit Sydney someday because my best friend lives there. When I visit, I’d surely like to take the Lane Cove Riverside Walk. Your review is fantastic as always.

  8. National parks are some of my favorites which I hardly miss. They open the doors to explore Nature more deeply. I love reading your blogs and knowing Australia better.

  9. It is good to know that they only charge you when you bring a car especially if you have a big family. Thank you for sharing these tips. We will take note the best time to visit is during spring. I think my kids would be more excited to visit to see the wildlife and have more water activities like kayaking. Thank you for sharing these. Can’t wait to visit in the future.

  10. I enjoyed reading your entire post. Solo travelling and hike seems like and adventure which I always thought off. Over and above exploring the place which was right beside you is something exciting. It happened with us while we were in Edinburgh. We explored a place which was right under our nose and never noticed otherwise.

  11. A national park within the city limits! You had my interest peaked right from the start Raksha. This is a perfect day out activity you have penned for any nature lover visiting Sydney, and frankly something people should enjoy but maybe don’t really know of unless they have local connections. Also, good to know the place is safe for solo female travelers šŸ™‚

  12. Such lovely national park. Even I would like to visit & know about it more. Indeed it would be a walk to remember.
    Sydney has so much places to explore. Great!

  13. I lived for 1 month in Sydney and I have never heard about this hike. I love how the city is so close to nature and it doesn’t lack with new activities. I will share this with my friends who still live in Sydney because unfortunately for me I won’t get to visit for a little while now. All the best.

  14. I love nature walks and therefore lane cover riverside walk looks perfect for me. In this pandemic, this kind of walk is best way to explore some place instead of going to crowded places. Good to know this is family friendly activity and also there are many points to where we go for toilets and refresh. I too carry sufficient water for such kind of nature walks.

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