Macquarie Park to Thornleigh (GNW)

Greater Sydney
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Starting from the Macquarie Park train station, you wander down Lane Cove Rd and over De Burghs Bridge to join the main spine of the Great North Walk in the Lane Cove Valley. Here the walk heads under De Burghs bridge then explores the dry grass tree and eucalypt forest along the side of the ridge. The track soon leads you down into the ferny and moist valley beside Lane Cove River. Near the top of the valley, you walk up some stone steps built during the depression to find some rock engravings with 1930's style political satire, Conscript Pass. The side trip provides access to the scout campsite, where the main walk continues leads up through the streets to find Thornleigh train station.

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No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Start at Macquaire Park Train Station


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Route/Trail notes

Full step-by-step directions as per link below.



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A very pretty walk, especially with sun through the trees and the babbling brook (aka Lane Cove River) alongside you much of the walk. No big views or waterfalls, but beautiful bush.
Quite rocky (though level) in places - like a river bed, and keep your energy for the steep climb out at the end; but like Rob said, easily done in under 3 hours (without long breaks) - based on us being a relatively fit 60s couple. Several river crossings on rocks.
No need for notes - the Great North Walk is very well signed, except for one river crossing 500m after passing the Thornleigh station sign.

Ruth Young on 22 May, 2021

A very up and down walk, lots of hills. Was stinking hot too. Not too much to see here. The official duration for this track is 4.5hr but I think it's way over-estimated as I completed it 2.75hr.

rob.bushman on 11 Oct, 2014


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