Riverside Walking Track

Greater Sydney
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Walking through the bush with the chatter of birds and sweet smell of eucalypts, it was amazing to think we were only a half hour train ride from the CBD.

The delightful Riverside walking track meanders through natural bushland and a string of picturesque picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park, just north of Sydney CBD. Enjoy a weekend getaway without leaving town and introduce the kids to the simple pleasures of birdwatching and wildlife-spotting.

Following the southern bank of Lane Cove River, from the weir near Delhi Road to Deburghs Bridge, the scenic walk takes in peaceful bush settings where you can stop and enjoy tranquil river views. When it’s time for a lunch break, unroll the picnic blanket at Commandment Rock picnic area.

Along the track you might see lorikeets and kookaburras as well as egrets and spoonbills, so be sure to bring along some binoculars for a spot of birdwatching with the kids. Keep an eye out for swamp wallabies and brush turkeys darting through the bush. If you’re keen for a challenge, return via the northern riverbank along Great North walk.

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Getting there

Access via Delhi Road, West Chatswood or from Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park.

Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk!


NIL, watch out some areas are metered parking. 

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Went for this walk with my 2 kids aged 10 & 7. It was an easy hike and the kids managed without much difficulty. However, the hike was surprising & challenging in other aspects. We spotted a snake very early in the trail (started at Bloodwood access trail) and towards the end lost our way to the starting point. Signs are not good enough and definitely needs improvement. With some assistance from the staff at the boatshed, I decided to proceed to Koonjerie picnic area and hired a cab back to the Bloodwood trail. My recommendation is to print the maps and plan the hike in advance.

Ravi on 22 Dec, 2018

A friend took us here when visiting. Lovely place, loads of water dragons!

Samuel Armstrong on Dec, 2016

Nice walk along the river. There's canoe hire near the beginning of the walk if you feel like a paddle. There are a lot of water dragons along this path, be cautious not to step on them.

rob.bushman on 18 Jan, 2014


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