Lane Cove National Park

North Shore
This National Park protects the peaceful bushland valley of the Lane Cove River, which passes through the North Shore's suburbs, making it within easy reach of the centre of Sydney.

The Lane Cove River valley is home to some of the finest bushland in the Sydney area. There are bushland tracks leading into the park from most suburbs surrounding the park so access to its natural bushland is easy.

Unlike surrounding areas where evidence of Aboriginal occupation has been obliterated by urban development, such sites in the park have been preserved. Midden heaps along the river recall feasts of the oysters, fish, crabs and waterfowl found in the estuaries, while the forests would have provided possum, kangaroos, bandicoots and other animals. Rock carvings of kangaroos, an echidna, animal tracks and human-like drawings can also be seen. The carving of a wombat and a sea-creature, as well as axe grinding grooves, can be found near the headwaters of Carters Creek. At the western edge of the park near Browns Waterhole there is a carved set of wallaby tracks.

The Park is the perfect place to get away from it all for a picnic, a bushwalk beside the river, hire a row boat or visit the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter. Swimming in the river is not advisable. Entry fee applies.



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Fiddens Wharf


One of the more popular access points is Fidden s Wharf. This historic section of Lane Cove National Park recalls Joseph Fidden, who arrived in NSW in 1801 and established a timber cutting business at the end of Fiddens Wharf Road. Fidden lived here for 25 years. Back then, timber cut across the Lower North Shore was brought along a bullock track (now Fiddens Wharf Road) to the wharf, from where the logs were floated downstream to Sydney. Convict Steps to the Old Government Sawing Establishment above Fidden's Wharf remain. Trails through the bushland up and downstream, which are part of the Great North Walk, allow bushwalking alongside a very picturesque section of the river. UBD Map 194 Ref K 4. Fiddens Wharf Road, West Lindfield. Facilities: toilets, playing fields, bush trails. Public transport: train to Chatswood, bus No. 565, alight at terminus, or drive to end of Fiddens Wharf Rd, Killara.

Devlins Creek


One of the main tributaries of the Lane Cove River on Sydney's picturesque north shore, Devlins Creek flows through Lane Cove National Park. Walking trails alongside the Lane Cove River and Scout, Devlins and Terrys Creeks follow these watercourses through a large tract of natural bushland towards the Lane Cove National Park and the Lane Cove Valley Walk which is part of the Great North Walk. A walking track commencing from the end of Britannia Street, Pennant Hills follows Devlins Creek, fording the creek at various locations.

Lane Cove Valley Walk


The Lane Cove Valley Walk and Whale Rock Circuit give access to the valleys of the upper Lane Cove River, Devlins Creek and other lesser tributaries. The upper reaches of the river within the National Park are surrounded by virgin bushland, and are well serviced by tracks for bushwalking. You can make your walk as long or as short as you like, from an hour around Devlins Creek to a full day's trek taking in Wahroonga, Pymble, Killara, Chatswood West, East Ryde and Gladesville (following the Great North Walk). A walk from the end of Boundary Rd, North Epping to Browns Waterhole and return is some 4 km in length and takes in Whale Rock and Hanging Rock, numerous water races and Aboriginal rock art. Easy to moderate, includes fording Devlins Creek. How to get there: drive by car to end of Boundary Rd, North Epping. Follow walking track.

Upper Lane Cove Valley
The Lane Cove Valley Walk and Whale Rock Circuit give access to the valleys of the upper Lane Cove River, Devlins Creek and other lesser tributaries. The upper reaches of the river within the National Park are surrounded by virgin bushland, and are well serviced by tracks for bushwalking. You can make your walk as long or as short as you like, from an hour around Devlins Creek to a full day s trek taking in Wahroonga, Pymble, Killara, Chatswood West, East Ryde and Gladesville (following the Great North Walk).

A walk from the end of Boundary Rd, North Epping to Browns Waterhole and return is some 4 km in length and takes in Whale Rock and Hanging Rock, numerous water races and Aboriginal rock art. Easy to moderate, includes fording Devlins Creek. How to get there: drive by car to end of Boundary Rd, North Epping. Follow walking track.
Aboriginal Occupation Sites


The Lane Cove Valley provided a wide range of food for a number of Aboriginal language groups prior to 1788. Midden heaps along the Lane Cove River indicate that Aboriginal people occupied the area for thousands of years. The estuaries provided foods such as oysters, fish, crabs and waterfowl, while the forests would have provided possum, kangaroos, bandicoots and other animals.

There are still sites in the Lane Cove Valley containing rock carvings of kangaroos, an echidna, animal tracks and human-like drawings. The carving of a wombat and a sea-creature, as well as axe grinding grooves, can be found near the headwaters of Carters Creek. Near Browns Waterhole, at the western edge of the park, is a carved track of wallaby imprints. The park abounds with plants that were used by the original dwellers for food and utensils.

Upper Lane Cove Valley
The Lane Cove Valley Walk and Whale Rock Circuit give access to the valleys of the upper Lane Cove River, Devlins Creek and other lesser tributaries. The upper reaches of the river within the National Park are surrounded by virgin bushland, and are well serviced by tracks for bushwalking. You can make your walk as long or as short as you like, from an hour around Devlins Creek to a full day s trek taking in Wahroonga, Pymble, Killara, Chatswood West, East Ryde and Gladesville (following the Great North Walk).

A walk from the end of Boundary Rd, North Epping to Browns Waterhole and return is some 4 km in length and takes in Whale Rock and Hanging Rock, numerous water races and Aboriginal rock art. Easy to moderate, includes fording Devlins Creek. How to get there: drive by car to end of Boundary Rd, North Epping. Follow walking track.



In The Area
Localities and Attractions
  • Garigal National Park
  • Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
  • Cowan Creek
  • Terry Hills


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    • How to get there:
      How to get there: UBD Map 194 Ref L 7. Enter from Delhi Road, Lane Cove Road or Lady Game Drive.
      Facilities: toilets, grassed areas, picnic and barbecue facilities, boat hire.





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