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National Parks in Sydney including Lane Cove National Park and Camping at Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park is the one I will focus on first but Sydney is surrounded by magnificent National Parks. Exploring these parks by bike or foot enables a visitor to experience a great degree of solitude, exercise and even inspiration! Other National Parks close to Sydney in NSW include Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Blue Mountains National Park and the Royal National Park. National Parks are free to enter by foot or bike but parking close to a park can be difficult in some instances. Vehicle entry varies in price. An annual pass is a good idea if you visit National Parks more than a few times a year. But remember, some parks are quite inexpensive. Lane Cove National Park for instance costs $7.00 for a vehicle to enter.

Visit Lane Cove River Caravan Tourist Park and my pages about Lane Cove River Tourist Park for details about camping, caravan sites, camper van and motorhome sites or cabins in Lane Cove National Park in Sydney.

Each National Park in Sydney offers a slightly different experience with Lane Cove National Park offering walks beside the river with an abundance of wildlife. Wildlife you will most likely see is the Eastern Water Dragon, many types of bird life and an occasional Goanna. If you are very lucky you may see an Echidna or even a Rock Wallaby (Very rare so close to an urban area).A round trip by foot in the section between Fuller's Road bridge to the south and De Burghs bridge to the north is approximately 11 kilometers. See below. for instructions to reach the park.

Classed as a hard walk with a variety of terrain. You also have the option to walk along the road (Riverside Drive which makes the walk easy for half of the way) on the Western side of the river but this option only offers an occasional view of the Lane Cove river. Start from the western side of Fuller's Road bridge and head upstream past the weir (the river will be on your right). For the first stage the road is close to the river but as you progress the road follows the slightly higher ground and the bush path follows close to the river. What you will notice in this first section is evidence of the stonework that that was commissioned around 1937 and continued for a number of years as an employment initiative. See the Friends of Lane Cove National Park website for more information on the history of the park. 

Continue along the river until you reach the larger De Burgh's Bridge. Climb up to the road on the bridge (steps provided) closest to where you came from. Cross the bridge and enter the park again as soon as you have crossed the bridge. Don't continue on to Lady Game Drive as the first section of road is unsuitable and dangerous for walking. Drop down to close to the water's edge and follow the path back towards your starting point (the river is now on your right). This section will take you past the remnants of Fiddens Wharf. Fiddens Wharf is interesting in that local timber was taken down the river many years ago to Sydney. In fact, Parliament House on Macquarie Street in the city contains wall paneling made from timber felled from the Lane Cove River area. The river was also a popular way to reach Sydney. A much more pleasant journey than the current trip along the Pacific Highway. When the weir was built river traffic was unable to pass and the later building of the Epping Road bridge across the river further down further restricted access to the city.

Continue past Fiddens Wharf along an undulating track (fairly easy but keep your eyes open for branches and tree roots that may trip the unwary. The river is very quiet in this section but you will soon reach more evidence of people as the bush walking path nears the depot area for Lane Cove National Park. The road (Max Allen Drive) is very close to the river again. Some more picnic areas break up the journey along the path and before too long you are close to the area office and a large area of open grass. The weir is just ahead and if you cross the Lane Cove River on the weir you are very close to your starting point. I am often asked how long this journey takes but it is always going to be determined by the individual speed of each bush walker. My one tip is to allow yourself enough time if you intend to walk the entire loop. The Wildwalks website suggest 5 hours.

This nine kilometer walk is an alternative to longer sections of the Great North Walk and is popular with locals and visitors to Lane Cove River Tourist Park. Information on additional bush walks within Lane Cove National Park can be found on the Wildwalks bush walking website.

Parking is easier to find close to the entry points of this park then some National Parks. Lane Cove is also reasonably easy to access by public transport from Chatswood train station (15 minutes from Wynyard station in the city of Sydney and then 10 minutes via bus, Chatswood to Parramatta service 545, get off the bus at Fullers Road bridge).  Alternatively the train station at North Ryde is a 10 minute walk from Lane Cove River Tourist Park which is within Lane Cove National Park. Turn right out of the station, walk down to the corner and turn right into Plassey Road, Macquarie Park. Entry to the Lane Cove National Park is 700 metres away at the end of Plassey Road. 

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