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Lane Cove National Park

“We’ve had a picnic at each of the areas in Lane Cove National Park. It’s difficult to choose our favourite because they’re all great.”

Lane Cove National Park is a beautiful pocket of bushland that sits on either side of the peaceful Lane Cove River. It’s in easy reach for Sydneysiders, extending from East Ryde to Pennant Hills and West Chatswood.

It’s a great place for a day out with the family; there are lots of picnic areas to choose from, including those that offer picnic tables, barbecues, children’s play equipment, flat grassy areas and easy access to walking tracks and places to ride your bike. Whatever activities you fancy, you’re bound to find a perfect place to picnic for the day.

When you’ve polished off the picnic, you can hit the walking tracks to explore the park’s bushland, hire a boat from the Lane Cove Boatshed to row along the quiet Lane Cove River or cycle along the park’s roads. There’s also a fire trail between Pennant Hills and West Pymble, where you can ride your bike if you’re feeling more adventurous. The park’s historic sites are best explored along the self-guided Heritage walk. Pick up a brochure from the Lane Cove park office. If you’d like to stay overnight in the park, head to Lane Cove River Tourist Park and book a campsite or cabin.

Wherever you choose to spend the day in Lane Cove National Park, you’ll more than likely see or hear some of the park’s residents. Listen out for the kookaburra’s laughing call and look for colourful lorikeets flitting between the trees and the eastern water dragon slinking around by the river.


Why you should visit

Lane Cove National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Sydney’s backyard
Lane Cove National Park sits on the doorstep of Australia’s largest city, offering a wealth of opportunities for Sydneysiders and visitors to experience nature and spend time with family and friends. With opportunities for bushwalking and biking, kayaking and boating, picnicking and playing, you're guaranteed to want to visit again and again and it’s so close that you can. Did you know you can even go camping at Lane Cove National Park? For bush camping in an urban environment, head to Lane Cove River Tourist Park on the south western side of the park.

Native plants and animals
The landscape of Lane Cove National Park is remarkable given that it sits within a large urban environment. You’ll see eucalypt forests, grassy woodland and saltwater wetlands, each of which is home to a range of different plants, animals and birds. Echidnas are mainly nocturnal, but sometimes venture out during the day when the weather is mild – you’ll have to be quick and quiet to catch a glimpse though, the slightest noise will have them curling up into a ball for protection and camouflage. If you’re walking along the river and you think you’ve spied something that looks a little unusual, it could very well be an eastern water dragon ­– look for its distinctive black stripes and crest of enlarged spiny scales along its body.

Connection to Country
Lane Cove National Park is part of the traditional land of the Guringai people whose Country extended from around Newcastle to Sydney Harbour. The Guringai people lived primarily by the water; fishing and hunting in the waters and hinterlands and harvesting food from surrounding bushland. The park protects a number of ancient Aboriginal sites today, some of which you may notice while exploring the park.

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Getting there


From Sydney take the Pacific Highway to Chatswood and turn left into Fullers Road:

  • Turn right into Lady Game Drive just before crossing the bridge
  • Take the first left into Max Allen Drive for the northern side of the river


  • Cross Fullers Bridge and then turn right into Riverside Drive, this will take you to the southern side of the river

From Ryde, take Lane Cove Road and turn right into Riverside Drive, just past Eden Gardens.

From Pennant Hills there are several pedestrian access points to the park, including via Britannia Street and Ferguson Avenue.

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 Opening times

Lane Cove National Park is open 9am to 7pm during daylight savings (until 6pm at other times). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.


Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. The park has coin-operated 'pay and display' machines (please bring correct coins); some machines accept credit cards.

 Close to

Lane Cove National Park is close to:

  • Chatswood (3km)
  • Ryde (5km)
  • Pennant Hills (2km)
  • Sydney (11km)

 Public transport

Lane Cove National Park is accessible from North Ryde station and by bus from Chatswood station. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Lane Cove National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • The park is alive with new life, including ducklings learning to swim and colourful wildflowers that light up the park’s walking tracks

Autumn  (Mar, Apr, May)

  • The crisp sunny days of autumn are perfect for packing up a picnic or barbecue hamper and heading out for a day relaxing in the sun



  • The average temperature ranges between 20°C and  27°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 43.1°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 5°C and 17°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -3.5°C


  • The wettest month on average is March, the driest month on average is July
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 253mm in one day



Phone: 02 8448 0400
Street address: Lane Cove National Park, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood NSW 2067

Bobbin Head Information Centre

Phone: 02 9472 8949
Street address: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road, Mount Colah
Opening hours: 10am-4pm daily or 9am-4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12:00pm-12:30pm (closed Christmas Day)

Lane Cove Bushcare

Phone: 02 9415 3998 (office) or 0419 753 806 (mobile)


Sydney Wildlife Services

Phone: 02 9413 4300


Red row boats moored at the boatshed, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath