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Bakers Flat picnic area

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Alerts for Lane Cove National Park: closed areas


Updated: 09/02/2015 04:13 PM

“The kids love this riverside spot, and we love it because it’s our bush oasis in the middle of the city.”

Tucked away in a tranquil riverside setting, Bakers Flat picnic area offers a peaceful spot for a family get-together, in Lane Cove National Park. With a large flat grassy area and wheelchair-accessible facilities, it’s ideal for the kids and large get-togethers of friends and family. Located a short drive from Chatswood, it’s perfect for a quick nature getaway without leaving town.

Take your pick of tables and unpack the picnic hamper, or bring some firewood and spark up a barbecue. Bring the bikes and cycle the nearby trails or launch the canoe for a paddle down the beautiful Lane Cove River. Don’t forget to leave some time to explore the nearby historic cottages.

Keep an eye out for the eastern water dragons that sun themselves along the water’s edge. You might be lucky to spot an echidna that might venture out during the warmer months.


Getting there

Getting there:

Bakers Flat picnic area is situated along Max Allen Drive in Lane Cove National Park. To get there, enter from Lady Game Drive, West Chatswood.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Bakers Flat picnic area, as well as other picnic areas, a short walk from the attraction.

Important info


  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own for cooking and drinking.
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • You may bring your own gas barbecue during the summer months, provided there are no declared fire bans.
  • Ice is available at the park office at the nearby Lane Cove Tourist Park
  • Fishing in Lane Cove River is allowed, however only on a ‘catch and release’ basis.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

Wheelchair access:


  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

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- Alerts

Lane Cove National Park

closed areas

Park closure sunset to sunrise for pest management (Ends Sunday 1 March)

Pest management activities are taking place between sunset and sunrise across Lane Cove National Park. Please abide by all park signage. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact Bobbin Head Information Centre (02) 9472 8949 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Fiddens Wharf walking track, Riverside walking track, Bakers Flat picnic area, Carter Creek picnic area , Casuarina Point picnic area, Commandment Rock picnic area, Halfway Point picnic area, Haynes Flat picnic area, Illoura picnic area, Jenkins Hill picnic area, Koonjeree picnic area, Moola picnic area, Tunks Hill picnic area, Great North walk - Lane Cove National Park

Bakers Flat picnic area, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: Debbie McGerty