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Illoura picnic area

"After a lovely picnic lunch, we hired boats and paddled up the river, it was so relaxing. We had such a great nature escape without leaving the city."

Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Lane Cove River, Illoura picnic area is a great spot for a relaxing day out in Lane Cove National Park, near North Ryde. With plenty of space for family and friends, as well as walking and boating opportunities, it’s a great option if you’re looking for things to do in Sydney.

After a leisurely picnic at one of the tables or sheltered sites, explore the beautiful bushland setting on a range of walks or bring your bike and go cycling along Pennant Hills West Pymble trail. If you’re after something more leisurely, you can hire a rowboat at Lane Cove Boatshed and enjoy a peaceful paddle down the river.

The tranquil bush setting attracts a variety of wildlife, and offers some excellent birdwatching opportunities. You might see egrets, spoon bills or perhaps an eastern water dragon sunning itself on the riverbank.


Getting there

Getting there:

Illoura picnic area is in the Riverside Drive precinct of Lane Cove National Park. To get there:

  • Riverside Drive is accessed from Delhi Road, West Chatswood or Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park.
  • Illoura picnic area is accessed via Riverside Drive, which runs through the park.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Illoura picnic area. Bus parking is available.

Important info


  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Boat ramp
  • Cafe/kiosk
  • Carpark
  • Drinking water
  • Other facilities/equipment
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and plenty of water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching

Wheelchair access:


  • Assistance may be required to access this area.
  • There is wheelchair access to the picnic shelter shed

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Illoura picnic area, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: John Spencer