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Illoura picnic area

Important information

Alerts for Lane Cove National Park: fire bans


Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

"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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- Alerts

Lane Cove National Park

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open.

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