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Illoura picnic area

Lane Cove National Park

Overview

Family-friendly Illoura picnic area, in Lane Cove National Park, offers picnic, walking and paddling opportunities and is a great option if you’re looking for things to do in Sydney.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Lane Cove National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

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