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Great North walk stage 1: City to Fullers Bridge

Lane Cove National Park

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Make the Great North walk your fitness challenge for 2023! Stage 1 kicks off at Macquarie Place, Sydney. On this 8hr, 15km walk, you'll journey north to Lane Cove National Park.


Sunday 19 February and Wednesday 22 February 2023, 8.15am to 4.30pm. Meet at 8am.

No wheelchair access
Medium. Suitable for adults only (15 years and over).
Adult (15 years and over) $25 per person. Concession (Student, Australian pension, Veterans Affairs and Seniors card holders) $20 per person.
Meeting point
Macquarie Place, corner of Bridge Street and Loftus Street, Sydney. Meet at 8am.
What to
Drinking water, lunch, snacks, raincoat, insect repellent
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online.
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 Here are some highlights of this walk:

  • We'll meet at the Obelisk in Macquarie Place. It's the original milestone from where all 19th-century roads in NSW were measured.
  • Then we'll take a ferry to Woolwich Pier, at the lower reaches of the Lane Cover River.
  • We'll traverse Kellys Bush at Hunters Hill.
  • We'll also pass an industrial 'heritage' site – a former uranium dumping ground!
  • As the valley closes in, we'll move through remnant casuarina forests. They were the source of roof shingles for many houses in old Sydney town.
  • We'll hike on through Fairyland.
  • Our journey finishes up at Fullers Bridge in Lane Cove National Park. It's near the site of the Bogle and Chandler mystery.
  • Then it's a short bus ride to either North Ryde or Chatswood stations. You'll make your way home from there.

Bring at least 2 litres of drinking water, lunch and snacks. It's a good idea to wear enclosed shoes and bring a hat, rain gear, sunscreen, insect protection, walking poles if needed, and emergency contact information. We'll be using public transport for one section, so don't forget your Opal card.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Park info

  • in Lane Cove National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 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.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from on-park pay machines that accept coins and credit cards, and you can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Prior payment may be required, please phone the Lane Cove National Park Office for more information.

    Group bookings:

    Under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 30 or more people planning to visit the park. Contact the park office prior to your visit.

    Buy annual pass
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