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Tunks Hill picnic area

Lane Cove National Park


Great views of Chatswood, free barbecues and a sheltered area for up to 100 people are just some of the best assets of Tunks Hill picnic area in Lane Cove National Park.

Picnic areas
Lane Cove National Park

Booking fees may apply. Additional fees apply for groups over 100 requiring exclusive use of the precinct.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Open 9am-6pm daily (until 7pm during daylight savings).

What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen

Total picnic area capacity for up to 300 people, shelter capacity 50 people; 7 picnic tables (2 sheltered tables, 6 people each) and car parking for up to 100 vehicles. Please see the picnic booking information for more.

Please note
  • Ice is available at the park office at nearby Lane Cove River Tourist Park
  • You can bring your own gas barbecue to the picnic area, as long as there are no fire bans in place.

With three distinct grassy areas, Tunks Hill picnic area in Lane Cove National Park is a great spot for a family get-together or a relaxing day out. Located on a hilltop on Riverside Drive, it boasts views of Chatswood, as well as adjacent bush, home to birdlife and local reptiles.

Enjoy a picnic at one of the tables or sit back on one of grassy patches beneath towering gum trees. A large shelter is also available for bookings of up to 50 guests. The shelter, originally used for storing pig food, was built by farmer William Tunks, who lived here before the land became a national park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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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. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. 

    Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Prior payment may be required, please phone the Chatswood 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 an annual pass.
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    • Bobbin Head Information Centre
      02 9472 8949
      Contact hours: 10am to 4pm daily. 9am to 4pm during summer school holidays, closed 12pm-12:30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
    • Bobbin Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase Road, Mount Colah NSW 2080
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Tunks Hill picnic area, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: OEH