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Great North walk - Lane Cove National Park

Lane Cove National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Great North walk - Lane Cove National Park.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    6 - 8hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    20km one-way

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Great North walk – Lane Cove National Park is in Lane Cove National Park. To get there:

    • From Epping Road, turn into Pittwater Road
    • Continue for approximately 2km
    • Sugarloaf carpark is located on the left shortly after the Rene Street roundabout

    Alternatively, if beginning from Thornleigh:

    • From Pennant Hills Road, turn into The Comenarra Parkway
    • Turn into Wood Street, first on the right
    • Turn left into Short Street and follow to the end.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Sugarloaf carpark on Pittwater Road, East Ryde and Short Street, Thornleigh. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Lane Cove National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    The crisp sunny days of autumn are perfect for packing up a picnic or barbecue hamper and heading out for a day relaxing in the sun.

    Spring

    The park is alive with new life, including ducklings learning to swim and colourful wildflowers that light up the park's walking tracks.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    43.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    5°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.5°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    253mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Great North walk - Lane Cove National Park

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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 pay and display machines. 

      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
    Great North Walk - Lane Cove National Park, Lane Cove National Park. Photo: John Spencer