Lane Cove picnic areas
Lane Cove National Park
Book your next birthday party or family barbecue at one of the picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park. Tucked away in a valley beside a river, you can immerse yourself in nature while avoiding a long drive to get there.
- Venue is suitable for
- Wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, arts and cultural events, corporate and MICE events, private party or function
- Maximum people: 100
- Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, toilets
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- Available for hire daily, 9am to 5pm (or 6pm during daylight savings).
- Book online or call 02 8448 0406.
Host your next group lunch, corporate treasure hunt, or wedding reception in a relaxed and natural setting at Lane Cove National Park. You’ll feel a million miles away while enjoying this beautiful pocket of bushland on the edges of Chatswood, East Ryde, and Pennant Hills.
You can book any of the 6 picnic areas dotted along Lane Cove River.
Choose from venues like Haynes Flat and Cottonwood Glen, located right on the river. Carter Creek and Casuarina Point are positioned under tall gum trees. Tunks Hill has skyline views of Chatswood. And kids will love Commandment Rock beside a wide, grassy area perfect for party games.
Some picnic areas have barbecues included in your booking. Others have shared-barbecue facilities nearby. You can also choose from picnic areas with or without shelter.
Your guests can get active after lunch and enjoy walking tracks or go for a bike ride. And if you're feeling adventurous you could hire a canoe or a kayak and spot water dragons by the river's edge.
Lane Cove National Park café offers event catering and snacks, while Boat House Kiosk is a great place to get an ice-cream.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/lane-cove-picnic-areas/local-alerts
- 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.
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.
All the practical information you need to know about the Lane Cove picnic areas.
Getting there and parking
From Sydney, take the Pacific Highway to Chatswood and turn left into Fullers Road:
- Turn right into Lady Game Drive just before crossing the bridge
- Take the first left into Max Allen Drive for the northern side of the river, or
- Cross Fullers Bridge and then turn right into Riverside Drive. This will take you to the southern side of the river
From Ryde, take Lane Cove Road and turn right into Riverside Drive, just past Eden Gardens.
From Pennant Hills, there are several pedestrian access points to the park, including via Britannia Street and Ferguson Avenue.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at all picnic areas. This is a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
Long vehicle access is limited. If you're bringing a coach, bus, or towing trailers or caravans, please contact Lane Cove office before your arrival to get instructions on parking and turning bays.
By public transport
Lane Cove National Park is accessible from North Ryde station and by bus from Chatswood station. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.
Power is not available at any picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park.
- Flush toilets
Carter Creek and Casuarina Point picnic areas have gas/electric barbecues that form part of your booking for exclusive use.
Tunks Hill picnic area and all other gas/electric barbecues in the park are shared.
Haynes Flat, Cottonwood Glen, and Commandment Rock picnic areas all have wood barbecues. Please bring your own firewood.
You may also bring your own gas barbecue, but if a total fire ban or park fire ban is declared, only NPWS provided gas/electric barbecues can be used.
- Gas/electric barbecues (free)
- Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
Boat ramp at Cottonwood Glen picnic area.
There are two places you can buy food and drinks: Boat Shed kiosk, and Lane Cove National Park café.
Maps and downloads
Disability access level - medium
Tunks Hill picnic area is wheelchair accessible. It has parking available next to the area, accessible toilets nearby, and wide and relatively flat pathways.
Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.
Camp fires and solid fuel burners
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.