Lane Cove picnic areas

Lane Cove National Park

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Overview

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
Capacity
Maximum people: 100
Facilities
Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, toilets
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Availability
Available for hire daily, 9am to 5pm (or 6pm during daylight savings).
Bookings
Book online or call 02 8448 0406.
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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 directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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

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 a pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Venue info

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.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

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.

Facilities

Power is not available at any picnic areas in Lane Cove National Park.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

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

Boat ramp at Cottonwood Glen picnic area.

Cafe/kiosk

There are two places you can buy food and drinks: Boat Shed kiosk, and Lane Cove National Park café.

Carpark

Drinking water

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Boating safety

If you're out on your boat fishing, waterskiing or just cruising the waterways, the safety of you and your passengers is paramount.

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.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

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.

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.

Accessibility

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.

Permitted

Cycling

Fishing

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

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.

Terry's creek. Photo:Debby McGerty