Sydney Train Walks

From Chatswood via Lane Cove Park 6h / 19km to Thornleigh

About this walk

This walk covers the full length of Lane Cove National Park.

It takes about 6 hours to complete the full 19 kilometre walk, with plenty of breaks and photography stops. A brisk walker can do this much faster, but consider that there's a lot to see along the way.

Getting there and back

Get the train to Chatswood using transportnsw.info. Plan your return trip from Thornleigh at transportnsw.info.

Along the way

In a small reserve across the highway from Chatswood station, a map shows the walking tracks to Lanecove National Park from there.

Follow the Railway to River walk or Fullers Road down to the Lane Cove River

From the weir, follow the walking track on either bank of the river. Both tracks will eventually join up at Lane Cove Road.

At Deburghs Bridge / Lane Cove Road, the track continues on the north bank of the river.

From the bridge follow the markers and signs of the Great North Walk. The track doesn't leave the bank of the river.

There are several trails through Lane Cove Valley. Follow the directions to Thornleigh and the Great North Walk markers.

At several places the track crosses the river. On rainy days this may require wading, but rarely more than ankle deep.

After climbing out of the valley optionally follow the directions to the Baden Powell Scout centre to the City View Lookout.

The park end at a sports field and from there suburban streets lead to Tornleigh station

What to bring

  • Check the national parks website for possible detours, closures and restrictions.
  • Install an OpenStreetMap app for Android or iOS and preload the area.
  • Download the GPS data if your device can import it.
  • Print out this map and get a better one from a visitor information centre if possible.
  • Be sure to leave enough charge in your phone's battery for emergency calls.
  • Bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, a hat and SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Also bring a light windbreaker/raincoat in case you get caught out in the rain.