Pennant Hills Park Loop (via Lane Cove River)

2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

7.6 km
circuit

↑ 186 m
↓ -186 m

Hard track
Setting out from Pennant Hills Train Station, this walk loops around Pennant Hills Park, exploring the surrounding bush and visiting Whale Rock on the way. The walk turns back towards the park after passing the Lane Cove River. The walk mostly follows management trails. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Mambara Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign interpreting the bush on the Mambara Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Mambara Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track nearing Mambara Trk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track below Mambara Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track nearing Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Once burnt bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign near Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps up to Pennant Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Leaf litter along the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Railed steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Watercrossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to Pennant Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail out of the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost to Pennant Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail through the valley. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track near Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Whale Rock from the intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Whale Rock above service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track above Devlins Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track below rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Devlin's Creek Crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track up spur to Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up to Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Road through Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Sign at Pennant Hills Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7379323,151.0726263)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the platform the track heads out onto Railway street, turns right and continues up towards Pennant Hills road. Before it reaches the main road, the track heads up a short set of steps and up the ramp to the overpass, where it crosses the main road and continues down the other side to the bottom. Turning right at the main road, the track follows the footpath along the main road east for a short distance to the intersection of the Crescent. From the intersection the track follows the Crescent down the hill and along to the end of the road turning left and then immediately right onto Charlotte road which joins onto Brittania street and to the intersection of the Pennant Hills Park entry at the round about.
: From the 'Pennant Hills Park’ entry sign (beside the Britannia St roundabout, near the car park), this walk leads gently downhill along the narrow concrete footpath, keeping the road to your right (and ignoring the short path on your right). After 10m this walk comes to a log seat (on your right), and ‘Wildlife Protection Area’, 'Mambara Track' and 'Mambara Access Track' signs (on your left). This walk continues for 40m along the path around the sharp left bend then continues for another 20m to come to a 3-way intersection, marked with an arrow post (on your left).
From the intersection, this walk follows the arrow post gently downhill along the concrete path, keeping the road (a short distance) to your right. After 5m this walk passes 'The Ultimate Jigsaw' sign (on your left) then continues gently uphill for about 140m over a series of rough concrete sections to come to a 3-way intersection with a dirt track (on the right).
From the intersection, this walk follows the concrete path gently up over a rise (keeping the road to your right). After about 15m this walk leads gently downhill and soon bends left. This walk continues along the path for about 70m past a 'Bush Recycling' sign (on the left) to come to a 4-way intersection (with two dirt tracks on the right).
From the intersection, this walk heads distinctly but gently downhill along the concrete path as the track bends left. This walk then gently meanders downhill for about 20m through the open forest, passing a potential trip hazard on the path. This walk then continues for about 35m along the path which soon bends right, then comes to a sharp left hand bend. Half way through the bend there is a 3-way intersection with a dirt track (on the right).
From the intersection, this walk leads downhill along the concrete path, immediately passing the turning rest bay (on the left) and a 'You scratch my back' sign (on the right). This walk then continues gently downhill through the open forest for another 35m to a distinct 3-way intersection with a short concrete path (on the right).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
Veer right.
Then head down the steps (about 5 m long)
Turn right.
After another 85 m turn left.
After another 10 m turn right.
After another 20 m continue straight.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 235 m veer left.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 275 m continue straight.
After another 125 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 50 m pass the water tap (15 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 50 m find the "Parking" (20 m on your left).
Parking
Parking

Car parking area for more than 10 cars is located next to the oval. There is a ramp at the far end of the car park that leads on a concrete path back to the start of the walk. There is also on street parking.
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Car parking area for more than 10 cars is located next to the oval. There is a ramp at the far end of the car park that leads on a concrete path back to the start of the walk. There is also on street parking.

Turn left.
After another 20 m turn right.
After another 75 m find the "Seat" (on your left).
Seat
Seat

A timber log seat, 43cm high, 30cm deep and 1.5m wide. Seat is located 2m from the concrete path, partially obscured by plants.
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A timber log seat, 43cm high, 30cm deep and 1.5m wide. Seat is located 2m from the concrete path, partially obscured by plants.

Then pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 6 m turn left.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 225 m veer left.
After another 185 m turn left.
After another 520 m veer right.
After another 135 m turn right.
After another 25 m turn left.
After another 30 m pass the sign (9 m on your left).
After another 10 m veer left.
After another 270 m cross the ford (about 30 m long)
Veer left.
After another 80 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 170 m find the "Big Ducky Waterhole" (on your left).
Big Ducky Waterhole
Big Ducky Waterhole

The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)
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The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)

After another 420 m continue straight.
After another 100 m find the "Whale Rock" (6 m on your left).
Whale Rock
Whale Rock

This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.
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This is a large boulder that looks eerily like a whale, complete with eye socket. It is a good place to break and climb around the Rock.

After another 165 m cross the ford (about 35 m long)
After another 75 m cross the ford (about 30 m long)
After another 210 m continue straight.
Then cross the ford (about 25 m long)
After another 160 m turn left.
Then head up the very steep (10% ~ 5.7°) concrete incline (about 75 m long)
Then pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 200 m head up the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) concrete incline (about 170 m long)
After another 330 m continue straight.
After another 570 m continue straight.
After another 75 m turn right.
After another 215 m turn left.
After another 270 m turn right.
After another 255 m continue straight.
After another 160 m pass the playground (30 m on your left).
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the "Netball" (on your right).
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 4 m turn left.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 90 m veer right.
After another 70 m continue straight.
After another 20 m turn right.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 360 m continue straight.
After another 75 m veer right.
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 10 m continue straight.
After another 20 m turn left.
After another 10 m turn right.
After another 85 m turn left.
Then cross the bridge
After another 3 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Pennant Hills Park Loop (via Lane Cove River)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 7.6 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 850 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 1 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
850 m[toilet]
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