Canoon Rd to Whale Rock
Darug Country

1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min

3.3 km
return

↑ 91 m
↓ -91 m

Moderate track
This walk goes to Whale Rock, from the sporting complex at the end of Canoon Rd, Turramurra. The walk follows Devlin's Creek for the most part, winding through the valley. A great way to see the Lane Cove Valley, and explore the sandstone and fern filled scenery. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Canoon Rd car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Gate to car park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Begining of STEP Track 2 (1). | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track below Canoon Rd tennis courts. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bottom of Canoon Rd servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Great North Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track across Devlin's Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Devlin's Creek Crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track below rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track above Devlins Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost 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.
Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
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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 (-33.7493092,151.1019548)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom The Comenarra Parkway
  • Turn on to Kissing Point Road then drive for 165 m
  • Turn right onto Canoon Road and drive for another 970 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 35 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the tennis courts car park, the walk follows the service trail away from the courts. The trail passes through the metal gate and down the long hill, passing through another gate and arriving at the signposted intersection with the Step Track.
From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail down the long hill to the bottom of the valley, where it comes to the intersection with the Great North Walk trail.
From the intersection, the walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign gently downhill along the management trail, directly away from the face of the 'STEP Track' map/sign. Keeping the river to your left, the trail leads downhill for about 80m to come to a Y-intersection, where there is a 'Lane Cove Valley' map/sign and a 'Lane Cove River Park' sign pointing back along the trail.
From the Intersection the track follows the lower branching serverice trail accross the river before climbing a small but steep bank. Immediately upon reaching the top of this small climb the track comes to an intersection of the Pennant Hills Park service trail.
From the intersection the track follows the North Epping arrow along the along the service trail heading away from the Lane Cove River and along the valley floor. During this section of the track there are several small asphalted creek crossings as the track winds all the way through the valley until reaching the Whale Rock. (near the intersection of the Boundary Road service trail).....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the toilet at the start. , female.
Find the Bradley Reserve at the start.
Then pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 30 m veer left.
After another 25 m to find the car park.
After another 450 m pass the car park (265 m on your right).
Continue straight.
After another 30 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass a seat (5 m on your left).
After another 280 m pass the sign (7 m on your left).
Turn right.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 70 m turn left.
Then cross the ford (about 25 m long)
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your right).
Then cross the ford.
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the sign (9 m on your right).
After another 140 m cross the ford (about 25 m long)
After another 9 m cross the ford.
Continue straight.
After another 210 m cross the ford (about 30 m long)
After another 25 m cross the ford.
After another 45 m cross the ford (about 35 m long)
After another 90 m pass the "Ron Payne Park" (130 m on your left).
Then cross the ford.
Continue another 225 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.6 km to get back to the start.
About 15 m past the end is "Whale Rock".
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.

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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Canoon Rd to Whale Rock


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 3.3 km
Time 1 h 15 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
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 20 m from the start.

Seat: There is one 440 m from the start.


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