Roseville to Macquarie Park
Darug Country

3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min

8.6 km
oneway

↑ 221 m
↓ -267 m

Hard track
This walk starts at Roseville station and explores the streets and alleyways of Roseville before joining the main spine of the Great North Walk at Fullers Bridge. Here you head deeper into the bush to explore the eastern bank on the Lane Cove River. There is a great diversity of mostly dry forest and some great sandstone rock formation, as well as a side trip to Blue Hole to enjoy. Soon after Blue hole you leave the river (and GNW) to cross over De Burghs Bridge, past a few cafes and restaurants to find Macquarie Park railway station. 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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Roseville Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Looking to the Hwy from Roseville station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Roseville Shops. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Alley beside James Cafe. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Pedestrian Alley near Larkin Ln. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Bridge between Larkin Ln and Shirley Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Walking along the footpath beside Shirley Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Shirley Rd Footpath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Big gum on Shirley St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Longford St steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking long the track behind Valley View Close. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Welcome to Lane Cove National Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Narrow track beside Sugarloaf Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection with the Blue Gum Creek Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Clearing at the eastern end of Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing under the bridge in Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Standing tall fungus about one inch tall in Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fullers Park shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking alongside Lady Game Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Fuller Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Lane Cove River from Fullers Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking over Fullers Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Koonjeree Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Koonjeree Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Lane Cove River Weir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Downstream of the weir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Great North Walk sign at Max Allen Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
NPWS Centre. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
GreatNorth Walk sign up along Max Allen Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking along the rocky trail near Bradfield Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Arrow Posts near Bradfield Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
This way up the steps. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocky dry forest high on the ridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Wattle. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Some interesting information signs al this section of the walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps leading down to a weedy gully. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Steps below Fiddens Wharf Oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing under a small sandstone overhang. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The Lane Cove River near Fiddens Wharf. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Rocky Section of track besids Lane Cove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Grass Trees in a eucalypt forest. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Interesting rock walk on the east side of the Lane Cove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Some unfenced cliffs on the walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A large sandstone overhang providing some shelter. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
A long overhang near the block. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Passing through a tunnel formed by the sandstone. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
The GNW after a hazard reduction burn. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking down to Blackbutt Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Track down to Blue Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Blue Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Intersection of the Great North Walk and Ryde Rd Access Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign near the north east corner of De Burgs Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking over De Burgs Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking beside Lane Cove Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Eden Gardens. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Crossing the M2. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
A few options for something to eat. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Shell Servo. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
Macquarie Park railway station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2011.
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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 (-33.7845601,151.1778439)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Gore Hill Freeway, M1
  • Turn on to Pacific Highway Offramp, M1 then drive for 560 m
  • Turn slight right onto Pacific Highway, A1 and drive for another 2.8 km
  • Turn right onto Boundary Street, A38 and drive for another 10 m
  • Turn slight right onto Boundary Street, A38 and drive for another 135 m
  • Turn left onto Hill Street and drive for another 370 m
Finish (-33.785425,151.1284856)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (Parking fees apply in the area.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the small shop on the bridge over Roseville Station, this walk heads towards the garden shop and the Pacific Highway, keeping the main station to your right. This walk then crosses the highway at the traffic lights and turns right. After about 40 metres (just past 'James Cafe'), this walk turns left into an alleyway. The walk continues down the lane for approximately 50m to then cross Larkin Lane, coming to the top of some steps (on the left of a green power box).
Continue straight: From near the end of Larkin Lane, this walk heads past the green power box and down the pedestrian laneway steps. After approximately 60m, the lane leads down some more steps to find an intersection with another concrete footpath on the other side of Larkin St.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk heads down the steps, beside number 4 Larkin St. From the bottom of the steps, the walk heads along the pedestrian alley for about 40m, and then crosses a 60m long bridge. On the other side of the bridge, this walk continues up the alley for about 80m, coming to an intersection with Shirley Rd.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 40 m turn right, to head along Pacific Highway.
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 60 m continue straight.
Then head down the steps (about 60 m long)
At the intersection of Larkin Street & The Rifleway continue straight, to head along The Rifleway (a footpath).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & The Rifleway) turn left, to head along Shirley Road (a residential road).
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Alston Way) continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Glen Road) continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Toongarah Road) continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 7 m continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Abingdon Road & Shirley Road) veer left, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Longford Street & Shirley Road) turn right, to head along Longford Street.
After another 110 m turn left.
After another 80 m veer right.
Then head down the concrete steps (about 65 m long)
After another 2 m continue straight.
After another 210 m continue straight.
After another 155 m continue straight, to head along Blue Gum Creek Walking Track.
After another 25 m pass the "Chatswood Rifle Range" (25 m on your left).
After another 560 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Lady Game Drive & Blue Gum Creek Walking Track turn left, to head along Lady Game Drive (a highway|tertiary).
After another 45 m turn right.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
Turn right.
After another 150 m find the "Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill" (45 m on your left).
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill

The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.
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The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

Continue straight.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the water tap (65 m on your left).
Then pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m find the "Koonjeree Picnic Area" (5 m on your left).
Koonjeree Picnic Area
Koonjeree Picnic Area

Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.
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Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

Then find the "Toilet" (65 m on your left).
Toilet
Toilet

Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 75cm wide with 2 9cm steps, hand basins 87cm high, cubical doors 65cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 6cm step. No handrails.
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Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 75cm wide with 2 9cm steps, hand basins 87cm high, cubical doors 65cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 6cm step. No handrails.

After another 35 m find the "Seat" (on your right).
Seat
Seat

Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.
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Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.

After another 10 m turn right.
After another 8 m find the "Trip Hazard" (on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.
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The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.

Then cross the bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 60 m find the "Lane Cove Weir" (on your left).
Lane Cove Weir
Lane Cove Weir

The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.
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The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.

After another 60 m find the "Seat" (9 m on your left).
Seat
Seat

A stone seat, 42cm high, 60cm deep and 1.7m wide with a 22cm high arm and 22cm backrest.
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A stone seat, 42cm high, 60cm deep and 1.7m wide with a 22cm high arm and 22cm backrest.

Turn right.
After another 65 m find the "BBQ" (6 m on your left).
BBQ
BBQ

Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.
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Two free electric BBQs hotplates in sheltered picnic area. The BBQ table is 92cm high, 2.05m wide and 75cm deep. Hot plates are 45/45cm.

After another 4 m turn left, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 25 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (15 m on your right).
After another 15 m find the "Picnic Table" (10 m on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.
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Two timber slat picnic tables. The table is 79cm high, 73cm deep and 3.3m wide. The seats are 46cm high, 44cm deep and 2.7m wide (no backrest). Room for a few chairs at end. 4x2.7m slab.

After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 105 m continue straight, to head along Max Allen Road.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Max Allen Road) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
After another 25 m pass the "Great North Walk" (on your right).
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Lane Cove Depot Road) veer right, to head along The Great North Walk (a walking track).
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 315 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 200 m cross the ford.
After another 130 m cross the bridge
Then head down the 7 stone steps (about 3 m long)
After another 55 m head down the 26 steps (about 20 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 8 m long)
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 65 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 30 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 10 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 115 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 8 m head up the 11 steps (about 8 m long)
After another 760 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 325 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 100 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 190 m find the "Sandstone caves" (15 m on your left).
Sandstone caves
Sandstone caves

This fairly large sandstone overhang is found on the eastern side of the Lane Cove Valley. The walking track leads through the two caves that run in series, with the northern cave being larger. The lip of the overhang hangs down a bit, providing some extra protection from wind and rain. The cave also provide some shade and a cooler spot on hot days, and there are also a couple of well placed boulders forming nice seats.
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This fairly large sandstone overhang is found on the eastern side of the Lane Cove Valley. The walking track leads through the two caves that run in series, with the northern cave being larger. The lip of the overhang hangs down a bit, providing some extra protection from wind and rain. The cave also provide some shade and a cooler spot on hot days, and there are also a couple of well placed boulders forming nice seats.

Then cross the ford.
After another 215 m head up the 5 steps (about 2 m long)
After another 1 m turn left, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 50 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 130 m cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Blue Hole. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 115 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 60 m pass the sign (9 m on your left).
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 45 m turn sharp right.
After another 9 m cross the bridge (about 185 m long)
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 215 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 135 m continue straight.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 140 m turn left.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 100 m continue straight.
After another 135 m pass the "Go Hun" (15 m on your left).
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 15 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Blue Hole.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Continue another 45 m to find Blue Hole at the end.
"Blue Hole".
"Blue Hole".
Blue Hole
Blue Hole

Blue Hole is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach on the north side of the river. The water is polluted by run-off and rubbish, especially after rain, so it is not suitable for swimming. It is still a pleasent place to relax and enjoy the valley.
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Blue Hole is found in the Lane Cove River, downstream of De Burghs Bridge. Within Lane Cove National Park this small pleasent waterhole has a flat rock and small sandy beach on the north side of the river. The water is polluted by run-off and rubbish, especially after rain, so it is not suitable for swimming. It is still a pleasent place to relax and enjoy the valley.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Roseville to Macquarie Park


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.6 km
Time 3 h 15 min to 3 h 30 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
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
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.9 km apart with the largest gap of 5.7 km.


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