This walk takes you to the north west of the city, visiting mangrove wetlands and eucalypt forests along the way. The walk winds through suburbs alongside the Lane Cove River.
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 7.5 km
Start: Boronia Park (Hunters Hill)
Finish: North Ryde
From Boronia Park, head down Boronia Avenue for about 250 metres to the end of the road. Follow the Great North Walk (GNW) arrow to the rocky track.
The track winds beside the river for a short distance before coming to Princes Street. Turn left and follow the road for about 50 metres to an intersection and a large Great North Walk signpost.
Follow the Buffalo Creek Park arrow right, after about 50 metres the track goes through a casaurina forest to a small clearing with a picnic table. Follow the GNW arrow right across Brickmakers Creek, up the steps and along the boardwalk. Follow the GNW directions to a three-way intersection.
Veer right, keeping the river on your right. The track passes over some interesting rock formations, up a series of steps, and then down, alongside some mangroves to a T-intersection.
Follow the GNW arrow up the steps, continue straight through the intersection. After about 400 metres you will come to a mangrove viewing platform.
From the viewing platform the walk heads away from the river and up the valley, eventually passing through wetlands before reaching Pains Road.
Follow the GNW signs along Pains Road and back onto the track near the bend in Pains Road. Following the track you will reach Buffalo Creek Reserve. Turn right (again, just follow the GNW signs) and follow the ‘Newcastle’ signs down timber stairs and onto a timber boardwalk. The walk crosses Buffalo Creek. Follow the GNW signs past rock platforms, around a locked gate to an intersection just before Pittwater Road.
Follow the GNW sign to the right through more mangroves, before the track eventually starts moving away from the river, entering more dense vegetation before arriving at Magdala Park.
Follow the GNW signs through the carpark of Magdala Park, and through the fence to the base of a large transmission tower. Follow the GNW sign to the right and over the Clifford Love footbridge over Lane Cove River, which leads you to the edge of Epping Road.
The walk heads downhill on the edge of Epping Road, then crosses a factory driveway. About 100 metres past the driveway, follow the GNW sign past the steps and across a bridge. Follow the GNW arrow left down the stairs and under the bridge. On the other side of the bridge veer right following the Lane Cove National Park – Fairyland Track.
The track then heads downhill for about 100 metres before going past a tower to a signposted intersection just after the powerlines. Veer right towards the large corporate building, and veer right again at the next intersection up the timber staircase. Follow the track behind the Honeywell building and take the track that leads to the sealed road.
From here you will be on sealed roads – Richardson Place, onto Julius Avenue, and then onto Delhi Road. Turn right on Delhi Road and follow it down to the train station.
How to get there:
Boronia Park is in the suburb of Hunters Hill, west of Sydney. To get to the start point you could drive, and then find your way back to your car after reaching North Ryde, or take public transport to and from the walk.
To get to Boronia Park from the city, take bus 506 from Druitt Street, near Kent Street. The stop closest to Boronia Park is at Park Road near Princes Street.
North Ryde train station at the finish is on the Northern Line. Check the website http://www.131500.com.au for timetable information.
To get to Boronia Park by car from the city, drive along George Street, onto Market Street and follow the signs onto Anzac Bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right onto Victoria Road. Follow the signs to Hunters Hill onto Burns Bay Road. Take the Church Street exit. Turn left onto Gladesville Road, right onto Ryde Road, right onto Park Road, and right at the roundabout onto Princes Street.