Roseville to Chatswood Station via Lane Cove River
Camaraigal Country

2 h 15 min to 2 h 30 min

6 km
oneway

↑ 158 m
↓ -165 m

Hard track
This walk takes you down into the v-shaped valleys that run between the houses of Roseville and Chatswood. The walk stays predominantly in the valleys, with many sections on road or footpath. This walk has a surprising amount of bushland which is very close to civilisation. The walk also passes the Lane Cove River Steak and Seafood Restaurant which is a great spot for a lunch break. Let us begin by acknowledging the Camaraigal 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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Stairs up to the Pacific Highway and shops. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Valley View Close sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek crossing behind Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sewer bridge above Fuller Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Intersection after Fullers Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rail to River walk sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rail to River walk above 8th Tee. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Footpath to Chatswood Station. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Gate to Lowanna Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up valley parallel to Fullers Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Ferndale Park sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rail to River sign near Western Way. | 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 (-33.7845601,151.1778439)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Warringah Freeway, M1
  • Turn on to Gore Hill Freeway, M1 then drive for 920 m
  • Keep right onto Pacific Highway Offramp, M1 and drive for another 3.3 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 (-33.7970102,151.1802673)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.) Train  
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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).
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.
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 80 m pass the "Loyal Henry Park" (80 m on your right).
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 255 m pass the "Fullers Park" (35 m on your right).
After another 330 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).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Riverside Cafe. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Lady Game Drive.
After another 8 m (at the intersection of Delhi Road & Lady Game Drive) continue straight, to head along Fullers Road (a residential road).
After another 20 m turn sharp right.
After another 10 m veer left, to head along Rail to River Walk.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Rail to River Walk.
After another 185 m pass a seat (5 m on your left)., has a backrest.
Turn left, to head along Rail to River Walk.
After another 35 m pass the sign (on your left).
Then pass the "Railway to River Walk" (on your right).
After another 10 m (at the intersection of Reid Drive & Rail to River Walk) continue straight, to head along Reid Drive (a residential road).
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Reid Drive & The Fairway) continue straight, to head along Reid Drive.
After another 130 m head through/around the gate.
After another 15 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 70 m pass the BBQ (55 m on your right).
Then pass the playground (60 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Reid Drive.
Then pass the water tap (40 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the picnic table (70 m on your right).
At the intersection of Ferndale Park Loop & Reid Drive continue straight, to head along Ferndale Park Loop (a footpath).
After another 30 m pass the playground (35 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the BBQ (50 m on your right).
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Ferndale Walk Track & Ferndale Park Loop) continue straight (a walking track).
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Bellevue Street & Hawthorne Avenue) turn right, to head along Bellevue Street.
After another 270 m continue straight, to head along Bellevue Street.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Fullers Road & Bellevue Street) turn right, to head along Fullers Road.
After another 90 m continue straight, to head along Fullers Road.
After another 225 m turn right, to head along Greville Street.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Wilfred Avenue & Greville Street) continue straight, to head along Greville Street.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Harnett Place & Wilfred Avenue) continue straight, to head along Harnett Place.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Harnett Place & Ferndale Park Loop) continue straight, to head along Ferndale Park Loop (a walking track).
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Ferndale Walk Track & Ferndale Park Loop) turn left, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
Then pass the sign (on your right).
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
After another 25 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
After another 140 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
After another 210 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Park Avenue & Ferndale Walk Track turn left, to head along Park Avenue (a residential road).
After another 40 m turn right.
After another 195 m continue straight.
After another 90 m head into the "Bartels Park".
After another 105 m pass the water tap (35 m on your left).
After another 55 m pass a seat (7 m on your right).
Then head through the playground .
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Edgar Street & Eldora Lane) turn right, to head along Edgar Street (a residential road).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Edgar Street & Western Way) turn left, to head along Western Way (a service road).
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Jenkins Street & Western Way) turn right, to head along Jenkins Street (a residential road).
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Jenkins Street & Western Way) turn left, to head along Western Way (a service road).
After another 85 m (at the intersection of James Street & Western Way) continue straight, to head along Western Way (a steps).
Then head up the steps (about 10 m long)
At the intersection of Western Way & James Street veer right (a footpath).
After another 8 m head into the "Kenneth Slessor Park".
After another 80 m pass the picnic table (5 m on your right).
Then pass the playground (15 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (9 m on your right).
Then pass the sign.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 10 m turn right.
After another 30 m turn left.
After another 70 m pass the car park (50 m on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Citadel" (30 m on your right).
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.

Mo-Fr 07:00-15:00
After another 75 m come to the end.
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice (about 120 m back from the start).
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.

11:00-21:00
About 50 m past the end is "Burger Patch".
About 45 m past the end is "Wilson Parking".
About 10 m past the end is "Hakata Maru".
About 65 m past the end is a water tap.
About 40 m past the end is "Ipoh Club".
This restaurant is wheelchair accessible.
About 50 m past the end is "San Ma Ru Korean Restaurant".
About 15 m past the end is a pay phone.
About 150 m past the end is "Ripple"., has no backrest.
About 35 m past the end is a toilet. This toilet is male and female.
About 35 m past the end is "Makoto Bento".
This restaurant is wheelchair accessible.

Mo-We 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:00
Th-Sa 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:30

An optional side trip to Riverside Cafe.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 6 m cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
Turn right.
After another 4 m turn right.
Then head up the steps (about 7 m long)
Turn right.
After another 25 m come to the end.
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill (about 30 m back from the start).
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.

About 25 m past the end is "Whitefire Grill and Bar".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 115 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Roseville to Chatswood Station via Lane Cove River


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 6 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 2 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 No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 6.3 km from the start.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 1.5 km apart with the largest gap of 2.8 km.


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