If you are heading to Sydney and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is a fantastic option!
WHERE IS IT?
Lane Cove River Tourist Park is located on Plassey Road, Macquarie Park.
The park is set within Lane Cove National Park and is a very peaceful spot to base yourself for a weekend of city exploring.
With the airport not too far away, the planes do fly overhead but we didn’t see this as a problem… the kids thought it was great!! (If you download the “Planes Live – Airplane Flight Tracker & Radar” they will have fun telling you all about the planes above).
By car, the city is around 15 minutes away or if public transport is your thing, North Ryde Train Station is a short 10 minute walk.
The park is large and has many different accommodation options including tent sites, small and large caravan sites and cabins. Other features include a camp kitchen, playground, swimming pool and games room.
For further information and camping fees follow this link: Lane Cove River Tourist Park.
LANE COVE NATIONAL PARK
With Lane Cove National Park right at our fingertips we set off with a map, and some trusty bush hiking sticks, to explore the area.
The caravan park has an access track to the main road through the National Park which leads onto the Riverside Walking Track.
The Riverside Walking Track is a 5km (one way) walk that weaves along the banks of the Lane Cove River. The caravan park is around the mid point of the track. We followed the track east towards the weir.
The National Park is a popular spot for walkers, runners and cyclists. And with over 30 picnic areas with a mix of picnic tables, amenities, playgrounds and barbecue areas there is always a spot to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds you.
And of course exploring isn’t exploring if you don’t look for a Geocache 😉 Check out this post if you haven’t heard of GEOCACHING!! And, it just so happens that Lane Cove National Park is home to the first cache hidden in Australia!!!! We were a little bit excited! It is now a virtual cache due to its location but we were able to follow the information and log the cache! Check it out if you are in the area – it is simply titled “Lane Cove” 🙂
At the end of our walk we came to Lane Cove Weir and Fish Ladder. The Weir was constructed in 1938 and the Fish Ladder was a later addition to assist native fish to migrate throughout the Lane Cove River system.
THINGS TO KNOW!
- The park is open every day from 9am to 6pm (7pm during daylight savings).
- $8 per vehicle, per day. The park has coin operated machines so you need the correct money.
- Domestic animals are not permitted.
- Click here for further information about Lane Cove National Park.
We always enjoy our time at Lane Cove River Tourist Park. The city is easily accessible via public transport and the kids have ample space to run around.