Epping Station Lane Cove River Loop
Darug Country

2 h 45 min to 3 h

8.3 km
circuit

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Moderate track
A great way to explore the Lane Cove Valley from Epping Station, this walk loops around North Epping, returning to the station. There are many sights to be seen along this walk, with Whale Rock and Brown's Waterhole being a couple of highlights. The walk explores Devlins Creek, upper Lane Cove River and Terry's Creek. A lovely way to spend a few hours. 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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Gate at the end of Derby St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tunnel under the M2. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Tunnel under motorway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Motorway Tunnel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track along fence near M2. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Crow in this bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Weeds covering bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lane Cove National Park sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail towards Lane Cove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bush track through heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signposted intersection for Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track towards Cheltenham and Pennant Hills Tracks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Weeds covering bush next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Exotic species next to track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track through hanging vines. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track viewing Devlin's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track beside Devlin's Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track through some nice bushland towards Pennant Hills. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Weeds covering bush beside track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service track to Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Signpost near Whale Rock. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Service trail to Belinda Cres. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track 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.
Track above Devlins Ck. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track below rock outcrop. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Creek crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Devlin's Creek Crossing. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Passing the Pennant Hills turn off. | 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 Down to GNW Intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Road Down to the GNW Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Great North Walk service trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Near Browns water hole picnic area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Water Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Lane Cove River at Browns Water Hole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Waterhole Int. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Waterhole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Browns Waterhole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Brown's Waterhole. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Browns Waterhole Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Terry's Creek walking track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Paved section of service trail . | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Northern End of Terrys creek track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Railing along track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down through the heath. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lane Cove National Park sign beside the track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Going under the M2 Motorway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Signposted Terry's Creek Walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track under the motorway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track leading to signposted intersection. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track under tree branch. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Down at waterlevel. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Track above pot holes in creek bed. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track through dense bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Footbridge over creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track through the bush. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Causeway under Epping Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Graffiti under Epping Rd Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Water crossing near Epping Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Terry's Creek. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2007.
Steps near Epping Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Bench seats near Epping Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track below Pembroke St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Steps near Pembroke St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Water crossing at the end of Pembroke St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track head at Pembroke St. | 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 At the intersection of Langston Place & Cambridge Street (-33.7724644,151.0824454)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Silverwater Road, A6
  • Turn on to Marsden Road, A6 then drive for 305 m
  • Keep right onto Lawson Street and drive for another 280 m
  • Turn right onto Brush Road and drive for another 295 m
  • Turn left onto Rutledge Street and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn slight left onto Blaxland Road and drive for another 2 km
  • Continue onto Langston Place and drive for another 165 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
The walk exits Epping Station on the Oxford St side. The walk then crosses Cambridge St and continues down Oxford St. The walk follows the footpath past the shops down Oxford St passing Chester St, Surrey St. Just after Surry St the walk turns left onto Derby St to the end. Nearing the end of Derby St the walk tends left around the yellow gate and onto the concrete driveway which veers left off the road. The walk continues towards the tunnel to come to an intersection just before the tunnel entrance.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Langston Place & Cambridge Street Start heading along Oxford Street (a highway|tertiary).
There is a cafe (about 30 m back from the start).
After 235 m pass the shelter (9 m on your left).
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 200 m continue straight.
After another 15 m turn left.
After another 275 m continue straight.
After another 60 m veer right.
Then head down the concrete steps (about 6 m long)
Then head down the concrete steps (about 4 m long)
After another 345 m head down the steps (about 30 m long)
After another 480 m veer left.
After another 25 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 560 m continue straight, to head along Devlins Creek Trail.
After another 80 m pass the sign (10 m on your left).
After another 170 m find the "Big Ducky Waterhole" (on your left).
Big Ducky Waterhole
Big Ducky Waterhole

The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)
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The servicetrail loops around the top of the Big Ducky waterhole and there is a nice rock overhang in which to break. Is also a popular bird watching area. Unfortunately, recently there has been large quantities of rubbish in the area. (If going down to the waterhole please consider carrying out some of the rubbish if every walker carrys out a bit it will make a difference)

After another 420 m (at the intersection of Devlins Creek Trail & Boundary Road Firetrail) continue straight, to head along Devlins Creek Trail.
After another 100 m find the "Whale Rock" (6 m on your left).
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.

After another 165 m cross the ford (about 35 m long)
Then cross the ford.
After another 75 m cross the ford (about 30 m long)
Then cross the ford.
After another 210 m continue straight, to head along Devlins Creek Trail.
Then cross the ford (about 25 m long)
After another 8 m cross the ford.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Devlins Creek Trail & Pennant Hills Trail) continue straight, to head along Devlins Creek Trail.
After another 15 m cross the ford (about 25 m long)
Then pass the sign (9 m on your left).
After another 15 m cross the ford.
After another 6 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Devlins Creek Trail) continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 90 m pass the "Walking and Service Trails in the Lane Cove Valley" (10 m on your left).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & Lane Cove Valley Walk continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 315 m head into the "Bradley Reserve".
After another 315 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
At the intersection of The Great North Walk & The Step - Main loop continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 35 m turn right, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 80 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 285 m pass the "Great North Walk".
After another 295 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your left).
Turn right.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 20 m find the "Browns Waterhole" (15 m on your left).
Browns Waterhole
Browns Waterhole

Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.
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Browns Waterhole is a wide, shallow section of the Lane Cove River, downstream of a concrete weir. There is a concrete shared cycle/footpath crossing over the top of the weir, linking Kissing Point Road, South Turramurra to Vimiera Rd, Macquarie Park. On the western side of the waterhole, there is a picnic table and small clearing with a view over this section of the river.

After another 8 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 115 m pass the picnic table (9 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Terrys Creek Trail.
After another 690 m continue straight, to head along Terrys Creek Trail.
After another 250 m turn right.
After another 235 m continue straight.
After another 370 m head into the "Lucknow Park".
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 180 m continue straight.
After another 75 m turn right, to head along Terrys Creek Track.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Terrys Creek Track) veer right, to head along Pembroke Street (a residential road).
After another 60 m pass the sign (8 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Raymond Place) continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Stanley Road) continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 60 m turn left, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Norfolk Road) continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 110 m turn left.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Smith Street) continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 75 m continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Pembroke Street & Chambers Court) continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 8 m pass the playground (10 m on your left).
After another 6 m pass the water tap (15 m on your left).
After another 95 m pass the cafe (30 m on your left).
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Pembroke Street.
After another 20 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Epping Station Lane Cove River Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 8.3 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
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
Shelter: There is one 225 m from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
225 m[shelter]
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