Chatswood Station to Mowbray Park
Camaraigal Country

2 h to 4 h

5.5 km
oneway

↑ 106 m
↓ -184 m

Hard track
This walk leads down through the valleys beneath the houses, high on the ridge tops, to reaching the banks of the Lane Cove River at the Chatswood Golf Course. The walk then follows the scenic river, using boardwalks at times. The walk sees another side of Chatswood, with many natural treasures hidden along the way. 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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Rail to River walk sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up through mossy rocks. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rail to River walk sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up between houses. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
O.H. Reid Memorial Oval. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Rail to River walk above 8th Tee. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Southern end of fairway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Boardwalk along LaneCove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
River walk track sign. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lane Cove River. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track above Mowbray Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs down from bus stop. | 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 (-33.7970057,151.1803765)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Howarth Road
  • Turn on to Pacific Highway, A1 then drive for 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Victoria Avenue and drive for another 220 m
Finish (-33.8009878,151.1473898)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Chatswood Train Station, this walk exits the station onto Victoria Ave. The walk then continues up Victoria Ave, passing Chatswood RSL on the left. This walk continues to the Pacific Highway where it crosses over the at a pedestrian crossing or the foot bridge near by.
From the intersection, this walk heads north up the Pacific Highway, to turn left onto Western Way. The walk continues down Western Way through a dogleg, turning right onto Jenkins Rd then quickly left back onto Western Way. The walk heads down Western Way to turn right onto Edgar St and to the Edgar Reserve Park with green gate.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Ripple (about 135 m back from the start)., has no backrest.
There is a toilet (about 30 m back from the start). This toilet is male and female.
After another 130 m continue straight.
After another 105 m turn right, to head along Pacific Highway.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Pacific Highway & Western Way) turn left, to head along Western Way (a service road).
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Western Way.
After another 75 m (at the intersection of James Street & Western Way) continue straight, to head along Western Way (a steps).
Then head down the steps (about 10 m long)
Then pass the "Kenneth Slessor Park" (on your left).
After another 130 m pass the playground (15 m on your left).
Then pass the picnic table (9 m on your left).
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 95 m (at the intersection of Edgar Street & Western Way) turn right, to head along Edgar Street (a residential road).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Edgar Street & Eldora Lane) turn left, to head along Eldora Lane (a service road).
After another 10 m pass the "Bartels Park" (on your left).
Then pass the playground (on your right).
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 125 m continue straight.
After another 55 m pass a seat (7 m on your left).
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 50 m turn left, to head along Park Avenue.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Ferndale Walk Track & Park Avenue) turn right, to head along Ferndale Walk Track (a walking track).
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
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 60 m continue straight, to head along Ferndale Walk Track.
After another 6 m pass the sign (5 m on your left).
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Ferndale Park Loop & Ferndale Walk Track) turn right, to head along Ferndale Park Loop.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Harnett Place & Ferndale Park Loop) continue straight, to head along Harnett Place (a residential road).
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Harnett Place & Wilfred Avenue) continue straight, to head along Greville Street.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Greville Street & Wilfred Avenue) continue straight, to head along Greville Street.
After another 125 m turn left.
After another 180 m turn left, to head along Fullers Road.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Fullers Road.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Fullers Road & Bellevue Street) turn left, to head along Bellevue Street.
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Bellevue Street.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Hawthorne Avenue & Bellevue Street) turn left, to head along Hawthorne Avenue.
After another 175 m (at the intersection of Ferndale Park Loop & Ferndale Walk Track) continue straight, to head along Ferndale Park Loop (a footpath).
After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Reid Drive.
After another 95 m head through/around the gate.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Reid Drive & The Fairway) continue straight, to head along Reid Drive.
After another 195 m (at the intersection of Reid Drive & Rail to River Walk) continue straight, to head along Rail to River Walk (a walking track).
After another 50 m turn left.
After another 55 m pass the "Railway to River Walk" (on your left).
After another 130 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 275 m turn right.
After another 90 m turn right, to head along River Track.
After another 190 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 60 m (at the intersection of River Track & Upper Track) continue straight, to head along River Track.
After another 90 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 230 m cross the bridge (about 3 m long)
After another 160 m pass a seat (5 m on your left).
After another 30 m (at the intersection of River Track & Upper Track) turn right, to head along River Track.
Then cross the bridge (about 40 m long)
Then pass a seat (on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 50 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your left).
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along River Track.
After another 95 m head into the "Mowbray Park".
After another 180 m continue straight.
After another 85 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your left).
After another 45 m continue straight.
After another 55 m pass the artwork (25 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (30 m on your right).
After another 10 m turn right, to head along Upper Track.
After another 135 m cross the bridge (about 6 m long)
After another 80 m turn left.
After another 6 m pass a seat (7 m on your right)., has a backrest.
After another 6 m come to the end.
About 50 m past the end is a car park.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Chatswood Station to Mowbray Park


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 5.5 km
Time 2 h to 4 h
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 Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -23 m back from the start.

Seat: There are 5 on route, on average they are 920 m apart with the largest gap of 3.8 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-23 m[toilet]
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