Lane Cove National Park

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Lane Cove National Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
(1)upper Lane Cove River.jpg
Upper Lane Cove River
Lane Cove National Park is located in New South Wales
Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park
State New South Wales
Nearest town or city Sydney
Coordinates 33°47′01″S 151°08′19″E / 33.78361°S 151.13861°E / -33.78361; 151.13861Coordinates: 33°47′01″S 151°08′19″E / 33.78361°S 151.13861°E / -33.78361; 151.13861
Area 3.72 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Established 1938[1]
Managing authorities New South Wales National Parks

Lane Cove National Park is a national park within metropolitan Sydney, Australia. It is about ten kilometres north-west of the Sydney CBD. The park consists of land near the banks of the Lane Cove River, which flows generally south-east into Sydney Harbour. It also extends to the outskirts of Pennant Hills and Wahroonga.

The park includes areas of land which are part of Ku-ring-gai, Ryde, and Hornsby local government areas with small areas of the park in Willoughby, Lane Cove and Hunter's Hill local government areas on the banks of the lower reaches of the river. The park is surrounded on all sides by developed suburban areas and except for the upper northwestern region is never more than a kilometre wide. Much of the park is of fairly rugged terrain on the slopes of the river valley and covered by dense bush. The characteristics of the bush vary depending upon soils and topography. Parts of the park are affected by weed infestations.

The central section of the park, between De Burghs Bridge on Ryde Road and Fullers Bridge, was set aside as a park in the 1920s and developed with picnic areas interspersed in the bush along the banks of the river. The majority of these picnic areas are located between the Fuller's Road bridge and the road that leads towards the Tourist Park. North of this point the area becomes more rugged and there are no picnic areas until the Tunks Hill (previously known as Tunks Farm) area which is away from the river behind the garden nursery on Lane Cove Road.

A weir was constructed in the 1930s[1]near Fullers Bridge which converted the middle section of the river from tidal salt-water to a fresh-water area with constant water level suitable for recreational use in rowing boats and canoes. This area was managed by a trust and was called Lane Cove River Park. In 1982, the NSW Government took over direct control of the park which was then called Lane Cove Regional Park. Various nearby areas of undeveloped government land near the river upstream and downstream from the central area including an area around Pennant Hills Park has also been added to the National Park. It was then renamed Lane Cove National Park in 1992.

A fish ladder has been constructed next to the weir to enable Australian bass to access the freshwater breeding grounds upstream of the weir. Fishing is allowed in parts of the Lane Cove River as per restrictions managed by NSW Department of Primary Industries.[2]

The Lane Cove National Park is very popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists as the road through the park (Riverside Drive) is generally only lightly used by vehicles and the only alternative road, Delhi Road is a steep narrow road with high speed traffic. The Lane Cove River Tourist Park, operated by National Parks of NSW, is located within Lane Cove National Park.

The walking track along the bank of Lane Cove River forms part of The Great North Walk from Sydney CBD to Newcastle.

A rare mushroom Hygrocybe aurantipes was discovered in Lane Cove National Park in 1990.

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