Activities at Lane Cove Holiday Park
Sydney is one of the richest in Australia for its Aboriginal archaeological sites and heritage. There are around 4,500 Aboriginal sites in the Sydney metropolitan area registered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The region was home the indigenous Guringai people for more than 30,000 years, and remains of their way of life including middens, shelters, engravings and rock art remnants are evident today. The self-guided Heritage Walk at Lane Cove National Park offers a fascinating insight to the area’s indigenous heritage and highlights historic sites ang the way.
Birdwatching and wildlife encounters
The vast protected bushland that makes up the National Park is a wonderful home to many native birds and wildlife. Visitors are likely to spot birds including kookaburras and the Superb Blue Wren and hear their song, and there’s also a chance to encounter wildlife from the endearing swamp wallaby to the shy short-beaked echidna. Goannas, lizards and other reptiles are also at home in the park and are often spotted basking in the sun on rock surfaces.
The Lane Cove River is a tranquil waterway that runs through the National Park and offers visitors a chance to spend an hour or two paddling and exploring. Kayaks and canoes, stand-up paddle boards and pedal or row boats are all fun for exploring and are available for hire from the Lane Cove Boatshed.
There are many great routes of varying distance and challenge for bike riding and cycling in the Lane Cove National Park, and it’s a popular spot for both keen cyclists and families to come for a biking adventure. For visitors keen to explore the park by bike, the Lane Cove Boatshed also includes bike hire.
Lane Cove National Park has been a protected natural area since it was established in 1928, so for more than eighty years it has preserved its natural state, surrounded by urban areas and close to the city of Sydney. The park is home to around 7000 native plant species, is a sanctuary for wildlife from goannas and echidnas to a variety of birds and lights up with around 250 species of wildflower which bloom depending on the season year-round. The park is a valuable resource for environmental appreciation and study, from both its day-to-day visitors and experts in the field.
The Lane Cove River is alive with fish and marine life and is a favourite spot for schools of bass. Fishing from a boat or from the riverbanks is permitted in the river, however there are some restrictions. Anglers must hold a current NSW Fisheries Fishing Licence, and all fishing is catch and release only, using non-barbed hooks.
Lane Cove National Park is a wonderful landscape to explore on foot, and around 250 hikes and bushwalks make their way through the park’s valleys, rainforests and woodlands and along the banks of the Lane Cove River. Popular walks include the self-guided Heritage Walk which highlights sites of cultural and historic significance, and the River Loop walk which explores both sides of the Lane Cove River in a comfortable three-to-four hours. Visitors can take on a section of the Great North Walk, established for Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The 20km day trip begins in the National Park and extends north to finish at Thornleigh and can be achieved in seven or eight hours. The train is an easy option to return! Walking offers not only recreation and exercise but a chance to spot wildlife, birds and the region’s native flora.