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Canoon Rd to Whale Rock
Time: 1 hr 30 mins Walking time
Includes the time for the return leg
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
3.4 km WSW of Turramurra
Length: 3.2 km Walk Length
As this is a return style walk, the 3.2 km includes the return leg of this walk (ie back to the start)
Lane Cove National Park
Climb: 121 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 121 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Return
Track: Moderate

This walk goes to Whale Rock, from the sporting complex at the end of Canoon Rd, Turramurra. The walk follows Devlin's Creek for the most part, winding through the valley. A great way to see the Lane Cove Valley, and explore the sandstone and fern filled scenery. (open in app)


There are fire bans in Lane Cove National Park
Today's Fire rating
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Canoon Rd to Whale Rock

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Canoon Rd to Whale Rock
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Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
Int of STEP Track and Canoon Road service trail
Int of GNW and the STEP track (west)
Int of Great North Walk and Whale Rock service trail
Int of Whale Rock and Pennant Hills service trail
Starting point for this hiking track: Canoon Tennis Courts carpark

Base maps are used under licence and is ¬© Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Hornsby 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91304S 
 Parramatta River 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-91303N 
 Sydney 1:100 000 Map Series 9130 

Photo Gallery

 
Canoon Rd car park
 
Canoon Rd car park +
 
Gate to car park
 
Gate to car park +
 
Begining of STEP Track 2 (1)
 
Begining of STEP Track 2 (1) +

 
Track below Canoon Rd tennis courts
 
Track below Canoon Rd tennis courts +
 
Bottom of Canoon Rd servicetrail
 
Bottom of Canoon Rd servicetrail +
 
Great North Walk
 
Great North Walk +

 
Track across Devlin's Ck
 
Track across Devlin's Ck +
 
Devlin's Creek Crossing
 
Devlin's Creek Crossing +
 
Creek crossing
 
Creek crossing +

 
Track below rock outcrop
 
Track below rock outcrop +
 
Track above Devlins Ck
 
Track above Devlins Ck +
 
Signpost near Whale Rock
 
Signpost near Whale Rock +

 
Whale Rock from the intersection
 
Whale Rock from the intersection +
 
Whale Rock above service trail
 
Whale Rock above service trail +
 
Whale Rock
 
Whale Rock +

Terrain


Please note: This is a 'return' style walk and therefore these graphs only show the terrain for the first half of the walk (until the turn around point.)

Cross sectional view of the Canoon Rd to Whale Rock bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Canoon Rd to Whale Rock bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Canoon Rd to Whale Rock bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Canoon Rd to Whale Rock bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
These details are new. This new feature still requires more testing and refining. Please use the 'Walker Feedback' for report specific issues. Please e-mail Matt if you have any general comments. Hope you find it helpful.

Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 3.2km
Time 1 hr 30 mins
.


Grade 3/6

Track: Moderate
AS 2156.1 Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
Around 910m of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps, whilst the remaining 680m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
Around 1.2km of this walk follows a clear and well formed track or trail, whilst the remaining 380m follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 1.5km of this walk has directional signs at most intersection, whilst the remaining 120m is clearly signposted.

Experience Required
Around 1.2km of this walk requires some bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 380m requires no previous bushwalking experience.

Weather
Around 800m of this walk is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation), whilst the remaining 790m is affected by storms that may impact your navigation and safety.

Infrastructure
Around 1.1km of this walk has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced), whilst the remaining 450m is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats).

Track Notes


Since this is a 'return' style walk once you have had enough of the walk, turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.
Catch the bus to Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Canoon Tennis Courts Alt = 103 m
This is a series of tennis and netball courts in South Turramurra and is used regularly for training, competition and leisure.

(0 km) Canoon Tennis Courts carpark to Whale Rock
Track: Moderate - servicetrail
Length = 1.59 km Time = 31 mins
Climb = 34 m Descent = -87 m
From the tennis courts car park, the walk follows the service trail away from the courts. The trail passes through the metal gate and down the long hill, passing through another gate and arriving at the signposted intersection with the Step Track.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the management trail down the long hill to the bottom of the valley, where it comes to the intersection with the Great North Walk trail.
Veer right: From the intersection, the walk follows the 'The Great North Walk' sign gently downhill along the management trail, directly away from the face of the 'STEP Track' map/sign[1]. Keeping the river to your left, the trail leads downhill for about 80m to come to a Y-intersection[2], where there is a 'Lane Cove Valley' map/sign[3] and a 'Lane Cove River Park' sign[4] pointing back along the trail.
Veer left: From the Intersection the track follows the lower branching serverice trail accross the river before climbing a small but steep bank. Immediately upon reaching the top of this small climb the track comes to an intersection of the Pennant Hills Park service trail.
Continue straight: From the intersection the track follows the North Epping arrow along the along the service trail heading away from the Lane Cove River and along the valley floor. During this section of the track there are several small asphalted creek crossings as the track winds all the way through the valley until reaching the Whale Rock. (near the intersection of the Boundary Road service trail).

Whale Rock Alt = 48 m
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.

Catch the bus from Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Canoon Tennis Courts carpark
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

Drive to:


Near by


Campsites in the park
Lane Cove River tourist park


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
All Camping Supplies 12 Railway Pde, Thornleigh (02) 9481 0473 2.9 km
Kathmandu 236 Pacific Hwy (Westfield), Hornsby (02) 9476 1399 5 km
CampHikeClimb 20 George St, Hornsby (02) 9476 5767 5.1 km
One Stop Adventure Shop 1045 Victoria Rd , West Ryde (02) 9858 5844 6.6 km
Snowgum Rhodes Shopping Centre Level 1, Shop 66, Rhodes (02) 8765 1035 9.8 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Canoon Rd to Whale Rock.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Canoon Rd to Whale Rock
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5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
2 km (to the NNW)
6 VMB7 CB Repeater Site 16 Alan Rd BEROWRA HEIGHTS 15 km (to the NNE)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 18 km (to the WSW)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 25 km (to the S)
8 MDC08 Gencom Site Lot 6 Wakefield Close KARIONG 39 km (to the NNE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Partly cloudy.
Partly cloudy.
34.6°C (feels like 33.1°)
6 km/h from the NNE
20% humidity     (as at 31/03:00pm)
Fri      °Partly cloudy.
Sat19°|35°Windy. Showers and storms.
Sun12°|23°Sunny.
Mon12°|22°Possible shower.
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

Bradley Reserve Bradley Reserve is a large natural bushland area owned and managed by Ku-ring-gai council. The reserve extends from Lane Cove River to the end of Kissing Point Road north to George Christie playing fields. The reserve is home to the locally well know STEP track, and is cared for by the STEP inc, the "South Turramurra Environment Protection". The Great north walk also heads through this reserve, and is also home to Browns water hole.
Region:
I am not aware of any closures in this park at the moment.


Lane Cove National Park Link to official closures and fire bans page
This small but picturesque city park is a haven of peaceful bushland along the winding Lane Cove River. Home to the Kukundi Wildlife Shelter and 27 km of the Great North Walk, you can also hire a boat, take a stroll or enjoy a picnic by the weir.
Region: Sydney & Surrounds
Park fees Camping Facilities
Current Park Closure information for Lane Cove National Park
Closure information last downloaded Saturday 1st of November 2014 01:00 AM
FIRE BAN
A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
All tracks and trails are CLOSED within the park to walkers and cyclists. Designated picnic areas remain open.

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