The Round Willoughby Walk

The Round Willoughby Walk has been designed by local resident Neil Hardie to incorporate many of Willoughby's beautiful walking tracks. The Round Willoughby Walk has been broken down into smaller sections and loop walks to provide more convenient options. Maps and track notes for each route are available for download. For public transport information phone 131 500 or visit transportnsw.info

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Route 1 - St Leonards

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Starting from Artarmon Station, this walk highlights some of Artarmon and Naremburn’s hidden delights. This section of the walk will take you through the remnant Blue Gum High Forest of Artarmon Reserve and past Naremburn’s early 1920s architecture and the historic ruins of Fatty Dawson’s Piggery.

Allow 1 hr 15 min for the main walk plus an extra 30 min for the return loop.

Nearby Amenities:

 St Leonards Station, Artarmon Station, Willoughby Rd Naremburn 
 Pacific Highway St Leonards, Willoughby Rd Naremburn
 St Leonards Station, Artarmon Station


 Map for Route 1 - St Leonards
 Notes for Route 1 - St Leonards

Route 2 - Northbridge

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This section of the Round Willoughby Walk provides splendid views over Cammeray Bridge, Tunks Park, and Long Bay. Look out for the boats wrecks in Salt Pan Creek and take a cool dip at the beach or pool found below Clive Park.

Allow 1 ½ hrs for the main walk and an additional 20 minutes for the return section.

Nearby Amenities:

Northbridge Plaza
Strathallen Ave, Northbridge Plaza

 Map for Route 2 - Northbridge
 Notes for Route 2 - Northbridge

Route 3 - Castlecrag

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Enjoy the views over Northbridge and Sailors Bay on this walk as it takes you past a range of impressive houses designed by innovative architects including Walter Burley Griffin. The track starts through a ferny gully with the option of a small detour to visit a waterfall and the cool waters of Sailors Bay.

Allow 50 minutes for the main walk and an additional 20 minutes for the return section. 

Nearby Amenities:
Quadrangle Shopping Village on Edinburgh Road
Edinburgh Rd, Eastern Valley Way

 Map for Route 3 - Castlecrag
 Notes for Route 3 - Castlecrag

Route 4 - Middle Cove

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This section of the Round Willoughby Walk takes in spectacular views over the tranquil waters of Castle and Crag Coves following the Harold Reid Foreshore Track. Enjoy a picnic at the barbeque facilities in Harold Reid Reserve or at any of the pleasant viewpoints along the way.

Allow 50 minutes for the main walk and an additional 40 minutes for the return loop.

Nearby Amenities:

Eastern Valley Way near Covelee Cct.
Eastern Valley Way and Rembrandt Drive

 Map for Route 4 - Middle Cove 
 Notes for Route 4 - Middle Cove

Route 5 - Castle Cove

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Following the North Arm Walking Track, this route takes in views over the valley and the waters of Sugarloaf Bay, Castle Cove and Middle Harbour. You can admire these views from both the track and several lookouts along the way.

Allow 1 hour 50 minutes for the main walk and an additional 30 minutes for the return loop.

Nearby Amenities:

Eastern Valley Way with a bus stop near Greenfield Ave.

 Map for Route 5 - Castle Cove 
 Notes for Route 5 - Castle Cove
 Map for Link between Routes 5 and 6 
 Notes for Link between Routes 5 and 6

Route 6 - Chatswood West

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This magical walk takes you through tall trees and ferns alongside beautiful Blue Gum Creek.  Stop and enjoy a picnic in Lane Cove National Park before returning via the shady groves beside the creek on the Railway to River walk.

Allow 1 hour 50 minutes if completing this loop walk. The main walk takes approximately 40 minutes. The return section takes approximately 1hr 10 minutes. Please note: Dogs are not allowed in any of the bushland areas of this walk.

Nearby Amenities:

Millwood Ave near Range St, Chatswood Train Station
Fullers Rd, short walk to Chatswood bus and rail interchange
short walk to Chatswood Train Station

 Map for Route 6 - Chatswood West
 Notes for Route 6 - Chatswood West

Route 7 - Lane Cove North

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Take a walk along the Lane Cove River and stunning bushland on this beautiful walk through Mowbray Park and Ferndale Park. The walk will take you along a mangrove boardwalk beside the river and past several middens and indigenous carvings. Look out for wildlife as Mowbray Park is home to a large variety of bird species.

Allow 1 hour 25 minutes for the main walk and an additional 45 minutes for the return section.

Nearby Amenities:

Epping Rd near the bridge over Lane Cove River.
Epping Rd, Centennial Ave, Mowbray Rd

 Map for Route 7 - Lane Cove North
 Notes for Route 7 - Lane Cove North

Route 8 - Chatswood

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Complete this whole loop to take in the tall trees, ferns and rippling creek of Ferndale Park.  This loop links local parks and also connects with route 1 of the Round Willoughby Walk.

Allow 40 minutes for the main walk and an additional 40 minutes for the return loop.

Nearby Amenities:

Artarmon Station, Pacific Highway
Pacific Highway, Mowbray Road, Epping Road
Artarmon Station

 Map for Route 8 - Chatswood
 Notes for Route 8 - Chatswood