Welcome back to our series on the National Parks of New South Wales. Did you know that there are over 850 national parks in New South Wales? We probably won’t be able to cover all 850, but we will definitely highlight some of the most popular and some of our favourites. First, we featured some of the best National Park in Queensland and now we are on a journey, exploring the national parks in New South Wales. When it comes to choosing a favourite national park in New South Wales, there is often a debate. Of course, it is a matter of preference as to which one is your favourite and there is definitely no shortage of choices. We started out in the vast wilderness of Barrington Tops National Park. It is so vast, in fact, that it took 4 blog posts to cover it all including: Hiking in Barrington Tops National Park  and Camping in Barrington Tops National Park. Next, we are taking a look at Lane Cove National Park.

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Upper Lane Cove River Photo Credit: “(1)upper Lane Cove River” by Sardaka (talk) 07:12, 10 October 2012 (UTC) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons

Lane Cove: The National Park in the City

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Cottage in Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Lane Cove River Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Lane Cove River Crossing Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Camping, Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Lane Cove National Park Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

When you look at pictures and visit Lane Cove National Park it is hard to realize that you are still within Sydney’s city limits. The 372 hectare national park is located 10 km north-west of Sydney’s Central Business District. The Lane Cove River flows south-east through the park into Sydney Harbour. There are many things to do within the park that definitely does not feel like you are in the largest metropolitan city in Australia.

Hiring a Car to Get Around Town in Sydney

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Sydney Car Hire Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au

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Lane Cove National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Renting a car in Sydney is easy and convenient because there are so many different Budget Car Rental locations throughout the city of Sydney. If you fly into Sydney, you can hire a car at the Sydney Airport. There are other car rental locations throughout Sydney including Artarmon in the north,  Alexandria in the east of Sydney, and Blacktown in the west. Just click through any of the links to get a quick and easy car rental quote and see how Budget has the best car rental deals in Sydney. Since Lane Cove National Park is in Sydney, it is a great way to get a look at the Australian wilderness without even leaving the city. Here is a great list of places to visit near Sydney that we have already covered on our travel blog:

Road Trip: Sydney to Melbourne

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Free Things to Do in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to see in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Things to Do at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Visit Australia’s Oldest National Park: Royal National Park

Quirky Places to Stay in NSW near Sydney

Best Scenic Drives: Greater Blue Mountains Drive

Things to Do in Lane Cove National Park

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Lane Cove National Park Picnic Area Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Boats on the Lane Cove River Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Kayaking on the Lane Cove River Photo Credit: friendsoflanecovenationalpark.org.au

Since Lane Cove National Park is located in Sydney, it is a popular spot for day trips. Exploring the bush land and the tranquil Lane Cove River allows you to have a holiday that gives you the metropolitan and a wild experience in one. There are picnic facilities and barbecues, so a picnic lunch is usually in order. There are over 40 different picnic areas located within the park, so you are bound to find just the right place for your park lunch. There are playgrounds for children, walking tracks, bike trails, and boating on the Lane Cove River. The Lane Cove Boatshed is not far from the picnic grounds and there you can hire out rowboats, kayaks, canoes, or pedal boats. The main walking track along the Lane Cove River is part of The Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle.

Camping and Accommodations in Lane Cove National Park

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Camping at Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Camping at Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Cabins at Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

If you want to experience the camping or cabin experience without traveling far out into the bush land or outback, look no further than Lane Cove National Park. There are campgrounds and cabins available right in the park. You can extend your stay in the bush land and sleep under the stars without leaving the city. The cabins are available through the Lane Cove River Tourist Park. You can choose from studio cabins or larger ones that accommodate the whole family. It is a great, affordable way to stay in the city too.

Flora and Fauna in Lane Cove National Park

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Brown Antechinus Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Banksia in Lane Cove National Park Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Lane Cove River Photo Credit: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Even though this park is in the city, you will still get to see your fair share of Australian native wildlife while exploring the park. You can expect to see, or at least hear the kookaburras and the brightly coloured lorikeets in the trees. The kookaburra’s signature laughing call can be heard often. Down by the river you might catch a glimpse of the eastern water dragon scurrying around. Don’t let the park’s location fool you into thinking that it isn’t still remote and undiscovered. A rare mushroom called the Hygrocybe aurantipes was just discovered here in 1990. Hundreds of Australian native plants and wildflowers have been documented within the park. The Friends of Lane Cove National Park keep a comprehensive list of the different types of native wildflowers found in the park. The list includes different species of wattles, different types of banksia, orchids, guinea flowers, water gums, lilies, and much more. See the entire list here.