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Things to see in the park

Historical buildings
Lane Cove National Park has a rich history of Aboriginal and early European settlements. Three early settlers' buildings still exist in the Park, Bakers Cottage, Jenkins Kitchen and Schwartz Homestead.

Follow the Heritage Walk to see them.

Bakers Cottage

William and Jane Baker developed an orchard along the eastern bank of the Lane Cove River in 1853. Their stone cottage probably dates from about 1865. Baker's Cottage is the only dwelling in the Ku-ring-gai municipality which has had no structural change for one hundred and forty years. The Lane Cove National Park used it as a store from 1938 until 1998, and it has been vacant since then. It has been referred to as "Baker's Cottage" since the nineteen eighties. It was restored in October 2009.

Click here to see more photos of the 'new' Bakers Cottage.

The Lane Cove National Park was officially opened in October, 1938. Before this, much stonework construction was done to make the park accessible and enjoyable. The work began in 1937 on the construction of the weir and Riverside Drive as an unemployment
relief project.
Work continued until 1940, with stone to construct the weir, boatshed, ambulance room, Porters Bridge, Delhi Road and De Burghs Bridge entrance gates, retaining walls and other facilities being quarried on the park.
The stone came from quarries within the park, at Porters Creek, Carters Creek, De Burghs Bridge and behind Jenkins Kitchen, as well as from cuts in the road and other minor quarries.

Porters Bridge
Porters Bridge is a particularly impressive example of the stonework, with the concrete road surface supported on piers of ornamental stone with matching wing walls, parapet, and end piers.

The Fish Ladder
In 1999 a fish ladder was built at the weir to assist the migration of Australian Bass between the upstream freshwater section and the brackish water below, where they breed. It was extended in 2009.

Click here for more details and photos of the fish ladder.

Flora and fauna
You will usually find a range of water birds fishing in the river, while large birds can be seen in any icnic area or along the roads. If you venture quietly onto the bush tracks, especially near the shelter of dense bushes, you will often find tiny birds such as Blue Wrens and Red-browed Firetails, as well as the skinks and 'dragons' that inhabit the park.

There are hundreds of species of flowers in Lane Cove National Park. Habitats range from deep shale soils where you'll find Sydney Bluegums and Blackbutts, to semi-rainforest areas along creek gullies, to dry sandstone ridges where the most colourful plants grow. There's always something flowering in the park, even in the middle of Winter.

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Bakers Cottage, built 1865, revamped 2009

Example of stonework constructed during the Depression

Porters Bridge

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