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Published March 16th 2013
Tranquil park adjoining Lane Cove National Park
The Lane Cove River separates Lane Cove West from East Ryde, and the western side of the river is home to a large corridor of bushland. Some of this corridor is part of Lane Cove National Park, while the rest is split up into a series of parks and reserves, one of which is Magdala Park.
Sitting at the end of Magdala Road, Magdala Park is a grassy family park on the banks of the river and adjoins the national park. It's a nice, quiet little spot for a family picnic, a bushwalk, or to just let your kids run off some of their energy.
It has a large sportsfield used for soccer plus two mini baseball fields. When these aren't in use for organised sport, they offer heaps of room for kids to run wild.
Picnic shelters are on hand to give you a spot to sit down to lunch, but there's no barbecues on site, which is a bit of a shame. Towards the back of the park is a small kids' playground featuring a booster swing, slide and combination equipment.
Magdala Park is also a great base from which to explore this lovely natural area of Ryde. You can stroll up the hill behind the playground and then head south through the bush, following the path of the river. It's a great bushwalk that not many people know exists.
In fact, the legendary Great North Walk actually makes its way through the park. This 250km trek from Sydney to Newcastle takes in natural and urban environments, plus plenty of history along the way.
A pedestrian bridge runs from Magdala Park across the river to Mowbray Road West. Alternatively, not far to the north you find yourself in other parks and reserves and then in the peaceful surrounds of Lane Cove National Park.