Difficulty: Easy (boardwalk and dirt paths)
Length: 30 mins one-way or 1 hour return.
This is an easy, pleasant and (relatively) pram-friendly walk that follows the Georges River along boardwalks and dirt paths from Lambeth Reserve at one end to Picnic Point Reserve at the other.
Getting Started – Lambeth Reserve
You can park at either end of the walk, but starting and finishing at Lambeth Reserve means you get to finish off at a playground. It’s a great incentive for any little legs that get tired on the return trip! Lambeth Reserve is a riverside park with space to kick a ball, a playground, picnic shelters, barbeques, and toilets.
Starting out as a dirt track near the playground end of the reserve, the track turns into boardwalk and meanders through trees. The track is very popular with dog walkers and you you’ll often see people fishing with lines or nets at a few choice spots. The path is smooth enough for kids to ride their scooters, but be careful they don’t end up in the water!
The adults on our walk enjoyed watching for birdlife (rainbow lorikeets & galahs), boat spotting and envying the water views of the houses across the river at Sandy Point.
The kids enjoyed their scooters, the occasional rock scramble and gawking at every dog that walked past.
Picnic Point Reserve
When we got to Picnic Point reserve we stopped to investigate the rocks and river, look for fish and have a rest. If you prefer you can continue along Carinya road, through Alan Ashton Foreshore Reserve until you get to Fitzpatrick Park in the Georges River National Park which has toilets, barbeques and picnic tables. We visited shortly after the April 2018 bushfires that burnt through bushland in Sydney’s South West, many trees across the water had charred trunks or a reddish tinge to their leaves.
After investigating, we headed back the way we came and walked back all the way to Lambeth Reserve, finishing off with a visit to the Lambeth Reserve Playground.
We are so lucky to have these gorgeous water views so close to home.
This spot is even more beautiful on a late afternoon walk, and the river setting enhances spectacular sunsets.
There is parking at Lambeth reserve, however it fills up quickly on the weekends and you might need to park on a nearby street and walk down. You also have the option of parking at the Alan Ashton Foreshore reserve end and doing the walk from there.
The Wild Walks booklet provides a guide to the terrain, however note that the boat shed and cafe mentioned no longer exist.