Visit the natural side of Canberra along one of Australia's great rivers.
A hiker looks over Red Rocks Gorge along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor

Discover Canberra's natural waterways

The Murrumbidgee River flows through the ACT after arising in the Australian Alps and then joining the Murray River, which is Australia’s longest river.

The Murrumbidgee River corridor is a reserve of land that adjoins each bank of the river along its course through the  ACT. The corridor offers a wealth of recreation and natural attractions for Canberra.

The corridor includes five nature reserves and eight recreation reserves, and is historically important to Aboriginal groups including the Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Nari Nari - being extremely rich in sites and artefacts.

Access the corridor easily from many suburbs to enjoy nature-based recreation. Most areas are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Corridor is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, rock climbing, picnicking, bird watching and wildlife observation. Recreation areas have mown grassy areas, playgrounds, picnic tables and wood barbecues are located at Uriarra Crossing, Cotter Campground and Tharwa Bridge. Fires are permitted unless a Total Fire Ban is in force. Wood is not supplied. You must bring your own wood.

Bushwalking on the Murrumbidgee

Walks range from easy, half hour strolls to long day walks. All walking tracks include comprehensive track markers and signage. The Murrumbidgee Discovery Track is an iconic river walk that follows the Murrumbidgee from Point Hut Crossing to Casuarina Sands. Walk this 27 km track in sections, in either direction. The river is also included in the new Canberra Centenary Trail, a 140 kilometre self-guided, non-motorised loop trail for both walkers and touring cyclists.

Swimming in Canberra’s rivers

Look out for the large swimming conditions signs in all areas. Be sure to follow the recommendations. There are no lifesavers on patrol. Look after yourself and others.

Large sandy beaches with a gentle slope into the water are located at Tharwa Sandwash, Tharwa Bridge, Point Hut Crossing, Pine Island (central, north and south), Kambah Pool (southern or upstream area), Cotter Bend and Uriarra Crossing. These are great for little children and adults alike. Supervise children at all times.

The ACT's only nude bathing area is clearly signposted. It is 200 metres downstream of the northern car park at Kambah Pool. This is a very popular area. Please be aware that you will probably see nudity if you venture into this area.

Swimming areas along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor 

Area Toilets BBQs Picnic tables Wheelchair Dogs allowed
Pine Island Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Angle Crossing Yes No No No No
Casuarina Sands Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Kambah Pool Yes No No No No
Cotter Bend Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cotter Avenue Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tharwa Sandwash No No Yes No No
Uriarra Crossing Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Point Hut Crossing Yes No Yes No No

All recreation areas have walking trails and canoe entry points.
CAUTION: Swimming areas are not patrolled. Please exercise care and obey all signs advising on swimming conditions at each area.

Fishing on Murrumbidgee River

Fishing is a popular activity along the river. Fishing is permitted everywhere along the river except at the Gigerline Nature Reserve from Angle Crossing to the junction with the Gudgenby River.

Practice catch and release fishing at all times. Although you don't need a fishing licence, you must adhere to ACT fishing regulations and bag limits.

Additional guides and information on Murrumbidgee River

For additional information including online guides to reserves along the corridor, permits, and access points, please refer to the Murrumbidgee River Corridor pages on the ACT Territory and Municipal Services website