Murrumbidgee River Corridor

The Murrumbidgee River flows for 1,600 kilometres from its headwaters in Kosciuszko National Park to its junction with the Murray River near Balranald in NSW. Around 66 kilometres of the river's journey is through the ACT, from Angle Crossing in the south to Uriarra Crossing in the north.

The Murrumbidgee River and its catchment are a significant part of the Murray-Darling Basin, supplying water for people, agriculture and wildlife along its length.

The Murrumbidgee River is also important to Aboriginal groups including the Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Nari Nari. Descendants of these groups maintain a close interest and involvement in the management of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC).

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The river and a narrow strip of land on either side make up the 9,800 hectares known collectively as the MRC, which includes five nature reserves, eight recreation reserves and a European heritage conservation zone. The MRC is extremely rich in Aboriginal and European heritage.

The MRC is one of Canberra's best-loved places for nature-based recreation. It is ideal for bushwalking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation and bird watching, as well as water-based activities such as swimming, fishing and canoeing.

Recreation areas are well serviced with mown areas, playgrounds, picnic tables, and free electric or wood-fired barbecues. Staff take great pride in maintaining these areas to a high standard, so please help them out by taking your rubbish with you (as bins are not provided), abiding by local regulations as indicated on the signs at the entrance to all recreation areas, and reporting any maintenance issues to Canberra Connect on 13 22 81. If you witness acts of vandalism or other illegal activities please report it to the police on 131 444.

Horse riding is permitted on the Bicentennial National Trail and on fire trails east of Old Boboyan Road.

Most of the MRC recreation areas are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, although Pine Island and Kambah Pool are closed to vehicles at night.

The following recreation areas are located along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor

Angle Crossing

is the southernmost point of the Murrumbidgee River within the ACT, accessed by Angle Crossing Road.

Blue Range Recreation Area

is a popular camping and events location centered around the heritage-listed remains of a World War II Italian internment camp.

Casuarina Sands

is an ideal location for picnics, river swimming and fishing or to launch your kayak or canoe.

Cotter Avenue

is located on the banks of the Cotter River and features a modern adventure playground and a lookout which views of the Cotter Dam wall.

Cotter Bend

features a wide pool and sandy beach where Paddys River meets Cotter River.

Cotter Campground

is set on the banks of the beautiful Cotter River and near the confluence with the Murrumbidgee River.

Kambah Pool

has multiple swimming spots, walking trails and is also popular for bird watching and fishing.

Murrays Corner

is a dog friendly picnic area on the bend of the Paddys River.

Murrumbidgee Discovery Track

makes it possible to walk the length of the river between Point Hut Crossing in the south and finish up at Casuarina Sands to the north.

Pine Island

offers easy access to the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, with a playground for kids and barbecue facilities.

Point Hut Crossing

is a shady picnic area with good access to sandy beaches for relaxing in the sun, swimming or launching a canoe. Dogs are allowed.

Swamp Creek

is a great spot for shady river-side picnicking with easy access to the river for swimming or launching a canoe.

Tharwa Bridge

is a riverside picnic area between the beautiful Murrumbidgee River and the historic town of Tharwa.

Tharwa Sandwash

is a great little picnic spot in the Gigerline Nature Reserve on the banks of the impressive Murrumbidgee River.

Uriarra Crossing (East/West)

has easy access to the river with lovely swimming spots, picnic areas, walking trails and view of the Murrumbidgee.

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