Uriarra Crossing

Toilets Wood Shelter Tables Offleash Fishing Swimming Canoe Walking Lookout

About

About

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Uriarra Crossing and Swamp Creek are located in a 2km area, close to where Uriarra Road crosses the magnificent Murrumbidgee River, and are accessed off the Uriarra Road. They are great spots for shady river-side picnicking. On hot summer days you will find many Canberrans enjoying the easy access to the river, lovely swimming spots and picnic areas. On cooler days you can light a fire in one of the many wood-fired barbecues and enjoy the views of the Murrumbidgee. Fishing and canoeing are also popular activities. Or take one of a range of short walks along the river, including walking up to the confluence of the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers.

Dogs are welcome at the river and picnic areas, however we ask that you don’t take them on the walking trails.

Toilet facilities are provided.

No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.

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Map

Map

Map showing the location of Swamp Creek Picnic Area, Shepherds Lookout, Uriarra West Picnic Area and Uriarra East Picnic Area. Also those a number of walking trails and the location of toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and lookouts.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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 Map showing the location of Swamp Creek Picnic Area, Shepherds Lookout, Uriarra West Picnic Area and Uriarra East Picnic Area. Also those a number of walking trails and the location of toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and lookouts.

 

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

Uriarra West

  • Toilets
  • Wood barbecues
  • Shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Off leash dog exercise area
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Canoe entry points

Uriarra East

  • Toilets
  • Wood barbecues
  • Picnic tables
  • Off leash dog exercise area
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking trails
  • Canoe entry points

Uriarra Crossing Dog Swimming Image

Walking trails

Walking trails

Uriarra Loop

Distance: 3.5km return

Time suggested: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: easy

From Uriarra East picnic area, follow the Murrumbidgee River downstream towards its junction with the Molonglo River. The trail then follows the Molonglo River upstream, returning through open grazing country. The steep Molonglo River gorge creates conditions that are different from the surrounding tablelands, allowing an unusually high diversity of plants. Mist trapped in the gorge acts like a protective blanket. The Pale Pomaderris (Pomaderris pallida), a nationally vulnerable shrub grows here as well as the unusual Anchor Plant (Discaria pubescens).

Shepherds Lookout - History

Named after nearby property owners, Shepherd’s Lookout is the ACT’s northern-most viewing point of the Murrumbidgee River. The power lines spanning the river mark the border between the ACT and New South Wales.

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Hundreds of stone tool scatter sites in the area are evidence that the Ngunnawal Aboriginal people have lived in the Murrumbidgee and Molonglo catchments for thousands of years. The river provided water as well as fish, yabbies and water birds. The first Europeans to the area came in search of the Murrumbidgee River in 1820. On the opposite bank, there was a sand mining venture that operated until the early 1980s. Behind it lies the Retallick rural lease, one of the first properties in the area.
The deep river pool below provides important habitat for platypus and native fish including the endangered Macquarie Perch and Murray Cod.
Black Cypress Pines, Callitris endlicheri, grow here on thin rocky soil. Their winged seeds are protected in tough woody cones and are a favourite food of Gang Gang Cockatoos.
The adjacent Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre was built in the 1970’s and is the main wastewater treatment facility for Canberra. Trees along the Shepherd’s Lookout Loop were planted in the 1970s to rehabilitate a road and temporary workshed sites associated with the construction of the centre.

Uriarra Loop and Shepherd’s Lookout

Distance: 6.5km return

Time suggested: 4 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Start walking along the Uriarra Loop from Uriarra East picnic area, then cross the Molonglo River and start up towards Shepherd’s Lookout. You will pass stands of Black Cypress Pine and the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre. From the lookout you will get excellent views of the river.

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Stockdill Drive to Shepherds Lookout

Distance: 1.2km return

Time suggested: 45 min

Difficulty: easy

Start at the parking area 3km from the last traffic island on Stockdill Drive. Walk through Woodstock Nature Reserve to Shepherds Lookout for an impressive view along the Murrumbidgee. The ACT border, 3km downstream, is marked by power lines over the river. Dogs are allowed on a lead.

Tong’s Hole

Distance: 1km return

Time suggested: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

The Tong’s Hole trail starts at the end of Stockdill Drive and takes you down through stands of Black Cypress Pine (Callitris endlicheri) to the scenic Molonglo River. Keep your eyes open for the many types of raptors that frequent this area.

Directions

Directions

Located 25 minutes north west of Canberra city centre, accessed off Uriarra Road.

Please remember the following

  • There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.
  • Bring your firewood with you. Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging, as it removes important habitat.
  • Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions
  • Please check the water quality conditions before you go swimming

More information and feedback

For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.

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