Casuarina Sands. Canberra, A.C.T., AUSTRALIA
Posted by: 2BluFish
S 35° 19.261 E 148° 57.157
55H E 677492 N 6089607
Quick Description: The Casuarina Sands swimming and picnic area has been completely rebuilt as part of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor upgrade and enlarging of the Cotter Dam. We visited after viewing the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and construction viewing platform.
Location: Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Date Posted: 9/18/2010 4:37:43 AM
Waymark Code: WM9Q80
Casuarina Sands is a great place to picnic and relax along the Murrumbidgee River. Have a barbeque, swim in the river or stroll upstream to the historic pumping station. For the energetic there is a 14km marked walk along the river with the spectacular Bullen Range to Kambah Pool. Allow eight hours one way.
The Murrumbidgee River corridor offers a wealth of recreation and natural attractions for Canberra. Visit one of Australia's great rivers flowing through capital country. The Murumbidgee River rises in the Snowy Mountains and joins the mighty Murray River.
The corridor includes the river and a narrow strip of land either side set aside as a collection of nature and recreation reserves, is historically important to Aboriginal groups including the Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Nari Nari. 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 Murrumbidgee River Corridor is ideal for swimming, fishing, canoeing, bushwalking, picnicking, bird watching and wildlife observation. Recreation areas have mown areas, playgrounds, picnic tables and free electric or wood-fired barbecues (bring your own wood).
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.
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.