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.
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.
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.