Casuarina Sands Reserve to Kambah Pool

4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min

13.5 km
oneway

↑ 529 m
↓ -447 m

Hard track
Starting from the western end of Casuarina Sands Reserve Carpark, Stromlo, this walk takes you to Kambah Pool Recreation Area via the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track, following the river down south. This walk is filled with wildlife as the riverbed and the surrounding area is quite green considering the dried up areas around it. Expect to see kangaroos and wallabies along with some wombats. Feel free to stop and take in the scenery and have a peaceful little riverside picnic if you feel like it. As you pass through river oak and red string bark woodlands, don’t forget to keep an eye out for Spider flowers. The track may become indistinguishable around some parts due to overgrowth, but the signage is very good and supported with distance markers. Although this can be impractical and boggling, it may make the journey feel more natural and unexplored. Just make sure you cover your legs to not get scratched. Keep in mind that this walk can be done in reverse and is a part of the 28 km Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Casuarina Sands Road & Kambah to Cotter walking track (-35.3200087,148.9529681)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Cotter Road Offramp then drive for 410 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 2.1 km
  • Turn left onto Cotter Road and drive for another 750 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Cotter Road and drive for another 9.2 km
  • Keep right onto Casuarina Sands Road and drive for another 450 m
Finish (-35.3975007,149.0117686)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the western end of Casuarina Sands Reserve Carpark, head towards the gap between the metal gate and the informational signpost along the paved way. Pass through the bollards serving as a bollard and enter the dirt/grass path, moving directly away from the car park. Join the subtle dirt/grass track as you pass by a directional signpost to your right. Follow the path and veer left as you pass by another signpost to your right, with no dogs and no mountain biking signs on it. Stay on the track as it follows the river to continue along Casuarina Sands Reserve to Kambah Pool Track. Keep in mind that some areas may be overgrown, but there is clear signage and distance markers every 200 metres throughout the track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Casuarina Sands Road & Kambah to Cotter walking track Start heading along Kambah to Cotter walking track (a footpath).
There is a toilet (about 65 m back from the start).
After 105 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 440 m continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter walking track.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter walking track.
After another 770 m cross the ford.
At the intersection of Kambah to Cotter walking track & Cottermouth River Track continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter walking track.
After another 490 m cross the ford.
After another 660 m cross the ford.
After another 670 m continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter walking track.
After another 205 m cross the ford.
After another 1.1 km cross the bridge (about 9 m long)
After another 370 m cross the ford.
After another 340 m cross the ford.
After another 260 m cross the ford.
After another 880 m cross the ford.
After another 190 m cross the ford.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A little side trip to Knoll Lookout. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 240 m (at the intersection of Knoll Lookout branch track & Kambah to Cotter Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter Walking Track.
After another 440 m cross the ford.
After another 1 km cross the ford.
After another 1.3 km cross the ford.
After another 1.1 km cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 1.2 km cross the ford.
After another 920 m cross the ford.
After another 620 m continue straight, to head along Kambah to Cotter Walking Track.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Kambah Pool Road & Kambah to Cotter Walking Track) continue straight, to head along Kambah Pool Road (a vehicle track).
After another 155 m come to the end.
About 10 m past the end is a car park.
About 90 m past the end is a toilet.
About 130 m past the end is a seat.

A little side trip to Knoll Lookout.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kambah to Cotter Walking Track & Knoll Lookout branch track Start heading along Knoll Lookout branch track (a walking track).
Continue another 120 m to find Knoll Lookout at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 120 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Casuarina Sands Reserve to Kambah Pool


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.5 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.6 km apart with the largest gap of 13.6 km.

Seat: There is one 13.6 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-31 m[toilet]
Toilet
13.6 km[toilet]
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