London Bridge Arch and Queanbeyan River

6 h to 9 h

18.1 km
circuit

↑ 774 m
↓ -774 m

Moderate track
Starting from the end of London Bridge Road, Burra, this circuit walk explores the woodlands of Googong Foreshores, crossing the Burra Creek and Queanbeyan River. The route visits the London Bridge Woolshed at the start and London Bridge Arch near Burra Creek. Although it’s mostly on a fire trail, this track does not fail to capture the ambience and feeling of being in nature. You’ll go through rural areas and dense forests which are filled with wildlife throughout the journey. You may run into some fluffy wombats around the reserve, but don’t mix them up with beavers. These are not master engineers or builders, but they can dig into the earth quite well. Also, keep an eye out for lizards and snakes in warmer months. Don’t forget to check out the historic London Bridge Woolshed near the start, which was built in the early 1930s. You can take the side trip to the homestead as well, although you need to contact the Ranger Station for the opening times first. Please check the forecast and the level of water beforehand to avoid dangerous situations whilst passing the river. 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 (-35.5106614,149.25839)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Monaro Highway, A23
  • Turn on to then drive for 50 m
  • Turn left onto Lanyon Drive and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn right onto Tompsitt Drive and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Edwin Land Parkway and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Edwin Land Parkway and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right onto Old Cooma Road and drive for another 5.1 km
  • Keep right onto Old Cooma Road and drive for another 3.4 km
  • Turn left onto Burra Road and drive for another 7.7 km
  • Turn left onto London Bridge Road and drive for another 3.3 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of London Bridge Road, head towards the steps near the blue informational signpost along the dirt path, moving directly away from the road. Head up the steps and move in the direction the arrow on the “London Bridge Walk” signpost(to your right) is pointing towards. After around 90 metres you’ll see another set of signposts in front of you, with a gap in between. Pass through the gap and turn right as you join the formed fire trail to continue along London Bridge Arch and Queanbeyan River Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 80 m continue straight, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 20 m pass the BBQ (100 m on your right).
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 220 m turn left, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 370 m pass the cave (30 m on your left).
London Bridge Arch
After another 4 m continue straight, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 80 m pass a seat (20 m on your right)., has a backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional but recommended side trip to the historical London Bridge Homestead, built in 1860. Contact the Ranger Station for the open days and hours for visiting, as they may vary. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of London Bridge Walk & Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk) turn left, to head along Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk (a vehicle track).
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk.
After another 540 m veer right, to head along Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of North Urialla Trail & Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk) turn right, to head along North Urialla Trail.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of North Urialla Trail & Queanbeyan River Walk) veer left, to head along Queanbeyan River Walk.
After another 1.6 km continue straight, to head along Queanbeyan River Walk.
After another 65 m cross the ford.
After another 780 m continue straight.
After another 4.5 km cross the ford.
After another 4.1 km turn left, to head along Queanbeyan River Walk.
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of North Urialla Trail & Queanbeyan River Walk) veer right, to head along North Urialla Trail.
After another 670 m (at the intersection of Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk & North Urialla Trail) turn left, to head along Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk.
After another 380 m veer left, to head along Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk.
After another 540 m turn right.
After another 150 m turn right, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 380 m turn right, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 220 m continue straight, to head along London Bridge Walk.
After another 90 m continue straight.
After another 80 m come to the end.

An optional but recommended side trip to the historical London Bridge Homestead, built in 1860. Contact the Ranger Station for the open days and hours for visiting, as they may vary.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Dhurrawarri Buranya Walk & London Bridge Walk Start (a footpath).
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 470 m continue straight.
After another 510 m turn left.
After another 70 m turn right.
After another 85 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 1.3 km to the main route.
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Terrain
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London Bridge Arch and Queanbeyan River


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 18.1 km
Time 6 h to 9 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 850 m from the start.


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