Molonglo River Circuit, Scrivener Dam

1 h 45 min to 3 h

7 km
circuit

↑ 105 m
↓ -105 m

Easy track
Starting from the Scrivener Dam Lookout, Weston Creek, this walk follows the Molonglo River along Molonglo Valley, crosses the river near the Coombs district and loops back. The burbling sound of water will accompany you throughout the river, as you enjoy the scenic views whilst getting to know the territory. The section after you cross the river mid-way through the walk is concrete all the way back to the start. So you won’t need to worry about misstepping. Don’t forget to watch the strong flow of water from the lookout when you complete the circuit, if you haven’t done so already. 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 (-35.3006778,149.0729652)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Lady Denman Drive Offramp then drive for 305 m
  • Keep left and drive for another 35 m
  • Turn slight left and drive for another 45 m
  • Keep right and drive for another 70 m
  • Turn sharp right onto Lady Denman Drive and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn right and drive for another 150 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 35 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
Starting from Scrivener Dam Lookout, head along the concrete footpath perpendicular to the dam, moving directly away from the lookout. Veer right and take the steps up to the roadside of Lady Denman Road. Turn left and head across the dam along the concrete footpath, moving parallel to the road. Stay on the track and keep riverside to continue along Molonglo River Circuit, Scrivener Dam Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 45 m head up the concrete steps (about 20 m long)
Then pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 35 m pass the picnic table (15 m on your right).
After another 235 m to find the car park.
After another 2 m turn left.
After another 310 m pass the "Giraffe and zebra" (20 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 510 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bold Hill, where you can get better views of the landscape. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Forest Drive & Bicentennial National Trail) veer left, to head along Forest Drive.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Forest Drive.
After another 105 m continue straight.
Then cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
After another 25 m continue straight.
After another 25 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 55 m turn left.
After another 165 m continue straight.
After another 970 m continue straight.
After another 710 m continue straight.
After another 470 m cross the bridge (about 75 m long)
After another 2 m continue straight.
After another 170 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has no backrest.
After another 250 m turn left.
Then pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 45 m come to the "Scrivener Dam Lookout" (6 m on your left).
After another 20 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Bold Hill, where you can get better views of the landscape.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Forest Drive & Bicentennial National Trail Start (a vehicle track).
After another 160 m turn sharp right.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 85 m come to the end.
About 115 m past the end is "Bold Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 690 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Molonglo River Circuit, Scrivener Dam


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 7 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.6 km.


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