Tharwa Sandwash

30 min to 45 min

1.8 km
return

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Easy track
Starting from the car park at the end of Tharwa Sandwash Road, Tennent, this walk takes you to the foreshore of Murrumbidgee River and back, via a fire trail. A straight flat fire trail to the sand riverbank and equipped with picnic tables, this walk can make for a great all-around family trip. Take a swim in the warm waters of the river, then have a big picnic as you enjoy the relaxing aura of the riverbed. There are also canoe entry points if you want to challenge the stream. As you’re resting after all that action, keep an eye out for peculiar birds such as Tawny Frogmouths. The area is known to contain around 200 species of them. Don’t forget to leave your fishing rod at home, as it is forbidden to fish here. 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 (-35.5291647,149.0781914)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Drakeford Drive then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Drakeford Drive and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 890 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn slight left onto Naas Road and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn left onto Smiths Road and drive for another 630 m
  • Turn sharp left onto Tharwa Sandwash Road and drive for another 550 m
  • Turn left onto Tharwa Sandwash Road and drive for another 50 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Tharwa Sandwash Road(the dirt road off Smiths Road), head towards the gate at the trailhead, following the line of rocks/boulders. Head around the gate and join the dirt track that is noticeably more narrow than the dirt road. Stay on the track as it follows the river upstream to continue along Tharwa Sandwash Trail.....
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Start.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Tharwa Sandwash Road & Tharwa Sandwash Fire Trail) turn sharp left, to head along Tharwa Sandwash Fire Trail (a vehicle track).
Continue another 800 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 900 m to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Tharwa Sandwash


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 1.8 km
Time 30 min to 45 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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