Cotter Avenue

Wheelchair Toilets BBQ Playground Water Shelter Tables Fishing Swimming Walking NoDog

About

About

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Cotter Avenue is a perennial favourite with families keen to sizzle a sausage and is ideal for kids with its services facilities and modern adventure playground – all on the banks of the historic Cotter River.

Cotter Avenue is the most recently developed recreation area in the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, ideal for family gatherings and the best place to view the enlarged Cotter Dam wall. Have a shady picnic underneath the Poplar trees while the kids paddle in the Cotter River or play on the playground. Free electric barbeques and toilet facilities are provided. There are numerous walks that start at the Cotter Avenue ranging in distance, and are also suitable for people in wheelchairs. A particular favourite is the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail, where you can learn about the history of water in the Canberra region as you walk up to the enlarged dam viewing area. Cotter Avenue is accessed off Cotter Road. 

No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.

No dogs allowed.

For dog friendly recreation along the Murrumbidgee River you can go to Uriarra Crossing, Murrays Corner or Point Hut Crossing.

Located close by:

Map

Map

This map shows the location of Cotter Catchment Lookout, Cotter Avenue, Cotter Bend, Cotter Campground, Cotter Caves, Moores Hill, Grasstree Lookout and Casuarina Sands.

Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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This map shows the location of Cotter Catchment Lookout, Cotter Avenue, Cotter Bend, Cotter Campground, Cotter Caves, Moores Hill, Grasstree Lookout and Casuarina Sands

Facilities and activities

Facilities and activities

Cotter Avenue facilities and activities:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilets
  • Electric barbecues
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking trails

Cotter Avenue Playground Image

Cotter Avenue picnic tables

Cotter Avenue swimming area

Walking trails

Walking trails

Cotter Catchment lookout track

Distance: 1.7km return

Time suggested: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

This walking trail takes you on a meandering path through open woodland as you gently climb toward the Cotter Catchment Lookout. When you arrive you are rewarded by a fantastic panoramic view with the Cotter Reservoir extending out below you and the Tidbinbilla and Brindabella Ranges in the distance.

Cotter Dam Discovery Trail

Distance: 1km return

Time suggested: 1 hour

Difficulty: wheelchair friendly, easy

This trail allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Cotter Dam enlargement. Cross the Cotter River and wind your way up to the Dam viewing area, learning about the history of the Dam along the way. The trail is lined with stories of Canberra's water history and features a 16-metre wide, amphitheatre-style viewing platform which provides direct views of the Cotter Dam.

Cotter Explorer Track

Distance: 2km return

Time suggested: 1 hour

Difficulty: wheelchair friendly, easy

This trail takes you along the banks for the Cotter River as well as up and along the Cotter Avenue. It is wheelchair and pram friendly.

Honyong - Cotter Track

Distance: 2.3km return

Time suggested: 1 hour

Difficulty: moderate

The Honyong - Cotter Track starts at the northern end of the Cotter Avenue carpark and climbs up to the enlarged Cotter Dam lookout. Standing at this lookout gives you a good perspective of the true size of the enlarged dam wall.

Mount McDonald Summit Track

Via Cotter Catchment Lookout Track (walkers only)

Distance: 3.8km return

Time suggested: 2 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Via management trail (suitable for cyclists)

Distance: 5.2km return

Time suggested: 3 hours

Difficulty: moderate

This track climbs to the summit of Mount McDonald where you are rewarded by a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. You can see the Murrumbidgee River, the Brindabella Range to the west and Canberra itself. A view well worth the effort.

Stony Creek Skyline Track

Distance: 3.8km return

Time suggested: 2 hours

Difficulty: moderate to hard

This track travels uphill through the Stony Creek Nature Reserve. You will wind your way through bushland and be rewarded as you near the top and begin to see some impressive Grass Trees. From the top you have great views to the North East of the Murrumbidgee River and surrounding hills. You return the way you came and on the way down you have the option of taking a slight detour and climbing to the top of Moores Hill if you wish.

Directions

Directions

Cotter Avenue is located 25 minutes west of the Canberra city centre.

Please remember the following

  • There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.
  • Bring your firewood with you. Collection of standing or fallen timber from all public lands, including roadsides, is illegal and environmentally damaging, as it removes important habitat.
  • Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions
  • Please check the water quality conditions before you go swimming

More information and feedback

For more information or to provide feedback, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81 or complete an online feedback form.

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