Kambah Pool is located off Kambah Pool Road via Sulwood Drive in Kambah. From either of the car parks it is a short walk to a beautiful section of the Murrumbidgee River with multiple options for a swim, and also a popular place for fishing. Part of the northern section is set aside for nude bathing and is clearly sign posted. Toilets are located at both carparks.
From Kambah Pool it is possible to explore the river’s diverse habitats with magnificent river views from a variety of vantage points. If you go early in the morning you’ll have every chance of seeing one of the many wombats that call Kambah Pool home. Kambah Pool and surrounds is also a good spot for bird watching. In late autumn you might see hundreds of migrating Yellow-faced Honeyeaters (Lichenostomus chrysops), or closer to Red Rocks Gorge you may be lucky enough to spot a Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines), the fastest bird in the world.
Kambah Pool is also one of the access points for the 27 kilometre Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. You can walk this entire track, and from Kambah Pool south to Point Hut Crossing it is also mountain bike friendly.
Please note: Kambah Pool gates are closed from 6pm to 8am over winter, and from 9pm to 8am during daylight savings.
No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.
No dogs allowed.
Map showing the location of Kambah Pool including Murrumbidgee Discover Track, toilets, and the Red Rocks Gorge lookout.
Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Facilities and activities
- Canoe entry points
- Nudist area
- Walking trails
- Mountain biking (Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail only)
Murrumbidgee Discovery Track
The 27 kilometre Murrumbidgee Discovery Track makes it possible to walk the length of the river between Point Hut Crossing in the south, pass through Pine Island and Kambah Pool and finish up at Casuarina Sands to the north. Whether you explore just a small section of the track or walk its entire length, you’ll discover many animals plus large areas of natural riverine and gorge vegetation, including several rare plant species. Magnificent rock formations, gorges and cascading waters welcome everyone from casual swimmers to hardened trekkers.
Casuarina Sands to Kambah Pool
Distance: 14km one-way
Time suggested: 8 hours
This section of the track begins at the western end of the Casuarina Sands car park where it hugs the river and passes river oaks, red stringy barks and scribbly gums on the drier slopes. Sometimes moving away from the river across open grazing country, the track climbs high above the river as it nears Kambah Pool. There are great views of the river and surrounding countryside all the way. The distance and relative difficulty makes this walk suitable only as a one-way excursion, so plan transport at both ends.
Kambah Pool to Pine Island
Distance: 7 km one-way
Time suggested: 3 hours
Difficulty: moderate, suitable for mountain bikes
You can walk or take your mountain bike south to Pine Island along the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. This 7km (one way) track passes through native forest and farmland and takes you above Red Rocks Gorge, one of the most spectacular gorges along the whole Murrumbidgee River. A lookout provides great views of the gorge. Further on, after crossing Tuggeranong Creek, the track passes an historic dry stone wall, built in the 1860s to mark the boundary between two early rural properties.
Located off Kambah Pool Road, 20 minutes south west of 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.