Swamp Creek and Uriarra Crossing are located in a 2km area, close to where Uriarra Road crosses the magnificent Murrumbidgee River, and are accessed off the Uriarra Road. They are great spots for shady river-side picnicking. On hot summer days you will find many Canberrans enjoying the easy access to the river, lovely swimming spots and picnic areas. On cooler days you can light a fire in one of the many wood-fired barbecues and enjoy the views of the Murrumbidgee. Fishing and canoeing are also popular activities. Or take one of a range of short walks along the river, including walking up to the confluence of the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers.
Dogs are welcome at the river and picnic areas, however we ask that you don’t take them on the walking trails. Toilet facilities are provided.
No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.
Located close by:
- Uriarra Crossing (east and west)
- Shepherds Lookout
Map showing the location of Swamp Creek Picnic Area, Shepherds Lookout, Uriarra West Picnic Area and Uriarra East Picnic Area. Also those a number of walking trails and the location of toilets, picnic tables, barbecues and lookouts.
Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Facilities and activities
Swamp Creek facilities and activities:
- Wood barbecues
- Picnic tables
- Off leash dog exercise area
- Canoe entry points
Woodstock Nature Reserve
Distance: 4.6km return
Time suggested: 2 hours
Start this walk 800m from Swamp Creek Picnic Area on Fairlight Road. The trail takes you to the river’s edge and the remains of Giorgio’s Sandwash, a sand mining operation that continued till the early 1980s. This reserve is popular with birdwatchers, partly due to the river and also because of the cliffs across the river where many raptors make their home. Look out for the colourful rainbow bee-eater (Merops ornatus) which breeds here in summer, hovering birds of prey, and waterbirds.
Distance: 3.5km return
Time suggested: 2.5 hours
From Uriarra East picnic area, follow the Murrumbidgee River downstream towards its junction with the Molonglo River. The trail then follows the Molonglo River upstream, returning through open grazing country. The steep Molonglo River gorge creates conditions that are different from the surrounding tablelands, allowing an unusually high diversity of plants. Mist trapped in the gorge acts like a protective blanket. The Pale Pomaderris (Pomaderris pallida), a nationally vulnerable shrub grows here as well as the unusual Anchor Plant (Discaria pubescens).
Located 25 minutes north west of Canberra city centre, accessed off Uriarra Road.
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.