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Tharwa Sandwash is accessed off Smiths Road near Tharwa. It is a great little picnic spot in the Gigerline Nature Reserve on the banks of the impressive Murrumbidgee River. There are picnic tables provided and good access to launch a canoe. There is plenty of bird life to discover, including some resident Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides).
No bins are provided - please take your rubbish home with you.
No dogs allowed.
Located close by:
- Tharwa Bridge
- Namadgi National Park
Map showing the location of Tharwa Bridge and Tharwa Sandwash as well as walking trails, toilets, picnic tables and barbecues.
Note: If you have difficulty accessing the information in this map please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Facilities and activities
- Picnic tables
- Walking trail
- Canoe entry points
Tharwa Explorer Track
Distance: 2.8km return
Time suggested: 1 hour
This track begins at Tharwa Bridge and follows the Murrumbidgee River upstream to a unique 19century cemetery. The 135 year old De Salis cemetery is the resting place for some 19 members of the De Salis family and employees of Cuppacumbalong Station. Originally the family buried their loved ones next to the river. However, when the flooding river had carried away three coffins and all the granite, making digging impossible, the family decided upon a unique solution. Instead of digging down, they raised the cemetery up. You can see this cemetery and learn more about the rich history of this area as you walk this interesting track.
The Tharwa Sandwash Track
Distance: 2km return
Time suggested: 45 minutes
This track starts at the car park at Tharwa Sandwash and follows the river upstream. Keep a lookout for some of the 200 species of birds known from this area.
Tharwa Sandwash is accessed off Smiths Road near Tharwa.
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.