I went for a Scooter ride out to Uriarra Crossing and then via the Cotter area and back to Canberra again in the last few weeks. I thought it would be a good revision of what is available for the odd picnic or swim during this time of the year while it is quite hot. I’m not a great fan of swimming pools as most times they are full and not relaxing areas just for a peaceful swim.
Uriarra Crossing has three different areas that can be used for picnics or swimming.
1) Uriarra East recreation area has a nice large shady area with nice wooden pine picnic tables and toilet amenities in walking distance. The swimming area of the Murrumbidgee River is just a quick walk down from the picnic area.Note: The BBQ areas around Uriarra are not electric as they are all wood ones from what I could see. As a result they can’t be used during the “Bush Fire Season”.
2) Uriarra West recreation area on the other side of the river has its own toilet amenities. There were a number of stone made shelters with tables and chairs. There would be access to the river area but probably not as good as Uriarra East or the next area across the road from Uriarra West called Swamp Creek.
3) Swamp Creek recreational area also has its own toilet amenities with a few picnic table areas although not too many compared to the other locations. The plus side for Swamp Creek was a nice sandy beach looking area ideal for swimming.
4) Casuarina Sands recreation area is located just before the Cotter heading from Canberra on your right. This area would be the best in terms of having a picnic as it caters for all people. It has facilities for disabled people as it has a concrete path right down to the sandy beach area for swimming. The toilet facilities also have disabled sized toilets. There are about 12 electric BBQ cooking areas with picnic table’s close by. Each BBQ area has its own cold water tap. There is also an Emergency Telephone available if needed. There is a kids playing area with plenty of shade around from the trees. The river area is just a quick stroll down from the picnic area. On the far side of Casuarina Sands is another swimming area with a couple of picnic areas which had quite a few people swimming there when I went past it.
Well that concludes my photo information session and hope it helps if you’re looking for somewhere to cool off not far from Canberra.