Mount Stromlo to the Murrumbidgee River

Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Uriarra, looking toward the Brindabella Ranges, Canberra. Photo by Hugo Kneebone on Unsplash

A rideable corridor to the Murrumbidgee River came up again with the release of “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report this week. Here is the proposed route. 

The Mount Stromlo Observatory (MSO), Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Start at the Mount Stromlo Observatory (MSO), Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Gravel rides in this area are discussed here and from Denman Prospect here.

Deep Creek

Deep Creek starts high on Mount Stromlo. Singletrack, of the same name, runs along part of its length. After that, Mountain View Track and Bennett Fire Trail (management trails) will take you the rest of the way.

Deep Creek ( OSM Reference: way 736935433 ). Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Brindabella Ranges, Bennett Fire Trail, management trail, Brown Hill, the western slopes of Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Brindabella Ranges, Bennett Fire Trail, management trail, Brown Hill, the western slopes of Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Middle section

The next section is along an unknown creek (probably Deep Creek). A management trail runs along this creek off Bennett Fire Trail.

Unknown creek (Deep Creek?) (OSM Reference: way 56426876). Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Fence crossing, close to Bennett Fire Trail, management trail on the western slopes of Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Fence crossing to Stoney Creek Nature Reserve, close to Bennett Fire Trail, management trail on the western slopes of Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Stoney Creek

You have now reached Stoney Creek, whch flows to the Murrumbidgee River through the Stoney Creek Nature Reserve. There are no management trails or walking paths in the area. The area is open grassland and can be walked – just follow the creek but beware of snakes. Close to the river, the creek has dug itself deep into the landscape.

Stoney Creek (OSM Reference: way 56426847). Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
Mount McDonald and the Brindabella Ranges, close to Bennett Fire Trail, management trail on the western slopes of Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra
Stoney Creek Nature Reserve, Mount McDonald and the Brindabella Ranges, close to Bennett Fire Trail, Mount Stromlo Forest, Western Canberra

Stoney Creek Nature Reserve

Stoney Creek Nature Reserve is part of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor. A review of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor should be released this year. Last year ACT Environment released the Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan 2019. Expect something similar for Murrumbidgee River Corridor. The last report on the Murrumbidgee River Corridor is very old and not worth consideration at this stage. 

More about Stoney Creek Nature Reserve later.

Stony Creek Nature Reserve (OSM Reference: relation 9389160). Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Casuarina Sands 

A path for mountain bikes is planned along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor to Casuarina Sands. Casuarina Sands is on Cotter Road and has good facilities and a beach. It is well known. There is currently a walk from here south to Kamba and another north that ends after about 1km. Both are walking only at this time. The “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report would have singletrack (multi-use track) to Kambah.

Casuarina Sands (OSM Reference: way 50282361). Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Casuarina Sands to Kambah

You can walk this now. Give it a try.

Photo by Diego Madrigal on Pexels.com

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