Cotter Dam Discovery Trail
  • Length: 1km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 1

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Cotter Catchment Car Park

  • End: Cotter Catchment Car Park

  • Closest Town: Stromlo

  • Location: Cotter Avenue

  • Distance from state capital: 25km

  • State: ACT

  • Latitude: -35.32438262

  • Longitude: 148.9408886

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

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Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is a 1km, grade 1 Return hike located in Cotter Avenue ACT. The hike should take approximately 1hrs to complete.

Summary

This trail allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Cotter Dam enlargement. Cross the Cotter River and wind your way up to the Dam viewing area, learning about the history of the Dam along the way. The trail is lined with stories of Canberra’s water history and features a 16-metre wide, amphitheatre-style viewing platform which provides direct views of the Cotter Dam.

Getting there

This trail allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Cotter Dam enlargement. Cross the Cotter River and wind your way up to the Dam viewing area, learning about the history of the Dam along the way. The trail is lined with stories of Canberra’s water history and features a 16-metre wide, amphitheatre-style viewing platform which provides direct views of the Cotter Dam.

About the region

Cotter Avenue

Cotter Avenue is a perennial favourite with families keen to sizzle a sausage and is ideal for kids with its services facilities and modern adventure playground – all on the banks of the historic Cotter River. Cotter Avenue is the most recently developed recreation area in the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, ideal for family gatherings and the best place to view the enlarged Cotter Dam wall. Have a shady picnic underneath the Poplar trees while the kids paddle in the Cotter River or play on the playground. Free electric barbeques and toilet facilities are provided. There are numerous walks that start at the Cotter Avenue ranging in distance, and are also suitable for people in wheelchairs. A particular favourite is the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail, where you can learn about the history of water in the Canberra region as you walk up to the enlarged dam viewing area. Cotter Avenue is accessed off Cotter Road.  No bins are provided – please take your rubbish home with you. No dogs allowed. For dog friendly recreation along the Murrumbidgee River you can go to Uriarra Crossing, Murrays Corner or Point Hut Crossing. Located close by:


For more information, a location map and facilities please visit the ACT Government Information Portal.