Tharwa Explorer Track
  • Length: 2.8km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Tharwa Bridge

  • End: Tharwa Bridge

  • Closest Town: Tharwa

  • Location: Tharwa Bridge

  • Distance from state capital: 35km

  • State: ACT

Summary

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.

Getting there

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.

About the region

Tharwa Bridge

Tharwa Bridge is a riverside picnic area between the beautiful Murrumbidgee River and the historic town of Tharwa. The area has great river views, with picnic tables and toilet facilities. You can also use your visit here to explore the rich history of Tharwa village and surrounds. Walk down to the nineteenth century De Salis Cemetery or wander along the river’s edge and read about the history of iconic Tharwa Bridge. Or go even further back in time and read about the rich indigenous history of this region. Because the river is shallow at Tharwa it was a crossing point for the Ngunnawal people as they travelled to and from the mountains. For the same reason, it was also chosen by European settlers as one of the few places where you could usually cross the Murrumbidgee safely. Despite this, drowning were still common. After decades of public demand, and many bureaucratic wrangles over sites and cost, the Tharwa Bridge was built. There was much excitement, – a public holiday was declared for its opening on 27 March 1895. Tharwa Bridge has served the region well for over 120 years, and has recently had some structural strengthening in order to preserve this wonderful piece of our heritage. 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.