The Bullen Track
  • Length: 4.5km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Cotter Road Car Park

  • End: Cotter Road Car Park

  • Closest Town: Canberra

  • Location: Cotter Bend

  • Distance from state capital: 14km

  • State: ACT

  • Latitude: -35.3265311

  • Longitude: 148.9402342

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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The Bullen Track is a 4.5km, grade 3 Return hike located in Cotter Bend ACT. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Summary

This fascinating walking trail explores both sides of the Cotter River before climbing up the side of the Bullen Range then down to cross the Paddys River. There is no bridge so you may get your feet wet as you wade and rock hop across. After crossing the river you wind your way up to end at the Cotter Caves which are closed to the public due to vandalism, safety and conservation concerns. However, you can still see inside and learn about the history of mineral exploration in Canberra.

Getting there

This fascinating walking trail explores both sides of the Cotter River before climbing up the side of the Bullen Range then down to cross the Paddys River. There is no bridge so you may get your feet wet as you wade and rock hop across. After crossing the river you wind your way up to end at the Cotter Caves which are closed to the public due to vandalism, safety and conservation concerns. However, you can still see inside and learn about the history of mineral exploration in Canberra.

About the region

Cotter Bend

The Cotter Bend, where the Paddys River meets the Cotter River, is a favourite with many for a swim, splash and for fishing. A wide pool and sandy beach marks the meeting of the two rivers. Paddys River has its genesis at Mount Tennent beyond Tharwa in Namadgi National Park and its fresh clean waters complement the Cotter as they come together at the ‘Bend’. The Cotter Bend has plenty of grassy areas with shade on sunny days, and you will often see families picnicking or playing cricket. There are free barbeques and toilet facilities available. From here you can walk the Bullen Track to the historic Cotter Caves, or go for a stroll along the river. 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.