The Tharwa Sandwash Track
  • Length: 2km

  • Duration: 45mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Tharwa Sandwash

  • End: Tharwa Sandwash

  • Location: Tharwa Bridge

  • Closest Town: Tharwa

  • Distance from CBD: 35km

  • State: ACT

  • Latitude: -35.51001751

  • Longitude: 149.0695408

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Bitumen Road

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Speed Bumps

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Entry Fee

Large Car Park

Small Car Park

Accessible Parking

Accessible Toilet

Public Toilets

Drinking Water

Untreated Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

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Mountain Bike Trail

Historic Rail Trail

Dog Friendly

Urban Walk

Coast & Beach

Historic Lighthouse

Waterfalls & Lakes

Rainforest Walk

Goldfields & Mining

Heritage Walk

Aboriginal Art

Alpine Region

Alpine Huts

Exposed Ledges

Rock Scrambling

Steep Terrain

Bush Bashing

River Crossings

Scenic Viewpoints

Well Marked

Drinking Water

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Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Overnight Campsites

Trail Running

Horse Riding


The Tharwa Sandwash Track is a 2km, grade 2 return hike, located in Tharwa Bridge, ACT. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.

Hike Summary

This track starts at the car park at Tharwa Sandwash and follows the river upstream. Keep a lookout for some of the 200 species of birds known from this area.

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.

Getting there

This track starts at the car park at Tharwa Sandwash and follows the river upstream. Keep a lookout for some of the 200 species of birds known from this area.

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