Tharwa Explorer Track (Extended)

45 min to 1 h 30 min

3.2 km

↑ 32 m
↓ -32 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park on Tharwa Drive, Tharwa, this walk takes you to the confluence of Murrumbidgee and Gudgenby Rivers, visiting the historic De Salis Cemetery along the way. There are 16 people buried in the private cemetery, with 6 of them being members of the De Salis family. Count Leopold Fane de Salis, politician and pastoralist, is buried with his family separately from the 10 workers that worked for them at their homestead. Speaking of, you’ll also pass by the said homestead midway through the walk, which is now a B&B that you can spend the night in. There’s a local sheep farm which has alpacas and sheep, if you like fluffy animals that look like a bouncing cloud while running. After all that, the walk reaches the confluence, where you can listen to the burbling sound of the stream and enjoy a picnic. Just be careful as the water level can rise dramatically after rain. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.5092659,149.0691963)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Drakeford Drive then drive for 2 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Drakeford Drive and drive for another 700 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 950 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 540 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 890 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Tharwa Drive and drive for another 5 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park on Tharwa Drive(near Tharwa Bridge), pass through the bollard and head towards the river as you pass by the toilets to your left. Veer right as you get closer to the river to join the dirt walking track. Keep the river to your left and follow the track as it heads parallel to the river to continue along the Tharwa Explorer Track (Extended).....
Turn map Directions & comments
After 120 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
After another 60 m pass the BBQ (20 m on your left).
After another 1.2 km turn left, to head along Desallis Fire Trail.
After another 7 m pass the "Desalis Cemetery" (7 m on your right).
After another 150 m continue straight.
Continue another 105 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.6 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Tharwa Explorer Track (Extended)

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 3.2 km
Time 45 min to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 120 m from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
120 m[toilet]
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