• Distance 1.8km
  • Altitude max 582m
  • Altitude min 570m
  • Duration .75 hours
  • Trail type Return
Two Stars

Two Stars

Meh - Take it or leave it

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Two

Grade Two

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.

The Australian Grading system is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Sandwash Walking Track ACT (1.8km)


Nearest Town

This walk is located in the township of Tharwa, ACT

Starting Location

Car park off Smith’s Road located just past Tharwa township

Finish Location

Car park off Smith’s Road located just past Tharwa township

Sandwash Walking Track Review

This walk along with the nearby Tharwa Explorer Walking Track were one’s that I wasn’t aware of until just recently. Both walks sit outside the township of Tharwa on the southern outskirts of Canberra and typically as I am heading towards Namadgi National Park to do some walking.

The Sandwash Walking track is a strange track in that while there is a trailhead sign there is nothing beyond that to tell you which way to go – you really are doing this walk as a bit of a ‘choose your own adventure’. There are a number of what appear to be walking tracks on this walk but nothing easily defined. So why then would you do this walk?

The walk takes you along the edge of the Murrumbidgee River which is the only real water source in this area. As such one of the big selling points is the birdlife with over 200 species of birds listed. On the day we did the walk there was certainly plenty of birdlife in this area. There were also a few people with cameras and very large lenses when we visited on the day.

If you can get past the poorly mark trail then this is an easy to do walk that takes you along the Murrumbidgee River to do some bird watching and take advantage of the opportunity for a swim to cool down in the river.

Trail head picnic area

Trail head signage

Trail example at the walk start

Another trail example

Wombat hole

Murrumbidgee River

Murrumbidgee River near the trail turnaround point

Live on the trail

Back to the trail head

Getting There

Google map showing the distance from Canberra GPO to the trail head

  • Coming from Canberra cross the Tharwa Bridge and head along the road as if you are heading towards Namadgi National Park. The left is on Smith’s Road which will take you to Angle Crossing and over the Murrumbidgee River

Cross the Bridge not long after leaving Tharwa as you head towards Namadgi National park. The Smiths Road turnoff is just past this bridge

Smiths Road turnoff

Over the next bridge and then turn left

Turn left at the bridge

Things to Know

  • Bring your own water
  • Bring fly spray in the hotter months because the flies are numerous and active
  • Be prepared for a ‘Choose your own Adventure’


This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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