Starting from the car park at Cotter Avenue, ACT, this walk takes you to the Cotter Dam Lookout and back via the Honyong-Cotter Walking Track. The Cotter Dam was enlarged in 2013 to supply Canberra with more water, and succeeded to meet the city’s needs. Get a close-up view of the dam wall to better grasp the size of it. The Cotter Avenue nearby has lots of amenities such as BBQs and playgrounds, making it a great destination for a family picnic. Swimming and birdwatching are other activities you can participate in. You’ll pass by the concrete “Flow” statue by Richard Whiteley near the start, which was made to mark the enlargement. A kangaroo or two may appear as you’re walking up and down the lookout. Check if there’s access to the lookout beforehand. 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.
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.
Turn on to Cotter Road Offramp then drive for 450 m
Keep right onto Cotter Road Offramp and drive for another 70 m
Turn right onto Cotter Road and drive for another 2.3 km
Turn left onto Cotter Road and drive for another 750 m
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Cotter Road and drive for another 8.7 km
Turn left and drive for another 235 m
Turn sharp left onto Cotter Road and drive for another 1.5 km
Turn right onto Cotter Avenue and drive for another 380 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the car park near the northern end of Cotter Avenue, pass through the bollard and turn left to head along the footpath, keeping Cotter River to your right. Turn left as you come to the sculpture, then cross the road towards the metal gate with a slanted signpost next to it. Head around/over the gate and follow the gravel trail uphill to continue along Honyong-Cotter Walking Track.....
Directions & comments
After another 10 m turn left, to head along Honyong-Cotter Walking Track.
Flow (about 20 m back from the start).
After 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 70 m pass the toilet (40 m on your left). This toilet is wheelchair accessible.
Continue another 1.1 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.2 km to get back to the start.
A seat., has no backrest.
"Dam Viewing Area".
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Honyong-Cotter Walking Track
45 min to 1 h 15 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)