Summer is over and we have a whole lot of adventures to make up for now the
Capital is smoke free. Grab your mates, your togs, and discover the Urambi Nature Reserve.
Red Rock Gorge is proof that you never need venture far in Canberra to find wild places. There is peace between the bright red earth and gurgling rapids of this reserve -- it feels like a whole universe away. You will be shocked to know you are only ten minutes from the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
What to expect...
Looking to escape the crowds at Kambah Pool and Pine Island? This is your spot! A low grade walk along the river covering rolling hills, footbridges and grassy woodland of the Urambi Ridge Nature Reserve will find you at the jagged cliffs and sparkling waters of Red Rock Gorge.
The Centenary Trail is well maintained, but if you want to get close to the river at any point you will have to embrace your inner mountain goat and bush bash your way down one of the tracks. Worth it for a dip in the Murrumbidgee!
What to bring?
● Enclosed footwear
● A camera
● There is a total fire ban in place for this area until the end of the March 2020, so no bonfires this time.
Don’t forget - Pack out what you pack in. Bring an extra bag to collect your rubbish. This is a
wild swimming area, and there are no bins, toilets, or cooking facilities.
Bring your bike! This section of the Centenary Trail is a packed dirt track and perfect for
mountain bikes. Even a basic bike with front wheel suspension should cut it. Looking to
upgrade to a full day adventure? An easy 8 km will take you from Kambah Pool to Pine Island.
Canberra climbers should note that the Red Rock Wall, just south of the gorge, extends 40
metres above the rapids and offers over 50 routes of various levels. You can find out more
information on climbing routes and access to Red Rock here. Unfortunately you cannot climb here from August - December as it is nesting season on the cliffs for Peregrine Falcons.
From Drakeford Drive, turn onto Sulwood Drive, and then onto Kambah Pool Road. Drive the
length of Kambah Pool Road until you reach the car park - just over 5km. The Centenary
Trailhead is on the southern side of the car park and is marked with a green sign. The Red Rock Gorge is about a 30 minute walk from Kambah Pool car park, and is located about 100 metres off the right side of the Centenary Trail. It is well signposted. You can access the river from a steep track to the north of the lookout.
To get the Red Rock Wall, continue south along the Centenary Trail. After 10 minutes you will
find a small sign marking the 6km mark to Pine Island. 100 metres after this sign post is a well
formed track down to the river, this will lead you to the Red Rocks Climbing area. The mini El
Capitan is beautifully coloured in the morning sun and is often covered in climbers.
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Red Rock Lookout
Red Rock Wall