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Cotter creates a lifetime of memories
For generations, cooling off at the Cotter has been a favourite of summer recreation for Canberrans.
Our bush capital
History tells us that the Cotter River
running through the mountains to our
west is one of the reasons the bush
capital is located on the limestone
The life giving qualities of naturally
pure water sustains our city and our
Today over 80 per cent of our
drinking water comes from the
catchment which is part of Namadgi
National Park. Put simply, without the
Cotter River we would not be here.
For generations, the Cotter has also
been one of our favourite recreational
Like me, many Canberrans have
grown up having a barbecue on a
summer evening, going for a swim or
simply kicking a ball down at the
As a legacy project resulting from
the enlarged Cotter Dam, the historic
Cotter Avenue received a makeover,
while still retaining those intrinsic
As a park service we are incredibly
proud of what has been achieved in
striking the right balance between the
old and the new.
While the old swing bridge was lost
in the 2003 fires, what now replaces it
is a multimillion dollar all-access
elevated viewing platform.
As you gently meander along the
pathway interpretative signage guides
you and offers a fascinating insight as
to the historic nature of the area and
the broader region.
Upon reaching the viewing platform
you are rewarded with an impressive
view across to the new dam and down
the tree-lined avenue.
For the children and the young at
heart, the all-ages adventure
playground simply offers hours of fun.
The new gas barbecues and picnic
tables nestled under the shade of the
beautiful historic trees completes the
The Cotter Bend, where the Paddys
River meets the Cotter River, is
another favourite with many, offering a
refreshing dip or a chance to wet a line
A wide pool and sandy beach marks
the meeting of the two rivers. Paddys
River has its genesis at Mount Tennent
beyond Tharwa and its fresh, clean
waters meet the Cotter at the bend.
The Cotter campground is our most
popular bushland camping area.
Located on the banks of the majestic
Cotter River, among shady river oaks
and deciduous trees, the campground
offers hot showers, fire places and the
chance to sleep under a million stars.
It is a perfect way to relax in our
The Cotter Avenue and all these
great spots are only 15 kilometres
from the western edge of Canberra,
right on our doorstep.
With the Australia Day long
weekend coming up, why not explore
your bush capital down at the Cotter.
A new footbridge has been opened
over the Cotter River after the original
bridge was washed away in 2010's
ACT Parks and Conservation
Service ranger Darren Roso said the
footbridge would allow people to
access walking tracks and other
attractions in the area.
The new bridge crosses the Cotter
River, allowing access to the Bullen
Track,'' he said.
This track takes people above the
Cotter and Paddys Rivers along the
side of the Bullen Range, providing
some great views of the confluence of
The track eventually leads walkers
to the Paddys River crossing where
they can go for a swim and visit the
Cotter Caves lookout.
Part of this track has been recently
NEW HEALTH CAMPAIGN
More than 300 ACT workplaces have
signed up for Beyond Blue's national
Heads Up campaign, to create
mentally healthy workplaces.
Head of research and resources
Nick Arvanitis said one in five
Australian workers was experiencing a
mental health condition.
He said 4662 business across
Australia had registered and since the
launch of the campaign in May 2014
more than 150,000 unique visitors had
accessed resources on the website.
"Mental health issues are common
and they are treatable," he said. "It's
about increasing the awareness.''
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