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Cotter Reserve

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Address: Cotter Road, Canberra 2004, Australia
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Camping, fishing, swimming

This is a family favourite place to visit throughout the year. There are playgrounds, fishing spots, BBQ areas, swimming places and large grassed areas for relaxing. There are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
GillianJackson55
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Canberra, Australia

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a family favourite place to visit throughout the year. There are playgrounds, fishing spots, BBQ areas, swimming places and large grassed areas for relaxing. There are marked parking areas and the road is tarred all the way. You only have to walk 50 metres to the water from you car and there are plenty of shady trees to... More 

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33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice place, out of the city. Facilities were really good, the setting is beautiful, so recommend this to anyone wanting to get out and about for a picnic, a walk, swim or just relax.

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Thank Brett F
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've visited Cotter Reserve (and Cotter Dam) a couple of times now and have enjoyed each time. It is beautiful spot to spend the day. There's a couple of easy trails with one to the top of the dam wall (best time to go is the beginning of Spring) and another to see the display for the recent dam constructions.... More 

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Thank chazantony
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47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cotter Reserve shows the signs of the recent construction activity to raise the dam wall. Some nice walks have been constructed with good information boards outlining the history of the area. There are good picnic and playground facilities for kids. The older areas are

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Thank Graham C
Canberra, Australia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A great place to chill out for a few hours with the kids. Playground, bbq's , plenty of shade and essy walks

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Thank Anne T
Canberra AUS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice spot, perfect for a family BBQ lunch. Particularly scenic when the autumn leaves turn. Totally rebuilt since it was obliterated by the 2003 bushfires. Cotter dam wall is an awesome sight just 100m away. Extensive kids playground. Dogs prohibited.

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Thank Travelabit_10
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33 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The cotter is a good place for a picnic. You will have to bring all your items as there isn't a shop close by. Parking is for free here. I suggest you also walk up to the dam and look and see the information boards they have. If you have a licence you can also fish in the river, but... More 

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Thank Steveoco
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you have a couple of hours to spare, visit the Cotter Dam, Canberra's water supply. When our group visited, a huge amount of water was coming over the newly completed concrete dam wall. It was quite a sight. There are some well structured walks to viewing points, but you can see it well enough from the car park. It's... More 

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Thank Alan H
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We took a picnic lunch to the reserve on a pleasant Sunday afternoon in Canberra. B.B.Q facilities and toilets available,but you must take your rubbish home with you!A lovely stroll around the Cotter River is enjoyable,and the lower walkway would be suitable for wheelchairs(I feel)

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stopped off on the way back from Tidbinbilla, and the spillway at Cotter Dam was roaring, there was that much water flowing over it. A great setting, with loads of picnic areas bbq's, and playground. Very good info about the dam & water catchment history. All in a lovely bush setting, with some nice walking tracks too.

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