The Murrumbidgee River flows for 1,600 kilometres from its headwaters in Kosciuszko National Park to its junction with the Murray River near Balranald in NSW. Around 66 kilometres of the river’s journey is through the ACT, from Angle Crossing in the south to Uriarra Crossing in the north.
The Murrumbidgee River and its catchment are a significant part of the Murray-Darling Basin, supplying water for people, agriculture and wildlife along its length.
The Murrumbidgee River is also important to Aboriginal groups including the Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Nari Nari. Descendants of these groups maintain a close interest and involvement in the management of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC).
The river and a narrow strip of land on either side make up the 9,800 hectares known collectively as the MRC, which includes five nature reserves, eight recreation reserves and a European heritage conservation zone. The MRC is extremely rich in Aboriginal and European heritage.
The MRC is one of Canberra’s best-loved places for nature-based recreation. It is ideal for bushwalking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation and bird watching, as well as water-based activities such as swimming, fishing and canoeing.
Recreation areas are well serviced with mown areas, playgrounds, picnic tables, and free electric or wood-fired barbecues. Staff take great pride in maintaining these areas to a high standard, so please help them out by taking your rubbish with you (as bins are not provided), abiding by local regulations as indicated on the signs at the entrance to all recreation areas.