Get away from technology and back to nature in the untouched bushland of Burrinjuck Waters. The tranquil surroundings boast a variety of activities to suit any visitor, making it an ideal day trip, less than 1.5 hours from Canberra.
A day trip to Burrinjuck Waters guarantees a day of fun and adventure in untouched Australian bushland. Set amongst 75 hectares of lush Australian bush, Lake Burrinjuck is a peaceful park with an abundance of native wildlife.
While you’re there, you can enjoy water sports, bush walks, fishing, bird watching and plenty of spots for a picnic.
Why you’ll love it
Picturesque Burrinjuck Waters has something for everyone. Whether a fun day out for the family, an adventure for nature enthusiasts, or an opportunity for animal lovers to get up close and personal with the wildlife, Burrinjuck makes for a delightful day trip.
We think Burrinjuck is great for its abundance of native wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies, wombats. If you’re lucky you might even spot an echidna. Bird watchers will be spoilt with many lyrebirds, king parrots and crimson rosellas calling Burrinjuck home, along with the opportunity to spot eagles, wood ducks and many other species.
Bushwalkers of all experience and fitness levels can soak up the natural environment and enjoy scenic views over the untouched landscape, with a range of casual and challenging trails.
With boat ramps and launch sites for canoes or kayaks, the lake is a popular water sport destination. It’s also great for swimming, fishing, sailing, paddling and waterskiing.
For lunch you can cook a BBQ, pack a picnic, or buy takeaway from the park’s kiosk.
If you are driving from Civic, take Barton Highway before merging onto Hume Highway when you are passing Yass. After 25km, exit onto the Burrinjuck Road. Enjoy the scenery while driving for 19km until entering the forest and driving down the windy road to the lake’s edge.
Only 1.5 hours drive from Canberra, Burrinjuck Waters can easily be managed in a day. However, for those wanting to wind down, there is a range of accommodation available in the park, from cabins to bush camping.
When to go
Visitors can enjoy every season at Burrinjuck Waters. Depending on your interests, you may prefer to choose your time of the year strategically.
For water sport junkies, the warmer months are an ideal time to visit Burrinjuck Waters. The park is particularly busy over the Christmas holidays, so if you prefer a more secluded destination, avoid the summer months. Although it may be too chilly to enter the water, this is an ideal time to walk the hiking trails surrounding the lake.
- Distance from Canberra: 106km
- Cost: $10 vehicle entry fee
- Recommended for: Families, nature lovers, fishermen, water babies
- More information: Go to the Caravan and Camping NSW website
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Header photo: Burrinjuck Waters, from Visit Canberra.