[First filed: Sep 19, 2010 @ 22:01]
The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail was opened yesterday amid some hoopla which saw my name taken in vain on certain radio stations.
I went up today to experience the trail in the same way it’s going to be running for the duration of the construction.
Having parked where the old pub used to be the first thing I’d recommend is parking at Cotter Bend, the path runs all the way from there and it’s really beautiful walking further along the burbling river.
(More and a slideshow below)
The engineering of the walkway is staggering.
There’s a rubble ramp which bypasses most of the zig-zagging pathway. The problem is that it you take the ramp you miss all the interpretative signage.
Seriously, once you learn that Garrett Cotter came out that way having been banished “beyond the limits of location” and his wife Anne Russell came out to live with him you’ll have endless discussions about just how little she must have had going on with her life.
There are also no end of plaques set into the walkway, the rusted ones celebrating the drought years in a history of Canberra’s water supply.
With the effort made to make the whole thing wheelchair accessible it really should be compulsory for all of the access impaired in Canberra to go and appreciate the lengths gone to out there.
In any event, it’s a lovely walk, the scale of the construction is awesome to behold, and the interpretative stuff is generally pretty interesting.
While I wonder about what it all must have cost us, done is done and we may as well enjoy it.