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Cotter Reserve

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Truly amazing

Magnificent views, nature at its best. Serenity and peace of the one of Australia's best kept... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mount Gambier, Australia
Cool off at Casuarina Sands

This reserve has BBQs, tables, shelter, amenities and a lovely river to swim in with sandy and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Canberra, Australia
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“dam wall”(16 reviews)
“bbq facilities”(10 reviews)
“picnic area”(7 reviews)
Cotter Road, Canberra 2004, Australia
+61 2 6205 0044
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Magnificent views, nature at its best. Serenity and peace of the one of Australia's best kept secrets in our city capital

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lkenward1967
Reviewed 1 week ago

This reserve has BBQs, tables, shelter, amenities and a lovely river to swim in with sandy and grassy verges under casuarina trees. Be aware that the river can be treacherous for poor swimmers, so don't do anything stupid beyond your capabilities. For the adventurous you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Madshus
Reviewed 3 December 2018

The beauty of this reserve allows any visitor, solo, or family, to enjoy a most relaxing environment. Free BBQs are available, and children can feed the ducks. Lovely.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DrLaurie123
Reviewed 18 November 2018

The Cotter is a lovely place to visit particularly in Autumn with the yellow leaves of the poplar trees and Spring when the weather is warming up. The picnic areas are delightful with a good sized childrens activity park area, stream and green lawned areas...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 9 November 2018

Well stocked with places to have a great time for a picnic or an afternoon away. It gets busy on weekends, so get there early to save your spot.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janlyn-60
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We stopped here with the 4 grandkids and they had a great time. There is plenty of space for kids to run around in, a good playground to keep them busy, and it is only a short walk to the new dam wall and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A well kept reserve, plenty of BBQ's to enjoy a good feed. Some very nice walks and the spillway overflow looks great after the rains. (when it rains)

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Etonbeach
Reviewed 22 August 2018

A drive through the Canberra countryside out to the space tracking station, we came across this reserve. Exceptionally clean with BBQ facilities, tables and benches, with a view of the Cotter Dam wall. Very serene and well attended

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Penycraig
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Have visited numerous times. Take the walk and read the history of the a Dam. Some great 4WD tracks in the neighbouring reservecwith views for miles including of the space tracking station.. if you are lucky you can get a coffee from the man in...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank diannehamer
Reviewed 24 June 2018

The new Dam Wall is so so, but the Cotter was once an isolated place in the countryside but now the encroaching suburbs and improved roads means it is a short drive from Canberra City past the new shoe boxes being built to accommodate Canberra's...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank SirRacket
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Shane S
11 December 2016|
Response from Steveoco | Reviewed this property |
Hello : I'm not sure as I haven't camped out there. But I have seen people camping there, so there must be some facilities there
5 November 2015|
Response from Ruth B | Reviewed this property |
i'm sorry, I don't know....try looking at the Cotter Dam website. If the information isn't there, you can contact management through the site.
Kathleen K
8 October 2015|
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Response from 508chaneller | Reviewed this property |
No dog - sorry - as it is a nature reserve