Molonglo River Circuit, Weston Creek Pond

2 h 15 min to 4 h

9.1 km
circuit

↑ 130 m
↓ -130 m

Easy track
Starting from the car park at the end of Kirkpatrick Street, Weston, this walk follows the Molonglo River all the way to Scrivener Dam, then loops back from the other side of the river. If you like being near water, this is definitely the walk for you. Enjoy the refreshing air around the ponds and the river while you get to know the surrounding districts. With undulating tracks and plenty of picnic spots, this can make for a great walk with the family. You might be lucky enough to experience the strong flow of water as it gushes out of the dam fiercely. Check the forecast beforehand to avoid dangerous situations due to heavy rainfall. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-35.3241242,149.0542959)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Cotter Road Offramp then drive for 450 m
  • Keep right onto Cotter Road Offramp and drive for another 70 m
  • Turn right onto Cotter Road and drive for another 740 m
  • Turn right onto Kirkpatrick Street and drive for another 400 m
  • Turn left and drive for another 270 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of the car park near Weston Creek Pond, head towards the pond and pass through the bollard next to the metal gate. Turn right and follow the formed concrete track, keeping the pond to your left. Stay on the concrete path as you pass by Kirkpatrick Street to your right to continue along Molonglo River Circuit, Weston Creek Pond.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the gate at the start.
Turn right.
After another 275 m continue straight.
After another 530 m turn right.
After another 970 m continue straight.
After another 650 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 470 m cross the bridge (about 75 m long)
After another 2 m continue straight.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 115 m pass the sign (5 m on your right).
After another 8 m pass a seat (5 m on your right)., has no backrest.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This is the side trip to Scrivener Dam Lookout, from which you can watch the strong flow of water as it gushes out of the dam. If not, the lookout also provides panoramic views over the valley. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 250 m continue straight.
Then pass a seat (6 m on your left).
After another 105 m head through the tunnel (about 20 m long)
After another 410 m continue straight.
Keep left.
After another 20 m turn sharp left, to head along Lady Denman Drive.
Hairpin left.
After another 15 m pass a seat (15 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the car park (on your right).
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 3 m continue straight.
After another 5 m turn left.
After another 25 m veer right.
After another 280 m pass the "Giraffe and zebra" (20 m on your right).
After another 1.2 km continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 190 m veer right, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
Keep left.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 510 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Bicentennial National Trail.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Bold Hill, where you can get better views of the landscape. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Forest Drive & Bicentennial National Trail) veer left, to head along Forest Drive.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Forest Drive & Clos Crossing) continue straight, to head along Clos Crossing.
Then cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Forest Drive.
After another 35 m head through/around the gate.
After another 120 m turn left.
After another 520 m pass the "North Western Neighbourhood Playground" (35 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (40 m on your right).
After another 80 m continue straight.
After another 130 m turn right.
After another 195 m turn sharp left.
After another 65 m continue straight.
After another 145 m continue straight.
After another 200 m turn right.
After another 7 m come to the end.

An optional side trip to Bold Hill, where you can get better views of the landscape.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Forest Drive & Bicentennial National Trail Start (a vehicle track).
After another 160 m turn sharp right.
After another 450 m turn left.
After another 85 m come to the end.
About 115 m past the end is "Bold Hill".
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 690 m to the main route.

This is the side trip to Scrivener Dam Lookout, from which you can watch the strong flow of water as it gushes out of the dam. If not, the lookout also provides panoramic views over the valley.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 85 m continue straight.
After another 45 m come to the "Scrivener Dam Lookout" (6 m on your left).
After another 9 m turn left.
About 40 m past the end is a picnic table.
About 20 m past the end is a water tap.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 150 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Molonglo River Circuit, Weston Creek Pond


Grading
Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 9.1 km
Time 2 h 15 min to 4 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There are 4 on route, on average they are 1.8 km apart with the largest gap of 4.3 km.


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