Having a strong interest in old cemeteries I was keen to visit the De Salis Cemetery – one of a small number of early 19th century private cemeteries in the Canberra region.
To get there I had to take a short walk (approx. 3kms return) along the bank of the Murrumbidgee River in Tharwa – the Tharwa Explorer Walking Track. This was by no means an inconvenience or chore and in itself was a beautiful walk, cemetery or no cemetery at the end – hence this separate review on the walk.
The walk starts at the small car park / picnic area at the village end of the historic Tharwa Bridge and this is from where I set out early one autumn morning. The autumnal colours, especially of the poplars all along the walk was the highlight for me.
Heading south (upstrean) from the bridge and passing by a flock of around twenty ducks feeding on the river bank (magpies and crows proliferated later) we soon moved into an avenue of poplars which as I have intimated above were stunning and so photogenic. Looking across the river afforded great views of cattle grazing on the undulating meadows and beyond that could be seen the distant foothills of the Southern Alps and Mt Tennent in Namadgi National Park – sadly totally shrouded in mist on the day of my walk (final picture).
The track is unformed (read slippery when wet) though clearly marked about 20 – 30 metres back from the river bank. Given the vegetation between us and the river and the fact that the water level in the river was very low we only caught glimpses of the river along the walk – though there was ample opportunity to go down to the riverbank. Just a word of warning – use the tracks down to the river and don’t just plod through the undergrowth lest you find yourself having an unwanted encounter with a snake.
A great little walk, especially in autumn, with wonderful views from beginning to end.
While the notice board in the car park suggests two hours for this walk, I found one hour to be quite sufficient and that included ample time to have a look around the De Salis Cemetery.
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on Tharwa. I suggest you continue with my next entry – The De Salis Cemetery – Fit for a Count – or to start this loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – The Australian Capital Territory’s Oldest Village.