At around 1.5 kilometres (or just over two kilometres if take a short side trip for a look at the Queanbeyan River and the lower reaches of the Googong Reservoir as I did) the walk around Tin Hut Dam is one of the shortest and easiest walks in the Googong Foreshore reserve. While there is no defined path along the western side of the dam, rather you walk through open reserve close to the bank of the dam, you cannot get lost.

The walk starts at the Tin Hut car park (about 40 kilometres of 45 minutes from the centre of Canberra) in the southern part of Googong Foreshore reserve and can be completed in about 40 minutes or an hour if you detour to the river.

That said, many people who visit the small dam do so to admire the bird-life. There are three hides specifically for this purpose. While there were a few ducks and other birds when I visited I was a little late in the morning and lacking in binoculars and a camera capable capturing decent images – so, sorry no bird pictures! Unfortunately the gates to the reserve do not open until 8am and close before dusk so that somewhat limits the opportunities for serious twitchers.

Leaving the car park and heading east (for an anti-clockwise walk), first up I headed across for a look at the Queanbeyan River aka the southern part of the main Googong Reservoir which was higher than it has been in a number of years due to recent, very welcome, rain.

The Tin Hut Creek as it enters the Queanbeyan River
A butterfly and bee on some early spring flowers
The Queanbeyan River

Having had a look at the river I returned to continue my walk around the Tin Hut Dam.

The Tin Hut Dam – Eastern Side

In addition to being a pleasant walk for visitors, the Tin Hut Dam has a more utilitarian purpose. By slowing the water from the in-flowing Tin Hut Creek down it allows soil and other particles to settle on the dam floor prior to much cleaner water flowing into the Googong Reservoir, one of Canberra and Queanbeyen’s main water sources.

The walking path and a bird watching hide along the eastern side of the Tin Hut Dam. Slightly off to the right is a management road which continues on to the northern part of the Googong Foreshore reserve (The Western Foreshore walk – no public vehicular access allowed).
This picture and the one immediately below are at the northern end of the Dam which can, at times, be a little swampy so watch your step.
Along the eastern bank looking towards the Dam
Heading back to the southern end of the Dam
At the southeastern end of the Dam where the Tin Hut Creek enters
Dead tree along the Tin Hut Creek. To return to the car park it is necessary to follow the creek for about one hundred metres to a crossing point
Tin Hut Creek
Tin Hut Creek Crossing
Wattle trees in bloom on the short walk back to the car park
A couple of cherry trees in bloom at the Tin Hut car park

In addition to bird-life on and around the water, wombats and kangaroos/ wallabies can regularly be seen along this walk. If you are very lucky you may spot a tortoise in the dam or creek. Alas, to-day apart from birds the only wildlife I saw was a tortoise and that was dead so I won’t trouble you with a picture. The pictures below are from the last time I did this walk, back in 2016.

A wombat at Tin Hut Dam
A Kangaroo at Tin Hut Dam

Overall this is a pleasant walk, even if you are not into bird watching, and it can be nicely combined with a barbaque or picnic lunch at the car park rest area which has a couple of free barbeques, some tables/seating and toilets.

[The Tin Hut car park also serves as the start or finish point for the  19.7 kilometres return Western Foreshores Walk/Ride which links with the Foreshores car park in the northern section of the reserve].  


My next Queanbeyan review– HERE

Return to the beginning of my Queanbeyan reviews – HERE


11 thoughts on “Tin Hut Dam Walk – Googong Foreshore

  1. Beautiful blue skies and the cherry blossom are both welcome sights on a damp chilly afternoon in London! I love the cute wombat too 🙂 It’s interesting that you call the body of water a ‘dam’ as we would usually use that word to describe the structure holding the water back into such a body, rather than the water itself

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    1. I think wombats are my favourite of the Aussie animals .. Yes i agree with you re dam and find it odd myself . The main water holding area behind a dam I would call a reservoir as would people here generally but this one is too small for that and there is no dam wall .. it’s really just an area to slow the water down and let sediment drop before going into the catchment area. The most common use of dam here is for a big hole dug out by farmers to catch and retain water for their cattle – again not what you and I would think of as a dam.

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