Kama Dam Circuit

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

5.4 km
circuit

↑ 134 m
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Moderate track
Kama Dam Circuit starts from the car park near William Hovell Drive, ACT exploring the Yellow Box-Red Gum grassy woodlands of Kama Nature Reserve and loops back. Keep an eye out for cockatoos and other wild birds as you’re making your way through the creeks and ponds of Kama, as you may catch some of them taking a bath. As you pass by the Molonglo River take a side trip and rest on the riverbed while listening to the burbling of water. Although be mindful that the area may contain unexploded ordnance, so stay on-track to be safe. 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 (-35.2599636,149.0297181)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Tuggeranong Parkway
  • Turn on to Parkes Way then drive for 245 m
  • Keep left onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 490 m
  • Keep right onto William Hovell Drive Onramp and drive for another 45 m
  • Turn left onto William Hovell Drive and drive for another 5.8 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the back of the unsignposted gravel car park beside William Hovell Drive (2.25km south of Belconnen Way), follow the fence line keeping the main road to your right to the far end of the car park. Follow the wooden-post-fenced sealed path under the main road. On the far side of the underpass, head through the gate then veer left past the signpost now keeping the main road to your left. Walk across the ford as the trail leads you away from the main road and through the open forest to continue along the Kama Dam circuit.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the gate at the start.
Turn right.
After another 95 m continue straight.
After another 5 m head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
Then cross the ford.
After another 310 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight, to head along Kama Dam Walk.
After another 155 m pass the sign (on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Kama Dam Walk.
After another 580 m (at the intersection of Kama Dam Walk & Kama River Walk) turn left, to head along Kama River Walk.
After another 255 m turn right, to head along Kama River Walk.
After another 200 m continue straight, to head along Kama River Walk.
After another 140 m turn right, to head along Kama River Walk.
After another 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 790 m head through/around the gate.
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Pipe Flat & Kama River Walk) turn right, to head along Pipe Flat.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. A side trip taking you to the foreshore of Molonglo River, where you can have a nice little picnic. Just make sure you're on solid, dry ground before sitting down. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1 km (at the intersection of Kama River Walk & Pipe Flat) turn right, to head along Kama River Walk (a walking track).
After another 45 m climb over the stile.
After another 260 m continue straight, to head along Kama River Walk.
Then head through/around the gate.
After another 195 m head through/around the gate.
After another 80 m cross the ford.
After another 90 m veer right, to head along Kama River Walk.
After another 135 m (at the intersection of Kama Dam Walk & Kama River Walk) continue straight, to head along Kama Dam Walk.
After another 590 m veer left, to head along Kama Dam Walk.
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 295 m continue straight.
After another 100 m come to the end.

A side trip taking you to the foreshore of Molonglo River, where you can have a nice little picnic. Just make sure you're on solid, dry ground before sitting down.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Kama River Walk & Pipe Flat Start (a walking track).
After another 115 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 115 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Kama Dam Circuit


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.4 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)
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