Googong Dam

Whether you like picnicking, bird watching, bushwalking, mountain bike riding, enjoy sailing and fishing or delving into history - Googong Foreshores is the perfect place for relaxation and outdoor activities.

Fed by the Queanbeyan River and the numerous creeks that flow into the valley from the surrounding hillsides, the dam is by far the largest in the Queanbeyan region.

Googong's management is aimed at protecting water quality, but there is far more to be experienced than just fresh water. The protected area around the dam is a Wildlife Refuge for native plants and animals, creating ideal opportunities for birdwatching, bushwalking and viewing wildlife.

Explore the history of farming and settlement in the area at historic London Bridge Homestead. Near the original homestead is the London Bridge Arch, a remarkable natural limestone arch formed by Burra Creek over thousands of years.

Picnics and Barbecues

Wood barbecues are at the Downstream Picnic Area (downstream of the dam wall) and the London Bridge Woolshed (southern end of reserve). Free gas barbecues are available at Tin Hut picnic grounds.

Sailing and Boating

Watercraft are allowed on the dam: sailing boats, canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors. All fuel driven crafts are prohibited.


Googong is a great place to fish. It is managed as a mixed fishery and is stocked with Rainbow Trout, Golden Perch, Murray Cod and Silver Perch.

Mountain Bikes

There are numerous fire trails throughout the reserve providing great opportunities for leisure and mountain biking. Mountain bike riders should not ride on designated foot tracks.

Walking Trails

Googong Dam offers several great nature walks.

There are numerous walks here, from easy strolls to more arduous treks. Read more about the nature walks and download walking trail maps

Googong Foreshores is a day-use area only. Camping is not permitted. The minimum opening hours for the whole reserve are from 8.00 am to 5.00pm. Closing time is extended during daylight savings. The southern end of the reserve closes one hour earlier than the northern end. Closed on Christmas Day and when a Total Fire Ban is declared for the NSW Southern Tablelands or the ACT.

When the gates are closed, members of the public are not permitted into the reserve, even on foot.

Queanbeyan/North - Daylight saving 8.00 am until 8.00 pm. Non-daylight saving 8.00 am until 6.00 pm.

Burra/South - Daylight saving 8.00 am until 7.00 pm. Non daylight saving 8.00 am until 5.00 pm.

For further information visit the Rangers Station at the northern end of Googong Foreshores or by phoning the rangers on (02) 6207 2779 or after hours on 0427 288260 or 0427818 400.

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