At the confluence of the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee Rivers

Thursday 31 January: Tharwa Log Jam, De Salis Cemetery and the Murrumbidgee River – S/E. Tharwa provides several ramble sites. We’ll first visit the Engineered Log Jams downstream of the Tharwa bridge, installed to help fish move through the Murrumbidgee River here in sandy conditions caused by land clearing in the 1800s and subsequent large flood erosion. Then upstream to De Salis cemetery, built up over hard and rocky soil in 1878 and today providing an insight into social structures of the time. Splash or dip in the Murrumbidgee River to finish off. Around 5km. Expect to finish before dark (sunset 8:13pm) but bring a small torch, just in case. Also bring a water bottle. No need to book, but to verify the walk is proceeding, text “walk on?” to 0417436877 by 5 pm on the day and I will respond Y or N. Map: Williamsdale. Leader: John Evans 0417 436 877 .


Distance: 4.3km | Climb: 50m | Time: 6.25pm – 7.45pm (1hr 20mins) | Grading: S/E E(4)


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Waypoint and Track Files

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Track Notes

We first headed downstream to the engineered log jams and geocache GC701R9 Lanyon Logjam II. Muggle Lauren shamed me by finding it (and the next one). The engineered log jams are interesting sites. Nearby signage explains.

Engineered log jam downstream from the Tharwa Bridge

Back up to the bridge, then along the path through the avenue of poplars across the back of Cuppacumbalong (logging GC7NM2G Vampire Series #27 – Jiangshi) and Outward Bound to the De Salis cemetery. A poke about this wonderful site.

Jeffreys grave

We lastly popped down to the ‘Bidgee. No water in Spring Station Creek and a trickle coming in from the Gudgenby River at its confluence with the Murrumbidgee.

At the confluence of the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee Rivers

Back to the cars and it was all over.

Track Map




5 walkers – Jeff B, Quentin M, Lauren O, Mark P, me.