Yerra Beach is a long, curved sandy beach with two bays on the western foreshore of Lake Ginninderra. The designated swimming
area is enclosed with a brightly coloured, floating rope that creates an area for swimming that is around 150 metres long and
up to 60 metres wide. There is also a smaller toddler enclosure located on the beach in the most southerly bay.
There are two targets in the water for your swim. Firstly, a pontoon located around 50 metres offshore, with a small island
another 20 metres further on. The beach itself is shaded in parts in the afternoon, with extensive lawn areas under a mix of shady native and European
trees behind the beach.
Lake Ginninderra captures urban stormwater, which can be of poor quality. As a result, the lake regularly suffers from algal blooms or
high faecal bateria counts that can close the beach for swimming. Make sure you
check the link below to the ACT goverment's water quality warnings for this site before you head there for a swim.
Other Information Before You Go:
Lake Ginninderra, MacDermott Place, Belconnen, ACT, 10 km (approx. 20 min. drive) north-west of Canberra Central.
From the city centre, head west along Barry Drive / Belconnen Way then head north along
Coulter Drive to Joynton Smith Drive. MacDermott Place is on the left just after you turn into Joynton Smith
Drive. There is car parking within the foreshore area near the beach. By public transport, bus 45 runs along
Joynton Smith Drive, which you can pick up from the Westfield Belconnnen bus station. There is also a bike path
that runs around the lake if you want to cycle there.
Car park, toilets, barbecues (sheltered), picnic tables, playground, bike path, walking trails
Cloudy to murky
Maximum water depth:
Suggested minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
Dogs must be on a lead.
Shade available out of the water. No shade available in the water.
To be confirmed
There is no camping on the lake foreshore. If you don't want
to camp and are wanting to stay overnight in Canberra, you can try
accommodation in Canberra
, with Belconnen the suburb nearest to this swimming spot.
Enjoy a walk around the lake
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Water quality in the Canberra area can sometimes
be unsuitable for swimming. For regular updates on whether the water quality at this site is suitable for swimming,
see the website/app used by the ACT Government to notify swimmers of
water quality alerts
The marker indicates the approximate location of Yerra Beach.
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