When I visited this little beach on the western shore of Lake Tuggeranong, it was acting as a litter trap, collecting various flotsam and
jetsam that had blown across to this cove. The washed up plastic bottles were offputting, but after stepping over the rim of rubbish, the water
was clear and free of any obstacles for swimming. If the wind were blowing in the other direction, or the local council had recently cleaned the beach,
perhaps my experience would have been more positive. Apart from this blemish, there were a few attractive features that might encourage you to
visit, especially if you live locally.
Above: The designated swimming area at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong
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The first positive aspect of this swim was that the designated swimming area is dog-free, so you won't have to deal with local water
pollution from pooping pooches. The beach had quite a few weeds growing in it, with sand only extending a short distance back from the shore,
however the lawn area is extensive with several sizeable trees for shade. The beach offers sweeping views across Lake Tuggeranong, including a wide range
of vegetation colour and a glimpse of the
Tuggeranong shopping centre at the far end of the lake. A bike path runs alongside the back of the lawn area, so you can ride
here for a picnic and possibly a swim from other parts of Canberra.
Above: The foreshore at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong
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According to signs on-site, the name of the beach "Ngadyung" is the local Aboriginal word for water, which is kind of self-evident when
you are staring at the lake. Given that the lake was formed by a dam constructed in the late 1980s, any water in this depression during pre-European times
would have looked a lot different to today. The lake, like most of Canberra's urban lakes, was designed to both be aesthetically pleasing, and
to trap poor quality urban water runoff from entering the Murrumbidgee River, and the evidence at Ngadyung Beach is that it is doing its job with
regards to the latter objective.
The nearby Murrumbidgee River swims (see below or on the Canberra home page
) are far superior to this
spot, and even within Lake Tuggeranong, I prefer Nguru beach directly opposite because it is larger and cleaner, but by all means consider this
spot for a picnic with the possibility of a quick dip.
Other Information Before You Go:
Florence Taylor Street, Greenway ACT, 20 km (approx. 20 min. drive) south of Canberra Central.
From the city head west along Parkes Way and then follow the Tuggeranong Parkway to Kambah. Turn right
at Athllon Drive then right at Florence Taylor St. Florence Taylor St is a loop, so if you are coming from Kambah,
take the second entrance to this road. The car park is about 150 metres down Florence Taylor St, with the swimming beach
down to your right about 80 metres from the car park.
Car park, lawn area, small beach, bike path
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Suggested minimum swimming proficiency required:
Beginners (under supervision)
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No dogs in the swimming area or within 10 metres
Shade available out of the water. No shade available in the water.
None, but from the nearby bike track there is relatively flat grass leading down to the beach
There is no camping around Lake Tuggeranong. If you are visiting Canberra and want to stay near this swimming spot,
you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby attractions: Kambah Pool
and Pine Island Beach
swimming holes in the Murrumbidgee
River. Both of these spots are less than 5 km from Lake Tuggeranong.
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 in Lake Tuggeranong is suitable for swimming,
see the ACT Government's
water quality alerts
. I couldn't see any signs on site on this side of the lake, but the signs at the beach on the opposite side of the lake indicate
when the lake is closed for swimming due to poor water quality. As a general rule, don't plan to swim here after rain because the lake may be closed
to swimming due to urban runoff from upstream areas (e.g. animal faeces, litter, nutrients causing algal blooms).
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park for the swimming beach.
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