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Ten Reasons to Visit Cotter Avenue

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by Belladonna (subscribe)
Loves going out and about, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, and writing about her adventures!
Published April 24th 2019
Enjoy autumn at one of Canberra's favourite picnic spots
The season of falling leaves has arrived in Canberra, and there's no better way to experience autumn's splendour and its crisp blue sky days than to get out there and enjoy it.

One of my favourite autumn spots is the Cotter Avenue. Located along the banks of the Cotter River near the Cotter Dam and about 25 mintues' drive from the Canberra City centre, Cotter Avenue has long been a favourite recreational place for Canberrans, especially for picnics and swimming.

If you haven't been here for a while or at all, here are ten reasons why you should pack your picnic baskets (and your swimmers if the weather is still warm) and head out to the Cotter this weekend.

1. There are plenty of picnic spots.
Sit at one of the many picnic tables or spread your rug under the trees. Cotter Avenue is the perfect place for an autumn picnic with friends or family.
Ten reasons to visit the Cotter Reserve this autumn

2. Enjoy a BBQ.
Electric barbecues are spread throughout the avenue and are available for everyone to use and share.
Ten reasons to visit the Cotter Reserve this autumn

3.Children will love the playground!
Ten reasons to visit the Cotter Reserve this autumn

4. Revel in the autumn trees.
Cotter Avenue is lined with tall, splendid poplar trees and maple trees that swap their green summer finery for golden robes in autumn.

5. Play in the autumn leaves!
Ten reasons to visit the Cotter Reserve this autumn

6. There's plenty of space to run around and kick a ball.

7. Go for a leisurely walk along the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and check out the Cotter Dam.
Take a walk along a 1.4km loop trail which leads you along the Cottter River and through surrounding bushland. Along the way you'll learn about the Dam and Canberra's water history. You'll also arrive at an amphitheatre-style viewing platform which provides spectacular views of the enlarged Cotter Dam. The Cotter Dam Discovery Trail is wheelchair accessible.
Ten reasons to visit the Cotter Reserve this autumn

8. Enjoy the Cotter River.
Go for a walk along its banks, or go for a dip in it. The Cotter River has long been a favourite swimming spot for Canberrans.

9. There are toilet facilities.


10. There are plenty of parking spots.

With autumn well and truly upon us in Canberra, Cotter Avenue is the perfect place to enjoy the season of falling leaves with your family and friends.

Cotter Avenue is located at the end of Cotter Road, Paddys River. For more information, go here.

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Where: Cotter Road, Canberra
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Very in-depth and informative article Belladonna. I have only been to Canberra a few times but I keep reading about its attractions and another visit is on the cards thanks to articles like yours. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1124) 584 days ago
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