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Kama Nature Reserve Walk

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by Tina Murphy (subscribe)
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Published July 1st 2019
Update July 3rd 2019
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Hidden away just off William Hovell Drive, is a little known piece of Canberra paradise, the Kama Nature Reserve. It's not an easy find, especially with the entrance being just off a busy road, but this little beauty of a walk is well worth the effort to track down.

If you're heading there from South Canberra, approximately 5.5km from the Glenloch Interchange is a turn off into a small carpark. This turn off is not easy to spot but just before it on the left, you will see a Kama Nature Reserve sign. Although you can park in the space next to the sign, I would recommend parking in the actual carpark, as its a much safer place to park. Once you're parked, head through the underpass and up to the start of the walk.

To reach the start of the walk, you will need to climb through a gate. I recommend taking a photo of the map attached to the gate to give you an idea of where to go.
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Kama Nature Reserve

Kama Nature Reserve, Canberra Walks, best walks in Canberra
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Kama Nature Reserve

Kama Nature Reserve, Canberra Walks, best walks in Canberra
Kama Nature Reserve

Kama Nature Reserve

The start of the walk immediately has you on the dam loop walk. This is a bird lovers paradise. Straight away the bird song rings through the trees and birds of every colour glide skilfully past you. If you're a photographer and love taking photos of birds, this is one of the best places in Canberra to do so in my opinion.

Once you leave the Dam walk, it will connect you straight onto the river walk. The river walk is 5.4km return from the carpark. The river walk provides some of the most spectacular views of the Brindabellas. Following this path will take you right down to the Molonglo River. You will need to climb through three gates to get down there and then follow the river all the way along until you are directed to turn left and head back up the hill.

The scant information I found on this walk on the internet, truly does not do it any justice. The abundance of wildlife, the gentle sounds of the Molonglo River and the sweeping vistas of those beautiful mountains of ours, make for a stunning walk. This is truly one of Canberra's hidden gems.
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Where: Kama Nature Reserve is located off William Hovell Drive opposite the suburb of Hawker
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