Arbonne Independent Consultant..loving the outdoor life!
Published August 10th 2013
Australia's London Bridge
About 15 kilometres outside of Canberra is its twin city known for its rich history, culture and natural attractions. I first heard about the place only a few months ago since moving down here from Sydney, so being an outdoor person, I decided to switch my usual morning run to check on Queanbeyan's recreational area - the Googong Foreshore. There are several walks that you can do within the area depending on your fitness level. For that day, I decided to do the London Bridge walk, with the highlight of the walk being none other than the London Bridge Arch.
London Bridge Arch
From the carpark, I sighted a signage for the different walks and was overwhelmed and wanted to do all of them but I had already made my decision on which walk to take. There is a visitor logbook next to it and it is advisable to register the start and end time of your chosen walk. As there are no staff on-site for any inquiries, this will be helpful to do a head count on the number of visitors for the day and to track down people in case there are still parked cars before the sun sets.
I followed the sign for the London Bridge and there it was, one of Australia's top 10 inland natural limestone bridges. I was impressed with its formation and the water passing through the crack, which forms part of Burra creek. I couldn't resist exploring the beauty underneath the bridge. Such tranquillity for a great picnic spot - just hearing the sound of nature.
If you're still in high spirits, Washpen crossing is another walk that you can do afterwards. Its just a 2.6 kilometres return loop but it is going to be a feat to reach the lookout as you have to walk an uphill dirt road, pass through some woody shrubs by the river, and climb up less than fifty steps. Most importantly, stay calm if you think you've lost your way. There are actually signs beside the river that will lead you up to the lookout. It's physical and mentally challenging but its all worth it with a magnificent view of the Washpen Crossing/Burra Creek junction.
I can say that London Bridge Arch is an introduction to the region's natural attractions. You don't have to go far to enjoy a great day out - bushwalking, picnicking, canoeing, bike riding, fishing all in one place. Googong Foreshore is definitely a haven for nature lovers like me.