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Neapean River Cycleway

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by Becky67 (subscribe)
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Published July 2nd 2012
Cycling or walking along the 4 km long the Camden or Nepean River Cycleway is a very pleasant way to spend a sunny day. My daughter is 18 now, and I have fond memories of days spent meandering the length of Camden Cycleway with her when she was little; to this day it remains something I enjoy. A shared walkway and cycleway, the largely flat, occasionally undulating, concreted path is great for scooters, bikes and prams.

A flat or gently undulating pathway- perfect for prams, scooters and bikes.


A number of areas ideal for a picnic lunch, a barbeque, or a gathering of family and friends, are located alongside the track; these include Chellaston and Belgenny Reserves.

Well-maintained picnic shelters


The cycleway also includes natural bushland and a wetlands feature- perfect for bird-watching. In fact, when I visited on Sunday, my stroll was accompanied by the song of bellbirds, and I watched several fairy wren 'families' dancing amongst the grasses and shrubs alongside the pathway.

Male Fairy Wren
A beautiful blue fairy wren


The track has garden seats peppering its length, accommodating those of us who enjoy an easy stroll as opposed to a more energetic walk. In the various reserves, there are picnic shelters, barbeques, and amenities, all of which are clean and in good condition.

Barbeque facilities
Well-maintained barbeque facilities


There is a playground to please the children at Chellaston Reserve, as well as several fitness stations in various locations to appeal to those seeking to work on their physique.

Dogs on a leash are welcome. Note: Should you look at a map of the area, you will notice that there is a bridge spanning the river between Chellaston Street and River Road; the map will also indicate a "leash free" area for dogs on the River Road side of the river. Sadly, the bridge is currently closed as a result of the floods in March, so this "leash free" area is inaccessible from the cycleway side of the river.

You can find multiple maps in this walking and cycling guide.

I would recommend parking in the area at the bottom of Chellaston street where there are amenities, a children's playground, barbeque facilities and picnic shelters.
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Why? Picnicking, cycling
When: Every day
Where: Chellaston Street, Camden
Cost: Free
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bridge re-built and open now.
by arcki (score: 0|2) 1269 days ago
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