Who doesn't love a picnic, game of cricket and a paddle?
I have often driven past the Point Hut Crossing Picnic Area and wondered what it was like down there - is it a nice spot to swim in summer? Is it a good picnic area for the family?
When Miss Three and I stopped for a look and a run around, we were the only ones there (there was a brisk winter breeze blowing through - not ideal for fishing, swimming or kayaking!).
On other occasions the picnic area has been full, so it is a popular spot for families on a sunny day. Although there are no barbecues, there are a number of picnic tables under some shady trees, so in summer it would be a cool place for a paddle in the river, a picnic and a game of good ol' Aussie cricket.
From what I have heard from locals, there are little private spots along the river to stretch out while the kids have a paddle. There are some wooden steps down to the river, and then I assume you walk between the trees to find your spot. There doesn't seem to be a "beach" area on this side of the bridge, like nearby Kambah Pools and Pine Island. The river is moving fast however, so it would be kept fresh and you'll have more of a chance of spotting fish in the shallows.
This reserve is one of only a few along the Murrumbidgee River where you can take your dog and they can have a swim. The ACT Government website states dogs can swim from "the western riverbank of Point Hut Crossing recreational area. Please note that on the eastern riverbank of Point Hut Crossing dogs must remain on leash".
There is an extensive (if not confusing?) sign at the reserve showing what areas they are allowed in :
There is a 27km walk called the "Murrumbidgee Discovery Track" that starts from here (over a bridge at the bottom of the reserve) and ends at Casuarina Sands. A shorter walk is to Pine Island and back (8km/2 hours return), which has been graded by the ACT Government as 'easy". The cooler months would be perfect for this walk, less sweat and snakes!
Point Hut Crossing is a popular spot for kayakers to start their river adventure downstream, fishermen (but don't ask them their favourite spot, they won't tell you!), picnickers and walking enthusiasts.
The word Murrumbidgee is Aboriginal for "Plenty Water" or "Big Water" and there is definitley a lot running through this part of the river.
For us it is a nice spot to stop for a picnic and a game of cricket/soccer before we bush-bash down to the river to spot some fish. In any season, it can be a place of exploration for the young ones in your family. It's a simple outing, but they are usually the most memorable.