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Queanbeyan River Transformation

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by James McRae (subscribe)
We have made the Canberra/Queanbeyan region our home. Keen to keep the Bush in the Bush Capital.
Published March 12th 2016
When I was a student in Canberra back in the 1990's, I would rarely visit Queanbeyan, except to pass through on the way to the coast. That has changed and we now find Queanbeyan River one of our favourite spots for coffee, walking, running, cycling and kayaking. It has already transformed, and will do again with a signficant river bank project to make the area more accessible and fun.

On a daily basis, we can use the cycle path that feeds from Queanbeyan River to Canberra centre, offering a relaxing journey along the riverbank, then through Fyshwick to rejoin at Lake Burley Griffin. Similarly, dog walking or running around the river is a great start to the day. At the moment, there are two roads to cross at pedestrian crossings, but a future bridge will keep the circuit entirely on paths. This includes the historical suspension bridge on the south side from Queanbeyan town centre.

Queanbeyan River Suspension Bridge. Source - City News
Suspension Bridge

There are nearby cafes, restaurants and shopping. On weekends, you will find families playing in the river bank parks, and occasionally the odd festival of art and fun.

Queanbeyan River Festivals Parks
Festivals and fun on the river banks

Super Park Under Construction

It is about to improve along the river bank. Work has started to turn the Queen Elizabeth Parking into a decent meeting and outdoor performance venue. The plans (shown below) and the current progress with the works show huge promise to continue improving Queanbeyan River.

Queanbeyan River Quean Elizabeth Park Plans Upgrade
Plans and Progress
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