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Lake Tuggeranong at Ngadyung Beach
Greenway, ACT


 
When I visited this little beach on the western shore of Lake Tuggeranong, it was acting as a litter trap, collecting various flotsam and jetsam that had blown across to this cove. The washed up plastic bottles were offputting, but after stepping over the rim of rubbish, the water was clear and free of any obstacles for swimming. If the wind were blowing in the other direction, or the local council had recently cleaned the beach, perhaps my experience would have been more positive. Apart from this blemish, there were a few attractive features that might encourage you to visit, especially if you live locally. Swimming at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong Above: The designated swimming area at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong (Order gifts or prints of this image)

The first positive aspect of this swim was that the designated swimming area is dog-free, so you won't have to deal with local water pollution from pooping pooches. The beach had quite a few weeds growing in it, with sand only extending a short distance back from the shore, however the lawn area is extensive with several sizeable trees for shade.
The beach offers sweeping views across Lake Tuggeranong, including a wide range of vegetation colour and a glimpse of the Tuggeranong shopping centre at the far end of the lake. A bike path runs alongside the back of the lawn area, so you can ride here for a picnic and possibly a swim from other parts of Canberra. The foreshore at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong Above: The foreshore at Ngadyung Beach at Lake Tuggeranong (Order gifts or prints of this image)

According to signs on-site, the name of the beach "Ngadyung" is the local Aboriginal word for water, which is kind of self-evident when you are staring at the lake. Given that the lake was formed by a dam constructed in the late 1980s, any water in this depression during pre-European times would have looked a lot different to today. The lake, like most of Canberra's urban lakes, was designed to both be aesthetically pleasing, and to trap poor quality urban water runoff from entering the Murrumbidgee River, and the evidence at Ngadyung Beach is that it is doing its job with regards to the latter objective.

The nearby Murrumbidgee River swims (see below or on the Canberra home page) are far superior to this spot, and even within Lake Tuggeranong, I prefer Nguru beach directly opposite because it is larger and cleaner, but by all means consider this spot for a picnic with the possibility of a quick dip.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Florence Taylor Street, Greenway ACT, 20 km (approx. 20 min. drive) south of Canberra Central.
Latitude:-35.404963 Longitude:149.066493
Getting there: From the city head west along Parkes Way and then follow the Tuggeranong Parkway to Kambah. Turn right at Athllon Drive then right at Florence Taylor St. Florence Taylor St is a loop, so if you are coming from Kambah, take the second entrance to this road. The car park is about 150 metres down Florence Taylor St, with the swimming beach down to your right about 80 metres from the car park.
Facilities: Car park, lawn area, small beach, bike path

Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Clear
Under foot: Pebbles, sand
Maximum water depth: Greater than 2 metres
Suggested minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners (under supervision)
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No dogs in the swimming area or within 10 metres
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water. No shade available in the water.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: None, but from the nearby bike track there is relatively flat grass leading down to the beach
Accommodation Options: There is no camping around Lake Tuggeranong. If you are visiting Canberra and want to stay close to this park, you can try accommodation in nearby Greenway, which is the suburb in which the beach is located.
Managing authority: ACT Government
Nearby attractions: Kambah Pool and Pine Island Beach swimming holes in the Murrumbidgee River. Both of these spots are less than 5 km from Lake Tuggeranong.
Before you head out, make sure to read the swimming safety information. Water quality in the Canberra area can sometimes be unsuitable for swimming. For regular updates on whether the water quality in Lake Tuggeranong is suitable for swimming, see the ACT Government's water quality alerts. I couldn't see any signs on site on this side of the lake, but the signs at the beach on the opposite side of the lake indicate when the lake is closed for swimming due to poor water quality. As a general rule, don't plan to swim here after rain because the lake may be closed to swimming due to urban runoff from upstream areas (e.g. animal faeces, litter, nutrients causing algal blooms).
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park for the swimming beach.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by swimmers on this website. If you are visiting this swimming spot and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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