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Yerra Beach
Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen ACT


 
Yerra Beach is a long, curved sandy beach with two bays on the western foreshore of Lake Ginninderra. The designated swimming area is enclosed with a brightly coloured, floating rope that creates an area for swimming that is around 150 metres long and up to 60 metres wide. There is also a smaller toddler enclosure located on the beach in the most southerly bay.

There are two targets in the water for your swim. Firstly, a pontoon located around 50 metres offshore, with a small island another 20 metres further on.
The beach itself is shaded in parts in the afternoon, with extensive lawn areas under a mix of shady native and European trees behind the beach.

Lake Ginninderra captures urban stormwater, which can be of poor quality. As a result, the lake regularly suffers from algal blooms or high faecal bateria counts that can close the beach for swimming. Make sure you check the link below to the ACT goverment's water quality warnings for this site before you head there for a swim.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Lake Ginninderra, MacDermott Place, Belconnen, ACT, 10 km (approx. 20 min. drive) north-west of Canberra Central.
Latitude:-35.225963 Longitude:149.063537
Getting there: From the city centre, head west along Barry Drive / Belconnen Way then head north along Coulter Drive to Joynton Smith Drive. MacDermott Place is on the left just after you turn into Joynton Smith Drive. There is car parking within the foreshore area near the beach. By public transport, bus 45 runs along Joynton Smith Drive, which you can pick up from the Westfield Belconnnen bus station. There is also a bike path that runs around the lake if you want to cycle there.
Facilities: Car park, toilets, barbecues (sheltered), picnic tables, playground, bike path, walking trails
Entrance fee: None
Water temperature: Mild
Water clarity: Cloudy to murky
Under foot: Sand
Maximum water depth: 1-2 metres
Suggested minimum swimming proficiency required: Beginners
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: Dogs must be on a lead.
Sun shade: Shade available out of the water. No shade available in the water.
Opening times: Always open
Wheelchair access: To be confirmed
Accommodation Options: There is no camping on the lake foreshore. If you don't want to camp and are wanting to stay overnight in Canberra, you can try accommodation in Belconnen, which is the suburb in the ACT nearest to this swimming spot.
Managing authority: ACT Government
Nearby attractions: Enjoy a walk around the lake
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 at this site is suitable for swimming, see the website/app used by the ACT Government to notify swimmers of water quality alerts.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of Yerra 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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