26 December 2005 Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island and return Photos
Map: Tuggeranong 8727-3S 1:25000
Getting There
My daughter, down from Sydney for Christmas, suggested we have a little wander, so I jumped at the idea.  Something gentle on a warm Boxing Day, but preferably somewhere I hadn't been before.  We drove down through Tuggeranong and parked at Point Hut Crossing, in the car park on the eastern side under the trees.

I dragged my walking companion past the group of four 'Lassie dogs' with their minders at a picnic table and we headed down to the bottom of the grassed area at 12.30pm.  Excellent new signage announced the various destinations and distances.  The track is pretty bare after the 2003 bush fires and a little weedy, but views down to the Murrumbidgee River most of the way.  A group of lilo-ers was enjoying the slow trip down river and negotiating some small cascades.  Remnant wild flowers.

The track is excellently redeveloped, with new infrastructure (benching, bridges and signage).  We wandered on through Pine Island south and central, with plenty of family groups enjoying the water at sandy beaches and the new electric barbeques under the trees.  The Government is certainly doing its utmost to encourage users back.

Then onto the River Loop track, which brought us back to Pine Island north and so heading south to our start point.  It was a little too far to get to the Tuggeranong stone wall in the time we had available, which would have joined up a previous walk.

Kangaroos resting in the shade took some notice of us, but were too lethargic to move away as we walked quietly by.  We saw a water dragon in a slightly fetid side creek.

We were back by 2.25pm, having enjoyed a gentle stroll and made a little room for dinner with extended family.

Distance: 8.23km   Climb: 100m total in gentle undulations.  Time: 12.30pm - 2.25pm (call it 2 hours).

1 Murrumbidgee River
2 Wild flowers
3 Water dragon