Schools Education Programs

Cotter Dam Discovery Trail Guided Tours

Icon Water offers free guided tours of the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail* to schools and community groups. The tours cover the 1.4km Cotter Dam Discovery Trail loop along the Cotter River and through the surrounding natural environment. The tours cover Canberra's water story including where the water comes from, how it is treated and what happens to is after it is used. The tour also provides an introduction to how a water utility operates to provide water and sewerage services.

Maximum tour group sizes are 50 people per tour, however larger groups are able to be accommodated with concurrent tours.

Please register your interest below using the appropriate form:

Tours of additional Icon Water sites can be arranged on request, subject to site requirements and staff availability. To enquire about this, please email

* The trail is stroller friendly and is also suitable for wheelchair assisted access.

The Wonder of Water: The Cotter Dam Education Kit

As part of the Cotter Dam enlargement, Icon Water developed an education program to involve local students and help them learn about the significance of the new dam and the Cotter Precinct. The program, which is aimed at students from Kindergarten to Year 10, includes a comprehensive suite of education units and resources developed by teachers, for teachers. The curriculum units are aligned with the Australian curriculum and fall broadly under three strands:

  • Environment: Protecting the environment
  • Science: Engineering and water supply
  • History: people and place