New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published May 7th 2015
Have you heard about them? It's a must-see in Canberra
As a lover of all things nature, I was excited to see that ACT had a waterfall - yes, just one! It has a 50m drop, so if we are going to have just one, it is a stunning one to have. Named after the nearby Gibraltar Peak and running into Gibraltar Creek, the Falls area was devastated by bushfires in 2003 and has recovered to be the scenic natural attraction that is today.
Having just explored Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex I was happy to see that it was in the same direction - only 20 minutes from Canberra's south side. From the centre of the city however, it is a 50 minutes drive but a great stop if you are also visiting the Deep Space Complex or Tidbinbilla, as they all in the same area.
The waterfall is in the Namadji National Park, so it makes a scenic drive there with kangaroos on the side of the road and birds flying alongside the car. First you drive along Tidbinbilla Road, turn off into Corin Road and drive for 7km until you see the sign for Gibralter Falls. Only 50 metres down that road leads you to the carpark and a lovely picnic area, which looks like it has been recently landscaped.
There is a working BBQ, however it is part of the previous picnic area on the other side of the carpark, which looks abit rundown. You may prefer just to pack a picnic and set up at the new picnic area to enjoy the sound of the Falls.
It is an informative entranceway to the Falls, however the rocky walkway down is not recommended for people who are unsteady on their feet, or young children (unless you carry them on your shoulders and hold onto the railing). It is a short walk down the rock stairs, 50 metres or so, until you reach the metal staircase (with approx. 20 steps) down to the viewing platform.
After the descent, and feeling abit like a mountain goat after all those steps, the Gibraltar Falls presents itself right next to you. My family and I all agreed that was the highlight of the Falls - how close you can get to the natural beauty of it. It is a high rockface and a long drop down, no photo could do it justice to the height of the Falls.
A little bit off the beaten track, Gibraltar Falls is an amazing part of Canberra's natural landscape. When I was researching the Falls I was surprised that there is not more tourism information about it (that I could find, anyway) as it is an beautiful asset to Canberra. The walkway was upgraded in 2012, which explains the newly built metal staircase and the picnic area has been recently looked after and landscaped.
It is definitely going to be somewhere that I take friends when they come to visit us in Canberra - and next time I will take a picnic for the family and a thermos of hot coffee so I can listen to the roar of the falls for longer.