Gibraltar Falls near Canberra, ACT
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Gibraltar Falls is the only readily accessible waterfall in the ACT. It has a 50 metre near vertical drop over a granite outcrop, with a viewing platform just below the top lip of the falls, a dizzying view below and an outlook to the valley downstream. Gibraltar Falls near Canberra in the ACT Above: Gibraltar Falls from the viewing platform (Order gifts or prints of this image)

The falls are an 80 metre walk from the car park, down a well defined dirt track with some stone steps. When you reach the end of the path, the view opens out to reveal a fenced platform perched on one flank of the falls, about 10 metres below the top of the cliff face.
You can lean over the rail and follow the water as it steps down the right angled ledges to the valley floor, with shades of grey, green and orange all prominent on the rock face. The platform also provides stunning views of the Gibraltar Creek and Paddys River valleys below, and the surrounding mountains. Gibraltar Falls near Canberra in the ACT Above: The steps down the face of Gibraltar Falls (Order gifts or prints of this image)

You can access the creek above the falls, although this is strongly discouraged by the managing authority for safety reasons, with numerous signs advising you not to enter this area. Whilst the access to this area is easy, the rock surface is very smooth and slippery, and would be difficult to maintain your footing in even slightly damp conditions. There is a small, shallow pool on the edge of the cliff which is popular for bathing - you can read more about that on Swimming Hole Heaven.

Back up at the car park there are a couple of picnic tables and barbecues and a lawn area next to the creek. The car park is only small, so it could be difficult to find a spot on busy weekends, so have a backup plan if you are planning to have a picnic here on the weekend.

Here is a video of the falls, taken mid-morning in Autumn, when the creek was flowing, but not in flood, which includes the area upstream and downstream of the falls, and a view of the picnic facilities:

Your Seasonal Guide:
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The reliability of this stream is unknown because flows over the falls are not recorded, however the falls were still flowing when I visited in late April after a relatively hot and dry summer and autumn. Visit after rainfall to see the falls at their most spectacular from the viewing platform. Visit any time of the day to see the falls in full sun. Fog can sometimes make driving to the falls difficult on still mornings in winter.
Other Essential Information:
Location: Corin Road, Paddys River, 45 km (approx. 45 minute drive) south-west of Canberra Central
Latitude:-35.487679 Longitude:148.933980
Getting there: From Canberra take the Tuggeranong Parkway (aka Drakeford Dr), Monaro Hwy or Yamba Drive south to the suburb of Gordon. From Gordon take Point Hut Road across the Murrumbidgee River for 4 km then turn right into Tidbinbilla Road and follow it for 6 km, then head left into Corin Road. Follow Corin Road for 6 km and look for the sign to the Gibraltar Falls car park on the left. The road to the falls car park is sealed. To reach the falls there is an 80 metre walk down some steps to the viewing platform.
Water source: Gibraltar Creek
Approx. height: 50 m
Approx. width: 1 to 5 m, depending on flow conditions and location along the falls
Approx. length: Near vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls: You can read here about bathing in the shallow pool above the falls
Facilities: Toilets, bbqs, picnic tables, lawn area, car park
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: No shade at the falls platform, but some natural shade at the picnic tables and barbecues
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: All plants, animals and their habitat are protected, do not remove or interfere with historic sites or artefacts. No dogs.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at Gibraltar Falls. The nearest camping is at Woods Reserve, 3 km downstream along Corin Road, which is available on a first come first served basis for a nominal camping fee. The reserve is managed by the ACT Government. If you don't want to camp, the falls are within easy reach of Canberra for a half-day trip. If you are visiting Canberra and want to have better access to these falls, you can try accommodation in Greenway (Tuggeranong), which is the closest of Canberra's commercial centres to this waterfall.
Managing authority: ACT Government
Nearby attractions: There is a snow play area and all-year round toboggan ride at Corin Forest a few kilometres further up Corin Road.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises not to walk out onto the area above the falls due to the steep cliffs.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park at the falls.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by visitors to this website. If you are visiting this waterfall and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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