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.
Above: Gibraltar Falls from the viewing platform
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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.
Above: The steps down the face of Gibraltar Falls
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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:
|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 Information Before You Go:
Corin Road, Paddys River, 45 km (approx. 45 minute drive) south-west of Canberra Central
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.
1 to 5 m, depending on flow conditions and location along the falls
Near vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls:
You can read here about bathing in the shallow pool
above the falls
Toilets, bbqs, picnic tables, lawn area, car park
No shade at the falls platform, but some natural shade at the picnic tables and barbecues
All plants, animals and their habitat are protected, do not remove or interfere with historic sites or
artefacts. No dogs.
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.
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
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Specific to this site, the managing authority advises not to walk out onto the area above the falls due to the steep cliffs.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park at the falls.
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