We love camps near waterfalls! On a recent winter visit to the Australian Capital Territory, I was able to scope out some campsites.
From Woods Reserve, you can walk or drive upstream to the magnificent Gibraltar Falls. It’s only 30 or so km from Canberra. It is named after the first Europeans to settle in the area.
The camp is near Namadgi National Park – with toilets, showers, picnic tables, shade, wood BBQs and a 14 day limit.
It is a pretty drive out here, not far from the Brindabellas.
A favourite of our Canberra family, it certainly is a sensational spot and dogs are welcome on-leash at the campground only – but not on the track or falls.
There is a 1 km walk between the camp and falls (Grade 4 – rough and steep), it doesn’t take you to the base of the falls. The track info doesn’t make the walk to the campground sound very appealing.
Or you can drive to the waterfall and there is a short – but quite rocky walk and steps down to the lookout.
You’ll find picnic facilities and amenities at the carpark, but no camping.
When you get to the lookout, you are super close to the plummetting 50m high falls.
You’ll see beautiful views over Gibraltar Creek and Paddys River valley.
Or check out gorgeous cascades further upstream – bring your camera.
Birdwatching and fishing arae also on offer from the campspot.
Namadgi National Park is on Ngunnawal Country – which is almost half of the ACT!
I read there are waterholes close to the campground, and further back towards Cotter Campground, you can swim at Paddy’s Corner. So bring your togs – I’d like to come back in summer.
It does get popular in peak periods, and parking is limited at the Falls.
Please note: there have been recent deaths at these falls. Please take caution.
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