Upgrade to Gibraltar Falls recreation area complete

Released 23/10/2012

The popular Gibraltar Falls recreation area has reopened to the public after an extensive upgrade to the walking trail and picnic facilities, Manager of Operations, National Parks and Catchments, Brett McNamara said today.

"Standing over 50 metres tall, Gibraltar Falls is one of the most majestic and popular recreation areas in the ACT," Mr McNamara said.

"The upgrade to the walking trail within the Gibraltar Falls recreation area will ensure visitors are able to enjoy the beauty of the falls in a safe way. The upgrade includes the installation of a new galvanised steel stair case and hand rails along the trail to the lookout area.

"In addition, the upgrade has included two new picnic benches in a landscaped area to allow visitors to better enjoy the surrounds."

Mr McNamara said the upgrade works were managed by the Namadgi National Park staff, with on ground works completed by the Namadgi Works team.

"Gibraltar Falls is an important ecological and cultural area. The falls supports many threatened species found nowhere else in the ACT, this includes the rare Waterfall Red-spot Dragonfly that lives in the splashzones of the waterfall.

"Gibraltar Falls is also recognised for its importance to the local aboriginal people who have had a long and ongoing association with the falls.

"Visitors to Gibraltar Falls are encouraged to keep on formed paths and stay behind barricades for their safety and to reduce the impact on the recreation area's fragile ecosystem," Mr McNamara said.

Gibraltar Falls recreation area is located on Corin Road approximately 40 minutes from the city centre. Corin Road can be accessed through Point Hut Crossing or from Tharwa via Tidbinbilla Road.

For more information please contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

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