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Gibraltar Falls, Canberra

Bring the family for a fun outdoor adventure at Gibraltar Falls! Just a short drive from Canberra. Pack a picnic & spend the day exploring the nature.

Gibraltar Falls, Canberra


  • Namadgi National Park in Canberra: free & family-friendly

  • A short 50-100m trail to the falls (mostly uphill)

  • Excellent BBQ facilities, picnic shelter and picnic tables

  • BYO drinking water. Dogs are not allowed ate the park

More info

Gibraltar Falls is one of the best free things to do near Canberra for families.

Located near Namadgi National Park, this 67–120 m / 220–394 ft natural wonder is about a 45-minute drive from the Canberra CBD.

The Gibraltar Falls walk is a short 50 - 100 m trail mostly uphills, from the carpark to the viewing platform from where you see the lovely falls up close.

With crystal clear, cool water cascading down the rocks and a small pool at the top of the falls, Gibraltar Waterfall is a great family-friendly spot near Canberra! So take your kids there during the ACT school holidays to explore the natural beauty of this area.

Please note that there are quite a few rock steps down and up along the Gibraltar Falls hike, so if you have little kids or limited mobility issues, the hike is somewhat accessible.

There is another relatively easy 3 km (1 hour) hiking trail available - Gibraltar Falls Walking Track, from Gibraltar waterfall to Woods Reserve.

❗ Please note that the Gibraltar Falls and walking track are currently closed to the public until further notice.

Facilities at Gibraltar Falls, ACT:

  • Free parking with a few car park spaces available right near the entrance of the falls. Alternatively, you can use the Woods Reserve car park.

  • Toilets

  • Excellent BBQ facilities, including gas BBQs, picnic shelter and picnic tables

  • The nearby Woods Reserve Camping Grounds are available for overnight camping.

Please note that there is no drinking water at the falls, so bring your own.

Gather the kids for an active adventure, pack a picnic to enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch by the falls and come experience the wonder of Gibraltar Falls, Canberra!

Gibraltar Falls Swimming

There is a small pool at the top of the waterfall with no handrails or barriers, so be careful.

Gibraltar Falls Dogs

Dogs are not allowed at Gibraltar Falls and nearby Woods Reserve.

Gibraltar Falls Camping

Camping or fires are prohibited at Gibraltar Falls. Alternatively, you can stay overnight at Woods Reserve Campgrounds.

Looking for another exciting family adventure? Discover some of the most beautiful Australian waterfalls to visit during the next kids’ holidays! And for the ultimate holiday fun, check out this list of the best school holiday activities in Canberra.

Photo credits

A very special thank you to Alex Zhukova (photo 2) and Indrani Caldwell (photo 3) for the provided images.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gibraltar Falls is located near Namadgi National Park, a 45-minute drive from Canberra, ACT.

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