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What ever happened to Ginninderra Falls????

By Thumper - 21 July 2008 22

Ginninderra Falls?

I remember 20 years ago walking down to the falls and hiring canoes to paddle about in the cool, deep waters.

The park featured picnic with tables and barbecues, a nature walk trail and walk down to the river, lookouts, and an animal park. Canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes were available for hire. Abseiling, and canyoning courses we also available.

I know that it is located on private property in NSW but does anyone have any idea why such a beautiful, and accessible place was closed down?

I have a hunch that it may be a public liability matter given that I recall a chopper airlift of an injured person some 10 or so years ago.

Such a shame to see that it is now closed. Will it ever open again? I certainly hope so….

What’s Your opinion?


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22 Responses to
What ever happened to Ginninderra Falls????
Nosey 12:33 am 22 Jul 08

A couple of years back, I spoke to the owner of the granite pit next to the falls.

He told me that an American owned it and closing was a combination of insurance being too expensive and the fact people were not looking after it as mentioned above ie rubbish

I loved riding their for a swim in summer as a young fella.

It would mostly be used by ACT residents so why can’t the ACT government cover the insurance costs for the owner.

Can’t remember exactly but I’m sure they do similar things for other companies.

S4anta 12:55 pm 21 Jul 08

four words…

That F**king molongolo development.

tylersmayhem 12:46 pm 21 Jul 08

I always thought it was closed down because of all the late night idiocy that appeared to go on there. Last time I went there years ago, it was the morning and there were smashed TV’s, tonnes of broken beer bottles, burn-out marks and an ironing board?!

I remember hearing of parties going on out there, and I would have closed it too if I had owned it, with the amount of trashing and disturbance that seemed to go on out there. A big shame really!

Thumper 11:21 am 21 Jul 08

It would be flowing like crazy at the moment. Ginninderra Creek rival the Mississippi this morning…

G-Fresh 11:13 am 21 Jul 08

Maybe the ACT Government could also do some rain dancing to get the river flowing

Skidbladnir 11:08 am 21 Jul 08

Its in NSW, but I do kind of like the idea of the ACT gradually expanding through land purchase.

peterh 11:03 am 21 Jul 08

caf said :

Maybe the ACT government could look into purchasing it?

unfortunately, it is in NSW, not the ACT. there are several new properties down there, when they sub divided sections near the falls, these properties gained access to a couple of key places including the best swimming hole. the main falls and the river below are still the owned property, but as they are in NSW, not the ACT, the powers of even Jon stanhope aren’t able to stretch that far….

just for interest,
if you look at the following link, you will see a dam?? at the top of the falls, this was there to keep the falls flowing in the hottest of summers. There was a sluice gate and a big wheel to release the flow.

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=ginninderra+falls+act&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=53.658033,76.289063&ie=UTF8&ll=-35.197483,148.962561&spn=0.003051,0.004656&t=h&z=18

PBO 10:44 am 21 Jul 08

I think that they would be fools to sell it to the ACT government.

caf 10:33 am 21 Jul 08

Maybe the ACT government could look into purchasing it?

peterh 10:32 am 21 Jul 08

Thumper said :

Just on the rubbish side of things, I would suspect people are a lot more environmental aware these days and the rubbish may not be as bad.

Furthermore, your full on bogans who eat maccas and drink cask wine are not going to walk that far down to the falls when they can go to lake Ginninderra or head out to the Cotter.

I’d like to see it open again, if only for the walk and the swimming.

perhaps the hiles family will consider it – if they can get enough interest – worth a try, but you would need to speak to them, I don’t have their number anymore. booroomba station is (still?) owned by them….

Thumper 10:29 am 21 Jul 08

Just on the rubbish side of things, I would suspect people are a lot more environmental aware these days and the rubbish may not be as bad.

Furthermore, your full on bogans who eat maccas and drink cask wine are not going to walk that far down to the falls when they can go to lake Ginninderra or head out to the Cotter.

I’d like to see it open again, if only for the walk and the swimming.

Danman 10:25 am 21 Jul 08

I remember many a sunny day there in the shade eating vodka laced watermelon then waiting till after dark to sober up and return to our cars – all with infringement warning notices on them for overstaying.

PBO 10:20 am 21 Jul 08

It is public liability, but more so it is someones private property. The area was getting trashed and people were not cleaning up after themselves. I personally think that the owner was doing everyone a favor by keeping it open. But too many people did not return the favor and wrecked the area. Fair call by the owner.

peterh 10:15 am 21 Jul 08

Ginninderra falls was closed after the owner, john h hiles snr, died. I do not know whether there were plans for his son to resurrect the place, but there seemed to be bigger properties to sort out, including Booroomba Station.

I worked at the falls as a “ranger”, particular crazy activities included jumping off the top falls, abseiling down cliffs, herding sheep, laying carrot trails in the middle of summer for the wild pigs…

I have some great photos of the falls in full flood, with some photos of the actual falls looking like proper waterfalls. not a day for canyoning….

it was a great place, and I occasionally miss it.

Doctor Evil 10:00 am 21 Jul 08

Thumper, if you don’t include a Google map how will the fun police know where to put the new gates?

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