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What ever happened to Ginninderra Falls????

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….


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p1 p1 11:02 pm 09 Feb 10

The illegal part would be the crossing private land to get to the river. Once you are in the river corridor you would be back on public land again.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 4:52 pm 09 Feb 10

no they arent open. they were there illegally, jumped the fence to go for a swim. I am friends with the aunty of the girl who fell. very lucky to survive with only bruising and a sprained ankle.

willo willo 7:29 am 18 Jan 10

was a report on local radio news this morning of a serious fall out there over the weekend requiring a rescue chopper….does anyone know anything further?…..are the falls now reopen to the public?

farnarkler farnarkler 7:58 am 27 Nov 08

Never went there in my 22 years residency in CBR. Sounds like I missed a nice place. Still, if the place was getting trashed, I can’t blame the owners for closing it.

joebloggs joebloggs 11:48 pm 26 Nov 08

By the way, I had a photo of a flood which completely hid the top falls – as in so much water coming down the creek that the top falls and the top pool were totally underwater and there was no real drop in water level where the top falls should have been…
If you know the spot, you will realise just how much water it took to fill it up that much.

joebloggs joebloggs 11:35 pm 26 Nov 08

I was working at the Falls at the time of John Hyles Snr’s death and John Hyles Jnr had been in charge for a long time before that(due to Snr’s ill health).
He had one family running the place for a while, and they were getting it tidied up and going really well, but they had to leave for personal reasons and John Hyles was not able to find anyone else that could run the place properly that would stay there for long(it was even offered to the YMCA!). That coincided with the severe jump in insurance premiums and many outdoor activities just simply not being insurable at any price. All that added up made the place very much a liability risk and was totally unviable, so it was closed down.

By the way peterh, the waterwheel that you mention was actually to turn the pump which supplied water for the residence, the park toilets, the quarry and the animal enclosure. It was continually mangled by flood waters and became too unreliable.

peterh peterh 9:32 am 22 Jul 08

Nosey said :

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.

the granite pit owner is the falls’ owner. The american he was referring to owns a property next to the falls.

Nosey 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 S4anta 12:55 pm 21 Jul 08

four words…

That F**king molongolo development.

tylersmayhem 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 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 G-Fresh 11:13 am 21 Jul 08

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

Skidbladnir 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 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 PBO 10:44 am 21 Jul 08

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

caf caf 10:33 am 21 Jul 08

Maybe the ACT government could look into purchasing it?

peterh 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 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 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 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.

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