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365 Place: Ginninderra Falls

Day 66: Ginninderra Falls, ACT, Australia

Ginninderra Falls is located less than 10 minutes drive from where I live, but I have never been there. It is a place that my husband Marty has talked about often as somewhere he used to go swimming in the summer months when he was growing up in Canberra.

Image Credit: http://ginninderra.org.au
Image Credit: http://ginninderra.org.au

In years gone by, the falls used to be open to the public, even though they were on private land. In more recent years the land owners stopped people from visiting this lovely location.

Image Credit: © Alison Herring
Image Credit: © Alison Herring

I am not totally sure why the falls are no longer open to the public, perhaps the property changed hands? This lovely photo by Roy Torkington shows how picturesque the site is.

Image Credit: http://roytorkington.net
Image Credit: http://roytorkington.net

It is also a site where reputedly a bunyip was sighted in the early 1900s. The Australia – Bunyips Mythology, Origins and Sightings website noted that:

Strange animal the size of a 3-month-old calf seen basking on a sandbank near water’s edge. The creature wriggled into the water and disappeared from view.

For readers unfamiliar with the term Bunyip, it is a mythical Aboriginal creature that dwells close to waterholes and creeks. Mr Wikipedia says about Bunyips:

The bunyip, or kianpraty, is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia

Through the energy and commitment of a local conservation group, there are moves to establish the area as a national park, which would be wonderful. Local environmentalist and media personality Tim the Yowie Man, wrote an article in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2011, titled Ginninderra Falls For All of Us.

I hope one day to visit this lovely site as it would be wonderful to experience such a magnificent place so close to home.

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365 Places: Berowra Waters

Day 58: Berowra Waters, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

When I lived in the northern suburbs of Sydney nearly 30 years ago, one of the places I loved to spend time was Berowra Waters.

I particularly loved to go on the Berowra Waters ferry: driving down the gorge on the Berowra side and then coming to the top of the gorge to drive through the pretty villages of Berrilee, Aracidia, Galston and Dural. These days I expect that these areas are now quite suburban, though back in the mid 1980s there were many hobby farms dotted along Bay and Galston Roads.

Image Credit: http://www.berowrawaters.com
Image Credit: http://www.berowrawaters.com

The Berowra Waters Inn is a famous landmark along the river, originally established in 1926 as a guest house and only accessible by boat or sea plane. The Edwardian style building had major engineering flaws and between 1976 and 1983, the architect Glenn Murcutt redesigned the property using a “distinctive Australian vernacular style: corrugated tin roof over glass louvre windows, on a Sydney sandstone base, set among eucalypts and angophoras”. (http://www.smh.com.au/news/restaurant-reviews/berowra-waters-inn/2007/12/18/1197740217182.html)

Image Credit: http://www.berowrawatersinn.com
Image Credit: http://www.berowrawatersinn.com

Some of the most special memories I have of living in this part of Sydney are of bushwalking and discovering many Aboriginal carvings in the rocks and middens. It was obviously a place of significance for many thousands of years for the people who first lived in this beautiful region.

If you would like to find out about the history of the area check out this post: Australia’s FIRST hire boat fleet.