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Tragedy at 19-year-old falls to his death at popular waterfall spot


A young man who was found dead after falling off a cliff at Gibraltar Falls has been identified.

Thomas Livingstone, 19, was at the popular waterfall spot, located about 46 km from Canberra, when tragedy struck.

Australian Capital Territory police and emergency services attended the scene at 11.15am on Sunday following reports of a man falling off a cliff at the popular waterfall spot.

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ACT Parks and Conservation rangers and passersby provided assistance and first aid until emergency services arrived, ACT Police said in an official statement.

Members from Tuggeranong Station, Rural Patrol, Search and Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire and Rescue and the Toll Helicopter were also dispatched to the man’s location.

Despite the best efforts of those involved, Livingstone was pronounced dead at the scene.

A young man who was found dead after falling off a cliff at Gibraltar Falls has been identified as 19-year-old Thomas Livingstone. Credit: ACT Parks and Conservation Service

The 19-year-old was a student at the Australian National University and a member of the Sydney Rowing Club.

“We were saddened to hear that our member Tom Livingstone died in an accident in the ACT last weekend. This is a tragic event,” Sydney Rowing Club President Keith Jameson told

“Many of our members and our coaches knew Tom well and are deeply affected by the news.

“Tom was a very capable oarsman. He rowed at the club last season and was a member of the winning crew in the Champion Men’s Under 21 Eight of NSW, before moving to Canberra to study at ANU.

“Tom rowed at the Shore school and in his last year at school, 2021, was a senior prefect and Captain of Boats, and the school’s sculling champion.

“In the same year Tom was selected in the Australian Under 19 Men’s Eight in the team which, due to COVID-19, could not tour overseas but instead competed in the World Rowing Cup Simulation Regatta in Adelaide.

“We send our condolences to Tom’s family and friends.”

Gibraltar Falls is a 50m waterfall near Namadgi National Park.

Gibraltar Falls is a 50 m waterfall near Namadgi National Park and remains a popular swimming spot for visitors despite repeated warnings of danger. Credit: ACT Parks and Conservation Service

Signage at the area warns of a “dangerous cliff edge” and urges visitors to stick to the path.

The tragedy comes weeks after the ACT Parks and Conservation Service warned visitors of the dangers of the popular waterfall spot.

“Just a reminder that it is not advisable to swim or walk on Gibraltar Falls (despite what you might’ve heard from friends or online),” it said.

“Gibraltar Falls is an excellent picnic spot with amazing views from the lookout.

“However, the cliff edges are extremely dangerous. Serious accidents have occurred here when people have ignored the formal tracks and signs.”

Following the incident, ACT Parks and Conservation Service also announced on Tuesday that the waterfall and walking track will be closed until further notice.

ACT Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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Source: 7News