Dargans Creek Canyon is a nice outing, and can be combined with some climbing at the Dam Cliffs Climbing Area. Access to both these places is currently via a railway access road.
The managers of the land – the Crown Lands Office are currently considering some major changes to the area. This will change the access for climbing and canyoning and ban swimming in the dam.
A draft plan of management can be downloaded from the Crown Lands Website here.
The draft plan proposes banning swimming in the dam. It also proposes that drive in access along the railway line be stopped and people will have to park 2 kilometres away near the Bell Rd.
I think is is fair enough to stop people driving right down to the dam (the lower of two dams), but that access should be maintained along the railway line to just above the dam. This is the place than most canyoners and climbers park. The last part of the road to the dam itself is very rough and eroded. I think the last part should be closed and allowed to revegetate.
As for swimming in the dam. It has long been a traditional activity and I think people who swim there are prepared to do so at their own risk. Surely a sign saying that should be sufficient?
The Crown Lands Office welcomes submissions up to 2nd March 2012. They can be emailed via the website linked above.