The Walgalu, Ngunawal, and Djimantan Aborigines were the original occupants of the Brindabella Valley before the Europeans' arrival. The area was a rich, beautiful valley. It was a branch of the Yarralumla property. The former Yarralumla property is now known as the Southern Canberra region.
Major Mitchell carried out the first exploration of the Brindabella station. Afterwards, a Murray of Yarralumla and then the Webb brothers explored the area. However, it was Joseph Franklin that first attempted to settle in the area. He bought some land in the valley in 1846. He attempted to settle in the area with his family.
However, this attempt at settlement was met with resistance by the Aboriginals occupying the area. The local Aborigine occupants went on to kill his cattle, forced him to retreat, and drove him out. It wasn't until the year 1863 that the Franklins were able to settle in the area.
By the time the Franklins returned, the local Aboriginals had been removed by the gold miners who passed through the valley. The valley was right on the route leading to the Kiandra Goldfields. It was an important stop station. It was also the route leading to the high plains and back. The valley itself had a gold mine.
Joseph Franklin's son, Thomas Franklin, built the first house on the site. John Franklin's other son, John, also went on to build a house later. John was born in 1846, went on to marry Susannah Lampe, a lady from Talbingo, and had a daughter named Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. She grew up in Brindabella and was educated by a private tutor named Blyth, and took classes at Brindabella Homestead.
Miles Franklin went on to become the writer of the famous Australian classics, Pioneers on Parade, Childhood at Brindabella, Up the Country, My Brilliant Career. Miles Franklin was born in 1879 at Talbingo. She was a governess by 1897, working near Yass, where she eventually completed her most acclaimed work, "My Brilliant Career."
Miles Franklin's family eventually moved to Goulburn in 1889. Over time the Brindabella has had several owners, including the Barlin family.
The name "Brindabella" was given to the area by the indigenous Australians. The name means "two Kangaroo rats." However, another account states that the term bindy brandy meant "water flowing over rocks" in the local language. The Europeans then added "Bella," coined from the Italian Bella vista, which means a beautiful view.
Today, Brindabella Valley is a weekend retreat spot. It is quite popular and frequented by people who want a break from Canberra. Its clientele includes senior public servants and television personalities.
Its located so close to the centre of Australia and Corrie, and this makes it an easy stop. Beautiful trees and mountains surround it. It offers a beautiful, serene view for you to enjoy. The area has a variety of wildlife for you to view as well. It has developed to have the Brindabella National Park with different picnic grounds and other attractions.