Abseil and Rock Climb in the Blue Mountains

Venture into the wilderness for a weekend of vertical adventure. 2 days, 1 night.

The UNESCO-listed Blue Mountains outside Sydney are home to endless eucalyptus forests, deep gorges, and towering cliffs. Get your adrenaline pumping with two days of roped sports. You’ll spend a day abseiling off cliffs as high as 60m, and another day challenging your strength and balance with rock climbing. Spend the night in the mountain town of Katoomba. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1 night of accommodation at the Blue Mountains YHA
  • 1 day of abseiling
  • 1 day of rock climbing
  • Professional, experienced guides
  • 2 lunches and 1 breakfast
  • All necessary equipment
  • Activity transfers

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re looking to explore the Blue Mountains and challenge yourself with adventure sports. No previous experience necessary.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Katoomba
  • Travel insurance that covers rock climbing
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 16. There will be a maximum of 6 guests per guide.

Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

No previous experience is needed, and you don’t need any particular level of fitness. Rock climbing is actually more about technique and balance than sheer strength.

If you have a debilitating fear of heights you might want to skip this trip.

You’ll be served a continental breakfast at your accommodation. During the day your hosts will provide packed picnic lunches.

Dinner is not included, but Katoomba has plenty of restaurants to choose from, or you can buy ingredients at the grocery store and cook at the YHA.

Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Just let us know at booking.

In summer the daytime temperatures average a pleasant 18 – 23 °C and cool off to 8 – 13 °C at night. During the winter daytime temperatures range from 9 –17 °C and cool off to 3 –9 °C at night. It can get misty and humid in the Blue Mountains, but most days are sunny and clear.

Your host will provide all the necessary abseiling and climbing gear, including a helmet, harness, climbing shoes and belay device.

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Light-weight, breathable clothing you can move easily in
  • Walking shoes
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Warm or waterproof layers if the weather calls for it
  • Water bottle
  • Camera

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The Blue Mountains are so named for the blue haze that colours them from a distance. The haze is thought to be a byproduct of the eucalyptus forests that cover the mountains. Those forests along the with an abundance of endemic flora and fauna earned the area a UNESCO World Heritage Area listing in 2000.

The region is formed from a dissected plateau of sandstone. Ridges, gorges and rock escarpments are everywhere, making the area perfect for rock climbing, abseiling and canyoning.

Katoomba is the main town (pop. 8,000) in the Blue Mountains. It caters to a bustling tourism industry and provides access to some of the best attractions in the area.

Start point?
You’ll meet at your host’s office in Katoomba at 09:00 on Saturday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll finish at your host’s office at 16:00 on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular trains to katoomba from Sydney’s Central Station (2 hours). You’ll have to catch an early train to arrive in Katoomba by 09:00 on Saturday, or you can drive yourself. Your host’s office is a 10-minute walk from the Katoomba Station.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Saturday: Abseiling

Make your way to the town of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains in time to meet your guides at 09:00.

Gear up and drive a short distance to the cliffs.

You’ll start out with an easy 5m abseil to learn about safety and technique, then move on to a 15m rock face, and then to a 30m cliff.

After lunch you’ll tackle the big 60m cliff. The sensation of lowering yourself off the edge and into space will definitely get your adrenaline pumping! You’ll continue to abseil until 16:00.

Return to Katoomba in the afternoon. You have the rest of the day to explore the area. Walk to the Three Sisters and Echo Point (2km), visit a local pub, or relax and socialise at the YHA.

6 hours of abseiling.

Sunday: Rock climbing

After breakfast at the YHA you’ll meet your guides at 9:00, and gear up for the day’s adventure.

Today you’ll focus on rock climbing. Similar to yesterday you’ll start small and work your way up to more challenging climbs, breaking for lunch midway through the day. You will only climb what you are comfortable with. Some of the walls will be up to the 30m. From here, you’ll fantastic views across the Blue Mountains and down into the valley.

Your professional guides will supervise you and help you improve your technique. Before you know it you’ll be climbing like a pro!

Wrap up in the afternoon at 16:00, and return to Katoomba. Say farewell to your guides and return home with fun memories and epic photos.

6 hours of climbing.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.


You’ll stay at the excellent Blue Mountains YHA in Katoomba. The hostel is located in the heart of town within walking distance (2km) of famous sights like Echo Point and the Three Sisters.

The hostel features shared dorm or private ensuite rooms with free wifi and breakfast included. There’s a common room with a fireplace, a large communal kitchen, and an outdoor BBQ area.

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