Abseiling and Canyoning in the Blue Mountains

Lower off of soaring cliffs and navigate the depths of prehistoric slot canyons. 2 days, 1 night.

  • Australia
  • June

Drop off the edge of the world and enter a hidden landscape of chasms and canyons. You’ll spend a full day abseiling off 200m cliffs into the wilderness below, and another full day abseiling, jumping and swimming through twisted slot canyons that feel like a different planet. Camp overnight in the heart of the rainforest. Your action-packed getaway includes:

  • 1 day of multipitch abseiling
  • 1 day of canyoning
  • 1 night of bushcamping
  • Professional, experienced guides
  • All equipment
  • All meals
  • Activity transfers

Perfect for:
High-energy outdoor adventurers looking to explore one of the wildest landscapes in Australia. Previous experience recommended but not required.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Katoomba
  • Accommodation before or after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 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.

The cliffs in the Blue Mountains are roughly 200m tall. You’ll descend them in a series of stages, or pitches. A full-day abseil will involve 5 or 6 pitches that lower you deeper into canyons and chasms. There might be traverses, too. You’ll be roped in for everything that requires it, of course.

At the end of the abseiling you hike back up and out of the canyon. The hike is usually a steep bushwalk through the rainforest.

In the summer you’ll make your way through “wet” canyons involving several short abseils, often down waterfalls, as well as pool jumps and wading.

In the winter you’ll go to a “dry” canyon. These are no less spectacular than wet canyons—you just won’t be forced to get in the water.

Though the abseils are short, each one moves you deeper into twisting, narrow slot canyons. It’s a challenging and fun experience that makes you feel like the civilized world is very far away.

Of course, at the end, you must bushwalk up and out of the canyon.

Experience with abseiling or rock climbing is not required, but it is recommended. But if you’re willing to jump in the deep end, that’s fine! You must, however, be comfortable with heights.

You need to self-identify as having above average fitness. The days are long, tiring and very active.

Example lunches include a range of sandwiches, such as:

  • Chicken satay with fresh chili
  • Turkey with cranberries and brie
  • Eggplant, roast capsicum, artichoke, feta and olives

There’s no set menu for breakfast or dinner, but it will be high quality, fresh and delicious. Dinners are three courses.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

In the spring and fall daytime temperatures average 5 – 9 °C and cool off to 2 – 6 °C at night. Summer daytime temperatures average 13 – 18 °C during the day and 7 – 10 °C at night. Weather in the Blue Mountains can be fickle, but it’s still dry and sunny more often than not.

Your host will provide all the equipment for abseiling and canyoning (helmet, harness, backpack, waterproof bag, etc.) and camping (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking and eating kit).

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Sneakers or sandshoes and woollen socks (these will get wet)
  • Light-weight, comfortable hiking shirts and trousers
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Dry clothes to change into each day
  • Head torch
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves for cool evenings
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

Your host will send a complete list after booking.

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Location

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The terrain of the Blue Mountains isn’t something you can fully appreciate from a distance. Yes, the roadside lookout points are beautiful, but what lies below those cliffs? The answer is a Jurassic Park-like world of mossy chasms, dark slot canyons, and rushing rivers cutting through pale sandstone. It won’t take long to feel like you’ve been transported to a different planet.

Back up on the plateau, 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. There are heaps of restaurants, bars, cafes, hostels and hotels to meet all your needs if you arrive a day early.

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.

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

Finish point?
You’ll finish at your host’s office at 17:30 on Sunday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Train: There are regular trains to Katoomba from Sydney Central (2 hours, direct) and Sydney Airport (2 ½ hours, 1 transfer). You’ll have to catch a very early train to arrive in Katoomba by 09:00 on Saturday, or you can arrive the night before and stay in Katoomba.

Car: If you want to arrive Saturday morning your best bet is driving yourself. It’s about a 1 ½ hour drive from the city.

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

Day1: Full day abseiling

Meet your hosts in Katoomba in the morning and get amped for some elevated adventure.

You’ll spend the day completing a multipitch abseil at one of the more technical locations in the area, like Boar’s Head or Malaita Point.

Make your way down 200m cliffs in multiple stages, traversing when necessary, and sometimes dangling in space as you lower off an overhang.

Eat lunch with a killer view, then finish abseiling into a chasm you couldn’t even see from the top.

With your feet back on solid ground it’s time to hike. Bushwalk out of the canyon through a dense rainforest full of wildlife and birdlife.

Back topside you’ll drive to camp. Crack open some cold ones while your host cooks an excellent three course meal for dinner.

8 hours of abseiling and hiking

Day2: Full day canyoning

Wake up with coffee and breakfast in the rainforest, then head out for another day of adventure.

This time you’ll stay on the ground—mostly—as you navigate a long, twisted gorge. Options include Serendipity or Pipeline Canyons.

Clamber along rock faces, squeeze through narrow gaps, and wade through splashing streams.

It’s non-stop action as you challenge your body and mind with waterfall abseils and heart-stopping pool jumps.

Emerge from the canyon to enjoy lunch in the sun, then bushwalk back up to the rim.

9 hours of canyoning and hiking

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.

Accommodation

You’ll bushcamp in one of the beautiful valleys in the Blue Mountains, possibly Megalong Valley or Wolgon Valley. Your host will provide all necessary camping equipment, including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and everything for cooking and eating.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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