TOP 5 CANYONS IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
I remember when I first dipped my toe in and went on my first canyoning adventure, it was pretty daunting and I didn't know what to expect. Turns out it was bloody awesome and now i'm hooked.
A friend of mine organised the trip and took a bunch of mates to experience Twister & Rocky Creek Canyon in the Blue Mountains (unfortunately it's closed at the moment). It was the perfect canyon for beginners as there were no abseils involved, just a bunch of rock jumps and natural slides that had been carved out over time by the flowing creeks. The remoteness of the canyon filled us with a sense of serenity and the scenery was epic, long natural tunnels had been carved out through the canyon leaving towering limestone cliffs standing either side of the creek. The water was freezing which added to the experience and the hesitation of jumping off 10 metre ledges into the deep plunge pools. Luckily we got to spend just as much time out of the water giving us time to warm up before hitting the next jump or swim. We struggled to find the exit of the canyon but after a short time searching we found the trail back up the canyon and after some pretty sketchy rock scrambles we found our way to the fire trail and back to the car. I've since done the canyon again and the best way to exit is to reverse the canyon back to the start.
The Blue mountains has countless canyons and you don't need to be an expert to give it a bash. Whether you're just starting out or if you a complete adrenaline junkie, there's something to suit all levels of experience.
We've picked our top 5 canyoning adventures in The Blue Mountains to get your juices flowing.
1. EMPRESS FALLS CANYON
This is the most popular canyon in the Blue Mountains, mainly because it bloody awesome and has it all. Rock jumps plummeting into deep plunge pools, short swims and not to mention an epic 30 metre abseil down a gushing natural shower 'Empress Falls'.
It's pretty much a full day job, this adventure takes roughly 8 hours to complete which gives you plenty of time to take in the natural beauty of the mountains and get some epic photos along the way.
If you're an experienced abseiler yourself then you must add this to your bucket list. There's also guided tours available which make the canyon accessible for everyone to conquer.
Ready? We have two options available to suit your needs.
What's included? Lunch, all canyoning equipment, qualified canyon guide, all safety instructions including abseiling techniques.
Empress Falls Canyon - The Blue Mountains
2. RAINFOREST CANYON
Up next is Rainforest Canyon, another awesome adventure ideal for beginners with bucket loads of action. This adventure takes approx 6.5 hour to complete and unlike Empress Canyon the abseils aren't as high but there are more of them which will get your blood pumping. In total there are 5 abseils to this canyon along with 8 metre rock jumps, natural rock slides and short swims.
The canyon finishes at an awesome waterfall and rock pool which is great for swimming and cooling off under the sun. Bring out your inner child and enjoy rock climbing on a boulder wall and jumping and sliding into the rock pool below.
Keen to explore the Rainforest? Book your adventure here.
Rainforest Canyon - The Blue Mountains
3. SERENDIPITY CANYON
'Serendipity' means an unexpected pleasant discovery. I couldn't sum it up any better.
A little tougher than the previous two, starting with a 30 minute easy grade bush walk which leads to the beginning of the canyon and a 15 metre abseil which takes you down to the creek and lush tropical rain-forest. As the creek carves through the limestone walls a series of abseils up to 20 metres high lead you through the canyon as the walls begin to rise and narrow either side of the creek, creating an awesome tunnel section which leads to the Wollangambe river. A perfect spot to re-charge with some lunch and a swim in the warmer waters of the river before ending the day with a casual hour walk to the finish line.
Jump in & book your adventure here.
Serendipity Canyon - The Blue Mountains
4. BUTTERBOX CANYON
If you're looking to test yourself then Butterbox is the Canyon for you. You don't need to have experience but you do need a good level of fitness. This is a big day out, but boy is it worth it.
Definitely the most challenging canyon of the list and at 9 hours it's also the longest canyon. Tackling 7 abseils, 8 metre rock jumps, swims, narrow passages and epic scenery. The highlight is two impressive 20 metre abseils which lead you down a vertical waterfall into the deepest and darkest slot of the canyon. Another abseil and jump brings you to the end of the canyon and lead to the hike out which follows steep gullies narrow ledges and epic scenery of the Grose Valley.
Make no mistake, this canyon is not for the faint-hearted but one you should tick of your list.
Dare to experience Butterbox? Book your adventure here.
Butterbox Canyon - The Blue Mountains
5. JUGGLER CANYON
We thought we'd throw a Winter Canyon into our list. If you want to experience Juggler Canyon you will have to wait as the Canyon only runs through the Winter months of May-August, mainly because they are mostly dry and keep you out of the freezing waters during winter.
Packed with abseils up to 30 metres the canyon is steep, narrow and bloody spectacular. The highlight is a blood pumping overhanging 30 metre abseil. Epic.
Beat the queue, plan ahead and book your adventure here.
Juggler Canyon - The Blue Mountains