Blue Mountains Canyoning

Canyoning offers the perfect adventure as it often involves a variety of activities including swimming, wading, jumping into pools (‘water-jumps’), abseiling through waterfalls, bushwalking and scrambling over rocks and boulders. The grandeur and pristine beauty of the canyons almost defies description. Carved over millions of years by the relentless action of running water, these geological treasures are unique to the Blue Mountains of NSW.

Canyons are deep ravines between pairs of escarpments or cliffs and are most often carved from the landscape by the erosive activity of a river or creek over millions of years. The Blue Mountains in Australia has the world’s greatest concentration of vegetated slot canyons. A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, with steep near vertical walls that are often carved out smoothly by water. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons can measure less than 1 metre across at the top but drop more than 30 metres to the floor of the canyon. In Australia most slot canyons are formed in sandstone and in the Blue Mountains the canyons are full of rainforest plant species. They are often lined with ferns and thick moss, some of the oldest plant species on earth.

The majority of the canyons in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area are found in the Wollemi Wilderness, and are difficult to access. However a reasonable number are closer to towns and are regularly visited by canyoners on weekends in summer. Some canyons have less water and can even be visited in winter.

 


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We respectfully acknowledge the Darug, Darkinjung, Dharawal, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, and Wiradjuri language groups as the traditional custodians of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and thank them for sharing this beautiful land with us.

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