Summer Canyoning in the Blue Mountains

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Our summer Blue Mountains canyoning trips run between September and April. All you need to do is dress for the weather, bring running shoes you can get wet, swimwear, a litre of water and a camera. High n Wild provides everything else including lunch on all our full day trips.

Generally the minimum age for summer canyoning is 14 years of age . If you have children younger than this please contact us before booking to check suitability.

A courtesy waterproof camera is provided for most of our canyoning tours (please ask at time of booking). A free breakfast is also included on tours which start after 8:30am if you're staying at the YHA.

If the trip you want to do is not scheduled, please contact us and we will try to organise it for you.

Grade: Moderate From $250 -  Special Monday 24th December $225

8:45am - 4:00pm

A fantastic abseiling/canyon combination, one of the mountains best!

The first half of the day is abseiling, starting with a 5 metre high cliff and building up to 30 metre high cliffs during the morning.

After lunch, it's a scenic 20 minute walk to the start of the canyon. You wade into the creek that descends into the narrow slot-like canyon and within a few seconds you are jumping into a rock pool, the first of several jumps and swims. This canyon is an exciting affair with water jumps, exhilarating swims, waterslides and fantastic scenery.

The final abseil out of the canyon is one of the best waterfall abseils in the mountains. Clip into the rope, step back and follow the 30 metre waterfall down to the deep rock pool below. This is not just a brilliant waterfall abseil but also a fantastic photo opportunity.

Grade: Moderate $290

8:00am - 5:00pm

Serendipity means an unexpected pleasant discovery - a good description of this beautiful Mt Wilson canyon.

After a 1/2 hour easy grade bushwalk a 15 metre abseil takes you to down to creek level and it's lush temperate rainforest.

As you progress along the creek via a series of abseils up to 20 metres high you will find the canyon walls gradually begin to rise up each side of the creek.

After a magnificent tunnel section you will arrive at the beautiful Wollangambe river. Then it's time for a late lunch and a play in the warmer waters of the main river, before a casual 1hr walk back to the car.

Grade: Moderate $270    

7:00am - 5:00pm

Rocky Creek is one of the most magnificent Blue Mountains canyons and is regarded by insiders as a "must do".

A short 10 minute walk leads you to Twister Canyon. After wetsuits are fitted the fun begins. This canyon is also known as Sheep Dip. You literally jump into a pool, swim across and slide or jump into the next one for a total of 8 pools. It's drenching!

We then exit the canyon and follow a trail for 30 minutes through a spectacular valley lined with tree ferns and arrive at the start of Rocky Creek. This canyon is of a completely different nature. 70 metre high walls tower overhead and many tunnel swims, waterfall scrambles and rock slides takes us to the sunshine at the end.

We actually reverse this canyon to the start. From here a 30 minute walk takes us back to the vehicles.

Grade: Moderate $250

8:45am - 5:00pm

After enjoying a morning of Abseiling from 5 to 30 metres you will start the canyon after lunch with a walk through a rainforest gully. Your guide will explain the geology, plus flora and fauna of the area.

This canyon begins with a 20 metre abseil down to the canyon floor. It's a two hour walk, wade and swim as you follow the deep and spectacular canyon through caverns of amazing rock formations, fern-lined walls and narrow slots. The final plunge is a 30 metre swim to the canyon's end.

The walk out is a steep 45 minutes but has a spectacular finish as you step out onto Evans Lookout for brilliant views over the Grose Valley.

Grade: Moderate $270

8:00am - 5:00pm

The 30 minute walk-in is leisurely and scenic, offering great views of the Grose Valley and the many hanging swamps.

We descend to the start of the canyon, at this point just a small creek. The first water-jump is just ten minutes from the start. Take a deep breath and jump: guaranteed to wake the senses! Deeper in the canyon, the main section features a water-jump into a deep pool, a swim through a narrow rock gorge, a subterranean journey beneath the rocks and an easy short abseil into a rock pool.

Our lunch spot at the canyon's end is one of the most spectacular and breathtaking views in the mountains. The creek eventually spills over the 100 metre high cliffs that border the Grose Valley. The lunchtime panorama takes in the 550 metre walls of Mt Banks, the highest in the Blue Mountains and the Blue Gum Forest, heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. Here you will change into your dry clothes again and tuck into a well earned lunch.

The walk out quickly ascends onto Fortress Hill and then Fortress Ridge. The view of the area from here is stunning. After an hour or so you arrive back at the vehicles.

Grade: Moderate $270

8:00am - 5:00pm

This is a unique canyon because it is possible to take a li-lo (inflatable airbed) and "raft" along the river, descending small rapids on the way.

The walk to and from the canyon is very scenic with views of the Wollemi National Park, famous for the Jurassic Wollemi Pines. There's no abseiling, but the opportunity for fun waterjumps more than makes up for it.

There is the opportunity to explore narrow side canyons such as Kelvinator, so named for its chilly water.

A 1.5 hour uphill walk takes you back to the car. Tough going but worth it.

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