Blue Mountains Canyons and Canyoning

The extraordinary beauty of the Blue Mountains Canyons can best be appreciated by canyoning, or canyoneering, which is simply following the watercourse through the narrow slots in the sandstone. Best done with a wetsuit, helmet and harness, and a guide for the more extreme canyons. Blue Mountains in Australia is the canyon capital of the world, with over 700 known canyons scattered across 10,000 square kilometres of rugged sandstone plateaux.
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Beautiful blue shafts of sunlight can be a breathtaking sight in any canyon. This is Grand Canyon at its finest

Beautiful blue shafts of sunlight can be a breathtaking sight in any canyon. This is Grand Canyon at its finest

Unforgettable canyon light. A classic summer day in Rocky Creek Canyon.

A classic summer day in Rocky Creek Canyon.

Sheep Dip Canyon is not all about water jumps.

Sheep Dip Canyon is not all about water jumps.

This normally fun canyon called Sheep Dip or Twister Canyon is totally full on when it has been raining heavily. A simple climb down using a rope suddenly becomes a serious controlled lower in extremely slippery conditions.

This normally fun canyon called Sheep Dip or Twister Canyon is totally full on when it has been raining heavily. A simple climb down using a rope suddenly becomes a serious controlled lower in extremely slippery conditions.

Belaying the 30 metre abseil from the base of Empress Falls. When you are half way down the waterfall, you are alone. You cannot hear anyone. Just the pummelling of the water on your helmet and your heart pounding in your chest.

Belaying the 30 metre abseil from the base of Empress Falls. When you are half way down the waterfall, you are alone. You cannot hear anyone. Just the pummelling of the water on your helmet and your heart pounding in your chest.

The classic waterfall slide in Rocky Creek Canyon on a high water day

The classic waterfall slide in Rocky Creek Canyon on a high water day

Serendipity Canyon can be traversed after a lot of rain, though its best done with experienced guides. The stream looks easy enough till the second abseil

Serendipity Canyon can be traversed after a lot of rain, though its best done with experienced guides. The stream looks easy enough till the second abseil

A leap of faith in Sheep Dip Canyon

A leap of faith in Sheep Dip Canyon

Empress Canyon is a series of jumps, swims and wades. The waterfall awaits !

Empress Canyon is a series of jumps, swims and wades. The waterfall awaits !

Testing the waters. A fun jump in Lower Wollangambe Canyon, upstream from where Serendipity Canyon exits into the Wollangambe river gorge

Testing the waters. A fun jump in Lower Wollangambe Canyon, upstream from where Serendipity Canyon exits into the Wollangambe river gorge

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