Most people identify the Blue Mountains as being the home of The Three Sisters.
The Blue Mountains National park is the perfect destination for those who are after adventure, whether its abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning or walking some of the most breathtaking bush tracks in the world.
Wallangambie Canyon- Stage 2
This full day adventure starts with a 1.5 hr walk and rope climb down to the exit of Stage 1 of the canyon. From here, the second stage of Wollangambe will not disappoint, from its crystal-clear waters winding through some very colourful passages, to its magnificent towering rock walls. Entry is from Cathedral Reserve at Mt Wilson and does involve 2 rope climbs which can be a bit challenging for those who have issues with heights. The canyon involves many long swims for which inflatable matts and wetsuits are highly recommended
Wallangambie Canyon- Stage 1
Wollangambe Canyon located at Mt Wilson is a very picturesque canyon that involves many long swims for which inflatable matts and wetsuits are highly recommended.
There is a significant amount of climbing up, down and around house-sized boulders and can take around 6 to 8 hours return for a "moderately fit and experienced party however this can easily blow out.
The end of stage one requires two rope climbs which can be a bit daunting for those with height problems and a descent uphill return to car park.
I would rate this circuit as "Medium to Hard" but well worth the effort
aRodriguez Pass walking track is a challenging 12km loop hike that can be started from either Govetts Leap or Evans lookout, in Blackheath. This Grade 5 track winds past numerous spectacular waterfalls, lookouts and lush rainforest in Blue Mountains National Park. *Note. The track is very steep and difficult in places and has minimal signage. It’s recommended for experienced hikers with good fitness and navigation skills. Take care as there are exposed cliff edges, steep stairs and slippery creek crossings
Twister and Rocky Creek canyon
These truly spectacular canyons consists of lots of great and sometimes challenging jumps, long swims and some fun slides.
Give yourself a full day as the drive to the start is around 1.5 hrs from Katoomba with the last 45 minutes of rough unsealed road.
The canyons have everything from lovely rain forest trails to technical jumps and some very interesting and unusual rock climbs.
** Experienced guides highly recommended as these canyons should not be attempted without prior knowledge of access in and out, and most importantly depth of water holes.
*Wetsuits a must as the water can be extremely cold.
BMAC (Blue Mountains Adventure company) and RDMH (River Deep Mountain High) are a couple of professional adventure companies who run organised tours to this region.
Take the leap and try one of the many Canyoning experiences the Blue Mountain National Park has to offer
We decided to take the half day trip and explore the very picturesque Empress Canyon.
This canyon consists of majestic rainforest scenery with rock jumps into ponds from around 2m up to 5m and finishes with the final breath-taking 30m abseil down a raging waterfall! WOW
The whole experience lasted around 3hrs and is the perfect way to introduce you to the amazing world of canyoning.
We booked this tour through Eagle Rock Adventures however there a number of other companies around Katoomba that provided these adventure experiences.
High and Wild also specialise in Canyoning, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and other adventures and are conveniently based inside YHA Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains YHA is an award-winning hostel located in the heart of Katoomba and has a range of accommodation suitable for backpackers, families or for those who just want to escape the city for a bit break.
This is one place that holds true to its name and is a must do walk.
From the moment you descend into the Canyon you enter into another world of truly magnificent luscious native vegetation.
This historic loop track sets out from Evans lookout and can take around 3-4 hrs to complete.
There are some creek crossings and steep sections that may be challenging, however the experience and beauty of this walk will be absolutely rewarding.
National Pass (closed)
Check online for updates about this walk as it was closed due to a fatality from a rock slide.
Built into the side of the cliff, the National Pass is a spectacular walking track offering unrivalled views of the many natural wonders of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
Your journey begins at Wentworth Falls picnic area, where you can stroll over to Jamison lookout and take in magnificent views of the valley below. Listen to the cascading water at Wentworth Falls, before tackling the historic Grand Stairway, built by hand in the early 1900’s.
Walk through the Valley of the Waters where you will pass some very impressive waterfalls, including Empress, Silvia and Lodore Falls.
The walk ends with a long steep climb from the magnificent Empress Falls back up to Conservation Hut.
Conservation Hut is a great spot for a bite to eat giving you the energy to maybe take the short? 3km walk back by road to Wentworth Falls Picnic ground.
* Some planning will be required as this walk takes around 2.5 - 3hrs one way
Wentworth Falls is a three-tiered waterfall situated in the world heritage Blue Mountains National Park.
The falls are accessible via the very scenic National Pass Walking Trail.
This track has sections of steep stairs cut into the side of the mountain that will give you some of the best views of this waterfall and at times test your fear of heights.
You will most definitely appreciate the views and challenge of stairs and ladders that will get you down to the lower level of the falls.
Empress Falls to Leura
We started this walk from Conservation Hut heading down to Empress Falls. The trail to Leura leads off from here and eventually comes out at the Fairmont resort along side a golf course where you will need to take the road for around 1.5km to another track leading to Prince Henry Cliff walk.
Prince Henry Cliff is a very scenic track which runs between Katoomba and Leura, passing the iconic Three Sisters and Echo Point in Blue Mountains National Park.
Echo Point to Scenic World
Try the awe inspiring walk through scenic Jamison Valley via the historic 900 step Giant Stairway that runs down to the base of the Three Sisters.
The walk, around 4.7km one way from Echo Point to Scenic World takes around 2-3hrs to complete and requires a reasonable level of fitness however well worth the effort.
Arriving at Scenic World, the decision will then be yours, whether to take the steps or be tempted to ride the historic Scenic Railway to the cliff top.
*Taking the stairs will be rewarding on all levels as you will get some of the most amazing views of Katoomba Falls and most importantly you will also have the bragging rights of climbing over 1000+ steps to the top
Our walk commenced at the Golden Stairs descending into Jamison Valley where we continued to walk along the Federal Pass towards the Ruined Castle.
Ruined Castle is a beautiful rock formation that offers great views over the valley as far as Wentworth Falls and Katoomba and is an historic mining route with tell-tale embankments, cuttings and the tumbled ruins of miners’ cottages.
Give yourself around 4-5 hrs on this Grade 4 track as it is approx 10 km return with the Golden Stairs requiring some serious maintenance work.
The Giant Stairway begins with some steep stairs that lead down to a bridge that will get you across to one of the iconic Three Sisters.
Some may find this a bit difficult if heights are an issue but the views from there will definitely make up for it.
If you can get past this point then you will most certainly be comfortable with the rest of the descent down to the base of the Sisters.
Leura Cascades Fern Bower circuit is a moderately challenging track along an impressive cliff line, with waterfalls and gorgeous scenic views.
This is a great walk for those who love nature and the great outdoors and is a photographer’s paradise.
Listen to the sounds of birds singing in the valley including the very distinctive sounds from the Bell bird.
I would rate this track as medium but it does have a descent amount of stairs as you approach the cascades.
* This walk is well worth the effort to the falls and can take around 1.5 to 2hrs one way from Echo Point.
You can reduce your times by taking a Hop-on Hop-off tour which allows you the flexibility to plan your day according to your interests.
Stopping off for a bit of a cool down and water massage at the base of Wentworth Falls is nothing short of exhilarating.
Special thanks to Elsa, John, Karen, Trina, Adam, Louise and Evan for their assistance with the videos and for making this adventure happen.