You get to visit marvellous and wild places, with steep and sculpted walls, resident glow-worms, spiralling waterfalls, and lush ferns. The first misconception is that all canyons are technical. Not so. There are some lovely canyons in the Blue Mountains that do not require ropes at all. In fact, canyoning did not evolve from climbing, but was invented by intrepid bushwalkers. They wanted to follow the mysterious twisting streamways to their conclusion, and hence came up with methods to safely negotiate drops, pools and waterfalls.


Robert Canyoning in the Otways
Photo: Lingshu Liu

Your first descent into a canyon doesn't have to involve ropes. There are a variety of canyons that are walk-able to give you a taste of the downstream life before committing to abseiling. If this gets you keen for more, you can start building your confidence with single abseils and learning to set up anchors to abseil from, before advancing onto multiple abseils. 


Abseiling down a waterfall in a more open canyon in the Otways
Photo: Robert Springer

Canyon gradings are a rough approximation of relative difficulty. These difficulty levels require and represent a gradual progression of skills and techniques. Check out some of the books on canyoning in the library or our club publication - The Mountaineer - to get more of an idea of what you can do to get exploring.

Upcoming Canyoning Trips

Townsville Winter Canyoning (minus the cold)

Thu 11 5:00pm - Sun 14 Jul 2024

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Past Canyoning Trips

Canyon Leader Training

Sat 20 - Sun 21 Apr 2024
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Snowy River Canyoning

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Mar 2024

NSW Canyoning Extravaganza

Thu 22 - Mon 26 Feb 2024

Buffalo gallivanting

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Feb 2024
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Canyon Leader Training

Sat 21 Oct 2023 12:00pm - 4:00pm

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