Abseiling, canyoning and caves

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Explore spectacular landscapes

Discover some of the world's most beautiful environments while abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning and caving in NSW, a unique natural habitat for the adventurer. Whether you have an instinct for thrill-seeking or are simply looking for something new, NSW is Australia's adventure capital with spectacular cliff faces, caves and canyons to explore.

  • Yarrangobilly Caves, Kosciuszko National Park. Image by National Parks and Murray Vanderveer
  • Anvil Rock, Blue Mountains National Park.Image by National Parks and and Craig Marshall

Adventure seekers will find many natural attractions in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, the breathtaking Snowy Mountains and many other beautiful National Parks across the state. If you enjoy - or want to learn - abseiling, canyoning, caving and rock climbing, you'll find plenty of opportunities for an adrenaline-filled adventure in NSW.

Start your adventure in the Blue Mountains National Park, just a couple of hours from Sydney. Summer and winter adventures are available with accredited tour operators, as well as bushwalks and hikes with incredible views. The Empress Canyon, near Wentworth Falls, is one site that combines abseiling with canyoning, and includes water jumps, exhilarating swims and waterslides plus great scenery.

Fortress Creek Canyon. Photo by National Parks and Blue Mountains Adventure Company.

Head to Katoomba to find a large number of tour operators and experienced guides ready to take you rock climbing, abseiling or on a bush survival course. And don’t miss the famous Jenolan Caves and Abercrombie Caves, west of the Blue Mountains, as well as the beautiful Yarrangobilly Caves near the Snowy Mountains.

Experienced rock climbers should head to Nowra, on the NSW South Coast, and climb the crags near the Shoalhaven River. Climbs here are challenging. One of the highlights is Thompson's Point, great for intermediate climbers. Point Perpendicular is another top climb.

Bungonia National Park, near Goulburn, is another great place to go rock climbing or caving. Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Highlands, it's home to one of the deepest canyons in Australia. Nearby Wombeyan Caves is meanwhile an extensive and beautiful network of limestone caves, regularly explored by NSW caving groups.