Abseiling, Canyoning and Caves
Abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing and caving are amazing experiences in Australia’s adventure capital of NSW. Along with the adrenaline rush the scenery is spectacular, from the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains to eons-old caves to Australia’s highest peaks to deep slot canyons.
A thrilling range of guided tours is available, whether you’re an experienced adventurer or looking for something new. Even the kids can get involved, with tours of some ancient limestone caves open to all ages. There are abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning experiences for young adventurers, too.
The Blue Mountains are within easy reach from Sydney by car, train or coach. You’ll find a large number of accredited tour operators ready to take you on unforgettable adventures. In Empress Canyon, near Wentworth Falls, you can combine canyoning with abseiling down a splendid waterfall.
Created over eons, limestone caves are filled with marvellous stalactites and stalagmites, and splendid cave corals and shawls. On guided tours, you can explore deep inside the world-famous Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains and other great limestone cave systems in NSW, including:
- Abercrombie Caves, southwest of Bathurst
- Wombeyan Caves, near Taralga via Goulburn
- Yarrangobilly Caves in the Snowy Mountains
- Careys Cave in Wee Jasper, near Yass
- Wellington Caves in Wellington, southeast of Dubbo
With nine show caves, underground rivers and amazing rock formations, the Jenolan Caves are believed to be the world’s oldest known caves open to the surface. For the Yarrangobilly Caves, bring your swimming costume for a rejuvenating dip nearby in natural thermal spring waters.
Experienced rock climbers will love the crags near the Shoalhaven River in Nowra, on the South Coast. Climbs here are challenging and one of the highlights is Thompson's Point, great for intermediate climbers. Outdoor Raw and Climb Nowra offer guided climbing adventures.
Bungonia National Park, near Goulburn, is another stunning wilderness for experienced adventurers, with rock climbing, abseiling, canyoning and caving. Known as the adventure capital of the Southern Highlands, it is home to one of the deepest canyons in Australia – the Bungonia Slot Canyon.