Blue Mountains Canyon
unique and special places. Lets keep them that way! You can help
minimise your impact by practising the canyon code of ethics below,
and encouraging others to do so.
Don't wear the
canyons down !
- Keep your group to a small and manageable size (4-8).
- Don't place bolts or alter rock surfaces in any way.
- Avoid leaving unnecessary slings and remove old slings.
- Keep to creek channels to avoid sensitive creek banks and soft
- Avoid establishing new abseil routes or footpads - keep to
existing paths or spread out in trackless terrain.
- Walk carefully in rocky pagoda areas - flaky rocks and thin
ledges can break easily.
- Avoid marking tracks (signs, cairns, broken branches). Each
group should have at least one competent navigator.
- Don't publicise new canyons or those in wilderness areas to
preserve opportunities for discovery and to minimise impacts.
- Use fuel stoves - fires scars are unsightly, attract rubbish
and encourage vegetation damage.
- Avoid camping in canyon environments.
- Dispose of human waste away from canyons.
- Leave the crayfish and other wildlife alone.
- Carry out any rubbish.
Don't let the canyons
wear you down !
Take responsibility for your own safety.
- Avoid canyoning if rain is forecast or if the weather looks
- Be self-reliant - know the route, have adequate food, maps,
clothing, safety and first aid gear, know how to swim and self
rescue on ropes.
- Hypothermia is a real risk; wetsuits and spare warm clothes
- Teach beginner abseilers prior to canyon trips rather than in
- Give way to faster groups.
- Avoid peak use times in well known canyons if possible. This
especially applies to Claustral where overcrowding can cause
delays and safety problems.
- Leave details of your group, route and return time with a
- Emergency contact - ring 000.
Thanks for your help. For further information,
contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service Blackheath office -
phone (02) 47878877, PO Box 43 Blackheath, 2785