For the route into Hole in the Wall
Canyon, National Parks and Wildlife asks canyoners and bushwalkers
to please park their vehicles in the original car park and not to
drive on the new trail blazed during the Bungleboori Fire. We are
planning to rehabilitate and revegetate this trail when funds
become available and would greatly appreciate all users keeping
their vehicles off it to allow regrowth of seedlings and
resprouting of burnt plants. It is alright to walk along
If you have any further questions or requests for information please ring the Blue Mountains District Office on 02 4787 8877 or E-MAIL. me.
We would also be pleased to receive information from you about the canyons and tracks leading to them.
I hope you have safe and enjoyable times in the canyons this Summer.
Commercial Licensing Officer
Blue Mountains District.
Also, the NPWS having aquired the inholding at Mount Cameron will now also be soon permanently blocking off the Mt Cameron Track at the Natural Bridge and allowing it to revegetate.
There is a little known pass to the true
left side (heading downstream) of the waterfall at the end of Hat
Hill Creek canyon. It is known as Lew's Pass, after Lewis
Hodgkinson, an elderly resident of Blackheath who first found the
pass with Colin Campbell in the early 1950's I think, although it
could have been earlier. He also gives an interesting account of a
trip down Surveyor's Gully pass, later known as Orangutan Pass,
back in the late 30's, again with Colin Campbell. I have used this
pass a number of times as an alternative to abseiling the falls. A
short (8m) length of tape is handy though not necessary to
scramble down the 3m drop onto the scrubby ledge a few metres to
the left of the falls. This ledge is followed to the left until it
meets up with the talus slope which is easily walked down and
around to the base of the falls. Alternatively keep heading left
after walking down the talus slope and get onto a spur to take you
down to the Grose River.
Myself and a group of friends, went for a
wander through Breakfast Creek Canyon on the 4 October. To our
disapointment had to carry out an extra bag full of rubbish.
Canyoning should be an enjoyable experience and its environment
left that way for others to enjoy. We also didn't need to see the
previous group's religous advertisements along the way -- LDS --
Latter Day Saints. We don't care who you are or what you belong
to, have some repect for natural environments such as canyons --
they are not there to be trashed or used as bill boards for lost
Heres some info on river caves....... It
was first discovered by Russel (Rus) May and John Norris in the
late 1940's (1948-1949) and they called it the "Water Tunnel"....
They approached by walking down Budgery creek which was then
called Buggary Creek and Mt Buggary. John Norris also named Mt
Norris near Deep Pass. They also built the Deep Pass hut. They
first went to Mt Barakee by jeep in 1959............ They are
still alive in Lithgow today, aged 71 or 72 Hope this adds some
light to the history of this area......
The July 1998 issue of Inside Sport
(available now at all good newsagents) has six glossy pages (pp
104--109) of photos of Mt Hay Canyon. Included are pictures of the
chockstone abseil and the direct exit.
Also, check out the photos of Nikki on pp 68--77.
I was just wondering about commercial
parties access to Dargan creek canyon. It is not listed on your
page as a canyon open to such trips. Does this have anything to do
with it not being in a National park (therefore free game)?
The reason I ask is that earlier in the year we while at the dams rock climbing we came across a tour opperater from Katoomba who had a group from bathurst uni with them. The group contained 70 phys ed students on a compulsary course. The course was held over two days and the group was split into three. One third climbing, one third absieling and the others doing the canyon.
At the time we found the number of students to guides disturbing and the sheer size of the group excessive. Surely, if the course was truly necessary, they could of taken smaller groups on different weekends.
Are there any regulations governing canyons that lie outside the National Parks or are these people free to trash them in the name of making a quick buck?
The article describes the descent of a canyon that is a "major undertaking in terms of time and commitment". The canyon is not named but from its description it is obviously Claustral Canyon. Three photographs by Lucas Trihey accompany the text. One is a fine shot of an abseiler on the main drop in Mt Hay Canyon (but why do some people still refer to this canyon as "Butterbox" - I wonder?). The text of the article gives a fair introduction to the sport but from its style would seem more in place in a tabloid paper.
It has been leaked to me that canyon
Colliery in the grose that includes approx 3 popular canyons will
be handed over to "Earth Sanctuaries" a private organisation. They
will fence this area off and manage it as a private area. A
meeting of shareholders will be held at the gates of the colliery
this Sat and Sun at 10am. If anybody wants to go along they may
not be welcome. Who knows who is a shareholders or
Kalang Falls - The Watagan Wanderers
of accident mentioned below) have installed
a plaque!!!!!! It's twice the size of ALEXIA at about 300mm x
300mm...... Surely a club should not be installing such things!
Apparently it's on a climb and can be used as a handholds..... And
it's only glued on!!!!!!! Could this kill more
Butterbox (Mt Hay Canyon) - A group of
about 10 Venturers were trundling rocks off the ledge just before
the climb out of the Grose. This resulted in the rocks landing on
the lower track and destroying trees and creating large craters.At
the top the erosion caused by moving these rocks is
The tunnel swim is back down. The reason
for the rising and falling is caused by water passing through the
sand at the end of the tunnel swim. Water passes through the sand
at a certain rate, when it drops the whole pool is
I was taking a small group of Venturers and Rovers from Greater Western Sydney Region through Cederwood canyon on Saturday (21st Feb) and we were exiting via Rocky Ck. At the jump in to Rocky Ck. we came across a group who had one member with a badly twisted/sprained ankle which she did further into the canyon. Ambulance officers were in attendance as well as Westpac buzzing around overhead looking for them.
I took my party out as they had had a long day and the other group (with the victim) seemed ready to walk out once she was winched out.
As we walked out we passed another ambo walking in with the stokes litter and he told us she had to be carried out as the chopper pilot thought it too risky to winch her. My group got back to the cars, ditched our wet gear, grabbed our torches and some snacks and went back in to assist with getting her out.
We met up with them at the tree with the rope tied to it between the Twister Canyon? (some call it sheep dip) exit track and rocky creek. From there it took about two and a half hours to get her back to the cars.
The other group had no first aid kit, no torches, little food and generally no idea. We had seen them at the carpark that morning and we commented among ourselves at the lack of gear they were taking in with them. They just slung their wetsuits over their shoulder and off they went.
Regional Rock Related Activities Leader
Greater Western Sydney Region
Did you hear about a certain Blue Mountains commercial canyoning company
On a Saturday in November 97, a trip was led through Rocky Creek and at the first jump where the canyon starts a client broke a leg jumping into the pool. A helicopter was called and they were airlifted out..
The following day, a Sunday, the same leader was leading a trip through Hole in the Wall. On the first water jump or climb down whichever you do...It's the one that often contains a fixed tape just before the first abseil, anyway one of the clients broke a leg!!! Not to be seen to be bad to the authorities (from previous day) he decided to carry the VICTIM out and in the process there is a rumour he drove through the bush at the start to get them out.