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Empress Canyon - Blue Mountains

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 132 reviews.Katoomba, Australia

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Experience hosted by Aidan

8 hours
Includes food, tickets, transportation, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Greatest Abseil and Canyon Adventure in the Blue Mountains

The first half of the day is abseiling, starting with a 5 metre high cliff and building up to 30 metre high cliffs during the morning.

After lunch, it's a scenic 20 minute walk to the start of the canyon. You wade into the creek that descends into the narrow slot-like canyon and within a few seconds you are jumping into a rock pool, the first of several jumps and swims. This canyon is an exciting affair with water jumps, exhilarating swims, waterslides and fantastic scenery.

The final abseil out of the canyon is one of the best waterfall abseils in the mountains. Clip into the rope, step back and follow the 30 metre waterfall down to the deep rock pool below. This is not just a brilliant waterfall abseil but also a fantastic photo opportunity.

The dedicated team of Hosts behind High and Wild Adventures are myself, Darren, Tim, or Richard. We are a core group of keen outdoor adventurists. We have over a 150 years experience of adventuring here in the Blue Mountains. Our training takes two years, then our staff are mentored to becoming a lead guide. This usually takes a further year to complete. After booking, I will let you know who your certified guide (Host) will be.
Greatest Abseil and Canyon Adventure in the Blue Mountains

The first half of the day is abseiling, starting with a 5 metre high cliff and building up to 30 metre high cliffs during the morning.

After lunch, it's a scenic 20 minute walk to the start of the canyon. You wade into the creek that descends into the narrow slot-like canyon and within a few seconds you are jumping into a rock pool, the first of several jumps and swims. This canyon is an exciting affair with water jumps, exhilarating swims, waterslides and fantastic scenery.

The final abseil out of the canyon is one of the best wate…

Aidan's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.

What's included

  • Food
    lunch menu:
    Satay Chicken
    Chicken and bacon
    Vietnamese Chi...
  • Tickets
    Certified Adventure Host
  • Transportation
    Transport to the Canyon
  • Equipment
    All Canyoning Gear
From $250
/ person
Tue, 1 Sep
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$250 per person
$250 per person
Wed, 2 Sep
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$250 per person
$250 per person
Thu, 3 Sep
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$250 per person
$250 per person

Meet your host, Aidan

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 132 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a keen outdoor adventurist - rock climbing, canyoning & bike riding have been my passion for many years. I've also spent 8 years working in Latin America as an Aid Worker.
- Darren, co-owner of High and Wild & senior guide, has been climbing for 30 years here in the mountains, if there's anything you want to know about a climb he generally has the answer.
- Tim is also an avid climber, he grew up in the mountains exploring the creeks & crags, turning his passion into a job!!
- Richard comes from an outward bound back ground. He has worked extensively with youth-at-risk kids.
I am a keen outdoor adventurist - rock climbing, canyoning & bike riding have been my passion for many years. I've also spent 8 years working in Latin America as an Aid Worker.
- Darren, co-owner of High and Wild & senior guide, has been climbing for 30 years here in the mountains, if there's anything you want to know about a climb he generally has the answer.
- Tim is also an avid climber, he grew up in the mountains exploring the creeks & crags, turning his passion into a job!!…
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Where you'll be

Meet in Katoomba and we'll take care of the rest. Our building is located 5-minutes walk from Katoomba Train Station and there is free all-day parking at the back of the building.
Empress Canyon is in the upper Blue Mountains National Park.
The closest township is Wentworth falls.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 132 reviews.

Chris
March 2020
I had an amazing time. The experience is unforgettable, even the ridiculous amount many steps on the way back up from the canyon. I was a little scared doing some parts of the abseiling but the guides were lovely and got me through it. I was proud of myself and slept incredibly well after all the adrenaline from the day. Would recommend everyone to do it. Well worth it.
I had an amazing time. The experience is unforgettable, even the ridiculous amount many steps on the way back up from the canyon. I was a little scared doing some parts of the abse…
Rita
March 2020
Really enjoyed abseiling and canyoning in the Blue mountains with High n Wild. The guides were very professional and welcoming, and I particularly appreciated the historical and environmental background information of the site they gave us throughout the day. Highly recommend it for everyone looking for adrenaline in a breathtaking panorama.
Really enjoyed abseiling and canyoning in the Blue mountains with High n Wild. The guides were very professional and welcoming, and I particularly appreciated the historical and en…
Victoria
March 2020
Absolutely fantastic! I’ve done a lot of different adventures in my travels and this experience was one of my favorites. It was well worth the early morning, 2 hour train ride to Katoomba. Tim was an outstanding guide. Loved every minute of this experience. Cannot recommend enough!
Absolutely fantastic! I’ve done a lot of different adventures in my travels and this experience was one of my favorites. It was well worth the early morning, 2 hour train ride to K…
Andy
March 2020
My wife and I had a fabulous time. Tim our host was so friendly and we all felt very comfortable with him. The canyon is very unique. We had so much fun jumping off the rocks and the waterfall at the end was a fabulous way to finish. Highly highly recommend!
My wife and I had a fabulous time. Tim our host was so friendly and we all felt very comfortable with him. The canyon is very unique. We had so much fun jumping off the rocks and t…
Grace
February 2020
Such a special and unique experience in the Blue Mountains. If you’re considering doing this, do it! You won’t regret the experience. Even though I was a first time abseiling and canyon-er. The staff were knowledgeable and made me feel safe the whole time.
Such a special and unique experience in the Blue Mountains. If you’re considering doing this, do it! You won’t regret the experience. Even though I was a first time abseiling and c…
Jenny
February 2020
Absolutely amazing experience! Urie was one of my guides and he knows so many neat things about the Blue Mountains and the plants, animals, and insects there. The fun of canyoning is one I’ll never forget!

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    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person
  • Wed, 2 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person
  • Thu, 3 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person
  • Fri, 4 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person
  • Sat, 5 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $250 per person
  • Sun, 6 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person
  • Wed, 9 Sep
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    $250 per person

Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

More tips

For Canyoning bring running shoes you can get wet, swimsuit, a bottle of water and a waterproof camera. If you don’t have one I can supply a waterproof camera free of charge. Also please let me know of any dietary requirements.

What to bring

Socks and shoes that can get wet i.e runners

Swimwear