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NSW: Womens Full Day Empress Canyon Adventure

  • Australian School of Mountaineering 116 Katoomba Street Katoomba, NSW, 2780 Australia (map)

Women's Juggler Canyoning Adventure
Sunday 25th September // $225 (fees included)

Empress Canyon - Undoubtedly the best value, most thrilling experience anywhere near Sydney!

An entry level abseiling and canyoning experience that is an ideal introduction to these amazing adventure sports! The first part of the day is focused on acquiring abseiling skills- we start with several short practice abseils and then move up to some higher challenges- the introductory abseiling session is an exciting adventure in its own right!

After lunch we'll test our new skills with a trip through Empress Canyon. The journey takes us deep inside the sandstone cliff, wading, scrambling, swimming and jumping into pools!  We will complete our canyon journey with a thrilling waterfall abseil down Empress Falls.

From here we hike back to the bus and take in some of the most impressive views to be found anywhere in the Blue Mountains along the way!

  • Technical Grade:Easy
  • Fitness Grade:Easy/Medium
  • Uphill walking:Several short uphill walks between abseils
  • 1 Hour uphill at the end of the canyon

Lunch is also provided on this adventure- Please be sure to inform us when booking if you have any special dietary requirements

Meeting Place & Starting Time (8.45am) 

We meet at The Australian School of Mountaineering Office inside :
The Paddy Pallin Adventure Centre,
166 Katoomba Street

(two minute walk from Katoomba Rail Station) 

Equipment Requirements

All technical abseiling and canyoning equipment is provided by ASM. ASM will supply you with all the specialist gear you will require to participate in the canyoning tour, this equipment will include wetsuits, dry-bags, canyon packs, harnesses, helmets and ropes etc. If you have your own specialist equipment such as harnesses and wetsuits and wish to use them then feel free to bring it them along. 


Please bring or wear the following clothing; shorts, long pants, warm sweater or fleece jacket, T-shirt, sun hat, rain jacket. ASM can loan you some items of suitable canyoning clothing if you do not have it, however participants should try to supply their own. 


You should wear running shoes, joggers, sandshoes (shoes that can get wet) for these activities. A spare pair of dry shoes for the road trip home. ASM will loan you suitable canyoning footwear if you do not have it, however participants should try to supply their own. 

Other Useful Items

A small daypack, 2 litres of water, sun-cream, lightweight towel, camera (optional). 

Cameras & Canyon Photography

Blue Mountains Canyons are easily some of the most photogenic natural wonders on Earth, so naturally most people are very keen to take photographs when in the canyons. However a few important points are worth noting; Most canyons are VERY WET places and so special precautions are required when using camera equipment in the canyons. ASM supply participants with purpose made dry bags to help keep general equipment, clothing and food dry. These dry bags should not to be relied upon to keep your camera gear safe from water. 

While your guide will readily assist you to obtain those “once in a lifetime” shots, the guide is not responsible for the safety of your camera equipment. We recommend the following; disposable cameras in double plastic bags, waterproof disposable cameras (you can purchase these at the ASM Office), waterproof dive cameras (lightweight ones), conventional cameras in purpose made waterproof boxes or bags and a small hand towel to dry your hands before use. 


Sometimes prolonged wet weather may require postponing this trip but remember the weather in the mountains can be very different to that in Sydney. If you have any concerns about the day, feel free to ring our office on 4782 2014. 

General Information

  • If you are travelling from Sydney to Katoomba, allow 2 hours by train or 1.5 hours by car. 
  • A wholesome and plentiful lunch with snacks and drinks is supplied on all ASM Canyoning Activities
  • If you are a group organiser and there are changes to the group, please let us know before the day