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High and Wild Mountain Adventures (Katoomba)

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by Rita Rizk (subscribe)
Rita Rizk is a Sydney-based journalist. She’s curious about the world, the biggest foodie alive, enjoys the outdoors, and loves music. She’s forever exploring the world. Find her on Instagram at @sydneytastebudz
Published September 29th 2019
Most of us Sydneysiders have visited the Blue Mountains at least once in our life. It's a popular tourist destination attracting thousands from across the country and the world – known for its breathtaking scenery and fresh air.

But have you ever experience the stunning views of the Blue Mountains from deep inside the canyons? Or maybe from a cliff overlooking the entire region?
Maybe even had a swim in the ice-cold waterfalls?

Well, with warmer days fast approaching, it's the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.. perhaps abseil off 30 metre cliffs through the stunning national park with like-minded thrill seekers and professional guides?

We wanted to see what all the fuss is about so we took part in a whole day abseiling and canyoning quest with 'High and Wild Australian Adventures'.

It's the only experience of its kind in the national park and just under 2 hours hour away from the bustling Sydney CBD.
We did one of the most popular experiences called the Empress Canyon with around a group of 10 others…

It was one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done, and for those who have sky dived, this experience is easily just as heart thumping.

For those who have abseiled before, this is a walk in the park, but for those who are diving into new realms, abseiling is actually almost as easy as it looks: all you have to do is take a big step backwards and ignore the voices screaming inside your head.

Once you get over that part, the experience is one to never forget.

From the moment we started to the minute we finished, it was non-stop adrenaline, jumping off cliffs where the scenery is gorgeous enough to distract you from the heights.

The first half of the day was mainly abseiling, starting with a low cliffs to warm up then eventually building up to 30-metre-high cliffs – not for the faint hearted. Must admit, it was the best way to learn the skill of abseiling and challenge those leg muscles.

Although it sounds scary, we were led by professional guides throughout the whole day helping us abseil, climb, jump and swim through spectacular wilderness locations.

After finally getting the hang of the ropes, we took a break for lunch then straight back at it paddling into the creek which descends into a canyon.

The 20 minute scenic walk took us to a rock pool, the first of several jumps and swims surrounded by nature, one of the most exciting parts of the day. The final descent out of the canyon is considered one of the best waterfall abseils in the mountains and is perfect for that Instagram photo.

If you're looking for the perfect gift, or just to get out in nature, this is the ideal day out. The journey will take you deep inside the sandstone cliff, ending with an adrenaline-charged waterfall abseil down Empress Falls.

Even though we thought we could never have the courage to do it, we did and never felt better. There was a huge sense of accomplishment. It's definitely one to put on the bucket list. It's the best way to experience stunning views of the Blue Mountains and get your heart racing at the same time.

For those wanting to stay at the Blue Mountains overnight, I recommend the Blue Mountains YHA for less than $100 per night.

Adventures start from $150 – some including lunch.
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Where: 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780
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