Rick Jamieson’s Canyons Near Sydney is the only printed guidebook covering the range of canyons around Sydney, with a particular focus on the sandstone slot canyons of the Blue Mountains.
First published in the mid-90s, this is the fifth and final addition produced. Across 96 pages it provides detailed track notes for around a hundred canyons, with shorter notes or simple grid references for dozens more.
A traditional guidebook, most of the book is devoted to providing notes covering entry and exit tracks, abseils lengths, swims, and other obstacles likely to be encountered. It also contains a handful of black-and-white photos along with several sketch-maps of more popular canyon areas.
Canyons Near Sydney also provides a range of general canyon advice, covering safety, techniques, and appropriate equipment. It also outlines some of the history of canyon exploration in the Blue Mountains.
Please note that following the death of the author, this guidebook is no longer being revised or reprinted. As a result, changes to access or canyon conditions that have taken place since its publication in 2012 are not included. Given that, this guide is best used as a general point of inspiration when planning canyon adventures, rather than as precise notes to be relied upon.
Canyon regions covered by Canyons Near Sydney:
- Wollangambe and Bowens Creek canyons
- Claustral and King George canyons
- Katoomba canyons
- Canyons south of Bells Line of Road
- Newnes Plateau canyons
- Newnes (Wolgan River) Canyons
- Canyons in the Northern Wollemi
- Kanangra Canyons
- Bungonia Canyons
- Katoomba abseil trips
- Other areas, including: Illawarra escarpment, Barrington Tops, Coffs Harbour area, SE Queensland
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