Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
For fit and experienced climbers only, Butterbox Canyon near Leura is a challenging technical route. Come ready for lots of abseiling, unavoidable swims, and an exposed rock climb to make your exit.
- Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park in Sydney and surrounds, Country NSW
- No wheelchair access
- Time suggested
- Hard. You must have a high level of fitness, rock climbing skills and navigational skills.
- Trip Intention Form
It's a good idea to let someone know where you're going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.
- Personal Locator Beacon
Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath.
- What to
- Canyoning equipment, helmet, wetsuit, mobile phone, dry bag, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, first aid kit, personal locator beacon, snacks, lunch
- Please note
- Fill out the log book at the canyon entrance. Check the log to see who is ahead of you.
- Pace yourself to manage wait times at the abseil. Allow others behind you to do the same.
- You may encounter commercial tour groups and long waits at abseil and climb-out points.
- Don’t visit the canyon just before, during or after heavy rainfall or storms. Check park alerts before you go.
- Planning a guided tour? Choose a Parks Eco Pass operator. Only Parks Eco Pass holders are permitted to operate tours in Blue Mountains National Park.
Come prepared if you want to tackle 600m-long Butterbox Canyon near Leura in Blue Mountains National Park. Located on Mount Hay’s flanks and also known as Mount Hay Canyon, it’s a cool and shaded location, making warmer summer months the best time of year to go.
You should only try this technical canyon if you have basic rock-climbing skills. Proficiency with ropes and other canyoning equipment is also essential. To complete this route you’ll need to do down-climbs, jumps, difficult scrambles and swims. Be prepared for a total walk of 4km and 7 abseils, including one with a long drop of 20m.
Navigating to and from this canyon is challenging. From the Mount Hay Road carpark, follow the track to a downclimb corner. From here it’s 4 abseils down toward Rocky Points Creek. This is followed by another abseil to reach the point where you must make the unavoidable 20m swim at the start of the canyon.
To exit the canyon, you’ll need to ascend an exposed rock-climbing route, then hike out over steep terrain.
Tours and events at this location
Join the Blue Mountains Adventure Company for 2 action-packed days in stunning wilderness surrounds. Explore cliffs and canyons by rope on your first day, and cycle scenic wilderness trails the next.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Blue Mountains Heritage Centre and Blackheath office
- 9am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
- 02 4787 8877
- 270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath NSW 2785
- in the Blackheath area of Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Blackheath area is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.