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Grand Canyon

Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park

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Overview

Grand Canyon is a short, technical canyon only suitable for fit and experienced canyoners. You’ll need to swim, scramble and do a 20m over-hanging abseil.

Where
Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Time suggested
5hrs
Grade
Hard. You need a moderate level of fitness, as well as canyoning experience and proficiency with ropes and other canyoning equipment.
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

If you're planning to loan a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) from one of these locations, wait and fill out your trip intention form in person.

What to
bring
Drinking water, canyoning equipment, helmet, wetsuit, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, first aid kit, mobile phone, dry bag, personal locator beacon, snacks
Please note
  • Don't visit the canyon just before, during or after heavy rainfall or storms. Check park alerts before you go.
  • You may encounter commercial tour groups.
  • Planning a guided tour? Choose a Park Eco Pass operator. Only Parks Eco Pass holders are permitted to operate tours in Blue Mountains National Park.

Grand Canyon is a 400m canyon in Blue Mountains National Park. It features an unavoidable 30m swim and requires a total walk of 5km to get in and out. To complete it you need to be physically fit, experienced, and accomplished using ropes and other canyoning equipment. Expect to encounter commercial tour groups.

Located near Blackheath, Grand Canyon is cool and shaded. Since you can't complete the canyon without going for a swim, the best time to go is in warm summer months to reduce the risk of getting chilled when wet.

To reach Grand Canyon, start at Neates Glen parking area off Evans Lookout Road. From here, follow Grand Canyon track for about 2km downhill, passing through a rock tunnel. You'll find the start of the canyon to the left of the track, marked by a set of abseil bolts and chains. Be careful, there's a big drop beneath them.

Once you've made it through Grand Canyon, you’ll find a sign with directions to Evans lookout and Neates Glen. Follow this track to find your way back to Neates Glen carpark.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • A man and woman leap into the air near a walking track, with cliffs and valleys of the Blue Mountains in the background. Photo © Life's An Adventure.

    Blue Mountains pack-free guided tours

    Traverse the Blue Mountains from Blackheath to Wentworth Falls on 3 days of pack-free walking with Life’s An Adventure guides. Off the trail, rest and relax in luxury accommodation and enjoy gourmet dining.

  • View of the Three Sisters rock formation and distant valleys and mountains in Blue Mountains National Park. Photo © Auswalk Walking Holidays

    Self-guided traverses of the Blue Mountains

    Trek the best of Blue Mountains walks on a self-guided traverse of 5-7 days designed and supported by Auswalk Walking Holidays. Enjoy walking with just a day pack, stay in comfortable accommodation and savour delicious local meals.