North Bowens Creek Canyon
Mount Wilson area in Blue Mountains National Park
North Bowens Creek Canyon, near Mount Wilson in Blue Mountains National Park, should only be attempted with a guide. With down-climbs, swims and abseils, it’s for fit and experienced canyoners only.
- No wheelchair access
- Time suggested
- Hard. North Bowens Creek Canyon requires moderate fitness 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
Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath.
- What to
- Drinking water, canyoning equipment, helmet, wetsuit, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, first aid kit, mobile phone, dry bag, personal locator beacon, sunscreen, snacks
- Please note
- Don't visit North Bowens Creek Canyon just before, during or after rainfall or storms. Check park alerts before you go.
- Only attempt North Bowens Creek Canyon with a competent guide.
- Be sure to choose a Park Eco Pass operator. Only Parks Eco Pass holders are permitted to operate tours in Blue Mountains National Park.
- You may encounter commercial tour groups.
- You must cross private property to enter and exit North Bowens Creek Canyon. Please respect signs and directions. Access is granted at the landowner’s discretion.
- NPWS does not manage, mark or clear canyon access routes. These routes cross natural bushland, cliffs and forest. You must research and be responsible for your own directions and entry and exit information.
You should only attempt North Bowens Creek Canyon if you’re an accomplished user of ropes and other canyoning equipment. Plan to take about 6 hours and do a total walk of 7.1km to get in and out of this canyon.
North Bowens Creek Canyon is a challenging 800m canyon. You’ll need to do down-climbs, jumps, scrambles, swims and 2 abseils to complete it. The first abseil descends 10m into a small pool, the second 12m down a waterfall into a large pool.
From there you’ll need to make several short swims in this deep and narrow canyon to reach the junction of the north and south branches, where you’ll begin your exit.
Because you’ll spend a fair amount of time in the cold waters of Bowens Creek, warm, sunny days of summer are the best times to attempt this canyon.
- 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 Mount Wilson area of Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Mount Wilson area is always open but some locations may close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.