Wollangambe Canyon 1
Mount Wilson area in Blue Mountains National Park
You need to be fit and a strong swimmer to do Wollangambe Canyon 1, a long canyon near Mount Wilson. Navigational skills are also important for this route.
- No wheelchair access
- Time suggested
- Hard. You must be a strong swimmer with a moderate level of fitness and navigational skills.
- What to
- Drinking water, inflatable float, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, wetsuit, helmet, first aid kit, mobile phone, dry bag, personal locator beacon, snacks, compass
- Please note
- Dangerous whirlpools may be present in Wollangambe River.
- 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.
Be sure to bring your wetsuit for this 2.2km canyon in the Mount Wilson area of Blue Mountains National Park. Also known as the Wollangambe Canyon Upper Tourist Section, Wollangambe Canyon 1 is a non-technical canyon with scrambles, climbs and many long swims that takes 10hrs to complete.
The long, warm days of summer are the best time to do this canyon to avoid getting too cold in the chilly Wollangambe River waters. A lilo, pack raft or other type of inflatable float is recommended. Only try this canyon if you’re moderately fit, and remember to bring your compass because you’ll need to navigate the 7km walk in and out.
To reach Wollangambe Canyon 1, start near Mount Wilson Fire Station and set out along Merewether Lane Fire Trail. After about 800m, follow the signposted walking track to Wollangambe River, passing sandstone pagodas along the way. At a steep corner, down-climb 30m into a gully using tree roots and follow the gully to the river.
In the canyon you’ll need to scramble over massive boulders and make many long swims. Be sure not to miss the exit track, which leads up a gully with a 5m exposed climb using rocks and tree roots. Follow the exit track and Northern Fire Trail to make your way back.
- 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.