Canyon closures, access changes, and safety alerts

UPDATED: 21 APRIL 2018

When planning a canyoning trip, ensure the canyons you are planning to visit are open. Bushfires, extreme weather conditions, hazard reduction burns, landslides, planned track work, emergency operations and other events can lead to temporary closures.

Below is a list of current closures and access changes that impact on canyons around Sydney. Current closure information is available on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website. Information on bushfires and planned hazard reduction burns is on the Rural Fire Service website.

Wollemi National Park

Firefly and Looking Glass canyons remain closed due to the risk of falling trees in the gully used to access them. This area was burnt by a bushfire in January.

Ongoing access issues affecting canyoners:

  • The Pipeline Track remains closed near Glen Davis, although canyons can be accessed from the Newnes side
  • The old access route to Mt Hay (Butterbox) Canyon across the swamp has been permanently closed. Signage at the car park provides information on the new track, which is clearly marked.
  • The old Claustral Canyon access via Mt Tomah has been permanently closed. The new route enters from Bells Line of Road, just west of Mt Bell.

Long term canyon closures:

  • Minnamurra Canyon (Illawarra) is closed due to the environmental impact of canyoning on threatened plant species.
  • Spring Creek Canyon (Bungonia) has been closed for nearly 20 years due to concerns about loose rock above one of the abseils.
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