Canyoning on Newnes Plateau

Canyoning on Newnes Plateau

In sunny but cold weather we met for breakfast in Blackheath before heading up onto Newnes Plateau. Sunnyside Ridge Road has lots of excellent places to visit, but usually requires 4WD. The sidetrails definitely need 4WD. Firetrail #8 brought us to Acoustic canyon, which was an easy walk-through with a few shallow pools to get around. If you…

Tiger Snake Canyon

Tiger Snake Canyon

It had been a couple of weeks since SUBW’s incredible Intermediate Canyoning weekend adventure, and I was keen for more canyon action! Except- with the forecast for overnight temperatures set to -3degrees on the Newnes Plateau, I felt it was time to transition to a drier winter canyon-type of adventure. With this…

Intermediate canyoning weekend

Intermediate canyoning weekend

21 people arrived on Friday at the Old Newnes Hotel campsite in the beautiful Wolgan Valley for a series of canyoning trip designed to consolidate skills learnt at the Beginners Canyoning trip and Abseil Training Day. Some attendees had actually done the Beginners trip in 2019, and others were returning to the club after a few years of busy study, like ex-President Stella. On Saturday…

[Canyoning/Bushwalking] Canyon Exploration [Mon]

[Canyoning/Bushwalking] Canyon Exploration [Mon]

From the start we had a couple of different options for a Monday adventure. Both were somewhat exploratory, but I was fairly certain one would be wet. With the forecast looking a bit cold and wet, I decided to revert to Plan B. I met Olivia in Lithgow so she wouldn’t have to brave the dirt roads and met James up at the Bungleboori Campground which looked quite a bit tidier after the Clean Up Australia Day efforts – there were even some ppl camping there! Pooling into my car we headed down the Glowworm Tunnel Rd. To flesh…

Beginners canyoning weekend

Beginners canyoning weekend

Trip Report by Isla Mowbray Please disregard the disruptions Disconnect from the obstructions The of this canopy pleads Unweave the wired that bind Recharge yourself and Re find Another way to be – Excerpt from Dreaming Track by Lorna Munro From the 5-7th of March SUBW ventured out on the Beginners canyoning trip. This was…

Joint canyoning camp with Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club at Mt Wilson

Joint canyoning camp with Northern Rivers Bushwalking Club at Mt Wilson

This was a fantastic four days of intensive canyoning. Six members of NRBC drove down to join us and twelve SUBW members showed up, making 18 participants, but no more than 16 on any one day. The first SUBW people arrived at Cathedral of Ferns on Thursday night, where NRBC had captured the wet-weather shelter! It was good to see Shane again, who had guided us through the Border Ranges canyons in December, and to meet some more Northern Rivers people. Friday morning…

Hat Hill Canyon

The forecast seemed to be reasonably warm in the blue mountains on the sunday so a wet canyon was in order for the day. I had 4 sign ups for the day meeting at Blackheath. Kosta and myself did a car shuffle to avoid walking back in the afternoon heat. The track down into the canyon is still disinct mainly because of the known location and easy access to get into the canyon. There was…

Deep Pass Canyon & Caving

Deep Pass Canyon & Caving

Originally I had planned to do Hat Hill Canyon but the forecast looked to be foreboding with storms predicted and the temperature wasn’t meant to get above 20 degrees so I changed it to Deep Pass Canyon on the Newnes Plateau. Richmond being the closest train station, we met there at the usual spot to get Maccas coffee. Nam walked…

Davies Canyon

Davies Canyon

After travelling up by various means and at various times the group coalesced on Saturday morning over an obligatory cup of tea. Then it was off to Mt Thurat and into the gorge fairly high up, entering in the lower part of Thurat Creek. This gave us the opportunity to see some of the upper gorge which was beautiful on this hot day, with several wades, short swims and downclimbs.