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Magic Light Photography (Reddit) | Destination NSW

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Empress Falls and Canyon hiking trail is a must-do Aussie Bucket List experience for fit, experienced canyoners. Only experienced hikers and canyoners should attempt Empress Canyon, near Wentworth Falls. This technical route features down-climbs, jumps, swims and a 30m overhanging abseil down a waterfall.

Empress Canyon is a short, 300m route along Valley of the Waters Creek in the Katoomba area of Blue Mountains National Park. Only attempt this technical descent if you're physically fit and proficient with ropes and other canyoning equipment.

Summer is the best time to do Empress Canyon because you'll need to make several swims in chilly Valley of the Waters Creek. Other challenges along this route include down-climbs, optional water jumps, and to finish, a 30m waterfall abseil from a rock overhang.

Come prepared for a total walking distance of 2km to get in and out of Empress Canyon. It takes about 30min to access the canyon from Conservation Hut. Follow National Pass walking track for almost 500m, then turn right at the T-junction with Nature track. Cross the bridge over Isobel Creek and continue to Valley of the Waters Creek where stepping stones mark the start of the canyon route.


  • Hiking
  • Photography


  • Walking trail - Grade 5 | 2km return | 3 hours

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre for the most up to date information.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park fees may apply for national parks in New South Wales. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of NSW Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.
  • Hire a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) for free at Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath.

Photo credits: Magic Light Photography (Reddit)  | Destination NSW

Content credits: OEH ©State of New South Wales and Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) [2024]


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1 Reviews

Samanthaat 19 Mar 24
So magical!

Absolutely loved it!

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Empress Falls

Address: Empress Falls, Blue Mountains Nat'l Park, NSW 2787

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