November 20, 2014

Have you ever been bushwalking, looked up and seen a rock face and thought, “Man I’d like to abseil down something like that”? Well in the Watagan Mountains there are a number of beautiful locations where you can dangle and soak up the picturesque surroundings.

Gap Creek is one of the main points within the Watagan Mountains. Park at a picnic area for a meal, and then embark on a rainforest trek that features beautiful Australian trees, including red cedars and the rare Illawarra flame tree. If you take a left at the fork in the path, it will take you to Gap Creek Falls, which is particularly beautiful after a rainstorm. The right hand path takes you to the top – Gap Creek itself. If you have access to the equipment, the left hand path leads to a perfect spot for a waterfall-abseil. This is a great abseil for the intermediate to expert abseilers.

If you’re all about the view then Heaton’s abseil could be the spot for you. It is an intermediate abseiling wall with a safe landing and a pleasant walk back to the top. The face is roughly 25m.

Monkey Face is a picnic area and lookout with stunning views of the Watagan Mountains. Nearby is a rock-face that is well loved by abseilers, both novice and experienced. The Turkey Walls (on location) are a great spot for beginners, and The Big Banana is a 40m abseil with an overhang – perfect for the intermediate-to-expert abseiler. There is also a climbable wall, but it is best left to experienced rock climbers.

For GPS locations for each of the abseiling experiences and to explore more activities in the area, download the free Nature’s Playground App for iPhone and Android. Simply click here if you like to know more info about the Nature’s Playgroup App.

Live outside the box at Watagan Park

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