Australia Day 2008, No better time to be camping and canyoning out in Newnes. Weather was impeccable, and company even better.
Shane had decided to take Nick, Marc and me, Carmen out to Twister Canyon, the ‘Amusement Park’ Canyon. Nick and Marc were newbies, their first canyon. I had done this canyon, and only this canyon, once, a year before. I’d say it’s the greatest starter canyon, because anyone can do it, from littlies to oldies, the unfit, the infirm, and it gives you an idea of your competence. Even though, I was actually shitting myself on the way, thinking i’d become to sick to do it. But Shane could calm a tiger, and i’d run out of butterflies before we even parked.
It’s a simple short walk down to the canyon, about 15 minutes worth, taking a your first right off the fire trail. It doesn’t take long to descend from the eucalyptus to the ferns and lush walls of the canyon, enjoying some pagoda formation rock walls on the way.
The first few pools are slippery slides, so fun and simple. slide down, climb out, slide down, swim through to the next bit, walk through some lovely tree ferns and palms and then there it is!
The first jump, and truly, the shakes came back, given the boys do this all the time, i had to toughen up. So i did, and wow, that feeling, as you swallow your tummy the wrong way, you just know its good for you. I watch Shane and Nick (who are obviously capable of much greater grades than this easy 3) climb back up and then further up, along the wall, to do the big jumps into the pool. i don’t want to look, I think it’s impossible someone can cover so much distance with just a single step and no run up, so i close my eyes and let the video watch, but yes, they are OK.
Marc thinks as i do, and backs down from the high jump, to just do the normal jump again, I’m proud of him, he’s my partner and i don’t want to be carrying him out, i bags being the one carried out! Half Way through, Nick amazes us by finding the smallest little hole and pulling himself up through it and popping out the other side! this guy is definitely in need of harder canyons!
From there on in the jumps get a little lower, but sometimes tougher, of the 3 jumps or the one slide or jump, the last is the most technical (not that it’s technical at all for canyoners, but us newbies think first,and hesitate, before do) because you have such a small pool to land in. And I guess because on our first trip there, when there were eight of us, it was the place where a friend slipped off, and nearly wasn’t OK.
It is beautiful this canyon too, especially the last descent, straight from the little pool, you pull out and do a rope climb down the last bit. Which is always hilarious for me. Because i can’t use my broken arthritic arms, so i get all the attention of these lovely fit fellas, helping me down! such a lucky girl!
They ease me off the top backward, and i just fall into one of them and do the last bit myself, it’s not very high, or very slippery, and it’s quite easy for (almost) anyone, so no excuses, you should be out there!
We contemplated at the bottom, doing it again as it hadn’t taken as long this time, with less people, just over half an hour, but we didn’t have time for Rocky Creek canyon which follows on from it. But by the time we’d scrambled around the rocks and did the walk across the tree and then the straight up bit at the end, we were all so tired and still in ecstasy of our canyon adventure that we completely forgot!
Ah the smiles on the faces of those new to canyoning, it just makes you glow at the end.
So much fun, and any demand on your health or body is stripped by the satisfaction. highly recommended. EASY. FUN.