Two people are abseiling down a cliff on the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure

Newcastle Abseiling adventure


Our spectacular Newcastle Abseiling Adventure is simply the best action-adventure day you can have in the Watagan National Park


One Day

4 people min




Private Tour



12yrs and up

moderately fit

inc transfers


A Newcastle outdoor company that provides, transport, training & equipment, we supply everything needed for you to have a fantastic Experience.

Keen to try a day of Abseiling or Climbing, then look no further, our professional instructors will take care of you every step of the way.

A short drive from Newcastle in the Watagan National Park is some magnificent cliffs suitable for both climbing or Abseiling.

Firstly, Walking Rivers believes its more rewarding and exciting when you are engaged fully in the experience.To be fully engaged, we commit to provide you with professional training and all the time you need to take that first step over the edge.

Secondly, we provide all transport, food, training, and equipment for you to have an exhilarating, memorable day.

Key points why are we different

  • Receive comprehensive training
  • Be part of a team
  • Learn safety procedures
  • Learn the right equipment to buy
  • Engaging professional instructors
  • Transport and equipment included


The area we visit Black Stump Cliffs offers everything we need for our day Abseiling.

After a gentle walk, we arrive at some easy Abseiling walls to get you started. We adhere strongly to challenge by choice principals and only progress to higher cliffs when you are feeling comfortable.
As with anything as your technique improves, so will your enthusiasm for increasing the height.

Being only a couple of hours drive north of a major city, Newcastle NSW also adds to the appeal of the day in the Watagans.

Key points, why we love the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure

  • A Bucket list experience
  • Easy access to cliffs
  • Achievable challenges for all
  • Ancient landscape displaying the natural beauty
  • Plenty of Adrenaline rush opportunities
  • Get reconnected with nature


The Walking Rivers, Newcastle Abseiling Adventure in the Watagan National park is very much a social event.

Spending a day playing on cliffs with a group of like-minded people is a highlight that stays in peoples memories for a very long time.

Abseiling delivers an enormous sense of personal accomplishment and satisfaction like very few other outdoor pursuits. Additionally as well as being good for the mind, it is good physically as well.

You can choose to only descend and walk back to the top, a form of passive exercise or for the more agile and fit person there is always the option of climbing back up the cliff. Climbing up is very physically demanding and great exercise whilst having fun.

If you are into photography while you are hanging on the cliff face, sometimes a once in a lifetime opportunity that perfect shot will present itself.

Unparalleled scenery that can only be observed through Abseiling is undoubtedly one of the top highlights for the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure.

For some people, a highlight is just exploring new area’s:
where does that track lead, what’s that cliff-like for Abseiling down , does that stream have a waterfall, etc

Whatever may be your reason for joining us on the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure day I am confident you will have ample opportunity for that reason to be satisfied.

Key points, activity highlights

  • Challenging yourself
  • Wonderful nature experiences
  • The thrill of stepping off
  • Learn new skills.
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Meet new friends


The wildlife in our walking corridor can be varied and abundant.

It is not uncommon to spot kangaroos, wallaby, and Goannas as well as a wide variety of birds.

The Watagan protected area provides critical habitat for over 150 native species of animals including wallabies, gliders, brush and ring-tailed possums, amphibians and reptiles. Additionally, there are also over 130 species of birds (Atlas of NSW wildlife 2006)

Key points, about the wildlife

  • Protects critical habitat
  • 150 Native animal species
  • Close to a major city
  • Crystal clear Waterfalls and creeks
  • Ancient Landscapes
  • Hidden caves


Our one-day Newcastle Abseiling Adventure starts from our home base in Newcastle;

The Walking Rivers bus travels from Newcastle out through Lake Macquarie and onto our start point, Black Stump Cliffs and the picnic grounds hidden away in the beautiful Watagan Mountains . (approximately 1.5 hours driving).

Our coach can pick people up at one of our designated meeting places along the way and return you to the same spot.

We are as flexible as possible with our pickups to try and make it easy for you. Talk to us on an individual basis to arrange your pickup point. Of course, we will bring you back to your pick up location when your adventure ends.

Key points, about getting there

  • Convenient departure points
  • Only an hour away
  • Air conditioned comfort
  • Bluetooth your favourite music
  • Enjoy the scenery
  • Let someone else have all the worry


We have to say. When possible, we use locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from our nearby farmer’s markets. Furthermore, we also provide snacks just in case you get hungry while climbing or Abseiling. A Walking Rivers policy you will never go hungry, even after a day’s Abseiling out in the fresh air.

Key points, about the food

  • Lunch is all included
  • plenty to eat
  • snacks and fruit
  • diverse menu
  • Tea or coffee with campfire water
  • Tips about cooking in the outdoors


If you are at all apprehensive about your abilities to undertake the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure please remember our experienced instructors will train you in the skills needed to complete the journey.

All you need is to be moderately fit and have a yearning for some safe and controlled adventure.

Going on a fully guided adventure is very different to going it alone. Being conducted by professional, trained, qualified people allows us to go to many places that would be unthinkable on our own.

Additionally, we consider you to be part of a team overcoming all the challenges the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure throws at us.

Walking Rivers has comprehensive risk management and contingency plans in place as well safety procedures that ensure you will be free to not worry about anything too much other than having fun.


  • Professional guiding service
  • Morning tea and Lunch
  • National Park Fees
  • Bus travel both ways
  • Ropes, Harnesses,helmets etc


  • Accommodation
  • Flights, airport transfers
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Alcoholic or carbonated beverages
  • Personal items

Let us know if you are you have any questions after checking the list of what we include , let us know if you have any questions about anything relating to gear.



Our Newcastle Abseiling Adventure Day begins the moment we climb on board the bus. Sit back and relax, enjoy the journey to your Abseiling destination


WHEN: one day before leaving

WHERE: We will skype, message or telephone you to confirm our time and meeting place and bring you up to date if any changes are happening.

Our telephone call provides you with the opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have about the Watagan National Park Discovery Day.

8.00 start

We always aim to gather early to make sure we get the most from our day in the mountains as possible.
Once everyone is on board, we will make our way up to the National Park where our adventure begins.

On arrival in the park, we will have morning tea, get issued with a map of the area and then start our bushwalk. While walking, you will be involved in many engaging activities centered around bush skills and navigation. Additionally, you will experience the breathtaking views of the area.

12.00 Mid-day.
Will see us arriving at a fantastic hidden place in the bush for our lunch break that will not disappoint.

After our lunch and after exploring the lunch area we will be back onto our walking track for an afternoon of exploring and more bush skills.

Now its back on the bus and the trip home, tired but feeling well rewarded for our efforts.
Its a time to reflect on the day and share stories from the days’ adventure or to discuss some of the navigation skills that you will have learned through the day.


We endeavour to return to Newcastle between 4 and 5 pm, however, due to the number of variables in wilderness travel we recommend that you don’t plan any critical appointments that rely on us being back at this time. Fixed times and dates can cause unnecessarily stressful complications should our return be delayed by something out of our control. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your travel plans in more detail.


We want you to love and enjoy Abseiling in the Watagan National Park. Have more questions, call +61 438563307 or email

Firstly, let me say on the Watagans National Park Discovery Tour we are very flexible and will only walk as far as people are capable. Generally its between 8 and 10 kilometers with only a couple of small hills to negotiate. Remember we stop often for breaks and navigation lessons

Because it is only a day day tour we can be confident of saying we can run it any day of the year on days that are free and between some of our bigger journey’s. Just call us and we will do our best to go on a day that suits you best.

No we do not go swimming on the Watagans National Park Discovery Tour

While height is not an issue being considerably overweight may be. We do not allow people over 120Kgs on any of our activities, this is an adventure activity and as such a medium level of fitness and agility is required. If you have concerns, please contact us directly.

No problem, we cater for vegetarians every day.Some of our guides are vegetarian. Before all of our Watagan National Park Discovery Tour trips, there is a pre-trip questionnaire covering medical and dietary requirements.Please call our office +61 438563307  if you have any concerns you would like to discuss further.

Like all wildlife, we can not guarantee to see them however they are very active in spring. In particular, during spring the males are aggressively seeking out the females.We recognize and photograph many more platypus during this time.

Our Watagan National Park Discovery Tour is an adventure trip, so we do like people to have some fitness level as well as good health. You need to be reasonably agile and capable of climbing over rocks. More important is an adventurous spirit and a willingness to have a go.

Everyone who is participating on a Watagan National Park Discovery Tour
will be asked to complete our medical questionnaire. Very few medical conditions will prevent you from taking part.
Our guides do need to be informed however in case something goes wrong and you need their assistance.
Bring two sets of medications one as a spare that the guide will carry for you just in case you lose yours. We will be a long way from outside assistance, so we need to take every precaution possible to be self-sufficient.
Pregnant women are not able to participate as the risk is too high.

Yes, you can. However, we do recommend a sports strap or tie. Because of the nature of the adventure, we can’t guarantee the safety of your glasses. If they are vital to your vision, then we recommend bringing a spare pair with you.

Yes, the Watagan National Park Discovery Tour has some awsome photo opportunities Also if you are bringing big cameras think about battery life as charging can often be difficult. Our guides have waterproof cameras that take reasonable good quality photos. We are happy to give you a dropbox link to our pictures at the end of the trip.

Tipping is not part of Australian culture. If you would like to show your appreciation, we would be more than happy with a good review on our website, or trip advisor.

Yes, please contact us on 0438563307 for information on group discounts.

No, you don’t. Everyone can enjoy the Watagan National Park Discovery Tour . We provide training as part of your trip and a full safety briefing prior to heading out. Any of our qualified guides will be happy to give you any extra personal instruction you may require if needed.

Walking Rivers  P/L  caters to all ages of adventurers. Although we do prefer a minimum of 12 years for the Watagan National Park Discovery Tour , we like to assess each case individually. Family tours are available for younger children, and those concerned with being in ‘their older years’ are welcomed to contact us to discuss their physical abilities.


Bushwalking on the Watagan National Park Discovery Tour , you will only need to bring a small day backpack

You will need one bag:

  1. Your bus bag, a small backpack or similar

Please remember the saying        “when bushwalking less is more”

Travelling on the bus

Your bag only needs to fit items you may wish to have with you while we are traveling.
For traveling, wear anything you feel comfortable in.

We do stop for toilet breaks  and also from time to time and if we are passing through a town we might have a coffee break. This is usually done by consensus.

Items for consideration to bring along

A small backpack sitting on the grass showing size of bag needed for bus tour to Barrington River Kayak tour
  • water bottle
  • snacks
  • lollies
  • book to read
  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • travel pillow
  • travel rug
  • change of clothes to wear home

Our priority is protection from the sun it can be brutal i the middle of the day.

Small bottle of Sunscreen

Pay particular attention to face, neck, under chin, ears, backs of hands.


Ideally should be broad-brimmed and wind resistant. An excellent choice is a safari type of hat that covers your neck area. Baseball caps are not good bushwalking hats.


Should be attached to a strap. We recommend taking a spare pair.

Long Sleeved Shirt

Over a thermal top. Both shirt and thermal top material need to be the quick-drying synthetic material such as polypropylene/polyester fleece or blend. DO NOT WEAR COTTON.

T-shirts and jeans etc. are not suitable clothing for Kayaking.

For people with more money a long sleeved Rash shirt is ideal.

Long synthetic Pants

 A pair of shorts over the top of synthetic thermals are ideal for your legs.


Good sturdy Hiking boots are ideal but expensive therefore if you are not intending taking up bushwalking as a permanent hobby, a good pair of runners will do the job.

Rain Considerations.

We recommend at the very least pack a lightweight spray jacket with hood.
It can be preferable to have a waterproof and breathable material like Gortex.

Warmth considerations.

In cold conditions avoid apparel made from cotton. Cotton insulates using open air pockets in between the fibers. When cotton gets wet, these pockets fill with water, and the garment loses its insulating properties.
Fabrics such as wool, nylon, and polypropylene insulate with closed air pockets inside the fibers. Garments made from these materials will hold some of their insulating properties when wet.
Consider a Fibre pile/fleece or puffer jacket if cold weather is forecast.

Medication – please ensure

1) The name and expiry date of drug is on the container;
2) You have the detailed instructions for your dosage and frequency; 
3) Packed in a waterproof bag; i.e., sandwich bag or similar
4) Pack a full spare prescription in a separate container.

If you are flying, please pack all necessary medication in your carry-on luggage. It helps eliminate some stress should your checked bags be misplaced in transit.

Water bottle.

One litre Nalgene bottles are superior to all others for outdoor recreation.

Waterproof camera

Lightweight waterproof digital cameras (can be attached inside your life jacket with a lanyard);
GoPro or similar waterproof action cameras can produce excellent footage however they are savage on batteries. Consider how you will charge or bring
spare batteries and memory cards.


Minimal soap, toothpaste, and toothbrush, dental floss, feminine hygiene products.
Small comb/hairbrush, 2 disposable plastic razor.

Optional items for consideration

  • Beanie
  • Gloves either neoprene or fingerless sailing type
  • Insect repellant small roll on
  • Book to read
  • Reading glasses
  • Binoculars
  • Down jacket
  • Travel boardgames
  • Cards

Please avoid wearing jewelry.

We would just feel bad if you lost something precious to you. Leaving it at home is the safest place for it to be.


We supply a range of teas and coffee as well as juices. You are welcome to bring alcoholic beverages. Please note however that we do expect our guests to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly.


It is against the law in Australia to smoke in National Parks. If you are a smoker, please consider nicotine patches as an alternative solution for the time you are on the river.

Leave no trace

Everything we take into the National Park we must take out. Including toilet waste. Don’t worry we have a system for dealing with everything. Your guides will go through it all with you when we are in camp on the first day.


The images you see below have all been taken during the Newcastle Abseiling Adventure Tour