Dalpura is a relatively short canyon on the north side of the Grose Valley. It has one short abseil and it is usually easy to avoid swimming. The canyon is pleasant and pretty, though not especially spectacular. Access is quite easy making it a short day.
Drive about 2.8km past the Mt Wilson turn off on Bells Line of Rd, and park at the start of a fire trail (not marked on the map) just after the safety barrier ends at MGA505864. Walk along the fire trail for about 50m, and look for a vague track to the left (south east) down the ridge. Follow this down to the creek. If you can't find a track, you can simply head south east into the creek, and follow it downstream to the canyon. The canyon starts around MGA502856.
There is a short canyoniferous section, with a deepish pool that can be avoided via ledges high on the left. After a bit of a creek bash, the main canyon starts with a 4m overhung abseil from slings around a rock, or an easy 8m abseil from a tree on the left, into a deep pool. With care, you can end on a thigh deep ledge from where you can sidle the pool. Some more canyon sections follow. One of these can occasionally fill with logs, and may require use of the rope, though most of the time it will not even be noticed. The end of the canyon is reached with a waterfall of 16m.
The waterfall can optionally be abseiled, but it is easily bypassed on the right. Head left at the cliff line to ledges with excellent views of the Grose Valley.
From the top of the final waterfall, the exit track heads up to the right, to the cliff line. Traverse under the cliff line until it ends, and then up on to the ridge. Follow the ridge back to where you can get up through the cliffs. Join up with the fire trail on Jinki Ridge and back to the car.
- Difficulty: EM
- Abseils: 1-3
- Longest abseil: 20m
- Quality: 4/10
- Time: A short day
- Distance: 5km
- Ascent: 200m
- Wetsuits: Not required
Tom Brennan : email@example.com : updated 2015-10-31