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Brendon starts with a cycle.
Brendon starts with a cycle.
Now for the hard stuff.
Brendon jumping off.


Thursday, February 28, 2002
If you're an outdoor thrill-seeker and want to learn the correct skills for adventure activities, then head to the Blue Mountains.

Bushsports was started in the late 1970s as a training place for people to learn the correct skills for adventure activities. It has now branched out as a full adventure company offering expert tuition in a wide variety of enjoyable but challenging sports.

They take people abseiling, bushwalking, canyoning, mountain-biking, climbing, whitewater rafting, each as separate, full-day trips. For groups of six or more, they can be combined as a customised program. Corporate events can also be arranged.

Mountain-biking starts at the lower section of the Oaks Fire Trail and winds from Woodford to Glenbrook Gorge. It is the Blue Mountains' most popular trail, with wonderful views across gorges and sandstone cliffs and down the Cumberland Plains. You are sure to see kangaroos, goannas and cockatoos along the way as you cycle through the aromatic eucalypts.

The day begins at Glenbrook Station at 8.30am. You are given an overview of the day and then board the train, with bikes, for Woodford, halfway up the Blue Mountains. The lightweight cross-country mountain bikes have 21 gears and front suspension. Experienced cyclists can upgrade to a dual suspension cycle if they wish. Safety helmets and gloves are supplied.

From Woodford, you start on your 30km ride — around 75 percent of it is downhill — stopping for morning tea and lunch along the way. Groups are usually between four and 12 people.

If you fancy abseiling, a Bushsports day trip starts at Yellow Rock Lookout at 9am. The views from there are also spectacular — you can see along the Nepean River and the beautiful ranges and valleys of the national park.

Safety procedures and the four steps in skill and technique are run through, and before morning tea you try some easy abseiling or rap jumping. You are in full-body harness with a carabiner behind you. A rope is attached to an anchor point and you start by having your toes hanging over the cliff face, lean forward and jump to the bottom. When abseiling, you are facing the rock; when rap jumping, you're facing away from the rock.

Lunch is served, and as the afternoon goes on the abseils become longer: up to 55m. It's an easy walk back to the top to do it all over again.


The Blue Mountains, about 1 and a half hours west of Sydney.


Bushsports full-day mountain-biking costs $149 per person, and a full day of rap jumping costs $129 per person. They operate year round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

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Ph: (02) 9630 0587
Fax: (02) 9630 3436

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