Lured by the reputation of the local slot canyons, New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure sent an American film crew to the Blue Mountains last year to create a stunning video for its readers.
Working with the Katoomba-based Blue Mountains Adventure Company, the film crew visited Empress Falls Canyon near Wentworth Falls and Tiger Snake Canyon on the Newnes Plateau before the bushfires.
Daniel Lewis, a senior guide at BMAC, said: "The canyons of the Blue Mountains are magical places and it was a real pleasure to take the film crew to some of them so that that magic could be shared around the world via a quality piece of cinematography. Canyons are extremely challenging places to film in so we had a couple of very long, hard days, but the end result was definitely worth it. I hope the video can help encourage more Blue Mountains residents to come out with us to explore the amazing canyons in their own backyard."
Rick Perez, a member of the Travel + Leisure film crew, said: " The Blue Mountains are an incredible place. It's no wonder that UNESCO named it a World Heritage site. BMAC made it possible to experience what would have been impossible for me to do on my own. Dan made sure that everyone had a safe and enjoyable time."
Travel + Leisure has been published since the 1930s and boasts an international readership in the millions. The video accompanied a story published on the Travel + Leisure website that was headlined "Why Byron Bay and the Blue Mountains should be on every travelers' must-visit list".
Empress Falls Canyon escaped being burnt by the bushfires and was recently re-opened for canyoning.Other canyons in the region remain closed because of damage from the fires. They will reopen when it is safe and environmentally responsible.