Why the Blue Mountains should be on every traveller's must-visit list

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.

Slot canyon fun: Daniel Lewis, a senior guide at BMAC demonstrates adventure at Empress canyon which has recently reopened to the public. Most other canyons are shut because of damage from the recent bushfires.

Slot canyon fun: Daniel Lewis, a senior guide at BMAC demonstrates adventure at Empress canyon which has recently reopened to the public. Most other canyons are shut because of damage from the recent bushfires.

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".

The canyoning video is on the BMAC website at bmac.com.au or see the video and read the article by visiting the Travel + Leisure website travelandleisure.com

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.