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Named for it slight resemblance of the shape of Australia.

Access issues inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Gara gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and access is open:


Ethic inherited from Upper Gara Gorge

Basically, the climbers of Armidale are a pretty laid back, free thinking group and as long as you don’t go out of your way to put people’s noses out of joint you’ll be amazed at how helpful they can be. The quickest way to piss people off is by ripping off projects. There are a few devoted locals making an effort and putting up quality new climbs. A lot of time, hard work and even money goes into their endeavours (cracks can be projects too) and there is too much unclimbed rock around to justify destroying someone else’s motivation. Any routes marked as such or not in the guide should be left alone. The simple courtesy of asking first may save you from being stripped naked and being staked out for the crows to pick your eyes out. If putting up new routes is your thing then please feel free. The only request is that you avoid placing hangers or conspicuous bolts around the Gara Boulders as we are already viewed as an environmental menace by the NPWS - bolting in National Parks is actually illegal.


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V4 S2 Boulder 2m

Desperate crimps up face, hold broke off as well, grade is a guess.

V1 ** S3 Boulder 2m

Sit start on the flake and head up to sloper then top. Many variations exist to make it harder or easier.

V3 S4 Boulder 3m

Heinous crimps up improbable face, grade is a guess.

V0- S5 Boulder 3m

Up the right side of this well featured and somewhat mossy but climbable face.

V0 S6 Boulder 3m

Up the left side of this well featured and somewhat mossy but climbable face.

V3 S7 Boulder 3m

Up the blunt low angle arete? Grade a guess.

V2 * S8 Boulder 2m

Start on crimps above alcove then mantle.

V8 ** Australia Sit Boulder

Sit start off low rail under the lip. Power up to crimps and finish up S8.

FA: Alan Ezzy


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