Some of these climbs were OK about 20 years ago, but now that the track is closed and is an overgrown jungle requiring machetes and napalm to breach it's just not worth the effort. All fixed pro is now nothing more than rusted blobs of history.

The first set of climbs are about 100m left of The Big Block.

Navel Research is another 100m further left.

70 further left, near the point, is also home to the most evil looking crack - C is a large hand sized roof-crack with evil black coloured rock.

Access issues inherited from Balls Head

Climbing of any kind (including bouldering) has been banned by North Sydney City Council throughout the Ball's Head Reserve since 1996. If you climbing here you are breaking the law, and risk being prosecuted. Don't do it.

Please read the link below provided by council about climbing and areas of cultural significance in Sydney:


Ethic inherited from North Shore

Respecting the enviroment and keeping crags clean will maintain a healthy and important relationship between the climbing community, local councils and National Parks. Carry out what you take in and enjoy what the North Shore has to offer.

If you come across an area that is being developed or you think could be under development, please show all due respect to the developers and do not climb the projects listed on


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Done as two pitches.

  1. Climb corner system below right arete to a cam and BB belay. Poorly protected.

  2. Up flaky arete from ledge past two BRs.

21 * Sunset Arete Trad 8m

Scramble up to ledge below left arete. Swing up the cracks to the right and up the arete.

14 Blather Trad 8m

Up the short wall 3m left of Sunset Arete. No pro.

26 * Watch This Space Sport 15m, 4

Bulging wall just left of Blather. Up arete then bulging wall.

Up past 3 manky bolts and a manky piton.

17 * Navel Research Sport 10m, 5

100m left of Watch this Space is a plaque below a short wall.

Up to roof and over into cave. Step right and up.


Several lines on the wall immediately left of Naval Research

20 C Trad 7m

About 75m left of Navel Research near the point.

The evil looking black roof crack.


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