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1. Northern Territory 684 routes in Region

Summary:
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Trad, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 133.517380, -18.376369

1.1. Top End 321 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 131.679120, -13.391347

1.1.1. Hayes Creek 102 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and Unknown

Long/Lat: 131.461947, -13.590256

Approach:

The only way to access this crag is by Car or Highway Bus. The crag is located 170km from Darwin CBD heading along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine. Turn into the Hayes Creek Inn on the right hand side and head past the Gas station and Pub down to the camp grounds. Ensure you stop at the pub and advise the staff you are going climbing. If you don' have a 4WD you can leave park your car in the camping area and take the dirt road that goes around the left hand side of the horses paddock towards the creek at the back of the camping ground.

1.1.2. Emerald Springs Area 12 routes in Unknown

Summary:
Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 131.629638, -13.631753

1.1.3. Umbrawarra Gorge 33 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Unknown and Aid

Long/Lat: 131.692979, -13.966610

Unique Features And Strengths:

Great fine grained orange sandstone with the creek just underneath

Description:© (Stu)

Umbrawarra Gorge is an Aboriginal owned site and is managed on their behalf by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

Access Issues:© (Stu)

You will require a permit to climb 'Umbrawarra Gorge', which can be obtained from the Parks and 'Wildlife' Commission of the 'Northern Territory', Litchfield Park on phone (08) 89 760 282.

This permit only allows you to climb the walls in the first two pools, and currently requires for a member of the climbing party to have instructional qualifications. 'Umbrawarra Gorge' is a sacred site - there are burial grounds and other significant sites throughout the gorge. If these are destroyed or damaged in any way, then climbing here will be stopped completely. Bolting is strictly forbidden - Please respect the area.

Approach:

Walk along the gorge for a few minutes

Where To Stay:

Umbrawarra campground is located only a couple of minutes away, and features barbecues, a long drop toilet, and no water.

Camp fees are payable, and at last visit were $3.50 per person per night.

Ethic:

Umbrawarra Gorge is an Aboriginal owned site, managed by Parks and Wildlife. It is a sacred site and should be treated as such. There are a few bolts, but these should not be added to or replaced without discussion with the authorities

1.1.4. Robin Falls 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 131.126767, -13.344478

Unique Features And Strengths:

2WD access and nice swimming between/after climbing.

Description:

BEWARE: SOME OF THE CLIMBS HERE ARE BOLTED WITH SMALL AND SHORT EXPANSION BOLTS. THE BOLTS ON "TWISTED SLAB" ARE ALSO RUSTY.

RE-BOLTING PLANNED

Generally good quality sandstone, with small holds and good friction. Loose rock abound the top and bases of some climbs.

Approach:

Easy 10min walk. Follow track to Robin Falls, go straight up when you come across a big rock/boulder on right hand side of track.

Where To Stay:

Free camping

1.1.5. Depot Creek 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 131.500646, -13.687446

1.1.6. Goanna Park 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.1.7. Nitmiluk Gorge 29 routes in Crag

Summary:
Top Rope, Deep Water and Trad

Long/Lat: 132.477001, -14.312242

Unique Features And Strengths:

Amazing deep water soloing in a very special place.

Description:

Huge 13km long Nitmiluk / Katherine Gorge, with huge potential for Deep Water Soloing.

Potential for lots of roped climbing too, but this activity is probably not allowed within the gorge. With some sensitivity, DWS might be tolerated if it happens on rare enough occasions (which it will).

Roped climbing has been done in the gorges above the third gorge. There are no tour boats above the third gorge so climbers are out of most peoples sight.

Tour boat operators / rangers weren't bothered with climbing so far, but keep it low key nevertheless – don’t show off for the tourists.

Access Issues:

Swimming / canoe access is only possible during the dry season, due to flooding and possibility of saltwater crocodiles! The Gorge is all within the Natmiluk National Park.

Where To Stay:

Camping available at the visitors centre, and at designated camp sites if overnight canoeing.

1.1.8. South Apostles (Gilmour River Sth) 29 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.1.9. North Apostles (Gilmour River Nth) 32 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.1.10. Butterfly Gorge 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 131.575798, -13.742733

1.1.11. Cascade Falls (Unknown Gorge) 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.1.12. West Apostles (Gilmour River West) 8 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and Sport

1.1.13. Rocky Ridge (The Caryard) 4 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

1.1.14. Rocky Ridge (Devil's Hill) 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

1.1.15. The Rock (Darwin) 39 routes in Gym

Summary:
Sport and Boulder

Long/Lat: 130.832888, -12.458609

Description:

If you climb at The Rock you can use the generic routes below to keep your training logbook up to date.

Approach:

Doctors Gulley, Darwin

1.2. Central Australia 363 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 133.398566, -24.197578

Description:

Indeed there is good climbing in Central Australia, and that it is not just a vast flat desert as commonly imagined.

The whole MacDonnell Range has some fantastic crags, often in beautiful and unique locations, and while little of the climbing is world class, it's a fun place to climb, with constant sunshine. If you are climbing in the summer (it's often over 40 degrees Celsius!), then there is often a crag in the shade, with a cooling waterhole on the way home.

1.2.1. Alice Springs 114 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: 133.806574, -23.713375

1.2.2. Eastern MacDonnells 142 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: 134.683747, -23.605535

Description:

Cliffs out along the Ross River Hwy.

1.2.3. Western MacDonnells 93 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 132.991355, -23.701661

1.2.4. Kings Canyon (Climbing banned) 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 131.587242, -24.250976

Unique Features And Strengths:

According to locals all climbing in this National Park is banned (2014). Ignore other guidebook sources that say otherwise.

Description:© (Stu)

Useful Info: Accommodation - Camping avaliable at 'Kings Canyon' Resort

Access Issues:

All climbing is banned.

Ethic:

Trad

1.2.5. Karku 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 130.577286, -22.735511

Unique Features And Strengths:

Quarzite mesa approximately 10kms south of Nyirripi aboriginal settlement (Freehold aboriginal land)

Description:

On the edge of the Tanami desert, Nyirripi is a small township of about 150 people. It is on closed aboriginal land and permission is required before entering. Locate it on a google map. Find the Karku Rd and drive south 10kms. Here lies two cliffs with plenty of opportunities for new routing - Karrku and Rurdaki

Access Issues:

Permission generally required from the Central Desert Lands Council or contact a member of the community directly. There is a general store in town that may be able to help nominate a traditional owner for permission. Two roads will get you there. You can drive from Alice to to Yuendumu turnoff - follow this past Yuendumo then to Nyirripi. Alternately drive to Newhaven Conservation Park, then keep going another 60kms. Karrku Rd is the first road on the left as you come in to Nyirripi. Take this road that goes out past the town tip for 10kms until you get to the end of the road and in front of you sits Karrku, an imposing mesa.

Approach:

At the end of the Karrku road, where it is still flat, there is a good camp site about 500mts below the northern end of Karrku. Follow the rough four wheel drive track that rises to meet the northern end of the mesa. As you walk up you will notice a prominent tower on the eastern side of the mesa. Rurdaki is the mountain behind you.

Where To Stay:

Camp at the end of the Karrku Rd but only after seeking permission of the Nyirripi Community.

Ethic:

This is a closed aboriginal community so please respect traditional ownership and ask before climbing. There are sacred sites in this area.

History:

Unsure if anyone has ever climbed on Karrku or Rurdaki. Probably not but you never know. We visited there in april 2016 and climbed two routes on the northern end, just left of the prominent roof with guano stains

1.2.6. Mt Conner 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 131.901804, -25.495971