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* PLEASE NOTE * climbing is banned here from 1 August to 31 December due to nesting of peregrine falcons.
Ten minutes further along the track from Kambah Rocks, Red Rocks is a well-bolted sport area providing great opportunities for leading. Note that many of the anchors are set below the top of the cliff because of the loose scree at the top - for this reason, it is not particularly ideal for top-roping. Like Kambah Rocks, the area can get fairly dirty, and given the angular nature of the rock and often fairly small holds, that can make life quite interesting if you haven't bothered to clean your prospective climb beforehand.
There are a number of parking options - Kambah Pool, nearby land or even at Pine Island if you want a longer walk. Note that there have been cars broken into at Kambah Pool.
The cliff itself can be found at google map coordinates -35.40888,149.034246
Climbs are described left to right.
Closed from 1 August to 31 December each year for peregrine nesting season.
Gate at the Kambah Pool carpark is closed at 9pm each night.©
There are several walking options, all of which converge on the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail opposite the cliff. From here follow a goat track downhill to the river. When the water is high you'll have to swim across - best at the upstream end of the cliffs, where you can access the water on both sides via sloping ramps. At medium volume you can jump across the rapids at the downstream end of the pool (a rope or carefully-selected log might help). At low water there are easy stepping stones at both ends of the pool. Get an indication of the river height from the Lobbs Hole gauge (1m or less is low) or Mt Macdonald gauge (less reliable as it's downstream).
Option 1 (40min): park at Kambah Pool. Follow the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail upstream (south). Go past Kambah Rocks and keep walking another ten minutes.
Option 2 (35-40min): park at the Lakeside Leisure Centre, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong. Cross Athllon Drive and find the old stone wall directly opposite the leisure centre carpark. Hop the fence and follow the stone wall over the hill to a stile. Cross the stile and drop down to the creek (steps). Cross the creek, through the fence and turn left. Follow the fenceline until you pick up the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail. Either follow this or take a short-cut over a saddle and down to a dam to pick up the trail again.
Option 3 (20 min): ride your mountain bike from Kambah Pool or the Leisure Centre at Anketell Street. If riding from Anketell Street, follow the cycle path north along Athllon Drive for 50m then pick up the gravel track that curves around next to the creek. Turn right across the wooden bridge, turn left and follow the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail.©
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