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This crag and these routes have been climbed over for more than thirty years. It remains, I am sure, the central point of Shire climbing and the climbing nursery for the area. Why? Easy access, lots of bolts and a close proximity of routes at mild grades, means the general climbing public are cared for. The trade routes like Andrews Bulge (16), Fixed Steps (19), My Girl (23) and Whorl (17) are extremely popular. A novel way to enjoy the crag, or a future goal to achieve, is to tick all of the routes in a day. I have noticed some of the new routes are old routes from the 1980’s. I think every bit of rock has been well and truly climbed on but try telling that to a kid with a drill seeking immortality. Being popular also means it attracts the rubbish so please take your energy bar rappers and your belay slaves with you.

Access issues inherited from Sutherland

For over 50 years climbers in the Sutherland Shire have enjoyed free access to many fantastic crags and caves. But as of 2014 there have been access problems emerging at several climbing and bouldering areas due to aboriginal art sites and shell middens in caves. Sutherland Shire Council and the Dept of Enviroment and Heritage have announced closures and sign-posted some of these aboriginal sites, with further closures and signs to be added during summer/autumn 2016/2017. Areas of particular problem are ground level overhangs with flat bases, the type of terrain popular at hard bouldering areas. Whilst the details are sorted out keep a low profile, clean up ALL rubbish (inc removing mattresses in bouldering caves) and avoid climbing at closed areas. In particular treat non-climbers you see at crags with the utmost respect as they could be rangers, archeologists, traditional owners or anyone else with a dim view of climbers and the ability to shut us out. Climbing in Royal National Park has been officially banned for many years - probably due mostly to the Wattamolla 'don't jump off rocks' cliff-diving-into-water ban. For more information about aboriginal sites and rockclimbing please read this link from Sutherland Council: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0KxtU2nUQB9cjhHUWE4cE5HWnM/view?usp=sharing


To get there park at the end of Arunta Close, and walk down the fire trail between the houses. The decent gully is just to the right as you walk towards the river. It's a hop, skip, and a jump to get down, so be careful! Alternatively If you can't get down the gully safely, walk to your left for about 30m where you will find two ring bolts perfect for rapping in on. But be warned, ascending up with a heavy pack is not easy so only rap in if you need to.

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V9 ** Arête Problem Boulder

A square cut arête 80m right of 'The Whorl'. Surely someone has done the crack.

FA: joe, 2000

18 * Egg Rings Sport 10m, 4

Fun jug pulling up steep wall on far right end of crag. Four u-bolts. Very well protected but has no lower-off.

17 * The Whorl Sport 10m, 2

Marked TW. Classic featured wall with awesome giant thread in the middle. Ringbolt to start, then sling the giant thread, then one more ringbolt to the top and clip-and-go lower-off. For the full value tick mantle out onto the top and belay off u-bolts a few metres back. Rebolted 2015.

FA: Dave Humphries

16 * Dorothy May Sport 10m, 2

Marked DM. Climb starts approximately 1m left of "The Whorl". Very steep start off cairn into roof then up using handlebar hold then up the juggy arête. 3 ringbolts then right at top to shared anchor with The Whorl.

FA: Dave Humphries

17 * Reno Sport 10m, 3

start 1m L of Dorothy May. Jump from boulder to jug just right of crack (Lean Too) and up. 3 rings and lower-off. Previoulsy bolted on coach screws, rebolted Nov 2016

15 Lean Too Trad 15m

Start: A deep crack approximately 1m left of "Dorothy May" The first 4m looks 20 I reckon


The line of very shiny rings on right side of this buttress with an undercut start. Lots of slopers. Single bolt lower-off.

19 * Karins Loose Stool Sport 10m, 3

Hard undercut start then up on good edges and slopey pockets. Easier for those with gibbon arms.

FA: Mat Hutchins-Read, 2015

20 * The Shire Republic / A Sport 12m, 3

Great sustained wall climbing up sloping dishes. Tricky rounded top out, or cheat and lower-off the top anchors.

Rebolted August 2015.

12 Rainman Top rope 6m

Worthless. No Protection. There are TR bolts if you must climb this junk.

Start: The ramp just near where the descent gully comes out.

18 * NFM Sport 8m, 3

Marked NFM. Up to RB then leftwards past two more Ubolts to lower-off. Harder first moves then easy top.

Start: 5m left of R, just under arete.

20 * Killer's Kidneys Sport 8m, 3

Marked KK. Middle line on this wall with a couple of funky pockets. Three Ubolts to shared lower-off.

Start: Start of climb marked as "KK"

FA: H. Wallace, 1992


Start right of the ring.

20 * Pyromaniac Sport 9m, 3

Start well left of bolt then right to lower off.

Start: Starts 3m left of KK.

FA: Matt Portman

20 R * Dynamic Winter Trad 10m

Start: Marked. On right hand edge of bulging buttress left of P. A hard start, then continue up the arete, staying right of AB. No pro until after the crux. A new single BB so use one of AB's BBs.

FA: H. Wallace, 1992

16 * Andrew's Bulge Sport 8m, 3

Climb is marked with a faded AB. Just right of the crack. Rebolted 2009. 3 ring bolts with lower off. A Sydney classic

FA: Peter Faill

14 * Get Tracked Trad 11m

Start: Starts at the crack 0.5m left of 'Andrew's Bulge'.

10 Side Tracked Trad 10m

Start: 0.5m left of GT, Seam (wires)and thread

17 * Pitted Arete Trad 10m

Up crack (ST), then left to right side of blunt arete.

FA: S turcanyi, 1987

21 * Mars Apple Sport 8m

Killer start up to first and only Ring Bolt. Can be done as a mixed route or very very run out sport route

Start: 1m left of Pitted Arete

Rebolted 2009

FA: Steve Turcsanyi, 1987

13 Zulu Trainer Sport 10m

Starts 1m left of Mars Apple.

Slightly tricky start then up blocky ledges and face. New bolts 2009. 2 carrots on top.

FA: Steve Turcsanyi, 1987


Corner crack left of ZT.

Bouldery start then easy.

FA: Mike Patterson

20 Sports Injury Clinic Sport 10m, 2

1m L of MPC. 2ubolts

FA: Dave Humphries

21 * Tits and Bits Sport 10m, 2

2m left of SIC. 2 rings, shared lower-off with Sports Injury Clinic.

FA: peter farkas, 1989

11 Christmas Nuts Trad 10m

1m left of TaB.

The grovelly dirty chimney.

The Block

The next routes are on the large free standing boulder with low angle roof directly opposite Go Go Gadget.

V3 ** Three Sides Traverse Boulder 20m

(Anti-clockwise) traverse of three sides of the detached block downhill from the crag. Starts on left hand end of overhung most downhill face with gymnastic moves following hand traverse line. Round corner and continue along (uphill) along thin wall. Round the next corner, traverse short low overhung face to finish in cave.

FA: N Clow, 2003

13 * Whippersnapper Sport 8m, 3

The left hand side of the boulder as you face it with your back to the cliff has two bolted routes. Whippersnapper is the RH route. Hard start, then up juggy wall and left to DBB.

FA: Luke.W

13 * Nana in the dark Sport 8m, 3

4m left of Whippersnapper

Climb diagonally right & up to the same lower-offs as Whippersnapper.

FA: Luke.W

10 Tilba Tilba Trad 8m

On the left side of the front of the boulder facing the main crag.

Mantle, then up. No pro.

18 * Voodoo Traverse Trad 15m

Start as for Tilba Tilba. Traverse right to 2nd corner above the finish of Monkey Bars, then up. No pro.

21 * Death of a Black Boy Sport 8m, 3

Start from the cave under the big block as for Monkey Bars.

Out right through the roof and up orange wall past fixed hangers to U-bolt anchors.

FA: H. Wallace, 1992

23 ** Another kind of rainbow Sport 10m, 4

Pumpy fun. Start through roof as for Death of a Black Boy then left along lip and up to single U lower at top.

FA: Mikl Law, 2016

22 ** Felix Sport 10m, 5

Start up Lucky's Roof to the 2nd bolt then right to finish up the lip proj.

FA: Michael Law, 2015

20 ** Lucky's Roof Sport 5m, 5

Start on the small pocket with left hand(not some pile of rocks) then to a ok knob before a monkey along the roof of the cave past RBs to lower-offs. Variant top out via the mantle (21)

FA: Luke.W 2002

Back to the Main Wall

The next route starts just left of Christmas Nuts, and is the continuation of the main wall.

19 ** Fixed Steps Sport 10m, 3

Tricky stuff up and around the arete. Probably best to finish on anchors as for GGG. 3 new RBs

Start: On rounded arete

FA: Steve Turcsanyi

22 R * Go, Go, Gadget Arms Top rope 9m

Marked GGG. Old Top rope problem. Just left of FS. No Pro !


Right of MG, at thin vertical seam, battle the bulges, directly up crimpy wall.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2010

23 * My Girl Sport 10m, 3

Bouldery with Bolts. Up wall to giant U lower off.

FA: Trevor Cooper-Williams, 1992

20 ** B / C Sport 12m, 3

3 rusty carrots


Just right of ALH, and left of manky BR's of B

FA: Keysar Trad, 1992

20 * A Loving Hole Sport 10m, 3

Marked, Up wall on new RBs, share RB of D. Just right of corner crack

FA: H. Wallace, 1992

19 * Bangor Tiger Sport 10m

RD on Sydney Rockies reads : Start as for ALH, traverse left & up. Given that ALH is 1m right of In Depth corner crack, its difficult to understand where this "route" is.

{US} V5 ** Arachnology for Kids Traverse Boulder 9m

From the corner/crack of In Depth (marked 'ALH') traverse right to the arete of Fixed Steps. V4/V5? Technical, very good.

FA: NC, 2003

11 * In Depth Trad 10m

Corner crack just left of ALH.

19 * Python Direct Mixed 10m, 1

On the right-facing wall just left of In Depth corner.

Directly up middle of this little wall, shares anchors with Python.

Not exactly a sport route when there is one carrot 4m up . Really runout easy to deck.

17 * Python Sport 8m, 2

On the left arete 1m left of PD. Up arete past 2 Ubolts to lower-off up and right.

16 * Grandma's Python Sport 10m, 5

Unknown climb between grandmas wheel chair and python


As Grandma's Wheelchair but climb directly through the cave to give it a punchy and fun start.

16 * Grandma's Wheelchair Sport 10m, 4

Past Python, on LHS of cave.

Up the side of cave, right across the top, then straight up - now fully rebolted.

FA: Dave Humphries

14 * Get Walking Sport 9m, 3

Start as for Grandma's Wheelchair, but straight up.

16 Skulduggery Trad 9m

Just left of cave for GW. Over bulge and up big crack

21 * End of the Decade Sport 11m, 2

Start: Below traverse line, 3m left of S. Groovy move to start, then out traverse line and up arete.

22 ** End of the Century Sport 10m, 3

Directly up the wall past RBs to lower off. The best rock at Bangor !

FA: Jason Lammers, 2009

18 * End of the Line Mixed 12m, 4

Start as for Grotto Crack, past first bolt to horizontal break. Hand traverse R to ring bolt and up flake as for End of the Century. Cams and bolts.

FA: T Meredith & D Burgess, 2011

17 * Grotto Crack Sport 9m, 2

Corner crack just left of End of The Decade. 2BR out right or can be led as trad. Good varied climbing.

19 * Buzz Boys Beat Sport 9m, 3

Wall 1m Left of Grotto Crack, hard if you don't use the crack on the left at the 2nd U bolt. Lower off around to left. Beware the old garden seat at the top of this route from which people may throw down rocks and rubbish.

14 * Chicanery Crack Trad 8m

Crack located just to the left of Buzz Boys Beat.

Shares anchors with Buzz Boys Beat

18 * Zip Sport 8m

Tricky! Step out of gully and up wall past 3 Ubolts to lower off.

17 * Unzip Sport 10m

Boulder problem start to Zip from under roof

21 ** Marathon Man Sport 12m, 7

Shortest stamina route in the Shire. Start up Zip then left along traverse line through roof and up. Right to Zip anchors or backjump (easier)

FA: jeff Crass, 2016

18 Billabong Sport 5m

Start on other side of block near gully. one carrot

15 Ali Trad 5m
15 Slobbery Dog Trad 6m

Line of rings heading left on left wall of Slobbery Dog. Unknown details

16 Head Butte Trad 6m
10 unknown on block left Unknown 8m


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