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Bonnet Bay Cave (bouldering area) is officially closed due to the ‘significant environmental sensitivity’ of the area. If anyone is found to be climbing in the area this would be considered to be an offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 as it would constitute ‘harm’ to the significant area, under the act. Penalties under the act could be as large as a $275 000 fine and/or 1 year imprisonment.

Council Rangers will be regularly patrolling the area.

Access issues inherited from Sutherland

There is easy access to all the sites with an average walking time from car to cliff being under five minutes! To get the Shire drive south towards Wollongong from the Sydney CDB or take the Heathcote Road if coming from the South West. West Sydney climbers can approach aiming for Menai. Alternatively, take the train. Some areas in national parks are off limits and permission may be sought for crags such as the Wok, Heathcote Bridge and Alford's Point.


Popular as a bouldering spot for 20 years, then closed in mid 2014


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V8 Horizontal Boulder
V10 The Cling Thing Boulder
V7 *** Lucky 7 Boulder
V5 *** K2 Boulder
V8 Last Man Standing Boulder
V5 ** Passport to Rain Boulder

link everest into finish of passport to pain...through obvious traverse

FA: Greg Collins, 2008

V8 *** Passport To Pain Boulder
V2 ** Everest Boulder
V5 Heaven Or Hell Boulder
V6 Sea Boulder
V8 Pop The Bonnet Boulder
V13 *** Two Hands Boulder 4m

Starts near fallen block on undercling for right hand and sloper for left, big dynamic move over block to sloper then up through edges in cave and top out as for everest. Repeated 1/5/05 by Sharik Walker

FA: Joe Hodgson