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In 2014 this bouldering area was reported as closed to climbing after the Office of Environment and Heritage informed the Sydney Rockclimbing Club of environmental damage to this significant Aboriginal site. If you choose to boulder here, you must take personal responsibility for negatively effecting continued access to other Sydney bouldering and climbing areas. The base of the cave is a large collection of shells known as a midden, and is the remains of shellfish collected and eaten over thousands of years by first nation people. There are very few remaining sites such as this in the Sydney region that have not been bulldozed or covered in graffiti.

Access issues

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.


View timeline of historical ascents

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 3m
V5 *** K2 Boulder 4m
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 4m
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, 2003


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