West End Quarry

  • Grades: AU
  • Approach time: 5
  • Photos: 2
  • Ascents: 38


Close to the city and easy to access


A disused quarry home to Townsville's ONLY Basalt sport climb "Basalt Assault". With 4 main areas of climbing West End Quarry is for the brave and stupid. Take a helmet and be careful off all the loose rock. BOLTING HERE IS ALLOWED.

Access issues

The Stagpole Street gate will be closed. This is normal; just go through the hole or walk around.


Enter through the end of Stagpole Street, then follow Old Quarry Road into the quarry.

Where to stay



  • Bolts are allowed to be placed here
  • Take all rubbish with you


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Developed in the late 90's


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A TR route off Basalt Assault's chains (use quickdraws on chain to reduce wear). Start 4m L of Basalt Assault with a layback hanging L from the granite xenolith. Layback up xenolith slab to a mantle shelf. Undercling, traversing R off mantle shelf on small footholds. Dyno L to nice jug. Step R onto xenolith and straight up on extremely fingery holds to finish 1m L of BA's chains.

FA: FTRA Chris Bell & Matt Brown, 2000

Set up anchor on "Basalt Assault's" chains. Start on "Toby's Mum" and layback up to the overhang, then traverse right with underclings to the obvious bulge. Reach for large jugs then continue up staying to the left of chains.

Set by Kaspa Snoad, 1 Aug 2011

FA: Kaspa Snoad & Marshall Moore, 24 Feb 2013

Start in the middle of the wall and move straight up staying left of the bolts through overhang then straight up to chains. (Top Rope anchor can be set up of chains)

Set by Marshall Moore & Kaspa Snoad, 24 Feb 2013

FA: Marshall Moore & Kaspa Snoad, 24 Feb 2013

starting below the chains and moving up and to the right keep to the left of the easy corner and finish at chains.

FFA: Lee Skidmore & Philippa Newton, 1998

Starts 10m right of "Basalt Assault" in large corner. move up corner (using trad pro) to first fixed hanger bolt, clip then mantel the pedestal then following crack diagonally up right past bolts to finish. bolt 5m back from edge may not be there anymore (Can be top roped off bolt 5m back from edge may not be there anymore also trees with long anchor set-up)

FFA: Lee Skidmore, Jason Shaw & Steve Baskerville, 1998

Start on right side of obvious arete move up arete to finish (Large flake on left is loose) Will require long anchor set-up

FA: Douglas Hockly, 1999

Starts a few meters right of arete. Move up slightly overhung fist sized crack, over short slab to corner then finish up another short slab. (Can be top roped with long anchor set-up)

FFA: Lee Skidmore & Danny Peters, 1998

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