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Great fine grained orange sandstone with the creek just underneath


Umbrawarra Gorge is an Aboriginal owned site and is managed on their behalf by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

© (Stu)

Access issues

You will require a permit to climb 'Umbrawarra Gorge', which can be obtained from the Parks and 'Wildlife' Commission of the 'Northern Territory', Litchfield Park on phone (08) 89 760 282.

This permit only allows you to climb the walls in the first two pools, and currently requires for a member of the climbing party to have instructional qualifications. 'Umbrawarra Gorge' is a sacred site - there are burial grounds and other significant sites throughout the gorge. If these are destroyed or damaged in any way, then climbing here will be stopped completely. Bolting is strictly forbidden - Please respect the area.

© (Stu)


Walk along the gorge for a few minutes

Where to stay

Umbrawarra campground is located only a couple of minutes away, and features barbecues, a long drop toilet, and no water.

Camp fees are payable, and at last visit were $3.50 per person per night.


Umbrawarra Gorge is an Aboriginal owned site, managed by Parks and Wildlife. It is a sacred site and should be treated as such. There are a few bolts, but these should not be added to or replaced without discussion with the authorities

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The First Pool

The first pool

23 * Ankle Anxiety Trad 12m
21 R * Ode To Python Trad 9m

Carrot bolts on this climb are not considered safe and probably will

not get replaced due to their location within a National Park. 2CB

Start: Start from same platform as 'Ankle Anxiety'. Right and up past the 2 BR's to ledge, left and up to finish.

11 ** Clowns Corner Trad 13m

A popular introduction to the area. Obvious and awesome corner crack leading to tree, right and around corner from 'Ankle Anxiety'. Follow corner crack straight up, step onto

the right hand ledge to finish. Big holds and great pro.

16 ** Bats & Balls Trad 10m
15 ** King of the World Trad 15m
19 * Purpledickular Trad 12m

Watch the loose rock top of this climb.

14 * What A Wall Trad 16m

5m right of P lies an obvious crack starting through a juggy overhang. Crack leads to mantelshelf and small left facing corner. Interesting and pleasant climbing.

18 ** Oranges and Lemons Trad 16m

About 6m R of Clown's corner, this tackles the overhang that leads to the prominent grey slabby wall. Very pumpy start with exciting move onto main wall. Easier but poorly protected finish up slabby wall past mantelshelf.

20 * Watch Her Face Trad 15m
16 ** Kat's Corner Trad 13m

Start up V shaped corner just right of W. Follow obvious line, with delicate protection at 2/3 height. Under-rated and underclimbed!

The Enclosure

The left hand side of the second pool

17 *** Stay Low Trad 20m
19 * Little Bitch Trad 20m
15 *** Enclosure Exposure Trad 20m
14 Violet Crumble Trad 20m
16 * Fish Bones Trad 14m
17 ** Grand Traverse Trad 20m
14 Memento Mori Trad 10m

Wet start - start in the pool below the thin crack system 2-3 m left of the arete. Finish on the ledge above

Would make a nice intro to an added pitch above.

FA: Dane Evans, 2009

17 ** Double or Nothing Trad 15m

RHS Second pool

Right hand side of the Second Pool

15 Fuck That Unknown 15m
22 ** King Brown Unknown 13m
17 ** King Brown Arete Unknown 16m

The Cinema

Right hand side of the Second Pool

These climbs predate the current system, and it's marginal whether these climbs are permitted.

19 M1 Basque Separatist Aid 20m
19 ** Basque Bastard Trad 22m
22 ** Basque Beach Trad 22m

FFA: Oreina Orrantia, 1998

14 ** Jurassic Park Trad 25m
16 ** Camelot Trad 20m
14 * Cartoon Dancing Unknown 20m
9 Swinging Defective Unknown 20m
16 *** Salmonella Unknown 22m
18 Crack with Tree Trad 14m
20 Sheeplovers Bane Unknown 5m

Much loved except by lovers of sheep. The really obvious mantelshelf near the base of

NES. Really just a boulder problem, however it is usually toproped due to the dangerous


FA: Steve Beyer, Chris Hart, Anthes Oorloff & a cast of others except Kiwi, 2000


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