Mount Keira

  • Grades: AU
  • Approach time: 15 Minutes
  • Photos: 79
  • Circuits: 1
  • Ascents: 6,190
  • Aka: Keira
  • Aka: Mt Keira


The popular Illawarra climbing destination for beginners and intermediates, featuring a large mix of trad, boulder and recently re-bolted sport routes.


The Mount Keira Summit Park is a popular recreation and climbing destination within 90 minutes drive south of Sydney.

The mountain plateau features a well developed car park, picnic area, lookout with stunning views of the Illawarra coastline and a newly opened pop-up kiosk cafe. The plateau is ringed in by cliffs which are accessed by a mix of established foot tracks and bush scrambling.

Of the four key cliff faces the West Face is the most popular and accessible, featuring many easier and shorter routes. The three other faces (South Face, North Face and East Face) are more exposed and progressively more difficult to reach, though do offer some excellent routes for those who pursue them.

"The Big K" is worthwhile for a day trip from Sydney and a very good local cliff for those that live around the Illawarra - R.Young

.. and if all else fails, remember ... The Law of Gravity is STRICTLY Enforced

Access issues

The Mount Keira summit park is an easy 15 minute drive from the Wollongong CBD. The park is surrounded by the Illawarra Escarpment State Conversation area and is covered in thick sub-tropical rainforest and eucalypt forest, and is open to the public all year round.

Be aware the vehicle gate to the summit park is closed and locked after hours.

Due to rockfalls in recent years some parts of the area are closed, though the West Face and connecting path (Dave Walsh Track) are declared open by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. See http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/illawarra-escarpment-state-conservation-area/local-alerts for details.


The main climbing areas are accessed from the Mount Keira Summit Park by driving in from either up Mount Keira Road from Wollongong or via Picton Road and Mount Keira Road coming from Sydney.

The West Face and South Face are accessed by a short walk along the Dave Walsh Track. Refer to sub-areas for further area approach details.

Where to stay

Camping is not permitted in the park, there is plenty of accommodation to be found in the Wollongong region.

Ethic inherited from Wollongong

Retro-bolting of established trad routes is frowned upon. There has been some controversy in recent years about new routes being bolted above tourist tracks. Please don't do this.


View historical timeline

Bill James in the mid-60's followed by the prolific Graeme Hill mid-70's and his side kick Chunder (Russell Chudleigh). Contributions from Jon Muir (from 1977) , Ian Anger(ferret) , Dave Thomas, Ant Prehn (from 1978) , Rod Young(from 1981) Original descriptions by Ant. Penh/Tucker/ViBeS/Rod Young/TJ


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