A beautiful tropical town in a stunning surroundings with plenty of bouldering, a scattering of routes, but so very much potential of all kinds.


Cairns is a town in Far North Queensland with an abundance of granite, sedimentary and sandstone boulders everywhere, beautiful gorges, granite cliffs hidden and some stunningly visible through the rainforest canopy, and a few locally knowledgeable people attending the hotspots of the region often, despite it being seemingly quiet.

If you're looking for peace while working your project you're almost guaranteed it here, with crags rarely ever busy.

It has a tropical climate year round, summer being hotter and with higher humidity, but still amazing areas along the coast that are spectacular in the evenings for their locations and sunsets with coastal breezes fairly consistent and even better with a beer in hand. The area is well known for it's kitesurfing relying on these winds.

Winter is the best season of course, with temperatures much more agreeable and friction friendly. Cooler temps allow for the harder projects to be established and worked without freezing yourself like a lot of the rest of the country is at that time. The days are also not quite as short as you might find further south so there's more time for sendage between dawn and dusk.

Be sure while you're in town to check out all the local attractions, such as the world class mountain biking, the astonishingly beautiful Great Barrier Reef, but also enjoy the local breweries and cafes, with so many to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice!

Access issues

Be wary at any coastal or riverside crags for the potential of crocodiles and if you're in the water marine stingers.


Cairns is easily accessible by road from all directions, though the easiest way to get here is by plane, with both a domestic and international airport it's very easy to fly, as well as being cheaper than many other areas in North Queensland to get to.

Where to stay

There are many different levels of accommodation in Cairns, from luxury hotels to camping.


Clean up wherever you go, take your rubbish, or any you find out with you. Brush chalk. So many of these areas are absolutely pristine and we should all make an effort to keep it that way.

Clean and brush but don't destroy vegetation. Avoid steel wire brushes if possible, a good majority of the rock in Cairns will disintegrate using one of these.

Tick marks - ok but brush them off when you leave.

Please don't chip holds and do minimise contrived routes.

GEOTAGGING - PLEASE GEOTAG! For any route you create, or know is hard to find add in the Lat and Long in the route details so it shows on the map. Finding routes in the rainforest for example is hard.

Minimise route beta in descriptions to ease onsight attempts.


View historical timeline

According to the old QURANK regional guides (found in the link below), a lot of the early routes and boulders were established by people like Steve, jari ekstrom, Jason Shaw, Lee Skidmore and many more. This group all taking on the areas such as 'Mackas Bluff', 'Emerald Creek', 'Barron Falls', the unfortunately closed 'Turkey Hill', 'Forest Domes' among others. Some sends were done from what can be found currently as early as 1993.

The area saw a reinvigoration of sorts thanks to Cameron Wycherley and Jared Tyerman starting in the mid 2010's through to late 2019. Establishing a huge number of new problems around the area, as well as further south and north. This includes classics like 'Rocket Man', 'Schism', and some help provided by Glen Hayford adding in hard routes such as 'Storm Chasers' in the start of 2020. These numbers increased again with Nick Murphy coming to the area in 2020 adding many new problems and areas in a few months to the region. The developmental potential here will almost always remain so great!

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