Moonbi Range Mostly Bouldering85 routes in area
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The Moonbi Range is steeped in history, was a cultural meeting place for the local Kamilaroi tribe and neighbouring tribe, the Aniwan people. Edward Gostwyck Cory and a small party in 1832 became the first settlers to cross the range. It is said that they rested under a large pillar on the first moonbi hill, now named cory's pillar or cory's pillow. Many of the local legendary climbers of the north-west explored the moonbies, and climbed at the now closed moonbi lookout crag.
All the climbs listed here are on public access(crown) land. I will not add climbs on private land if permission is not granted and i ask that others do the same.
Please if you find any aboriginal paintings, i ask that we leave these areas (boulders) alone, out of respect. Some of these are said to be over 500 years old!
The Moonbi range (1st and 2nd moonbi hill) are located on the New England Highway Between the villages of Moonbi and Bendemeer. North five minutes from the village Moonbi and south ten minutes from Bendemeer. The Moonbi range is 20 minutes North of Tamworth and 50 Minutes drive south from Armidale.
Where to stay
Caravan grounds at Bendemeer and Moonbi/Kootingal. Both Bendemeer and Kootingal have excellent pubs..
Kevin Moore was kind enough to give me a guide to moonbi and surrounds that he and Al Stephens produced. Most of the climbs are on privately owned and closed moonbi lookout crag. But there is mention of a few that are on public land and i will do my best to add and with greatest respect try keep the history documented with these climbs.
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