The Slab

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 1




Slab below the road.


A broken slab of sandstone about ten metres wide, buried in lantana, vines and thick trees.

The bush below and to the sides of the slab is steep and carpeted in garbage - apparently Parriwi Road is the place to come if you don't want to pay tipping fees.

The slab itself is mossy and overgrown. The one route described has disappeared in the forest.

Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

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The slab is difficult to spot from the road. At one point on the downhill side of the road, the handrail is interrupted to allow a rock to poke through. This is the top of the slab. Walking downhill on the road from this point, a high fence is on your right for about 10 m. At the end of this fence, hop over the handrail and follow an indistinct track directly under the rock heading back towards the slab. Pick your way through the garbage to the bottom of the slab.

The slab can also be accessed from the beach below, if you can find a way down there.

Ethic inherited from North Shore

Respecting the enviroment and keeping crags clean will maintain a healthy and important relationship between the climbing community, local councils and National Parks. Carry out what you take in and enjoy what the North Shore has to offer.

If you come across an area that is being developed or you think could be under development, please show all due respect to the developers and do not climb the projects listed on



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Route on the right hand side of the slab. Broken slab with nice holds on the head wall. Most of this climb has been engulfed in vines and tree foliage. A rotting fixed line at the base of the slab (on the climber's right) presumably marks the original start of this climb. An ancient carrot in the centre of the head wall shows previous unrecorded climbing activity.

FA: Nick Reese, 2008


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