Pearl Bay

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 2 minutes
  • Photos: 6
  • Ascents: 361




Pearl Bay is made up of three areas. Two areas offering some excellent bouldering and one area offering climbing on rusted out protection.

The main bouldering site, The Pearl Bay Quarry, is a quarry from the 1800's offering quite a few interesting vertical problems of both the slab and face variety. The Pearl Bay Quarry offers soft flat grassy landings, is protected from the wind and faces north east so gets the sun from morning til early/mid afternoon.

The second bouldering area is a 5 minute walk along the path past the boat houses heading towards the rowing club. This big boulder offers a good, juggy overhang problem with potential for variants.

Caution: Local council have erected a permanent sign stating that climbing is not permitted on the Overhanging Boulder. As tempting as it may be please respect this sign and keep the climbing community in good light with the local council.

The climbing area ranges along the base of the cliff starting from The Overhanging Boulder to the pedestrian path connecting to Pearl Bay Avenue.

Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

If you have benefited from climbing infrastructure in NSW, please consider making a donation towards maintenance costs. The Sydney Rockclimbing Club Rebolting Fund finances the replacement of old bolts on existing climbs and the maintenance of other hardware such as fixed ropes and anchors. The SRC purchases hardware, such as bolts and glue, and distributes them to volunteer rebolters across the state of New South Wales. For more information, including donation details, visit


Drive north bound along the Spit Road and you'll come to the S bend preceding the down hill approach to the Spit Bridge. Set yourself up in the far left hand lane no later than after the S bend. Very soon after the S bend you'll see a bus shelter. Turn left here into Pearl Bay Avenue and park at the bottom of the hill near number 30. If you miss Pearl Bay Avenue you can take the next left at the bottom of the hill and park at the rowing club but this'll cost you money. Feed the meters and avoid a hefty parking fine. It'll be more convenient if you make your way back up past the S bend and start your approach to Pearl Bay Avenue again.

If you're quick enough to get the Pearl Bay Avenue turn off, park opposite number 30 where you'll see Fig Tree Walk, the pedestrian access for Pearl Bay. Following this path you'll come to the beach that the amazing quarried bouldering overlooks. Turn left into the park at the beach and you'll discover the main wall hidden behind the large Fig tree.

For The Overhanging Boulder continue walking along the path past the house boats and it'll be on your right.

For the rope climbing crag in Pearl Bay, turn right at the beach and follow the trail following the base of the cliff line below all the houses. Look VERY hard to see the limited, yet rusted protection. The protection is not safe to use! This climbing area has seen better days.

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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Original problem beta derived from the 2011 Sydney Bouldering Guide written by Peter Balint.


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