The Pearl Bay Quarry

  • Grade context: AU
  • Approach time: 2 minutes
  • Photos: 6
  • Ascents: 325




An amazing piece of harbour side quarried rock offering some slightly overhanging problems, face problems and some solid slabby goodness worthy of the visit.

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Take the Pearl Bay Avenue turn off, park opposite number 30 where you'll see Fig Tree Walk, the pedestrian access for Pearl Bay. Follow this path and you'll come to the beach that The Pearl Bay Quarry looks over. Turn left into the park at the beach and you'll discover the main wall hidden behind the very large Fig tree.

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From the ledge with the yellow survey mark, go right to the little arête and up. (If you're feeling awesome try the full traverse on the wall with its enormous span).

FA: Unknown

Awesome, funky, but easy bouldering. Mould yourself into the low scoop, then make a series of fun and interesting moves up left of the large Angiphora.

FA: Unknown

The name says it all. Loads of fun and pretty tough too.

FA: Unknown

Start low with your hands on the big reverse layaway, then slap up the overhanging arête to finish on Jump and Mantle (the big sandy foot ledge is on).

Start as for pearl, left hand up to the crimp on the arête and push out the mantle on the blank face

FFA: Mattias

FA: Probably lots of people

An interesting short cute slab (can add a low start).

FA: Unknown

Commonly used as a decent.

Facing the rock, start at the left hand arête of the big scoop. Use the tree when topping out. "It's Not Cheating" to use the tree, it's the only safe way to top out and exit! Keep the overhang to your left. Minus points if you use the overhang or any hold beneath or above it. Arête and right hand face only.

FA: Brendon Flanagan, 20 Jun 2012

a highly unusual problem - it's actually easier if you face away from the rock! Park your bum on the left side of the slopey ledge and reach up for the break. Very Cool, though I'm not sure if the Fonz would agree.

FA: Unknown

Climb up the wall, then traverse leftwards all the way to the little scoop with the rooflet. Very good.

Start under the little overhang, rounding the arete and traversing via the obvious horizontal line of holds.

FA: Unknown

Start as for problem #8, but walk the ledge rightwards and finish on the jug on the arête (or higher up if you wish). Stretchy, balancey, and good fun.

FA: Unknown

Up the crimpy wall right of the arête, traditionally finishing on thejugs. Worthwhile.

FA: Unknown

Off the ledge go up to the drill hole, then traverse the break rightwards (the historical plaque makes an ideal foothold, and is a great use of tax payers funds), ending on the big jug on the faint arête.

Off the sandy underclings, take on the arête to the jug.

Just right of the arête is a pleasant slab/wall with some very nice crimps, head slightly left. Very good climbing.

A testing piece of slab highball for those willing to tackle it. Solid holds all the way.

Another good crimpy little (or not so little) problem. Either finish at the break, continue up past the obvious feature, or join problem #13.

FA: Unknown

Start up the centre of the wall and traverse the breaks leftwards to finish on the arête.

FA: Unknown

Starting to the left of the dirty streak make your way straight up to the broken rock. The broken rock has a bit of movement in it so use caution.

FA: Petro Semeniuk, 2012

Just to the right of the yellow streak.

Start at the corner crack to the right of problem titled 15. Start with a foot jam and head on up. Can be topped out.

Set by GChris, 3 May 2013

FA: GChris, 3 May 2013

In the middle of the boulder to the left of Three storey Rock, go up the right tending flake, then leave the flake to go left passing two slopey crimpers and top out as for Stick Your Foot In.

FA: Martijn van Eijkelenborg, 25 Apr 2016

As for Black Pearls but when the flake runs out follow the horizontal seam to the right and finish up Three Storey Rock

Up the breaks then the sharp arête. Fun.

FA: Unknown

Walk past Three Storey Rock and step over a dead tree to find this 10m long traverse on various jugs. Start about 3 m right of the drain pipe that is on top of the boulder and keep moving left until the rock runs out. Rock looks crumbly but all the grey parts are pretty solid.

FA: Martijn van Eijkelenborg, 25 Apr 2016

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