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The Dark Side faces south-east, so is great for a hot summer's day, but can get very cold in winter. There is a variety of single-pitch climbing on reasonably compact orange quartzite.


This is the long series of crags immediately around from the end of Moonlight Buttress (and on the same cliffline - the highest on the bluff), and faces mostly south-east.

Access issues

There are no known access issues, but the area is relatively untouched, so treat it with respect. Try and avoid damaging vegetation, and set up an abseil after the first climb, to avoid trampling vegetation on top of the cliff.


As for Moonlight Buttress. The Dark Side covers about 700m of cliff around the corner from Moonlight Buttress (to the West), ending in The Last Wall.

Where to stay

Most people camp in the Moonarie campground.


All climbs are traditional, and bolting is strongly discouraged.


View historical timeline

This area may have been climbed by Col Reece earlier, however no record of his ascents on this cliff have come to light to date. The first recorded ascents were on 18/05/2013 (as far as the author is aware). The route descriptions were taken (with the authors' permission) from the Dark Side Guide, by Garth Wimbush, Tim Smith, Adam Clay and Jack Mattinson.


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