West Side

  • Grade context: AU


Collection of boulders on the Western side of Picnic Bay.

Access issues inherited from Townsville

Most areas are free to access to the public, some are closed for short times during the year due to car, bike and running races and other events such as flooding, bushfires or landslides after heavy rain but they will open again soon after.


Adjacent to the Picnic Bay stinger nets and associated facilities

Ethic inherited from Townsville

Marking the rock at the start of the climbs used to be the norm, this is now frowned upon.



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Located at -19.181278, 146.836925

The prominent line up jugs and the crack in central to the boulder. Start standing on the boulder at the base of the overhang.

FA: James Hardcastle, 14 Jan

FFA: Mike Maddox

Farther down Picnic Bay is a giant boulder that looks like a turtle head sitting on top of other boulders. Start matched on the crack with feet to the right, then proceed to (desperately) mantle the shelf above the crack until you're able to fully stand on the shelf then top it out. You'll want 3 spotters, because if you fall to the right, it's pretty much death on the breakers.

FFA: Ryan Miller


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