Small easy access crag close to town


Moderate sport climbs on local quartzite, with easy access from Alice Springs. You could ride your bike... Climbs are short but challenging.

Access issues

Located within the Telegraph Station Conservation Reserve, there are no access restrictions.


Head N on the Stuart Highway out of Alice Springs for about 5km, then turn R onto a dirt track - ‘The Old Sturt Highway’. If you get to the Charles River bridge, then you’ve gone a little too far. Follow dirt track down, and then to the top of the rise (high clearance vehicle may be required), and park where track turns a sharp L and begins to head downhill under the bridge. The cliff is down R in the creek bed. Walking time 2 minutes.


History timeline chart

Most of this cliff was bolted and never written up prior to 1995. Therefore most FA's around this time are First Recorded Ascents.



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Just in case you need that big wall experience - this climb is a complete waste of time. Tucked away where the creek takes a bend 100m L of the main cliff. Solo past the D-shackles, then jump off into the sand below. DBB to avoid such an epic descent. (Edit July 2014: Solo D-Shackle and only a single homemade hanger at the DBB. Walk off possible to the left)

FA: Allison Garrett, Dominic Leadbetter & Kieran Culhane, 1995

Quality line between WW and AP. Start on left side of prominent prow on good holds. Reachy moves on crimps lead to good holds at lip

FA: Richard Binstead, 2012

Sit start and climb the prow right if TDOTL direct. Mostly powerful long spans between good holds gains the interestingly mantle top out.

crouch start on sideways blocks in little hovel between RATDL and A. move up and R through interesting slots and pinch to join the top out for A

FA: unknown

Slightly contrived and very difficult. Was worked for two years consistently before eventually being climbed. Start at base of cave on big square block, up to undercling then slap left through terribly slippery holds to top out

FA: Ryan Gaskon, 12 Jul 2020

effectively a direct finish to Ataraxia, skipping the desperate moves out left. From undercling, move straight up through small jumbled crimps to jug

FA: Ryan Gaskon, 2018

The line of chalked holds 50m L of the main cliff. Sit Start on the lowest edges, then make a big move up R to gaston and gain a jug before a tricky, slippery top-out. Bring pads and spotters as the landing is quite poor

FA: Ryan Gaskon, 22 Apr 2018

The first climb on the L end of the main cliff. Climb prominent crack on the L side of the small arete. Tend R from small ledge halfway up. BB.

FA: Allison Garrett & Steve Thornton, 1995

L trending crack 1m R of TOMP (just R of arete) to small ledge. Step R, and up to belay as for TOMP

FA: Allison Garrett & Colin Crowe, 1995

Fairly worthless edition, first climbed onsight and ropeless as a warm up. Start 2 metres left of Unsuspecting below a faint, blank looking scoop. Up through intermittent crimps to easier ground just past half height. Trad anchor possible for top roping or bring crash pads as there’s no gear in the climb itself.

FA: Ryan Gaskon, 11 Jul 2020

Climb the line of jumbled blocks 2 metres R of TM to a single BR over the top. Beware a loose rock or two, especially toward the top

FA: Krish Seewraj & Jason Geres

Large scoop 2m R of AC to block, up to high BR, then straight up on delicate crimps (don’t give into temptation and step left into jugs) past another BR to DBB.

FA: Allison Garrett & Steve Thornton, 1995

Pumpy and solid at the grade. Start 1m R of TM, directly under FH. Climb though bulge and move up face past 2 BR. Belay as for TM

FA: Allison Garrett & Steve Thornton, 1995

Weakness 1m R of FV. Straight up ramp above to BB

FA: Goshen Watts, Steve Thornton & Damian Auton, 1996

Face 1.5m L of useless white FH, past BR, then up to BR on SM. Step R up steep bulge to DBB

FA: Goshen Watts & Steve Thornton, 1996

A thinner but nicer climb. As for SM, but take line straight up from useless white FH. To get the extra points, don't stray off the line!

FA: Kieran Culhane & Damian Auton, 1994

R side of main cliff face. Climb starts 1m R of unused white FH. Climb face on the R of 2 FH, clipping them on the way. At chossy finger ledge head L and up past FH, and over bulge to top. DBB

FA: Allison Garrett & Steve Thornton, 1995

Starts 1m R of SM at large scar on rock. Delicate moves past 2 BR, horizontal seam, then another BR. Belay as for SM

A very thin, slightly overhanging bolted line with Br at start a FH and Br at end .

FA: Mark Rewi, 2007

FFA: Justin Taylor, 2 Jan 2013


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