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1. Australia 79,713 routes in Region

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Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -10.075600, 137.682251

summary

A continent of crags, diverse in terms of rock types and climbing styles. Explore the sheer endless climbing opportunities here on the world's largest rock climbing and bouldering platform.

description

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains,

Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains.

I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea,

Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!

theCrag and Traditional Custodians

In the spirit of reconciliation theCrag acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

First Nations Information

Australia is made up of more than 250 different and distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, each with their own culture, language, beliefs and practices. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first peoples of Australia, with current research revealing that this continent has been occupied for more than 60,000 years prior to colonisation. They are the world’s oldest surviving culture; cultures that continue to be expressed in dynamic and contemporary ways.

1.1. Victoria 19,275 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -36.648855, 145.526126

1.1.1. North West 12,101 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -35.866651, 142.427950

description

Mt Cole

1.1.2. Granite Highlands 245 routes in Region

Summary:
Rock climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -36.672229, 144.997060

1.1.3. North East 1,385 routes in Region

Summary:
Rock climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -36.682385, 147.150036

1.1.4. Melbourne and Surrounds 5,177 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -37.770999, 144.972636

1.1.5. Gippsland 332 routes in Region

Summary:
Rock climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -37.924849, 147.407567

description

Gippsland is a region in Eastern Victoria famous for its alpine towns, coastal villages and farming communitites.

1.1.6. South West 35 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Rock climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -38.024027, 142.445193

1.2. New South Wales and ACT 33,273 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -32.806142, 150.150172

access issues

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 https://sydneyrockies.org.au/rebolting/

1.2.1. Northern Rivers 343 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -28.963259, 153.073030

description

The Northern Rivers region of Northern NSW

1.2.2. Mid North Coast 882 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -31.149465, 152.568243

1.2.3. Hunter Valley 2,082 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -32.246689, 151.416130

description

Whether it's bouldering, sport, trad or DWS climbing the Hunter Region has something for everyone. The region covers the Watagans to the west, Central Coast to the south, Bulahdelah to the north and Port Stephens to the East. The Watagans is made up of numerous sandstone cliffs in a National park. Port Stephens has some fantastic sea cliff climbing on quality granite like rock. Bulahdelah is made up of an alum/rhyolite rock. This rock is very stong and lends itself to some interesting featured climbing, inclucing the famous cave. The Central Coast has fine, compacted sandstone with some great sport climbing caves and bouldering areas. Also has some great trad spots along the Hawksbury. For more information see the Hunter Valley Rockclimbing guidebook.

1.2.4. Northern Tablelands 2,791 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -29.863498, 151.715021

summary

World class granite bouldering, epic gorges, decades of trad history and plenty of sport to go round

1.2.5. Central Coast 1,360 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.254192, 151.103603

description

history

Local climbers, especially the Wondabyne Climbing Club (active mid-70s to mid-80s), comprehensively explored the area's roped climbing potential by the early 1980s, but sadly not a lot of information survives from this period. What is known is that they did a lot of exploration by boat, so most of the cliffs visible from the water would have been explored by this group.

This group climbed quite a lot with Joe Friend, who is reported to have lived a semi-hermit-like existence on Long Island near Brooklyn for several months during this period. One story involves a very hungover ascent up the tall eastern cliff on Lion Island, which, given the apparent rock quality there, was probably a pretty terrifying outing. Another story involves Phil Stallard of the WCC aid climbing the major crack system at Eagle Rock on the Hawksbury, with his leg in a cast (they'd planned on attempting to free the route, but Phil broke his leg in the weeks prior so they went and aided it instead).

In the mid-90s the Monks brothers explored much of the 'Bouddi National Park' areas, and top-roped and bouldered throughout the park (in particular the Lobster Beach areas and 'Bullima'). At around this time, Paul Riviere and friends were developing Joll's Bridge, and over the subsequent decade development inched north and east.

Development in Bouddi National Park (especially at the Lobster Beach Cave) has been quite contentious with NPWS and local residents, especially as the park has also been illegally developed by mountain bikers during this same period. A new plan of management was drafted in 2019 which seeks to ban climbing from the entirety of the park.

1.2.6. Sydney Metropolitan 8,132 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.803565, 151.000550

summary

Convenience, convenience, convenience!

description

What Sydney lacks in quality it makes up in quantity and convenience - very few large cities boast this much climbing and bouldering. And while the number of world class roped climbs is relatively low, many of the routes are well worth doing, and there is an abundance of high quality bouldering.

And with world-class destinations such as the Blue Mountains and Point Perpendicular close by, it's self evident that Sydney is one of the top climbing cities in the world.

1.2.7. Illawarra and Shoalhaven 3,836 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -34.772557, 150.610345

summary

A major destination south of Sydney, centered mostly on the popular single pitch sport crags of Nowra and the epic sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular.

description

This is sandstone country. This is a large area with numerous crags. Up north you have the popular Mt Kiera above Wollongong and the jungle adventures at Scarface and Coalcliff. Further south are the basalt quarrys at Bombo. The best climbing in the area however is around Nowra where sport climbing rules and convenience is key. Thousands of routes near shops, swimming and coffee. If you want to scare yourself then don't miss the world class sea cliffs of Point Perpendicular.

where to stay

Nowra and Wollongong have good caravan parks.

ethic

Lots of bolts in this region. Most development has been done after the 1980s.

1.2.8. South Coast 171 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -36.416379, 149.988860

summary

Sandstone sea-cliff climbing a long way from anywhere.

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description

A variety of climbing styles can be found throughout the south coast of NSW. Sea cliff climbing and bouldering on quality sandstone with hidden gems located inland with the deep water soloing areas, and harder rock types found further south. With it's abundance of small towns and amazing beaches and a variety of other outdoor activities within the region it's a holiday paradise, but with plenty of routes and problems still yet to be discovered too!

The main area offering the largest number of routes is Ben Boyd National Park at the southern end of the NSW coast, also host to the Light to Light multi-day walk.

This area was ravaged by the 2019 Bushfires, so come with no supplies and spend up in the small towns where they really need it.

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approach

About two hours south of Sydney, or about 6 hours from Melbourne. Easily accessible from Canberra too in a few hours.

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where to stay

Any of the small towns offer Airbnb's, camping and other various accommodation types, most of them right by the beach. Try to avoid staying at the crags as most are on private land or in a position to upset locals.

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history

Crags were first found in the region and began development in the early 1990's with a slow but consistent rate of discovery by many different people throughout the years.

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1.2.9. Central Tablelands 6,955 routes in Region

Summary:
Sport climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.051810, 149.870332

1.2.10. Southern Tablelands 1,710 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -34.821083, 149.560756

1.2.11. Australian Capital Territory 3,491 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -35.447128, 149.068313

description

Generally - must love granite. The ACT is ringed with a large number of cliffs - for such a small geographical area - the majority of which are granite. Trad and mixed climbing is a focus, with Booroomba Rocks, Gibraltar Peak, Orroral Ridge and other such granite areas presenting opportunities for single and multi-pitch climbing up to hundreds of metres tall. Many of them also present interesting opportunities to test the mental faculties above large runouts as well!

However, don't be fooled by the name of the local guide (ACT Granite), sport climbing on other types of rock is by no means unrepresented in the area with a number of crags such as Red Rocks and those to be found in the Mount Coree area providing opportunities for late teen to late grade twenty climbing on river-style rhyolite rock. The ACT currently has climbs of grades up to 28/29, with the opportunity to free some (very) old aid climbs and move the route grades into the 30s. Bouldering is up to V11/12. Climbers new to granite, slab and/or crack climbing are encouraged to jump on a few lower grade climbs before throwing themselves headlong into an epic!

Climbing is fairly accessible in the ACT, with both Kambah Rocks and Red Rocks within easy reach of the city itself. A number of other crags close to the city have either seen access closed (Ginninderra Falls, Michelago) or have fallen off the radar of current climbers in favour of the established granite cliffs and tors.

Bouldering in the area is mostly on granite and generally quite accessible, particularly Cooleman Ridge. For a break from small granite crimps, a reasonable number of boulder problems can also be found at Red Rocks. There is reasonable potential for new problems in a number of areas around the ACT.

If you are having difficulty finding the areas - and some can be very difficult to find, the following link may be of use:

http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=p&msa=0&msid=202220939889529959331.0004614316914ba5e0cf2&ll=-35.469618,149.136658&spn=1.263842,2.103882&z=9

1.2.12. Snowy Mountains 187 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -36.358254, 148.866281

1.2.13. Northwest Slopes and plains 926 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -30.579909, 150.579352

1.2.14. Central Western Slope and Plains 274 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -32.350568, 147.888469

1.2.15. South West Slopes 6 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering and Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -35.003252, 148.377874

1.2.16. Riverina 130 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -34.746873, 145.663287

summary

Central southern corner of country NSW which holds potential for development for those eager to explore!

description

Get exploring and send! Scattered crags across wide open landscapes begging for first ascents and repeats of existing routes is a developers dream!

1.2.17. Lower Western 0 routes in Region

description

A vast empty and flat desert, but may hold a few gems for those willing to look around. Discerning clifflines or boulders from the satellite imagery is difficult as the colour of the ground blends with any rock so most places will need to be scouted in person.

1.2.18. Upper Western 0 routes in Region

1.2.19. Western NSW 0 routes in Region

1.2.20. Lord Howe Island Group 1 route in Region

Summary:
All Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -31.638903, 159.144300

1.2.21. Berowra bouldering cave/area 0 routes in Boulder

description

New bouldering area in Berowra, there is a large cave area and additional areas/blocks in same location

approach

Access is at the end of Alan road, trail down to the cave is very faint and not the easiest to find but it is there as there is a trail to a storm water breather located at the top of the water fall, to get there you walk down the dirt road behind the houses and then go into the bush behind number 77 and 79 and find the trail down to the storm water breather pipe it i nearly straight line down to this, the track is basically shortest route to the water fail, once you reach here you are at the top of the cliff so be careful, follow the top of the cliff along to the right and you will eventually come to the end were you can the get down to the bottom and begin exploring. I would recommend mosquito repellent as it is likely they are around. the area is well shaded so should also be fine to access during summer.

history

I have been walking around the are for a few years now looking for good bouldering places an have only found the odd good spot here an there with limited climbs etc but this area looks to have huge potential so I have posted it here to try and get some people interested in helping me develop it It Looks to be a nice cave located in the creek deep in the valley area which has been occupied from time to time by homeless people and kids. It has fairly easy access and at first glance looks to have a huge amount of potential and looking forward to developing this area, I have not decided on a name yet but I will get there, I welcome local climbers to help develop this area and, grade as I am time limited these days, looking forward to see the development of this area.

1.3. Western Australia 5,168 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -23.832558, 120.633381

1.3.1. Perth 2,052 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -32.091363, 116.055322

1.3.2. South West 798 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.882119, 115.368875

1.3.3. North 584 routes in Region

Summary:
Rock climbing, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -22.791356, 121.477912

1.3.4. Wheatbelt 454 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -31.982704, 119.332827

1.3.5. South Coast 1,289 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -34.446141, 119.890420

1.4. Queensland 10,451 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -2.195400, 146.290993

description

Queensland. While not offering the world class crags such as Blue Mountains in NSW or Grampians in Victoria, what it lacks in volume it makes up for in variety. We have more varied rock types and styles within a day trip of Brisbane than any other capital city can boast.

history

1.4.1. South East 6,348 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -26.697805, 150.868622

1.4.2. Central 519 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -0.976869, 149.015348

1.4.3. North 3,480 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -15.351614, 143.836480

history

The new guidebook, Townsville Climbing 2020 Edition, is available at Hot Rock Adventure Centre and on Climbing Anchors.

Old QRANK guides for the region can be found here or here.

1.4.4. West 108 routes in Region

Summary:
Rock climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -20.127744, 141.452498

1.5. South Australia 4,349 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -30.865176, 135.700462

description

South Australia has a rich history of rockclimbing. The main text cited and used for routes in Areas 4 to 9 is:

Badenoch, P.R. and Adams, L.M., 2017, Rockclimbing around Adelaide, Ed. 2.

For current South Australian climbing news: http://climbingclubsouthaustralia.asn.au/

1.5.1. Flinders Ranges 1,254 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Rock climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -31.727421, 138.769981

1.5.2. Eyre Peninsula 193 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.763450, 135.746818

1.5.3. Yorke Peninsula 1 route in Region

Summary:
All Bouldering

Lat / Long: -35.245711, 136.974991

1.5.4. Mid North 97 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -33.795654, 138.727646

1.5.5. Adelaide 1,798 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -35.066213, 138.697074

description

Adelaide residents have plenty to choose from for local climbing.

Adelaide's two most popular crags, Morialta and Onkaparinga, are equipped with bollards above the popular routes, and Adelaide's beginners usually learn to establish topropes long before they learn to lead.

Areas are ordered north to south

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1.5.6. Mt Crawford Area 450 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Bouldering

Lat / Long: -34.731671, 138.922653

description

A collection of crags north-east of Adelaide. All are in areas managed by ForestrySA or adjacent parks and reserves.

Crags are ordered north to south

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1.5.7. Murraylands 200 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -35.207141, 139.412270

1.5.8. Fleurieu Peninsula 314 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -35.528252, 138.399507

description

Crags are ordered north to south

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1.5.9. Kangaroo Island 42 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing and Bouldering

Lat / Long: -35.823094, 137.275804

access issues

112km south-west of Adelaide. Obviously it is an island thus: www.sealink.com.au and most of the climbable areas are within National Parks.

1.6. Northern Territory 926 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Rock climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -18.238209, 133.508429

1.6.1. Top End 491 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -13.339257, 131.710845

1.6.2. Central Australia 435 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Rock climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -24.197578, 133.398566

description

Indeed there is good climbing in Central Australia, and that it is not just a vast flat desert as commonly imagined.

The whole MacDonnell Range has some fantastic crags, often in beautiful and unique locations, and while little of the climbing is world class, it's a fun place to climb, with constant sunshine. If you are climbing in the summer (it's often over 40 degrees Celsius!), then there is often a crag in the shade, with a cooling waterhole on the way home.

1.7. Tasmania 6,253 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -41.575586, 146.180058

1.7.1. South East 3,175 routes in Region

Summary:
Bouldering, Trad climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -42.758537, 147.328888

1.7.2. East 1,231 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -41.877541, 148.161792

1.7.3. North East 1,214 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Sport climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -41.286829, 147.467753

1.7.4. North West 318 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Bouldering and other styles

Lat / Long: -40.815091, 145.134297

1.7.5. West 202 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Rock climbing and other styles

Lat / Long: -42.769997, 145.891174

1.7.6. Flinders Island 113 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -40.109216, 148.077169

1.8. Norfolk Island 0 routes in Region

1.9. Christmas Island 18 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad climbing, Deep water soloing and Top roping

Lat / Long: -10.485634, 105.632908

1.9.1. Greta's cliffs 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad climbing and Top roping

Lat / Long: -10.502029, 105.674631

description

Depending on the currents in the ocean, sometimes the beach is covered in rubbish from Indonesia. Cliffs are pretty gnarly with sharp volcanic limestone making up most of the cliffs. The climbing is probably some of the best on the island. Rocks at the bottom of the walls are really crumbly.

access issues

Getting to the top of the cliff is a problem as there is thick undergrowth and to clear any you need a vegetation clearing permit.

approach

Easy 1km walk from parking. Path isn't very well marked so be warned when looking for beach.

history

Climbing started on this beach in late April 2019

1.9.2. Scull cave wall 0 routes in Crag

summary

Nice limestone tufas with patches of sharp slab

description

On the side of the road this wall is big and beautiful. the climbing is alright though there may be birds nesting on fist plateau.

approach

Approach is simple as cliff is on the side of the road.

1.9.3. The boat cave 5 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Deep water soloing

Lat / Long: -10.455822, 105.568282

summary

A cave in the side of an ocean cliff that you can drive a boat into.

description

Rock is pretty solid and isn't to sharp, it is kind of slippery because o the constant sea mist but its not too bad. All deep-water solo water is between 5 and 15 meters deep.

access issues

Only accessible with a boat. If the water is rough then it can be difficult getting onto the rock.

approach

To get to the cave you need to go around 20 minutes down the coast, its just past West White beach.

1.9.4. Territory Day Park 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -10.433816, 105.666529

summary

Some of the better rocks on the Island the rock at Territory day park is alright rock to climb on.

description

Crabs and mosquitos are everywhere so bring some rid or something of the like. The lead rocks aren't huge so big ropes are not needed.

access issues

Trees may have come down over path, and trail gets hard to follow at parts.

approach

When you get to Territory take the top path on your left. follow it and you will come to a clump of boulders and small cliffs

1.9.5. Winifred beach crag 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -10.497473, 105.545498

approach

4x4 Drive to winifred car park an hike 550m too access ladder. If track is closed will be a 4/6 km hike

where to stay

Stay back in settlement area Camping isn't permitted

1.9.6. Boulder track boulder 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Trad climbing

Lat / Long: -10.544745, 105.638807

approach

If track is open it's a 30min drive to the end. Boulders are about 3 to 5 km in Easy flat walk if tracks closed, but with humidity don't forget water

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