Home to the start of many outdoor rock climbing careers, Morialta provides a decent number of routes with grades to suit all levels. Morialta is the most visited rock climbing area in Adelaide. Easy access, a number of quality routes, lovely scenery and the ability to be able to toprope almost everything gets people coming back time and time again.

Access issues

Part of the area is located within the Morialta Conservation Park.


To reach the crag head to Norton Summit Road and follow the winding path up the hill for about 5.5kms until car parking space appears on the right hand side. From the car park head down through the two gates and along the fire track. Boulder Bridge and the Billiard Table can be accessed by taking the first trail on the left. To reach Far Crag follow the fire track down and around the bend to the left were you will see a sign indicating rock climbing zone straight ahead. For access to Thorn Buttress head to Far Crag and scramble down the eastern end of the cliff for an access trail down to the main path. From the main track walk 25m downhill until you can cross the stream, follow this path until you reach the base of the cliff.


Morialta is primarily a trad climbing and toproping area. Chipping, excessive chalk, litter and new bolts are all frowned upon and/or illegal.

Some routes have good natural gear, some have none (if the first ascensionist soloed it that is a good giveaway.) Most routes can be toproped and there are ring bollards in the more popular areas - use these where available and do not tie off to trees.

Any bolt repairs should be done in conjunction with the Climbing Club of South Australia.



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The gully has been climbed on for decades so there are very few unclimbed lines left.

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