South Coast




Sandstone sea-cliff climbing a long way from anywhere.

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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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Access issues inherited from New South Wales and ACT

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


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 timeline chart

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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