Old Quarry

  • Grade context: AU
  • Aka: Northmead Quarry


Northmead Quarry, now located in Charles Herbert Reserve, was one of Sydney's first bouldering areas. It contains one of the longest single sandstone walls in Sydney and is one of the most accessible crags in Western Sydney. Lots of problems and landings are beautifully flat and grassy.

A bit of cleaning is still needed to bring this classic crag back to its former glory.

The 2001 Sydney Bouldering guide contains more detail on this classic crag.

Access issues

The Quarry is surrounded by peoples houses and backyards on all sides, please be courteous, no loud music, swearing, etc. Access depends on keeping the locals happy.


The crag is located in Charles Herbert Reserve. Access is via the eastern side of Whitehaven Road. Good street parking available.

5 minute walk from Windsor Road where plenty of buses pass by.


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One of the first bouldering areas in Sydney, Northmead Quarry was largely forgotten in the 1990s. Now located in Charles Herbert Reserve, this crag has been recently rediscovered and is now gaining popularity once again.

This crag doesn't have any sub-areas or routes yet!

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This crag does not have any routes listed!

We really need somebody who knows this crag to tell us what sectors, cliffs, boulders and routes that are in this crag- just the names and grades at this stage. You may use our web interface or throw it into an excel spreadsheet and send it to us. You will be attributed and earn lots of Karma points. If you are a publisher then we can use your copyright.

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