Seaside bouldering with a mix of styles and rock types.


Good seaside bouldering. While it is not as large as The Docks, Harbour Boulders have a distinctly different character and offers some good problems.

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Walk in from the Boat Harbour beach, or park at Nelson St and walk down to the pebble beach and head towards the crag. The sectors are listed from beach to ocean. The pebble beach is in between the Arundel Sea Castle and the Black Slabs.


History timeline chart

After exploring this area and listing these climbs here i noticed a red star marked 'Harbour Boulders' in the "Newcastle and Hunter Rockclimbing guidebook" page for the adjacent area 'The Slot', which suggest some of this may have been climbed before. If you have any info about the history of climbs here, please add to and/or correct my entries here.


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Small area about 150m from the Boat Harbour beach on the north side of the bay. The ocean side has some great climbs but is only dry in low swell and low tide.

Nice hand jam crack

Pad on ledge

Pad on ledge

Up arete, sit start the big undercling

Sit start to the big hole

Traverse low then up.

Sit Start at diagonal right of arete, follow to arete then easily up.

Sit start under arete and pull on by pocket just left of arete. Feet up.

Ocean side sloper arete

Left side up arete and slab

The centre of the wall with all the huecos SS.chose hold carefully

Up the middle of the black slab on tiny feet

Sit down start, up arete trending right

Nice climbing on positive holds between Battered Whiting and Hips & Tips

layback the thin seam from a sit down

Sit down start- the leaning corner, might be V3 if you are short

sit down start trending left

100 m closer to the beach from Orange Aretes, the Black Slabs offer nice easy slab climbing on solid rock.

Up the slab just right of the leaning flake.

Up the faint crack in the middle.

Traverse right onto slab above overhang

Superb rock quality in the zawn between Black Slabs and Orange Aretes

Up the middle of the slab in the zawn.

Follow the very long flake up.

The most spectacular and most colourful part of the Harbour Boulders. Good climbing on a range of orange-black aretes. The rock quality of the climbs listed here is generally good, but most of the rock to the left of Jagged Arete is a bit chossy.

Start on the shelf and go further up using the arete.

Up mantle step left to arete and up

Yes you can stand on the broken flake up high.

Climb the highball arete to the broken hold shelf, then top out slightly left.

Chimney left of fin arete with rock fins

Straight up the fin, pinching the fin edge only.

Start 10 m to the right on block and traverse left on side of platform, rising into offwidth corner crack to top out

Climb the ridged line on the face using the edge and some perfectly placed pockets. Great ocean views and exposure.

Up fused corner avoiding diagonal

Up into Left rising diagonal line

Left of wing span. Sidepull start and up the little shelves.

very fun and very morpho boulder. Stand start hands on either side.

The wide hand crack

Left facing corner before next step up

5m right of Wing Span on little platform. Sit start and up short crack

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