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Currently in development.
The location will be published here once the routes are established. Until then please be respectful by staying away and letting the developers do their work safely.

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Aug 2019: QPWS lost control of a nearby burn off and the entire area has been completely wiped out. Recovery will take quite some time.

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The cliff face on the walk in to the crag from the northern end as you come around the corner.

Located between the Cornerstone Wall and Dry Waterfall Sector and set back on an upper tier, it's hard to fully appreciate the beautiful concave profile until you're on the wall. Colourful orange, black and grey rock with endless pockets in a sweeping curve up the wall.

Starting from the end of Dry Waterfall sector until the sharp corner at the beginning of Slipstream sector.

Thought provoking/stemming start on dihedral followed by nice moves onto the face then up through to jugs to finish. Great fun and a nice warm up route for the crag.

Set: Ben Barnes

FA: Ben Barnes, Finchy & Joni, 3 Jun 2020

This sector starts from 'Endless Dream' and covers ~70m as it curves around to the Insanity Wall.

Surprisingly spicy (feels like 20), a great test piece for a solid head game. From the midway ledge at the small roof there is no pro for 5m as the chimney narrows to offwidth, then get two pieces in before running out the last several metres of slightly overhung offwidth to a hanging tree belay, or use the fixed anchors of Temporal Displacement 2.5m to the left of the tree. A little chossy and adventurous but this is the Wild Side!

Set: Finchy

FA: Finchy & Ben Barnes, 15 Aug 2019

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Set: Finchy

Thin vertical start off the ground to a small slab section, then up to the beginning of the sharp arete. Many options here to continue; face, crack, side pull, layback, or the most compelling option is to go bold straight out on the corner of the arete hanging one leg either side. Plenty of holds but definitely not a gimme, you'll have to explore to find jugs, pockets and crimps. Continue up the arete and/or face to anchor. Great moves and so much fun, a highlight for the sector!

Set: Ben Barnes, Joni & Finchy

FFA: Ben Barnes, Finchy, Joni, Bethany Martland & Peter Martland, 27 Jun 2020

A great short climb with some nice moves and holds that aren't immediately obvious making for a very challenging onsight at the grade. Usually shaded but mid morning can present a cheeky challenge through the crux. Best when starting from the lowest ground level (not the higher ground to the left), but stick clip the first bolt if required.

Set: Joni & Finchy

FA: Joni, Ben Barnes & Finchy, 12 Aug 2020

Varied climbing styles with great moves and several options through this 3D line. Start right of the little dihedral corner, up 5m to ledge, continue on the back wall up the left side of the obvious curving arete. Optional rests can be found along the curving arete before a committing to the next wall with a much sharper arete to the anchor. Belayer stay focused and watch the fall zone between bolts 5-6, potential to deck on a protruding rock below if you're not careful.

Set: Ben Barnes

FA: Ben Barnes & Finchy, 19 Aug 2020

This is a variant start to Pop Rocket and shares the same anchor. Balancey moves with slopey crimps most of the way. Interesting clip at second so be careful. Recommend stick clip the first bolt.

Set: Ben Barnes & Finchy

FA: Pete D, 17 Apr 2021

Some nice moves through the crux sequence at the start, then a cruisy slab to the anchors.

Set: Joni

FFA: Finchy & Joni

A tricky buldge crux to negotiate near the start. Don't be tempted to use the tree right of the buldge, if you do it goes at 18 instead of 21. The middle section is slab, then the final sequence to the anchor has some small sloper pockets making it a tough finish but great fun. Named for the two eagles dueling a cockatoo during route setting.

Set: Ben Barnes

FFA: Ben Barnes, Finchy & Jamie, 6 May 2020

This is a nice wall of many harder routes bridging the Slipstream and Pillar sectors.

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A mixed route, up the nice crack till it closes right up, has 3 bolts where pro can't be placed, continue to the top using crack, face, and anything you can find.

Top out on the ledge and rap off the anchors above "Chickpeas and Lentils".

One of the hardest lines at Wild Side. Start in front of the small ledge at head height, then up the small front facing dihedral to a little roof (crux), climb out of the left roof corner and onto the main face, continue up on thin holds and top out on the ledge with the anchor set back on the left wall. A second pitch will come later.

Set: Glenn & Finchy

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Starts immediately to the right of "The Long Road".

Start this adventurous route with tricky climbing- out of the prominent dihedral. Enjoy a fun hand crack up to a good rest in the large, yellow, open book-corner. Take a few deep breaths and tackle a brilliant roof encounter.

Possibly a second pitch to come later depending on navigating the rock quality.

Set: Finchy

FA: JSBC, 4 Feb 2020

[FFA PROJECT - NOT AVAILABLE YET!]

The most popular and interesting sector of pillars and unique 3D features with a good range of grades and styles to suit everyone. This is where Wild Side's journey began.

Possibly grade 13-15, follows the twin cracks behind the Mystery Meal pillar.

Crux start on super thin holds from the right arete. Gets progressively easier as you climb. Two ledges splits this climb into 3 distinct sections. A fun and yet somehow challenging route.

Set: Finchy

FFA: Finchy

The trad start on the Mystery Meal pillar. Follow the crack on the right of the pillar (place your own pro) until the crack finishes, then traverse left onto the main pillar face and clip the obvious first bolt (roughly half way up the entire pillar). Follow the rest of the bolts up to the lower off anchors as per Mystery Meal DS.

Set: Finchy & Dimo

The direct start of Mystery Meal pillar, starts from the lower ground level at the middle of the pillar. Wandery crux start, climb over the buldge then head straight up the main face. At half way it links with the other two variants (the ledge on the left, and the crack on the right), just stay right for the 6th bolt and rest any chance you can 'cause it's thin and crimpy the whole way up!

Set: Dimo & Finchy

FFA: Dimo, 4 Feb 2020

Starting from the upper ledge just right of Cherry Popper next to the big tree, clip the first bolt from the ground before stepping off the ledge and traverse right over to the crack, then leaving the crack continue diagonally up/right following the bolts to the main face with nice exposure, continue straight up to finish at the anchor. There is also a trad variant on the right hand side of the MM pillar.

Set: Dimo & Finchy

FFA: Dimo & Finchy, 5 May 2019

This is a really fun climb on a unique and fascinating pillar feature. A sustained thin and crimpy route so rest as often as you can. 5 bolts + lower off anchor. Easy to top out above the anchor if you want to enjoy the summit for a while. This was the first route to go up at WS.

Set: Finchy

FFA: Finchy, Dimo & David Jefferson, 12 Jan 2019

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On the Phallus Pillar: starts to the right of "Phantastic Phallus" on the upper level. A very hard route that links up and shares the anchor of "Phantastic Phallus".

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The crack 2m to the left of: Take A Walk. Follow the crack as it takes a hard right and finishes then link up with Take A Walk and continue for 2 bolts before reching the anchor.

Crux start up a very thin wall, second half reveals some pockets and holds but don't be fooled it's sustained the whole way up.

1 18 15m
2 21 22m

An awesome little 2 pitch multi located on the upper platform to right of "Phantastic Phallus".

  1. 15m (18) Starts at the obvious dihedral corner, a fun and cruisy climb to the top though not as easy as it looks. Can be easy for some and hard for others.

  2. 22m (21) Climb over the big block at the first pitch anchor, clip the first bolt then follow the wandering route of bolts around the wall diagonally up and right through the thin balancey crux. Then head up the main wall but take time to rest as it's sustained and the good holds aren't obvious which can take a while to find. The last two bolts are run out which brings a little spice to the head game.

Finish at the chain & ring anchor, then rap back down to the first pitch anchor. Excellent moves, good variety, great fun, nice exposure and views into the valley below.

Set: Finchy

FFA: Finchy & Dimo, 14 Apr 2019

A short but challenging route with crux start. Clip the first bolt from higher ground to the left, then come back to the middle of the column to start climbing. Dangerous drop off ledge to the right so make sure to clip that first bolt before leaving the ground.

Set: Dimo & Ryan Moore

FA: Dimo & Ryan Moore

FFA: Dimo & Ryan Moore, 5 May 2019

This fun line starts by stemming across the wall for the first few metres before it turns into a rounded corner arete for the rest of the climb. Thin holds and reachy moves. A couple of finger/hand jams in a nearby crack may prove useful on the way up but stay on the arete. The last two bolts are spaced out further adding a little more spice. Feels like 21 but the moves go at 20 if you know the beta well. Belayer should stand low as a fall from a heavier climber may launch the belayer up into the left wall extrusion. A backstep onto the neighbouring Phallus Pillar is possible for those wanting a rest around the 2nd bolt.

Set: Finchy

FA: Finchy & Ben Barnes

Starts on the upper level left and behind the main pillar. Climb the thin vertical crack in the dihedral and follow the crack as it starts to tend right at the tuft of grass passing large pockets to a slabby break. Continue up the small slab where the crack once again becomes a dihedral this time slightly overhanging (unseen from the ground). Take a deep breath and punch through the crux to a hanging tree belay.

Set: Dimo

FFA: Dimo & Finchy, 24 Jul 2019

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Starts at the obvious short open crack that curves left. Continue up to the short slabby section and then up the main vertical face to the small chimney finish at the anchor. Nice variety of climbing styles throughout the route. High first bolt, recommend stick clip.

A very fun line with a nice variety of features and climbing styles. Most of the route feels cruisy around 17, take your time to look around for plenty of nice pockets and small jugs, but bring your head game for the crux finish on a super exposed 45° boulder roof that goes at 20. Very reachy so for shorties it's a dyno to the roof lip. The first 10 bolts are 120mm but the final bolt on the roof is an extra long 260mm bolt to assure solid protection on the crux. Climb over the roof and clip the anchor before enjoying one of the best views at Wild Side overlooking the Phallus Pillar, but DO NOT lower off as the rope rub over the roof lip will severely wear your rope, so rap off only. Top belay is possible and comfortable. As with most routes at WS stick clip the first bolt is highly recommend.

Set: Finchy

FFA: Finchy

1 14
2 22

Interesting rock features and varied styles of climbing make this route a fun little adventure. Can be done as a 2 pitch multi (recommended) or as a single pitch by skipping the first pitch anchors.

  1. 20m (14) Easy but quite fun! Stem to the first bolt then climb up the middle of the slabby section (stay away from the wall to the left side on the slab). Climb through the large hole under the huge boudler, then as you exit the hole turn around and clip the hidden u-bolt on the back of the boulder (reduces rope drag over rock). First pitch anchors are available at the back wall just after exiting the hole.

  2. 22m (22) Continue straight up the vertical main wall for several metres as it turns slightly slabby, climb across/over the mini rooflet buldge then up the side of the vertical arete to the anchors with incredible views and exposure! The final section of the smooth & thin arete makes this 22, the rest goes much easier. Can be rapped in one go using a doubled 80m rope (go directly over the back of the big boulder, not through the hole). Or for 60m-70m ropes rap down to the first pitch anchors, and again to the ground.

FFA: Jamie, Finchy & Ben Barnes, 6 May 2020

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Excellent climbing on an outstanding mixed route nestled amongst the trees. Start on trad following the obvious splitter but beware of the 4m section of crumbly choss, don't rely on gear placements here. Climb gingerly through the choss then the splitter gets solid again offering great hand jams till the crack ends at the ledge. From the ledge finish the route as sport (3 bolts + chain anchor) continuing up the left rounded arete on thin holds with crux finish. The crack goes at around 17-18 and the arete finish goes at 22.

Set: Finchy

Incredible route with nice features, varied climbing styles and great moves! One of the best gems at Wild Side. Start to the right of crack on the little rooflet, up the crack to ledge, then continue up the wide rounded arete to the anchor. Some super thin, pumpy and committing moves through the crux, watch out for the tree behind you if you're taking a whip, and when above the ledge make sure your belayer has no slack. Stick clip the first bolt unless you're solid at the grade or comfortable with crack.

FFA: Finchy & Anton Tan

Set: Finchy

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Starts as the first 3 bolts of Hawk-Eye then from the ledge follow the far right line. Be sure to clip the 3rd bolt of Hawk-Eye to eliminate rope drag over rock. The last move to the anchor gives the grade.

Set: Justin & Finchy

FA: Finchy & Ben Barnes

Great fun route with plenty of holds on the main face and an interesting eye feature near the top. Well suited for top rope if that's your thing.

Set: Finchy

FFA: Ben Barnes & Finchy

The last sector (and least interesting) of Wild Side on the southern end.

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