A mighty little crag housing some steep Sydney classics. Sandstone, easy access, snakes and ladders, there is much here to keep a smile on your dial. The cliff was discovered by Alan Smith but it was Dave Barnes who did the work in the early 1990's. His routes include 'Gate Keeper' (23) the mega classic, 'Ruthless Babe' (22), 'Bitch'n' (23), 'Welcome to the Body Shop' (21), 'Meltdown' (19) and 'Sparky' (16). Other climbers filled in the gaps and what is left is a dozen pumpy numbers. Beware of the summer snakes in the break of Bitch'n and mindful of the neighbors at the cliff top, it's their backyard.

Access issues inherited from Sutherland

For over 50 years climbers in the Sutherland Shire have enjoyed free access to many fantastic crags and caves. But as of 2014 there have been access problems emerging at several climbing and bouldering areas due to aboriginal art sites and shell middens in caves. Sutherland Shire Council and the Dept of Enviroment and Heritage have announced closures and sign-posted some of these aboriginal sites, with further closures and signs to be added during summer/autumn 2016/2017. Areas of particular problem are ground level overhangs with flat bases, the type of terrain popular at hard bouldering areas. Whilst the details are sorted out keep a low profile, clean up ALL rubbish (inc removing mattresses in bouldering caves) and avoid climbing at closed areas. In particular treat non-climbers you see at crags with the utmost respect as they could be rangers, archeologists, traditional owners or anyone else with a dim view of climbers and the ability to shut us out. Climbing in Royal National Park has been officially banned for many years - probably due mostly to the Wattamolla 'don't jump off rocks' cliff-diving-into-water ban. For more information about aboriginal sites and rockclimbing please read this link from Sutherland Council:


To get there, find 'Bluebell' Rd, Heathcote, and park at the end. Hop the gate onto the fire trail and follow it around to the left (behind the houses). The crag is located directly below these houses - continue walking for 50m until you are level with a wooden retaining wall of the last house. Scramble directly downhill on a non-obvious track starting with a dirt slope. This will take you down to the base of the cliff.

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Right line on grey slab.

FA: nathanual hebbard

Set: Jeff Crass, 2015

On first wall you walk past, up the middle of the grey slab.

FA: Jeff Crass, 5 Aug 2015

Start left of small corner. Up over a small bulge and veer to the right. 2 RB to Lower Offs. (Can start on right and climb up to 2nd bolt, easier but less pro).

FA: bundy, 2006

Start 2m right of 'Anika'. 1 high RB (stick clip) to shared lower off with 'Anika'. A hold has broken on the start which has raised the grade from 14.

FA: bundy, 2006

The left most route with two ring bolts. Tricky move past 1st RB then nice wall to lower offs.

FA: bundy, 2006

The girdle traverse route. Start at 'Anika' and move across and up bast bolts on Zara and Duncan to finish on anchors as for Duncan.

FA: bundy, 2006

Rebolted with real glue. A wall past a few steep moves. Go left to shared lower off with Travolta.

Up Al's Nightmare and finish right with a big move to flake (jug further right on Trust me I used Araldite is definitely off). Shared loweroff with Trust me etc

FA: Michael Law, 2015

One really long move up the top. Although this has two ticks on this website some people reckon this is impossible. Carrots bolts.

Set: Al

Start 3m right of SC. Up past 2 BRs to RB, funky move out left to gain anchors shared with Screaming Cockatoos.

FA: Bundy, 2008

Shared start with Sparky, up flake and drift right past a few more bolts to shared lower off with HH. Reachy at the top.

FA: Shano, 1992

Up flake (RB), head left then steeply up past 2 rings. 'Fantastic' Climbing. New Lower offs installed.

FA: David Barnes, 1992

Nice climbing with some big reaches Shared Lower Off with Sparky.

The direct line just left of 'Meltdown'. Go direct all the way. Stay out of out of the corner at the start, and stay direct at the hard finish. Only 20 if you start up 'Meltdown'.

FA: Jason Lammers, 2006

Best 21 in Sydney. Nice and pumpy on big holds. Rebolted 2008

FA: Dave Barnes, 1992

Start 2 m right of the little tree, and just left of a block. Nice and 'Steep', Delicate over the bulge and then get on trucken to the end. Move L to anchors as for Ruthless Babe. Rebolted 14/07/2015.

FA: Dave Barnes, 1993

Start 1m left of Bitch'n, up to huge dyno off a pocket. Might be tough for 24 if you have fat fingers.


FA: Michael Law, 2015

Linkup Start as for 'Ruthless Babe', then side pull out to clip RB on right. Straight up from here, delicate traverse into Bitch'n do the crux on Bitch'n. Then move up and to the right past another RB. Straight up above last RB and finish sportingly to new anchors on Body Shop. A Pumper !

FA: Jason Lammers, 2006

Mega. Start 2m L of Bitchin

FA: David Barnes, 1992

Linkup. Climb up RB past the 1st 2 bolts. Then great hand traverse under the roof. Finish up DBoM.

FA: Dave Barnes, 1992

Worthwhile link up taking in some of the best real estate at bluebell. Start for Ruthless babe to rooflet and head left as for Gatekeeper, keep trucking and finish at the anchors of Better at Bargo.

FA: Link Up from the Bangor Chimp when he coukdn't tge crux on Darling Buds

Another linkup. Real Estate is precious at the Bell. Start up RB and do the crux thru the roof. Stand up and clip the next ring with a long sling, then great balancey moves across the head wall to the anchors on WttBS.

FA: Its a Link Up, 2000

Start up DBOM and do crux, Traverse on slopey break, clip 5th bolt of Gatekeeper and do Crux, traverse right and do top crux for Ruthless Babe. traverse into bolts for Bundy in a bottle shop and finish on anchors for welcome to the body shop.

Basically links all the best and hardest routes at blue bell in a rising traverse, left to right!

FA: Linkup., 2008

Recently rebolted on nice shiney U's. A Sydney Classic on great rock. Start about 3m L of the little tree. Head up right thru scoop (it originally finished up little corner, but now heads further r on jugs thru roof as for Gatekeeper.

FA: Mikl, 1992

Tried to get someone to bolt this for years, but no takers. Start as DBOM, climb thru the crux. Then directly up past 3 new RB's and thru the final roof to lower off.

FA: Damien Boorman & Jason Lammers, 28 Aug 2020

Climb FK, past crux and 3 U bolt, then move right clipping 3 more carrots on the way. DBB Lower Off

Nice and Pumpy. Up arete past 5 U bolts, then move right to shared lower offs.

FA: G Morton, 2000

Climb FK to 3rd bolt and then big move left and clip U bolt, then up and thru roof to lower off. Plenty of heel hooking and toe locks.

FA: Bundy, 2006

Start at 'Flying Kites' and move left and up. Dont get pumped clipping the 3rd bolt.

FA: Chris Wallace, 1992

Left most route at the crag. Start as per 'Lobotomised' for a few bolts and then move left into the ornage strek and up to anchors.

FA: Jason Lammers, 17 Jul 2022

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