Cape Solander Kurnell




Seaside bouldering


A known spot for some quality bouldering. Afternoon shade. If you know any names, grades or other routes please update! Some of the boulders in this area are in this video and on this flickr page

Access issues

Officially rock climbing is banned in this National Park. Keep a very low profile, do not use ropes or bolts, do not abseil, do not go in groups, avoid distrubing any wildlife or birds, take any rubbish (yours and others) with you and avoid climbing here during public holidays or whale watching season.


Located in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the suburb of Kurnell. Pay your $8 national park fee and drive to the Cape Solander lookout. Walk 100 m south along the cliff edge and follow the ramp down where the boulders meet the cliff. Scramble down and either continue south for another 100m for the main area and Little Mermaid area or backtrack 100m north for the lookout area.


History timeline chart

A popular bouldering area from 20 years ago with many first ascents by Joseph Hodgson, James Phillips and others.



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The main area of Kurnell Bouldering. Friction is somewhat dependent on the ides and swell, and climbs near the Black Arete stay wet for a while after rain due to a slow drip from above....

Topo indication is approximate. Please refine if you know this route.

FA: Joseph Hodgson

Trending left from pockets stand start.

Sit start

Jump start and up.

Start on the left and join into Black Arete

Sit start low. Located just below the Black Arete block. A lowball boulder following the sloper edge of a mini roof.

FA: James Phillips or Joseph Hodgeson around 1998?

Start on the diagonal small flake between two small pockets.

Starts on flake under mini roof.

Right arete

slab sloper pockets

Continue about 50m south from the main area. Wet in high tide or high swell.

The right side of The slab on the ocean side of LM2. Up to the knob and topout.

Direct up the middle of the slab.

About 100m further south on a steep boulder near the water. Start matched on the bucket jug, set up and go!

Matti Puckridge

info anyone? On the south side of the big boulder behind Little Mermaid.

The sector almost directy below the lookout carpark helipad. Stays dry in high tide and high swell.

Sit start one move wonder

sit start pocket low and large sloper hole.

sit / crouch start on opposing slopers. Up and left to join previous line to top out

Sit start on pockets.

Sit start

Fridge hug from a stand start.

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Author(s): Neil Monteith and Simon Carter

Date: 2021

ISBN: 9780645299908

Featuring 1142 climbing routes located at 24 of the best crags in the Sydney area, this A5 size guide book is super user friendly with easy to use colour cliff topos and access maps. Covers sport and trad climbing at a variety of grades, something for everyone.

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