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Most of the bouldering at Alma Bay is on the RHS (facing the ocean) of the beach. The first large boulder has a swag of good problems. Many of the boulders only accessible during low tide.

Access issues inherited from Townsville

Most areas are free to access to the public, some are closed for short times during the year due to car, bike and running races and other events such as flooding, bushfires or landslides after heavy rain but they will open again soon after.

Ethic inherited from Townsville

Marking the rock at the start of the climbs used to be the norm, this is now frowned upon.

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Hidden on your right behind a Pandanus tree, when you hit the beach, before the Nice Boulder.

traverse on featured but thin wall. seems to be the only way through the overhang and extremely difficult. hopefully this inspires you!

Somewhat contrived: Sit start, follow the diagonal crack. Big hand crack on the left (between the main and the little boulder) is allowed, but otherwise don't touch/step on the little boulders. From the handcrack straight up through an easy mantle (but careful not too fall onto the little boulder at the bottom).

FA: Benjamin Korff, 11 Sep 2019

The first boulder on the right when you arrive at the beach. There used to be a shelter just in front of it.

Slab climb as you arrive at the boulder.

Starting just left of Tang

The thin, orange diagonal with a boulder to fall on.

FA: Doug Hockly

Stand start of "A Little Fervour VF"

Sit start up and over left.

Sitstart on pockets and up. Topout straight up or pike L - "A Little Fervour VF".

FA: Doug Hockly

Stemming and then finishing on "Tang"

Beach facing side of the Nice Boulder

The obvious rising traverse line from L to R on the next side around. Start as far left as possible and slap along right on very open-grip holds. Finish by topping out on the boulder. Quite a bit harder when done barefoot.

FA: Lee Skidmore, 1998

Starts 0.5m right of the start of SH at the two-handed undercling. Pull onto wall, slap up and left to hold, crimp, then a balancy high step and pull up to jugs and top of boulder.

FA: Lee Skidmore, 1998

Sit start with hands matched on the right-ish facing edge. Trends left after break.

The nice line up the L-hand side.

FA: Doug Hockly

The middle of the smooth slab. Finger tip pockets to a technical dyno.

FA: Doug Hockly

The R-hand side of the smooth slab facing the ocean.

FA: Doug Hockly

The smaller boulder with the sharp long top.

Sit start just to the left of Another.

The boulder behind you when you're facing Slap Happy has a mono problem and a dyno from bottom jugs to the top.

FA: Doug Hockly

Traverse along the top of the boulder.

traverse until beefy side pull hold to top

This climb will leave you with a good feeling afterwards. Nice jugy hold & laybacks up this flake to a slightly technical foot rockover.

Short climbers start on shitty holds where as, taller climbers can skip the start and reach the jug to a mantle.

Probably easier, didn't spend much time dialing a sequence. Boulder directly opposite Once Removed wall. Cool sit start traverse. Start with slopey jug and head left. Head up when you hit the jug at the end of the scoop.

FA: Nicholas Pattison, 29 Sep 2018

A short wall close to the boulders on the beach

Back wall in the boulders facing towards Arcadia. Stand start with flake side pull. Straight up. Pulling on is the highlight.

FA: Nicholas Pattison, 29 Sep 2018

Pretty contrived. Sit start with bulge. Straight up. Most difficult part is keeping your ass off the boulder next to it. You're a better man than I if you can do it dab free.

FA: Nicholas Pattison, 29 Sep 2018

On the ocean facing side of the Euphoric Boulder. Run-up to catch the sloper, then a little mantle move to top. May be easier barefoot than with shoes... Grade may be height dependent.

FA: Benjamin Korff, 11 Sep 2019

Boulder with obvious off width crack, on the ocean facing side.

Up to gain the break, traverse left and up to easy ground. Low tide only.

FA: Fil Kindblad, 25 May 2017

This large boulder is just uphill from the path.

Classic thin finger-crack in largest of several rocky outcrops on hill at south end of Alma Bay beach (right hand side of the bay as you look out to sea). Goes up the side facing the ocean. Located at -19.148893, 146.868235

FA: Andrew Rule & Mark Gommers, 1995

FFA: Doug Hockly & Jason Shaw, 1999

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