Expand your horizons beyond the walls of your local climbing gym and head to some of Australia’s best bouldering spots. Even though it’s the world’s flattest continent, Australia still has an incredible range of climbs for any bouldering enthusiast. Chalk up, get climbing and don’t forget to stay safe and avoid climbing near sacred Aboriginal sites.
Challenge yourself in the Grampians, Victoria
Known by traditional owners of the land as Gariwerd, there are almost 800 individual bouldering routes for keen climbers. Head to Mount Stapylton, which is the largest, most convenient bouldering area in the Grampians. It has some of the Grampians’ most famous bouldering problems, such as Wheel of Life, American Pie, Ammagamma and Peter Parker. Central Grampians also has a lot to offer, such as Chimney Pot Gap – you can climb surrounded by towering sandstone formations. Want something to test your skills? Red Rock, Valley of the Giants and the Buandik area are more than enough to keep avid boulderers occupied.
Try sandstone bouldering in Lindfield Rocks, New South Wales
Lindfield Rocks is Sydney’s oldest bouldering area, with many options for climbers just starting out. There are climbs ranging from three to eight metres, and it’s a beautiful spot to climb in, with a multicoloured wall of rocks and towering gum trees. Start off with First Wall, Orange Face or The Overhangs, then make your way up to Pipeline Wall and Kenny Boulder for some trickier problems. You can stop by Gordon Creek Track for a post-bouldering picnic alongside the burbling waters of the creek.
A city climb in Cataract Gorge, Tasmania
Only a 15-minute walk from central Launceston, this part of Tasmania has been a climbing training ground for years. There are more than 900 recorded climbs to explore in Cataract Gorge – so you’ll never be bored! The rock here is great for climbing – it’s dolerite and provides better grip with superior friction and edges. All climbing areas are easily accessible and within walking distance from the car park. There are four spots to climb: Shady Side, Sunny Side, the Basin and the Duck Reach. Finish off your climb by heading to the Basin Kiosk for a delicious ice cream.