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Margaret River | Margaret River’s
sea cliffs offer spectacular views,
with climbs from 10-35m.
Phillip Calais from the Climbers’
Association of Western Australia
says the granite cliffs at Wilyabrup,
or the limestone Bob’s Hollow are
Albany | The 85m cliffs at West Cape
Howe National Park, 35km south-
west of Albany, are world-renowned
for climbing. You’ll need a 4WD to
get there, but it’s worth it. Also try
The Gap in Albany, surrounded by
formidable granite and dramatic
Mountains are not WA’s strong suit, but that hasn’t stopped adrenaline junkies from climbing. Perth’s three climbing gyms
have seen a steady growth in numbers (corporate team building, outdoor education programs and birthdays in the 6-15
year age bracket are huge!) and the limestone cliffs and granite boulders between Albany and Kalbarri are seeing more and
more action. Apparently Perth climbers are bolting new routes around Margaret River’s sea cliffs and Albany’s granite
domes; the trend is towards getting out of the city and discovering new scenery. Tour operators and climbing courses are
encouraging people to move beyond the social and fitness hubs that are climbing walls and to get a grip in the real world.
We asked around to find some of WA’s favourite climbing spots.
seas. At Peak Head, near the old
whaling station, ambitious climbers
can scale a 114m granite dome.
Porongurups and Stirling Ranges |
Inland from Albany, Gibraltar Rock
in the Porongurup Range has a
challenging 250m-high dome. Castle
Rock offers a more modest 25m
climb. The cliff face on Bluff Knoll in
the Stirling Ranges is another must
for serious climbers. With some
overhang, the 300m ascent is not
without its challenges. Watch the
weather in the Stirlings – it can be
changeable as you go up.
The Nullarbor | If you’re up for a
road trip as well as a climb, the
face of Peak Charles rises from
the edge of the Nullarbor, about
100km north of Esperance. The
view is said to be awesome.
Near Perth | There’s good
climbing at Churchmans Brook
near Armadale, about 30m high.
Statham’s Quarry and Mountain
Quarry near Midland are good in
the heat of the afternoon when the
shade falls over the quarry. Near
Fremantle, Blackwall Reach on the
river by Point Walter also offers
some good summer climbing –
with the river as a safety net.
Kalbarri National Park | The
gorges make for breathtaking
climbing. Sites around the Z
Bend Lookout are choice, but
they’re best left until late autumn
when the heat has gone.
CLOCKWISE from above Bluff Knoll in
the Stirling Ranges; tackling a steep climb;
the red boulders and cliffs of Kalbarri.
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