There are two things that make Brisbane City unique: the lagoons and the natural cliffs in front of the CBD. Enjoying the lagoons is easy: go to South Bank, put your swimsuit on, grab a towel, and have fun! But rock climbing Kangaroo Point Cliffs can be a bit harder to organise. I’m sure the following tips will help! Where to start? What is needed? This article will help you plan your rock climbing activity!
Also, if you’re just after the view but not after the thrill, you can take the easy way: go up the stairs and enjoy the view with a barbeque.
Scared of heights? Don’t give up just yet! I am scared of heights, but it does not stop me from rock climbing anymore. It took time and some effort (read more about it here), but I managed to fight my fear of heights. Give it a go with people you trust or with professionals: rock climbing can really help!
1. What level is required for rock climbing Kangaroo Point Cliffs?
If you have never done rock climbing before, I suggest joining a tour*. They will organise everything and teach you the basics.
You can also quickly learn the basics of rock climbing by starting indoor – there are many options for this in Brisbane. Urban Climb in West End is the largest one I know.
A student club from the University of Queensland (UQ) meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays nights at the Kangaroo Point cliffs, during the academic semester. Membership (incl. 2-week free trial) is open to all, there’s no need to be a student.
2. What equipment is needed for rock climbing Kangaroo Point Cliffs?
Another option could be to hire rock climbing gear from the UQ student club (you’ll need to become a member).
Otherwise, no special equipment is needed if you pick a Sports style (when the wall is already bolted), just the usual:
- Ropes (two if you don’t want to lead climb), harness, karabiners
- Climbing shoes
- Chalk (it’s hot!)
- Sunscreen and/or sun-protective clothes
- Headlamp if you want to climb at night
If you choose a Traditional style (no bolts) or a mix (only a few bolts), you’ll need extra equipment.
If you are rock climbing with your own equipment, you can walk up the stairs to reach the top of Kangaroo Point cliffs, secure your rope up there and throw it down (don’t forget to check no one is under and yell “ROPE!” clearly). Of course, if you know how to lead, you can start from the bottom.
3. How to choose the section to climb
If you join a tour, they will take you to their preferred place for rock climbing or abseiling Kangaroo Point Cliffs. You won’t be able to choose your spot. It removes a big part of the planning preparation and makes it very easy to organise a rock climbing activity in Brisbane.
Otherwise, the Crag website lists all the routes that can be climbed on Kangaroo Point cliffs. First, click on the number of routes to reveal them. Then, choose the difficulty/grade (from level 12 to level 25).
Although it’s not eco-friendly, I still recommend printing the rock climbing guide, as the routes are hard to find on a phone. There are letters or marks on the wall or next to it to help.
The Australian Climbing Association QLD has created a Kangaroo Point Beginner Guide (pdf) that will help you start.
Last tip about Kangaroo Point cliffs:
If you’re there for the sunset, make sure you take a break from rock climbing to watch it from the top of the cliffs (while doing a barbecue!). It’s one of the best places to see the sunset on Brisbane CBD!
There are lights at night so you can even continue rock climbing after that!
Have you done rock climbing at Kangaroo Cliffs before? How was it? Share your tips in the comments!
Where in Brisbane are Kangaroo Point Cliffs?
Kangaroo Point Cliffs are just near the Brisbane River, on the opposite bank from Brisbane City Botanic Gardens in Queensland‘s capital and the third biggest city in Australia. The cliffs are about halfway between South Bank and the Story Bridge. It’s a good option to consider if you’re looking for a place where to stay in Brisbane.
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