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Rock climbing

For those who prefer the challenge that only nature can provide, there are many rock climbing and abseiling venues throughout Victoria.

One of the best known of these is Mount Arapiles, located in the west of the state, near the small town of Natimuk. Situated within the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park, it is world-renowned as one of the best rock climbing sites in Australia. There are over 2,500 climbing routes, graded from beginners level up to level 30, which are among the hardest climbs in the world.

Another popular venue is the Grampians National Park which surrounds the town of Halls Gap. It has hundreds of climbing and abseiling sites, with one of the most noteworthy being Mount Stapylton with its dramatic rugged cliff faces, located at the northern end of the park.

In Victoria's High Country are hundreds of places to climb or abseil there, including Mount Buffalo, Mount Buller, Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and Falls Creek. In addition to natural sites, Mount Buller also has an abseiling tower. For those who prefer ice climbing, there is a site at Australia Drift, which is below Mount Hotham.

Closer to Melbourne there are also sites for climbing and abseiling in the Brisbane Ranges near Anakie, the You Yangs between Geelong and Werribee, and the Werribee Gorge near Bacchus Marsh.

Guided rock climbing and abseiling

Indoor rock climbing

Indoor climbing is a great introduction to the sport for beginners, or as a way for more experienced climbers to hone their skills. It's also great for people to get their climbing fix when they can't make it to outdoor climbing venues.

  • Bayside Rock

    www.baysiderock.com.au

    A versatile indoor climbing centre in Carrum Downs, engineered to the latest Australian safety standards. It offers fully automated climbing stations, top ropes, high ropes courses and bouldering.

  • Cliffhanger Climbing Gym

    www.cliffhanger.com.au

    Australia's tallest indoor rock climbing centre is located at the Westgate Sports & Entertainment Centre in Altona North. There's a diverse range of graded climbing walls and dedicated bouldering areas, with friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to help.

  • Hardrock

    www.hardrock.com.au

    Offering the ultimate indoor climate experience with locations in Melbourne CBD and Nunawading. General entry available or sign up for a ground breaking instructional course.

  • The Rock Adventure Centre

    www.rockadventures.com.au

    A modern indoor rock climbing centre located at Geelong. With walls of up to 12 metres high, extensive climbing terrain, abseiling towers and a bouldering area, there is a large variety of challenges for both beginners and experts.