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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

  • Absolute Outdoors

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    This multi-award winning company provides a fantastic selection of adventure activities including canoeing, guided mountain bike tours, mountain bike hire as well as rock climbing and abseiling. Based in Portland and in the Grampians at Halls Gap.

  • Arapiles Climbing Guides

    Arapiles Climbing Guides Go

    Professional instructors offering a wide range of climbing programmes from beginner to experienced, with group or one-on-one sessions at Mt Arapiles, near Natimuk.

  • Geelong Adventure Specialists

    Geelong Adventure Specialists Go

    We offer an extensive range of outdoor activities and tours around Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast. Try rock climbing at the You Yangs, the Brisbane Ranges National Park near Anakie, or the Werribee Gorge near Bacchus Marsh. Enjoy mountain bike riding at the You Yangs or along the Barwon River in Geelong. Experience day hikes at the You Yangs or trek through the rainforest to several waterfalls near Lorne. Orienteering courses, transport charters and gear hire are also available.

  • Grampians Tours & Adventures

    Grampians Tours & Adventures Go

    Our local knowledge and passion allows us to create unique as well as distinctive nature based adventure experiences from our base at Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park. Choose from bushwalking, night walks, rock climbing, abseiling and 4WD tours.

  • Hangin' Out

    Hangin' Out Go

    Take a guided rock climbing adventure tour within the Grampians National Park surrounding Halls Gap, renowned for some of the best sandstone rock climbing opportunities in the world. Sessions offering beginner rock climbing, abseiling, and full-day adventure walks negotiating rock climbs, crevasses, and abseils.

  • Grampians Mountain Adventure Company

    Grampians Mountain Adventure Company Go

    Specialising in rock climbing and abseiling tours for beginners to advanced instruction. Activities based in and around the Grampians National Park surrounding Halls Gap and at Mount Arapiles near Natimuk.

  • Louise Shepherd Rock Climbing Guide

    Louise Shepherd Rock Climbing Guide Go

    Louise introduces beginner and intermediate climbers to Mt Arapiles, located near Natimuk. With over 30 years of rock climbing experience, she knows every nook and cranny of the iconic mount.

  • South West Adventures

    South West Adventures Go

    Specialising in outdoor adventures around Portland and the Grampians region, including rock climbing, abseiling, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, adventure walking, caving and rock pooling

  • The Climbing Company

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    Offering a safe, affordable and professional climbing instruction at Mt Arapiles, near Natimuk. Particularly suited for those with little or no climbing experience on rock.

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

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    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

    Cliffhanger Climbing Gym Go

    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

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    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

    The Rock Adventure Centre Go

    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.