Melbourne Rock Climbing Centres
Rock climbing walls are popping up all over Melbourne, so we've put together a best of list.
Most rock climbing gyms offer neutral shoes to rent. These should be very snug so your toes don't slide around when you're climbing. Stick to one colour when you climb-they're rated in ascending difficulty (8 is easier than a ladder, while 26 and upwards is for if you're the reincarnation of Spiderman).
Melbourne Rock Climbing Walls
Bayside Rock Climbing
9 Network Drive
There's plenty of variety at Bayside Rock, including over 50 top rope climbs, bouldering area and high ropes course...in case you don't feel like you've spent enough time in the air.
Burnley Bouldering Wall
Tucked underneath one of Melbourne's busiest freeways, the Burnley Bouldering Wall is a free, community-run space. There are three climbing walls arranged in increasing difficulty. BYO rock climbing shoes and equipment, because etiquette is still important when you're hanging out under a bridge.
Rear of Westgate Sports Center,
61-65 Dohertys Rd, Altona North
Boasting the tallest walls in the Southern Hemisphere, Cliffhanger's walls stand at 20 metres. There's a diverse range of graded climbing walls along with two dedicated bouldering areas, crack climbs and a dozen lead climbs so there's plenty of opportunities to tire yourself out.
182-184 SUSSEX STREET
Melbourne's only international standard speed-climbing facility, Gravity Worx is pretty legit. The routes change regularly, and there's up to 200 running at any one time, with difficulty levels to suit everyone from rank amateur to Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible II. There's even 16 auto-belayers on standby, if you can't rustle up a spotting partner. Gravity Worx runs regular in-house comps, and is more than happy to host big groups, school classes, and bday parties.
Hardrock | Indoor Rock Climbing Centre
hardrock.com.au | Hardrock
4/8 Franklin Street
16 - 18 Varman Court
With two venues in the CBD and Nunawading, Hard Rock's venues tower in height. The city venue sits above Swanston Street, suspended on a level with ceiling to floor glass for the best views. The Nunawading space is larger, and includes a dedicated bouldering cave. Both spaces offer Safety Induction courses so you can literally put your life in your friend's sweaty, sweaty hands.
1 Studley Street
Melbourne's first dedicated bouldering gym, Lactic Factory is somewhat of an institution in rock climbing circles. The Abbotsford hole-in-wall space features 3.8 metre high walls, which vary from 10-degrees to 60-degrees (ie basically upside down) overhangs. There's a lush breakout space for when you're in desperate need of some time out.
Unit 3, 17-19 Hope Street
The newest indoor rock climbing gym, North Walls opened its doors earlier this year. Walls measure in at a casual 14-metres (hint: if you have a fear of heights, don't look down), but the owners have made a conscious effort to create a space, not a gym. The café area boasts house-made isotonic sports drinks and healthy treats, because you definitely deserve them.
329 Victoria Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
109 - 113 Helen Street
Northcote VIC 3070
Lactic Factory's bigger, older brother, Northside Boulders has the same tunes, challenging routes and occasional plants as the first venue. Walls vary in incline from minimally slanted to basically bloody horizontal. Walls are only up to 4.5 metres, so you climb without a harness. Yes, there's a (pretty) cushy floor.
Locations source: theurbanlist.com
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