How to Climb Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane City

Brisbane Kangaroo Point Cliff AbseilingThere 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 one, grab a towel, and have fun! But Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a bit harder to apprehend.

You can take the easy way: go up the stairs and enjoy the view with a barbeque.

Or you can choose the adventurous way: abseiling or rock climbing!

Where to start? What is needed? I hope this article will help you plan your rock climbing activity!


Scared of heights? Don’t give up just yet!

I am scared of heights, but it does not stop me from climbing anymore. It took time and some efforts, but I managed to fight my fear of heights. Give it a go with people you trust or with professionals: climbing can really help!

Brisbane Kangaroo Point Cliff Climbing1. What level is required to climb Kangaroo Point Cliffs?

If you have never climbed before, I suggest joining a tour*. They will organise everything and teach you the basics.

You can also quickly learn the basics of climbing by starting indoor – there are many options for this in Brisbane. Urban Climb in West End is the largest one.

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 to climb Kangaroo Point Cliffs?

Again, if you don’t have the equipment, joining a tour* is the easiest and safest way. Another option could be to hire climbing gear from the UQ student club (you’ll need to become a member).

Otherwise, no special equipment is needed for if you pick a Sport style (the wall is already bolted), just the usual:

  • Helmet
  • 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 climbing with your own equipment, you can walk up the stairs to reach the top of the 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.


Brisbane Kangaroo Point Cliffs map3. How to choose the section to climb

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 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.


Preparing a trip to Brisbane? I recommend staying in South Bank. It’s not far from the city centre, you’ll have many attractions nearby (museums, river, lagoon) and options for dining out! View hotels*


Brisbane Kangaroo Point Cliff SunsetLast tip:

If you’re there for the sunset, make sure you take a break 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 climbing after that!


Have you climbed 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. They’re about halfway between South Bank and the Story Bridge.


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15 thoughts on “How to Climb Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane City

  1. I am definitely not a climber so I’m always impressed to read about people’s climbing adventures. I especially admire that you’re able to get over your fear of heights to do it. I think I would freak out!

  2. So cool that you can go rock-climbing so close to the city! And it’s good that you were able to get past your fear of heights so you could enjoy this adventure…

  3. Looks like a cool adventure even for those who have not climbed before. When we went to Brisbane we did not even know such services existed to climb Kangaroo mountains. Good to note that one could use the stairs too for those less adventurous.

  4. Kangaroo Cliffs in Brisbane definitely looks like quite the experience. You provide an excellent source of information for climbing these. I probably would stick to a tour because I’d really have no idea what I’m doing. But still, seems like something I’d really rather enjoy. You provide so much information and in such a concise fashion…which I appreciate. Even providing an awesome suggestion for a place to stay is the cherry on top! Thanks so much!

  5. Great tips! I’d need to seriously up my fitness levels to try the climb, but I’d be very happy to walk up. And it’s cool that Brisbane are so well organised and encourage the climb

    1. Thank you! You don’t have to commit to going all the way to the top if you want to try the climb ;) But, yes, the stairs are a good option too! It’s indeed really great that the city encourages activities like these.

    1. Hi, Tamara. The last photo in the article (in “Last tip”) shows the view from the cliffs. But when you’re climbing, the city is behind you so you cannot enjoy the view that much. That’s why it’s a good idea to organise a barbecue up there after the activity ;)

  6. Sign me up for an abseiling tour! That is awesome and I bet at sunset it must be truly a beautiful sight! I am definitely adding abseiling Kangaroo Point to my Brisbane Bucket List when we get down to Australia!

    1. Abseiling isn’t a bad choice as it requires fewer efforts than climbing! :D
      Don’t forget to be ready for the barbecue at the top, that’s a good Aussie experience too ;)

  7. This vaguely brings back memories as I think I saw people climbing when I was last in Brisbane. How cool to do such an adventurous outdoor activity in the city centre.

    1. Yes, it’s when I saw people doing it that I realised it was possible to climb them! It’s rare to link outdoor adventure with city so it’s definitely ver cool :)

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