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 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!
1. 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?
Otherwise, no special equipment is needed for if you pick a Sport style (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 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.
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.
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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