/ Australia - Crag Recommendations
Any recommendations ....looking for somewhere with a bit of variety (bouldering, trad + sport), that is accessible by public transport or walking?
Rough plan find a campsite near to the climbing and hang around for a month or two.
Cheers in advance
It's a big continent but Arapiles is the obvious place.
If it were me, I'd be heading to the remote NW of Western Australia where there's a superabundance of unclimbed rock, but logistics would be interesting.
The Piles is the place for you (Arapiles)
Is a rack essential?? Or do you think I will be able to team up with people there?
If your in NSW then the blue mountains offers some good sport and trad routes including great multi-pitch along the grosse valley.
If its lots of sport climbing in one area then Nowra which is south of Sydney by a few hours has a great range of grades all in close proximity and if you camp at the trailer park/campsite just north of the town centre you can borrow (cant remember if they charged or not - I think not) a canoe which will get you to at least 3 or 4 different crags.
In general I found the climb.org.au a really good recourse to scope out crags though it doesnt replace a good guide book.
Also http://www.chockstone.org/Forum/Forum.asp is really good to meet people and find partners.
And of course as is mentioned above the pines at Mt Arapiles is a great place to spend a couple of weeks meeting people and if there is no one around there is some pretty good bouldering in the area too.
As the others say Arapiles is good as you'd be camping in the same place as other climbers.
However, for ease of getting to in the first place, you can take the train to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains from Sydney and walk to a fair few crags from there. There is a campsite in the middle of the village by the park - lovely location and it has an open air pool. There are also other places that you can camp for free but might be by yourself. Blackheath has a fair few cafes and shops so it's easy to get provisions too.
You can often meet people for climbing at the local crags - Shipley and the Glen. People often meet up in the car park behind the Ivanhoe.
Oh yes, the climbing is also very good too.
Re: Sydney + Blue Mountains, though I live here, I'm not sure it's the best destination to camp and just climb. Arapiles seems a better fit for that. If you wanted to work as well, Sydney is a good location. Enough small crags and bouldering spots dotted around the city, and the Blue Mountains and Nowra within a few hours drive.
Arapiles all the way.
Blue mountains second.
Try the Oz version of UKc....chokstone.org
It has all the climbs for various locations etc
Arapiles first, especially around holiday times for terrific social atmosphere. Nearby, the Grampians look impressive, but I've not climbed there.
Point Perpendicular at Jarvis Bay on NSW coast is impressive. Close by there's also good sport climbing on sandstone at Nowra on the Shoalhaven river ( if you can get hold of the guide).
also check out Booroomba rocks in the A.C.T.. the best granite around and enough climmbing to last a lifetime (both trad and sport!)
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