With more than 850 square metres of climbing walls, overhangs and boulders to explore, this new indoor rock wall centre in Marrickville is set up to cater to the full spectrum of climbing enthusiasts, from seasoned alpinists to the bouldering beginners. This latest climbing gym by BlocHaus – they also operate in Melbourne and Canberra – is Sydney’s first and features state of the art rock wall tech, capable of replicating challenging conditions for experienced hands using ropes and spotters or free climbers. BlocHaus’ inclusive, welcoming ethos is also geared towards introducing the uninitiated into the sport of climbing, so there are plenty of more approachable climbs with padded floors where noobs can get to grips with the basics without risking injury.
As a hobby, indoor rock climbing has a lot to offer, once you get over the heights: it's social, you can do it in all weather, it's great exercise, you get an adrenaline rush, and if every second Tinder profile in Sydney is anything to go by, climbing photos make for great ice-breaking fodder.
There’s a bit of a shift going on in Australia’s rock climbing circles, with many athletes preferring to hone their skills on indoor walls rather than risking temperamental weather and other unpredictable conditions outside. Hence why there is such a wealth of purpose-built climbing gyms all over this fine city sporting some of the best facilities in the country. Go grab a buddy and start scaling those heights.
Want to experience the great outdoors? Get your al fresco sweat on at one of Sydney's best outdoor gyms or embark on one of the best easy day hikes near Sydney.