There’s a bit of a shift going on in Australia’s rock climbing circles, with many climbers preferring to get their climbing fix indoors than risk temperamental weather outdoors. In that case, purpose-built climbing gyms are popping up all over this fine city – so grab a buddy and get climbing.
Indoor climbing venues in Sydney
9 Degrees is a bouldering gym located in Alexandria, where climbers don’t use ropes or harnesses but instead scale shorter walls beside thick, padded flooring. The benefit here is that you won’t need a climbing partner, equipment or much training – you can just strap on a pair of shoes and explore the centre’s 140 different climbs in nine degrees of difficulty, from entry level to competition levels. It’s very close to SkyZone and the Rocks Brewery, so you can easily make a day of sporty indoor activities.
Catering to all ages and abilities, Climb Oz strives to show people how fitness can be achieved through climbing. They have more than 25 top rope climbing walls (including kid-friendly climbs), 15 lead climbing lanes, six auto-belay walls, a bouldering area, specific training areas for competitive climbers and two climbing ropes and a rope net ladder so you can race friends.
The Bloc Climbing Centre love their bouldering. There are nine bouldering panels to devour, but if you're not the bouldering type there are six seven-metre-tall top-rope climbing walls too. For children aged six to ten, there's Bloc's kids club BlocStars which teaches kids the fundamentals of techniques, fitness training and team dynamics. Bloc also run fitness classes including strength and conditioning, yoga and technique sessions to keep your climbing skills top notch.
Established in 1993, the first indoor rock climbing venue in NSW is now the biggest in Australia, and has a smaller (by 700 square metres) sibling in Villawood. There’s 3,700 square metres of climbing walls, 50-degree overhangs and 25-metre routes for the brave. There’s also a 4.5-metre high bouldering wall if you want to climb without the ropes. For the kids, the climbing gym also offers after school programs and school holiday camps.
Up for a challenge? There are over 160 climbs at the Climb Fit gym. Along with steep overhangs, a neverending lead wall, the chimney, a vertical treadmill and a giant log ladder, there’s a tamer wall for the kids (and the climb-wary). If bouldering’s more your thing, there’s over 90 problems to solve in the exclusive bouldering area.
If you’re looking for an indoor climbing centre within a regular gym, look no further than the Ledge. Boasting a casual and social atmosphere, the Ledge has climbs that cater to all levels of skill and ability. There's a complete bouldering and training area, and experienced staff are always on hand to supervise and assist.
The Climbing Centre in Penrith has over 100 climbs to challenge everyone from beginners to professionals. A new unassisted bouldering area upstairs has been installed and it's perfect for those looking to work on their bouldering and overhanging skills without the need for ropes. For the kids, there’s a junior climbing club every Monday and Thursday afternoon.