Rock climbing


Rock climbing

There are rock climbing areas in many parks for all levels of ability. The best way to enjoy safe and sustainable rock climbing in a national park is with a guide. Climb with an expert at Mt Arapiles-Tooan, one of the world's best climbing and abseiling areas. Try a no-impact climb in Grampians National Park (strictly outside Special Protection Areas), or scale the granite face of The Gorge at Mount Buffalo National Park. Choose from a number of locations in Wilsons Promontory National Park at Tongue Point, Mount Oberon and Little Oberon. Spend a few nights camping at Thurra River campground and enjoy some beautiful beachside granite bouldering at Point Hicks in Croajingolong National Park. Or travel just outside Melbourne to scale the granite peaks in You Yangs Regional Park.

What are the potential impacts of climbing on Aboriginal cultural heritage values?

Grampians National Park and other areas such as Black Range, Mount Arapiles-Tooan, Red Rock and Mount Talbot, are deeply important cultural landscapes for Victorian Traditional Owners. They contain many important cultural places including the majority of surviving Aboriginal rock art sites in south-east Australia.

Protecting cultural heritage is not just fundamental for Aboriginal people’s identity and wellbeing, it is also important to all Victorians. It is a part of Victoria’s heritage – our shared story of how we have grown and evolved as a society. It can help us understand the past so we can prepare for the future and it can connect us to the past in profound ways that arise from the spiritual values of these places for Traditional Owners. Some Traditional Owners describe these places as their cathedrals.

Since 2013 about 40 rock art sites have been rediscovered in the Grampians, taking the tally in the area to about 140, which is about 90 per cent of all known such sites in Victoria. Some of these sites date back more than 20,000 years.

Aboriginal rock art can be clear and obvious, but some can be very difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye, although it may be visible with imaging technology. The same is true of other cultural places such as quarry places and places holding other cultural artefacts.

Rock climbing can result in damage to rock faces – and this precious cultural heritage including rock art - through use of bolts and chalk and from the weight of people putting pressure on small ledges causing pieces of rock to break away.

Rock climbing locations

A young couple walks up through ancient lava flows to Sundial Peak in the Central Grampians.

Grampians National Park

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.
A walker stops to take in the sunrise at Mt Arapiles.

Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park

Mount Arapiles is a spectacular feature, rising sharply from the Wimmera plains to form part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park.
A woman leads her partner across the Razorback track surrounded by stunning views of the Rubicon Valley.

Cathedral Range State Park

The Cathedral Range is a spectacular seven km ridge of sharply upturned sedimentary rock.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
A man and woman walk along the top of an enourmous sand dune in the northern part of Wilsons Promontory.

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Welcome to Wilsons Prom, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia. Walk remote coastal bushland trails and swim at pristine beaches dominated by granite tors. Camp in comfort at family-friendly Tidal River or hike to a more secluded campsite
Two women in active wear walk up the granite steps on the way to Flinders Peak.

You Yangs Regional Park

Magnificent views, birdlife and a mecca for walkers, horse riders and mountain bikers - welcome to the You Yangs! The distinctive granite peaks of this park rise abruptly from the flat plains below. Flinders Peak and Big Rock have panoramic views out to Melbourne, which is just an hour away.
A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails

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A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

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