There are 8 major crags within a few hours’ drive of Brisbane that offer some great and varied rock climbing as shown on the map opposite. Nearly all the crags offer different rock types and angles, with both bolted and traditionally protected routes available.
Rock climbing areas around Brisbane in Queensland
|No||Crag Name||Total No of Routes||Style of climbing||Single or Multi pitch|
|1||Kangaroo Point||202||Sport & Trad||Single|
|2||Mount Tibrogargan||193||Sport & Trad||Both|
|3||Mount Ngungun||153||Sport & Trad||Single|
|4||Mount Beerwah||145||Mainly Trad||Both|
Kangaroo Point Cliffs are the ultimate urban crag, which is located in the heart of Brisbane city by the river. This crag offers single pitch routes across a wide range of grades, with a good mixture of both sport and traditional routes available. The crag is extensive with over 200 routes, which includes a girdle traverse 375m long. By contrast is the large mountain crag of Mount Tibrogargan. This crag has long multi-pitch routes that are up to 245m long with many around routes around 100m long, many of which are trad routes.
The main sport climbing crags in Queensland are Mount Coolum, Tinbeerwah, Serpent and Brooyar. The sandstone crag of Brooyer is the most exptensive sport crag with over 180 routes.
Queensland is known as the Sunshine State due to its sunny and warm conditions for the majority of the year. Therefore, the best time of the year to rock climb in Queensland is in the winter from May through to August. Outside of this time shady areas can be found at Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Coolum to escape the sun.
The current guidebook that covers this area is called the South East Queensland Climbing guidebook, which details all the crags shown on the above map. All the routes are shown on colour photo topos along with detailed descriptions. Buy this guidebook from our shop.