Whether you're trying to avoid the cold winter rains or the beaming warm sun, you're always on the hunt for indoor activities. Enter, rock climbing.
Melbourne boasts some impressive indoor climbing spaces, and whether you’re after a full body workout or just a laugh, rock climbing has you covered on all fronts.
We’ve wrapped up some of Melbourne’s best indoor climbing spots.
The Lactic Factory
Melbourne's first dedicated bouldering gym, The Lactic Factory is a community-minded studio just off Hoddle Street in Collingwood.
See, bouldering differs to ‘rock climbing’ per se, it’s like rock climbing, but no ropes and no harness. But don’t let that scare you off, Lactic Factory’s walls are 3.8m high and range in gradient from a gentle 10-degrees to a hardcore 60-degrees. Of course, crash pads surround the entire thing so, you’re good. Lactic Factory has a sister site in Brunswick, see below, and offer dual memberships to both venues.
Latitude takes indoor climbing to a new level, with more than just climbing walls. Why not take a crack at the ninja-parkour course? Smash through the ‘grid’ and take on the challenge featuring bouldering, the spider-wall, tight-rope, warped wall and zip-line.
We’re talking next level climbing,
Northside Boulders sits on Victoria Street in Brunswick, just off Sydney Road, and about a two-minute walk from Brunswick station.
It’s run by the friendly crew from the Lactic Factory and has a similar laidback vibe. Walls are a little higher, you’re looking at about 4.5 metres, and the space is about three times the size.
Burnley Bouldering Wall
Technically this isn’t indoors but if the weather is nice why not get out in the fresh air and have a crack at the Burney Bouldering Wall.
The Burnley Bouldering Wall is a community-built and funded wall on the Main Yarra Trail that’s accessible 24/7. The information board at the end of the main wall outlines the route grading system from beginner to intermediate to advanced. We suggest going at night, they light this bad boy up and it’s arguably the most fun time to go. BYO chalk and crash pad.
CBD & Nunawading
So this is your the original rock-climbing wall—strap in and have a crack. Hardrock is a Swanston Street institution and whether you’re a first-time climber or life long pro, they've got you covered.
$18 will cover your entry and get you a full day of climbing, that’s right, a full day.
Cliffhanger is legit; the complex is Australia’s tallest indoor climbing gym, with walls stretching 27m high.
We’re talking two separate bouldering areas, dedicated zones for ‘crack’ climbs and a dozen lead climbing walls set by some of the best route setters in the Southern Hemisphere. The staff here a super friendly and knowledgeable, meaning they can and will help you with any of your climbing queries.
Welcome to the new Urban Climb—Victoria’s largest bouldering space. Tucked into Collingwood’s industrial backstreets—not the graffiti, hipster kind—you have to be looking for Urban Climb to find it. Even then you’ll probably need help from our mates at Google.
The gym is divided into nine stations, with seven to ten problems per station. The route setters have designed the semi-circular shaped gym in a kind of clockwise rotation, so purple climbs on the far left (as soon as you walk in the door) are likely to be easier than the purple climbs on the far right.
Image credit: Urban Climb