When it comes to keeping fit, it’s no secret that us Perth peeps love a bit of adventure. If chalking up, climbing all the walls, belaying, and harness wedgies sound like your kind of thing, we think you’re in need of a rock-climbing day out.
Whether you’re looking for a new fitness outlet, a new weekend adventure, or what we’re all really here for—laughs (let’s be honest, we’ve all been stuck at that glorious 10 metre point with basically nothing to hang onto and probably a few tears too), then strap yourselves in, literally.
Here are the best places to go rock climbing in Perth!
New to rock climbing? No worries, The Hangout in Bayswater is fully equipped for people of all skill levels and they provide a full induction so you can make like a pro. Bonus: there’s no time limit once you get started, so you can take all the time you need to perfect your technique.
One of the most well-known places to go rock climbing in Perth, Rockface is so committed to keeping their customers challenged at all times that they employ creative ‘route designers’ to change up their rope and bouldering areas on the regular, so there’s no chance of running out of options—even for the most experienced climbers. It’s the perfect place for a spot of team building or a challenging post-work workout.
Built by climbers, for climbers, City Summit in Malaga is a vast and impressive space featuring 40 top rope stations, six dedicated lead walls and one of the tallest bouldering walls in Australia. Grab yourself an all-day pass and unleash your inner Spiderman.
Joondalup Climbing Centre
Test your strength with Joondalup Climbing Centre’s 72 top ropes, 144 climbs and 19-metre bouldering cave—the options and challenges here are endless! All the equipment and training you’ll need is supplied, so all you have to do is a grab a few mates and head on up.
Boasting the most diverse workout in town, Adrenaline Vault is much more than your average rock climbing facility. Their goal is to help you develop your skills at your own pace in a safe and friendly environment, so there’s no need to feel intimidated if you’re just starting out. They’ve also got fitness classes like boxing and yoga on offer, so you can really push yourself to the limit before heading to their cafe for a well-earned refreshment.
The Boulder Hub
If you can’t manage to rope in a friend, The Boulder Hub provides the perfect space for some solo climbing activity. Bouldering is a slightly more condensed style of rock climbing that requires no ropes or harnesses—don't worry, the walls are much lower and thick safety mats are ready to catch you if you fall. It’s a great way to improve your climbing technique while you wait for your mates to realise you’re onto a good thing.
PWR Urban Ascent
Designed to mimic the natural red and yellow rocks of the Kimberley, PWR Urban Ascent has to be the most realistic indoor rock climbing centre in Perth. Providing free lessons for the uninitiated, you’ll be scaling the walls and ready to tackle their unique crack climbs in no time at all.
Love problem solving? Portside Boulders is the place for you. With over 100 bouldering ‘problems’ for you to solve every month, we guarantee you’ll never get bored! They’ll kindly provide you with free rental shoes on your first visit, and also keep you limbered up and ready to climb with a range of core, movements and restorative strengthening classes.
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Adrenaline Vault | Image credit: Emma Bryant