Indoor Rock Climbing in Sydney
Are your little daredevils climbing your furniture at home? Why not take them indoor rock climbing?
Indoor rock climbing for kids is becoming more and more popular and now there are bouldering gyms to add to the mix too.
If you are worried that indoor rock climbing might be a bit too dangerous for your kids, fear not. The climbing and bouldering gyms make sure they are safe.
NB Climbing is also a great thing for teenagers to do in Sydney.
Indoor rock climbing has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and venues have been popping up all over Sydney.
Indoor rock climbing is not just for adults, rock climbing has many benefits for kids, too.
Aside from the fun, it develops communication skills, motor planning, endurance, and core strength. Climbing is also a low-impact sport and with so many options to choose from, there’s no need to travel too far from home.
by Debbie Weeks and Seana Smith
Contents of this post
- Indoor Rock Climbing in Sydney
- Turbo Climb: Bankstown
- Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym: St Peters + Villawood
- The Edge Rock Climbing Centre: Castle Hill
- Climb Fit: St Leonards
- Climb Fit: Kirrawee
- The Climbing Centre: Penrith
- Northern Beaches Rockhouse:Brookvale
- Umbrella Nine, Warringah Mall
- Peak Pursuits: Castle Hill
- Nomad Bouldering: Annandale
- Climbfit Macquarie Centre
- Climb Oz: Blacktown
- 9 Degrees Boulder Gym: Alexandria, Parramatta, Lane Cove
- The Ledge: Camperdown
- Rockhouse Brookvale
- Skywood Climbing Freshwater
Turbo Climb: Bankstown
Located at Bankstown Sports Club, next to Monkey Mania, this venue features 26 indoor climbing walls, suitable for ages 4 years and up. Kids can race each other on the Speed Walls, race to the top of a magical beanstalk or climb a roaring volcano. Their walls feature an auto belay braking system, so no climbing buddy is needed.
Climbers also need to be at least 15kgs to participate. Turbo Climb caters to casual climbers, birthday parties, school groups, and vacation care groups. With free onsite parking and a cafe, this is a perfect venue for a family outing. Sessions are run on the hour every hour. Bookings are recommended.
Address: 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
Open: 7 days a week from 10am
Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym: St Peters + Villawood
With around 3,700 square metres of climbing walls, this venue has plenty of climbing routes to suit all abilities. They also have a slightly smaller venue in Villawood. There are boulder courses for kids over 15 years.
They also cater for birthday parties, school groups and school holiday camps. Onsite parking is available.
St Peters: 4c/1-7 Unwins Bridge Road, St Peters
Open: Monday to Wednesday – 9:30am until 10pm
Tuesday – 6pm until 10pm
Thursday – 9:30am until 11pm
Friday – 9:30am until 10pm
Public Holidays – 9:30am until 7pm
Villawood: 5/150 Woodville Road, Villawood
Open: Monday to Friday – Midday until 10pm
(Open at 9:30am during school holidays)
Saturday – 9:30am until 8pm
Sundays and Public Holidays – 9:30am until 6pm
The Edge Rock Climbing Centre: Castle Hill
At the Edge Rock Climbing Centre you will find 120 climbs of varying grades, (4 with auto-belays), indoor caves, and much more.
Although they welcome participants aged from 5 to 85 years, climbers must be over 15kgs to climb. They also host birthday parties, school groups, and youth workshops.
Address: 9/10 Hudson Avenue, Castle Hill
Open: Monday to Friday – 12pm to 10pm
Saturday / Sunday / Public Holidays – 9am to 6pm
School Holiday Weekdays – 9am to 10pm
Climb Fit: St Leonards
Catering for ages 4 years and up, Climb Fit has been welcoming kids and families through its doors for over 25 years.
Facilities include a dedicated wall for kids plus ladders and a cargo net. They also host birthday parties, holiday kids camps (for kids aged 10-13 years), and a weekly Kids Club that is Active Kids Voucher approved.
Address: Unit 4/12 Frederick Street, St Leonards 2065
Open: Monday to Friday 6am – 10pm, Sat and Sunday 8am – 8pm
Climb Fit: Kirrawee
This bright and airy centre has over 130 top rope routes, auto belays and loads of colourful kids walls suitable for ages 4+ . No need to book, just rock up and the friendly Climb Fit staff will show you the rest.
Climb Fit offers Birthday parties, private coaching, Holiday Kids workshops and a weekly Kids Club that is approved for the Active Kids program.v
Address: 23 Waratah Street, Kirrawee
Open: Monday to Friday 6am – 10pm. Saturday & Sunday 8am-8pm
The Climbing Centre: Penrith
The Climbing Centre caters for all abilities from beginners to experts. Climb for as long as you want. No time limits! No bookings are required for climbing, but bookings are essential for tables. They do cater for birthday parties, and there’s even a snack bar and espresso coffee available. They also have a Junior Climbing Club every Monday and Thursday afternoon.
Address: 3/16 Borec Road, Penrrith
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am till 9pm
Thursday: 10am till 10pm
Saturday: 10am till 8pm
Sunday: 10am till 6pm
Northern Beaches Rockhouse:Brookvale
The Rockhouse welcomes anyone aged from 3 to 75 years. Facilities include over 40 metres of caving tunnels and chambers that change shape and direction. Prices are for a full-day pass, so you can stay all day.
Northern Beaches Rockhouse also cater for schools groups, disability groups and birthday parties. Kids under 13 years do need to be accompanied by an adult. The Rockhouse is extremely family friendly, with a special weekly Mother’s climbing group.
Address: 4E/9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
Open: Monday: 4pm to 10pm
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm to 10pm
Saturday and Sundays: 10am to 9pm
Public and School holidays: 10am to 10pm
Umbrella Nine, Warringah Mall
This is a bouldering gym for children aged over 5 years old, teenagers and adults too of course. Located within Warringah Mall, it offers bouldering, classes and parties.
Address: Shop 6010 Warringah Mall, Blue Car park P5 – keep driving across the roof from the cinema parking, follow the signs to Myer/HC
Open: Check website
Peak Pursuits: Castle Hill
Peak Pursuits has 10 high ropes course activities and 13 vertical activities, as well as the Leap of Faith, Kung Fu Poles, or the Big Drop Giant Slide for the more adventurous child. They cater for birthday parties, school groups, and youth organisations. Sessions run on the hour every hour. Bookings are essential.
Address: Unit 49/5 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill
Open: Saturday & Sunday – 10am – 4pm (general public)
Monday to Friday – Prebooked school groups only
Nomad Bouldering: Annandale
Bouldering is a popular form of rock climbing, no ropes or harnesses are used, the climbs are shorter and there’s a soft, padded floor. Nomad Bouldering has almost 1000 square metres of climbing wall and is the biggest bouldering gym in the southern hemisphere.
Children up to 6 years need 1:1 supervision, children 7-9 need a 1:2 ratio and must be within arms’ reach. Kids aged 10 – 13 need a adult-child ratio of 1:4 and can remain on the mats. See exact rules on this webpage here.
There are school holiday programs for kids aged 8 – 16 years.
Address: Unit 7/12 Chester Street, Annandale
Open: Mon – Fri 6.30 – 22.00, Sat _ Sun 8.00 – 21.00
Monday to Friday – Prebooked school groups only
Climbfit Macquarie Centre
Climb Oz: Blacktown
Climb Oz has both auto-belay walls plus a large area for bouldering. There are not climbs for really young children, only for kids aged 10+.
At Climb Oz, kids aged 8-16 can do climbing training and progress from the basics to expert levels.Address: Level 2, 40 Third Aven, Blacktown
Open: Mondays : 5:30pm to 9:30pm, Tuesday to Friday : 1pm to 9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday : 11am to 7pm
9 Degrees Boulder Gym: Alexandria, Parramatta, Lane Cove
The 9 Degrees Bouldering Gyms have climbs that span the 9 degrees of difficulty from beginner to competition levels. The walls are a maximum of 4.5m tall and have a huge variety of holds and climb types. The only equipment you need is comfortable clothes and climbing shoes which can be rented.
9 Degrees recommends its climbs for children aged 10+.
Parramatta Gym Address: Unit 11 METRO CENTRE, 38-46 South St, Rydalmere NSW 2116
Alexandria Gym AddressBuilding 3 , 85 O’Riordan St, Sydney Corporate Park, Alexandria NSW 2015
The Ledge: Camperdown
This Sydney Uni climbing gym is open to the public and children are welcome. Kids under 12 need someone older than 12 with them to belay for them. A safety induction is given before starting. There are climbs that require ropes plus a bouldering and training area.
Address: A30 Western Avenue, University of Sydney, Camperdown
Open: Mon – Fri 12 noon – 10pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, closed on Sunday.
Skywood Climbing Freshwater
So, there you have it. Which one to try first?
Have you taken your children indoor rock climbing or bouldering?
Do you have any top tips for beginners?
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