Cliffhanger Climbing Gym, Altona North, Victoria, Australia
The Culture Trip has climbed to dizzying heights and scaled death-defying walls to bring you this list of the most extreme climbs Melbourne has to offer. If you’re looking to conquer your fear of heights, or if you just want a great day out, then these five locations will challenge and delight you.
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Soaring above Swanston Street, the climbs at Hardrock CBD will give you unmatched views as you ascend the four auto-belay walls and 28 lead climbing walls in front of a mammoth glass window. With no time limits, you can spend all day clambering up and down walls or take a beginners, lead, or private course to further your skills. Hardrock also offers early morning climbing from 6am on Wednesday and Thursdays, which means soon you’ll be able to enjoy before-work rock climbing sessions. Hardrock also has a Nunawading centre with 21 lead climbing walls that stretch up to 14 metres high, as well as a bouldering cave.
Founded in 1993, Cliffhanger Climbing Gym, seemingly inspired by the Sylvester Stallone flick, is the tallest indoor rock climbing centre in the Southern Hemisphere, with walls reaching 20 meters high. Open seven days a week, Cliffhanger offers numerous climbing routes, 12 lead climbing walls, vertical abseiling, two bouldering areas, and new outdoor slack lining where you can test your tightrope balance. There are even technique classes to get you scaling the walls like a pro. On Monday and Friday nights, donuts rule supreme at Donut Night.
Opened in March 2013, the New Zealand born-and-bred Clip ’N Climb is a refreshing and colorful take on the world of climbing walls. Every session includes a 15 minute safety briefing before you clip into the automated belaying system and begin climbing. The visually fascinating centre features 37 climbing challenges, including ‘The Stairway to Heaven,’ the ‘Dark Tower,’ ‘Speed Walls,’ and a wall which allows you to climb up a game of Tetris. For daredevils, there are two additional heart-racing experiences: ‘The Leap of Faith’ and the free fall ‘Vertical Drop Slide’; each climb is fitted with an auto belay system, so you won’t need to find a partner.
Bayside Rock is jam-packed with every conceivable challenge. From climbing walls to caving, top ropes, high ropes and bouldering, there is something for everyone, no matter your skill level. To begin with, try Climb Time, which features 25 auto-belay stations as well as a caving tunnel system to crawl through. Experienced climbers can test their strength and agility with the technically challenging bouldering cave, which includes a six-meter, 55-degree wall. Those who want to climb off the wall can scale the High Ropes Course and face obstacles such as horizontal ladders and a broken bridge. There are also more than 50 spaced-out top ropes ranging from 10 to 12 meters high. Bayside Rock is the place to go for first time climbers and climbing aficionados.
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Located on Waterdale Road, Latitude caters to both the young and young-at-heart with a diverse mix of activities, including nine-meter bungee jumping, a dodgeball court, basketball lanes, rock climbing, gladiator-style Battle Beam, and an obstacle course set over 100 interconnected trampolines. The Latitude climbing walls are designed for speed, so bring a friend and race up the brightly coloured walls to ring the bell. There’s also an auto-belay system allowing you to climb with ease. The Culture Trip can also reveal that Latitude is about to install exciting new climbing equipment.