Bouldering and rock climbing in Melbourne is never going to be boring. In a city that likes things a little bit quirky – climbing has taken the same route. (Yep. Pun intended.)
Hit up these bouldering and climbing gyms in Melbourne and you’ll find some sweet tunes, welcoming community vibes, and physical challenges to boot. Hell, there’s even a giant beanstalk thrown in for good measure.
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Best Bouldering Gyms
1. The Lactic Factory + Northside Boulders
Location: Abbotsford + Brunswick and Northcote
Cost: $22 casual entry
This trio of indoor bouldering gyms offer you some excellent climbing and community vibes across Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The Lactic Factory was Melbourne’s first dedicated bouldering gym and is still putting climbers to the test in the city.
2. Urban Climb
Cost: $25 casual day pass
Urban Climb bouldering gym in Collingwood is a climbers haven. Set up in an old furniture warehouse just north of the city, it’s the largest bouldering space in Melbourne. Their crafty team resets the boulder problems each week – keeping you coming back for more!
There’s a downstairs training space to get your muscle on and yoga classes to get you limbered up and ready to climb.
3. Boulder Lab
Location: Ferntree Gully
Cost: $20 day pass
Out in Melbourne’s east, the Boulder Lab is serving up a whole lot of climbing across 700m² of wall space. The light and bright indoor gym includes a Comp Wall that’s just shy of 37 metres long, plus two training areas – one regular gym with hangboards, weights and traditional equipment – and one dedicated climber’s gym with a concept board, campus board and more.
4. Boulder Project
Cost: $20 casual session
If the social vibe and music culture of Prahran is up your alley, just throw in some climbing and you’ve got the Boulder Project. This bouldering gym in Melbourne’s inner-south is ready to welcome you with some sweet tunes and a great community vibe.
As well as providing a place for climbers of all abilities to work up a sweat, they’ve incorporated the social, fitness and music culture of the local area into their gym.
Location: Port Melbourne
Cost: $21 day pass
Just minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, you can get your bouldering vibe on at BlocHaus. There’s over 850m² of bouldering walls as well as a fitness training area and climbing training area. You can test your balance on the slackline or join in one of their fitness classes.
Plus it’s not a proper Melbourne gym without coffee – so when you’re feeling spent, relax with a brew at their in-house cafe. (We know, very French!)
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6. Hardrock Climbing
Location: Melbourne CBD
Cost: $20 casual pass
Smack bang in the city centre, it’s easy to get distracted on the walls at Hardrock Climbing. Situated above Swanston Street, the windows look out to the intersection below with a whole lot of people-watching to be done as you climb.
For avid climbers Hardrock has over 100 routes to try, with grades from 6-30. There’s top rope climbing on offer as well as auto-belay systems for solo session. Big plus: they cater to beginners with introductory courses to get you up onto the walls.
7. North Walls
Cost: $20 casual pass
Feel the Brunswick vibe at North Walls – a climbing centre that’s all about community and bringing some fun to your climbing experience.
They have routes for all levels, from beginner to advanced, and they set new routes each week. Go and meet their passionate team who are ready to welcome you into the fold.
8. Gravity Worx
Location: Pascoe Vale
Cost: $23 casual pass
If you’re wanting to progress your climbing, Gravity Worx may just be the place to do it. They offer top rope and lead rope climbing on over 50 different routes. They also have a speed climbing wall and are one of the only places in Melbourne that hosts speed climbing competitions (there’s still a bit of time to make your Olympic bid!).
You can also tap into their youth and adult development squads to improve your climbing and meet some like-minded souls.
Cost: $20 first hour – $13 subsequent hours
Push the boundaries of your climbing fitness at Latitude. Their climbing zone features rock climbing walls, bouldering and a perspex climbing wall to race your mates. The indoor climbing space in Melbourne’s north-east also has an 8 metre high obstacle course and a ninja warrior course with the infamous warped wall. It’s a totally different climbing experience.
Cost: $19.50 climbing entry
One for the kids – Funtopia is an indoor adventure park with oodles of climbing to be done. Kids can unleash their energy on 40 interactive climbing walls including a giant beanstalk which winds right up to the ceiling. When they’ve had enough of climbing send them into the huge playground with mazes, ball pits and slides – it’ll keep them entertained for hours (and hopefully run down their batteries!).
11. Bayside Rock
Location: Carrum Downs
Cost: $20 top rope climbing pass
In Melbourne’s south-east Bayside Rock is the place to head for some seriously fun climbing – this climbing gym is huge! Test your skills with some top rope climbing and head to the bouldering section if you want to give the shorter walls a go. For under 13s there’s a child-friendly area that has 25 automated climbing stations, meaning kids can take to the walls at their own pace and with the safety of the auto-belay system.
12. Activate by Hardrock
Cost: $29.50 Climb and Cave pass
Activate by Hardrock has a Clip and Climb area with 30 different climbing challenges designed to test your problem solving skills. When you’ve had enough climbing, take to Melbourne’s only indoor caving experience, where you can scramble, squeeze and slide through 85 metres of artificial cave, with just the light of your head torch to guide you.
There you have it – a kaleidoscope of climbing challenges spread across the city. If you’re after some indoor entertainment with physical and mental challenges thrown in seek out one of these great climbing gyms in Melbourne.
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