A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published September 15th 2011
If you're seeking a thrill this weekend, here's a heart-stopping activity you won't even have to leave the city for: rock-climbing. Multiple venues exist around Brisbane where you can climb to dizzying heights in perfect safety while getting a vigorous workout.
If you're not sure heights are your thing, Rocksports in Fortitude Valley is probable the best place try out the sport. The maze of indoor climbing walls here are only 8 metres high, great for kids and beginners. The instructors will give you a crash course in using the equipment safely if it's your first time and keep an eye on you while you climb. They are open 10am-5pm on weekends and public holidays and 10am-930pm during the week. $27 will get you a harness and shoes and unlimited climbing time.
Urban Climb in West End also offers indoor rock-climbing, with walls from 8-12 metres high running around an enormous warehouse. Like at Rocksports, instructors show you how to use the equipment on your first visit. Urban climb is open 10am-6pm weekends and 10am-10pm weekdays. $28 gets you equipment and unlimited climbing.
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Indoors isn't the only way to enjoy this sport. The Kangaroo Point cliffs are the best outdoor spot you'll find to climb around Brisbane without driving several hours and have a view to match. Towering 25 metres high, the cliffs have a great view of the city which is a fantastic reward when you climb to the top. Climbing here will take a little more effort, as you will have to book the experience with one of the many adventure tour companies who organise climbing sessions. Riverlife is one such company and they will organise 2 hour group climbing sessions for $49, all equipment provided.
Be prepared to feel muscles you did not know you had the next day if you decide to try rockclimbing. It may not feel like it at the time, but climbing is a fantastic workout as well as a rewarding and confidence boosting experience. Great for kids over the school holidays too!
Hey Ranyhyn, I noticed last time I was at Kangaroo Point the lights illuminating the cliffs were still not fixed. The January floods got 'em! Any idea if they are yet recovered or when if not when that will be? Regards, Hangin'outforanightclimbcositstoohotonthesummerdaysrightnow. PS Do you climb?
By black - reader Thursday, 17th of November @ 10:06 am
Not yet but judging by the amount of activity down there at the moment it shouldn't be too much longer! If not the long summer days coming up should allow for some night climbing or I do know a few people who climb with helmet lights. I do climb but have been sticking to indoor for a while after the rain/floods/dark/heat etc. all made it too difficult.
By Ranyhyn Akui - senior reviewer Friday, 18th of November @ 10:00 am