Riverlife offers guided Rock Climbing experiences in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD. The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are an excellent climbing area for both new and experienced climbers. If you are new to climbing that’s no problem! No prior experience is required for this activity. Our fantastic and fully qualified guides will give safety information and guidance on each climbing route. 

The climbing session runs for approximately 2 hours. In this time, you ascend the cliffs towards that awesome view. We’ll also ask you to help with belaying other climbers. This also helps you prepare for your climb or offer advice if you have just conquered that cliff face! 

After checking-in at the Naval Stores building, you receive your equipment. This is a helmet and a harness, which are both one-size-fits-all. After a short walk down to the cliffs, the activity begins with a safety briefing. Soon enough, you are scaling the cliffs like Spiderman!

Do i need rockclimbing experience?

Not quite an expert rock climber? Are you scared of heights but looking to conquer your fears? Our professional, highly-qualified staff will be with you every step of the way to teach you what to do and to ensure you are safe and comfortable throughout your climb. Not to mention there are various routes suitable to all climber skills from beginner to advanced. Whether you’re an expert rock climber or a first-timer, the Kangaroo Point cliffs can deliver an incredible Brisbane rock climbing experience!

What is included in my rockclimbing experience?

  • Guided session with a highly qualified and experienced instructor
  • Safety briefing and rock climbing lesson
  • All necessary safety and rock climbing equipment (all equipment is cleaned and sanitised after use)
  • Thrill-seeking adventure on the Kangaroo Point cliffs
  • Breathtaking Brisbane city and river views

*The minimum age for rock climbing is 8 years old.
*Participants must wear and use the safety equipment provided by Riverlife.

Indoor vs Outdoor rockclimbing

  • Is there a difference between indoor and outdoor rock climbing? Yes. Climbing indoors can help you prepare for outdoor activities but it shouldn’t be seen as a linear progression. Really, they are different sports. It’s like comparing Rugby League to Rugby Union.

    Indoor climbing is a controlled environment. The routes will still be tricky, but they are outlined and colour coordinated. There is a set way to go up and down. Moulds when climbing indoors are also designed to be grabbed. Again, some may be shaped more difficult than others, but the entire purpose of them being there is to be used when climbing. 

    On the other hand, outdoor climbing is all about exploration. There are set routes to climb but the interpretation is all in the hands (literally) of the climber. Scanning to find the perfect ledge to grab or plant your foot on is all part of the challenge. Rocks and cliff faces that were never meant to be grabbed may be your key to climbing higher. Communicating with your belayer is key for your comfort, safety, and help with reaching your next destination. 

    All of this can make outdoor climbing intimidating. But fear not! With the help of our experienced guides, you too can conquer the cliffs like a pro. Riverlife’s instructors will help with climbing technique and route navigation. They’re there to help you! We love being able to kick-start a passion for climbing, or help a keen climber experience Brisbane’s best natural cliff face

About Brisbane and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs

  • When climbing with Riverlife there are some incredible views of Brisbane. Scale your way to the top of the cliff for an amazing view of Brisbane CBD, the Brisbane River and South Bank! But there is more to this spot than beautiful outlooks! Check out these fast facts about Brisbane and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs:

    • John Oxley, one of Brisbane’s first European settlers, described the Kangaroo Point Cliffs as a “high, rocky bank” surrounded by “jungle” in 1823.
    • The Kangaroo Point Cliffs are still considered a natural cliff face, but they have changed since 1823! The cliffs were quarried between 1829 and 1976. The Commissariat Store and The Old Windmill are two heritage-listed buildings that were constructed from Kangaroo Point Cliff extract, known as Brisbane Tuff.
    • Kangaroo Point was where the plans for Expo ‘88 began! Architect James Maccormick was tasked with conducting an urban renewal project for Kangaroo Point. Hosting World Expo 88 seemed like the perfect catalyst for redevelopment!

What to bring?

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Hat / Sunglasses
  • Water bottle





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