I am a returning climber at Hardrock. Do I need to book in?

Currently only first time climbers need to have an online booking - if first time climbers are coming as part of your group make sure they have made an online booking here.


Top Rope

Both CBD & Nunawading have heaps of top rope climbing available. Each venue has 100+ routes, with grades 6 - 30.

CBD has 44 top rope walls up to 16 metres high, whilst Nunawading has 51 top rope walls up to 14 metres high.

Our top ropes are set up with belay devices pre-attached, so no need to bring your own, however a locking karabiner is required on both the climber’s and belayer’s end.

Lead Climbing

Available at Hardrock CBD and Nunawading
We have heaps of lead climbing at both our venues, with a wide range of grades (from 12 to 29+) to suit all levels of ability!

Our CBD venue has a total of 28 lead walls up to 16 metres high, 8 of which are 'lead only', meaning they are on terrain only available to leaders.

Nunawading has a total of 21 lead walls up to 14 metres high, 9 of which are 'lead only'; including our massive roof (18m long climb), and the amazing articulating wall (which is a hydraulically adjustable overhang!).

To lead climb at Hardrock we require all climbers and belayers to complete a Lead Climbing Assessment.

Note that we expect leaders to have a high level of competence, so please only attempt the Assessment if you are already an experienced lead climber.

Alternatively if you would like to learn to lead climb, sign up for a Lead Course.

Lead Assessments

When to book?
We offer Lead Assessments:
Nunawading: Mondays 5pm - 8pm
CBD: Tuesdays 5pm - 8pm

There is no cost associated with the assessment, apart from your entry fee for the night (applicable irrespective of whether or not you choose to climb before or after). Call 9894 4183 (Nunawading), 9631 5300 (CBD), or ask at reception to book a time.

What do you need
You will need a climbing partner (also being assessed OR previously assessed).

Participants are required to supply all their own equipment, except belay device (available to borrow, free of charge) and quickdraws (which are pre-placed on the walls); Hardrock does not have Lead harnesses or ropes available for hire.

Note that we have restrictions on what equipment may be used. Check the attachment at the bottom of the page for full details.

As of 15/11/2018 the Black Diamond ATC Pilot is the only device we permit for lead belaying. More information on this can be found here.

Climbers under 18
For children under 18 the 'Assumption of Risk' form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Children aged 13 & under are not permitted to lead belay.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Auto-Belay walls are temporarily closed.

Our CBD venue has 4 auto-belay walls which have an automatic system allowing you to climb alone (Call to check availability).


Our Nunawading venue has a bouldering area as well as campus board, hang boards & bar.

Typically there are around 40 problems to try, plus a couple of long routes to warm up and train endurance.

Forms & Extras

  • Lead Climbing Assumption of Risk

    For participants aged under 18, the 'Assumption of Risk' form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

  • Lead Equipment Requirements

    Find out what types of harness, belay device, rope and karabiner we permit.