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Between a rock (wall) and a high place

Thursday, August 26, 2010
This is the latest in what to do in Melbourne after a hard day of slogging it out on the corporate ladder, working retail, teaching school — whatever fills Melburnians working day. Rather than go to a bar, they are going to the Southern Hemisphere's highest rock climbing wall!

Hardrock Indoor Climbing Centre in the middle of Melbourne — there's another in Nunawading — is hard to miss. The huge glass building on Swanston Street is rather obvious when you see people climbing inside of it. The modern exterior allows you to see all the inside action from the outside.

Jules Lund competed against his cousin Matt Galbally — live action figure, international model and rock climber. Jules always looked up to Matt when they were growing up, but this was the time and place to be really serious about competing. They were against the clock, and who are we to interfere in family traditions. Best to tell you about what you can do!

Climbs are graded, and the hardest at Hardrock is about a 35. Instructor Alex de Greenlaw oversees the 100 climbs which have 48 ropes.

The wall looks and feels like real rock, hence the name Hardrock, and it caters to all skill levels. New climbs are introduced each week. Route setters design new climbs, so the centre always has something new.

Once you reach the top — and you probably will — you are rewarded with the best view across Melbourne, and if your arms are still working, you can wave to the people below who are looking at you.

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Hardrock climbing in the centre of Melbourne.


Hardrock climbing at the Hardrock Indoor Climbing Centre costs $29 for adults, $18 for children older 11 years and $12 for children under 11 year. Time is unlimited and all gear and safety for first-timers are included. They open from noon until 10pm on weekdays and 11am to 7pm on weekends.

Virgin Blue has flights to Melbourne.

One-way fares from:

  • Adelaide $79
  • Hobart $85
  • Sydney $90
  • Canberra $95
  • Brisbane $129
  • Darwin $179
  • Perth $239

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.

Prices correct at August 26, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

Hardrock Climbing
501 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9631 5300
Fax: (03) 9662 4144

User comments
I walk pass it everyday when I am at uni, and there are always people climbing

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