The Styles

The Hunter rock climbing is broken up in to three main areas. The Watagans, Port Stephens and Bulahdelah. Each area has a different rock type and style of climbing.

The Watagans:

Located just to the west of Newcastle, The Watagans is an extensive National Park with a wide range of sandstone cliffs. Most of the rock deep in the park remains mostly unexplored for climbing to date, with some of the more accessable cliffs being deveolped over the past 50 years. The main climbing style is trad with a few sport areas around to keep those inclined satisfied. The rock is a little softer and conglomerate than the Blue Mountains or Nowra.

Port Stephens:

Just 40 mins drive north of Newcastle lies the picturesque coastlines of Port Stephens. The rocky coastline offers an abundance of climbing, bouldering and DWS on the granite like rock. Plenty of options for summer craging or just laying around on the beaches and soaking up some rays between climbs.


An hours drive north of Newcastle is the small township of Bulahdelah. The Alum Mountain which lies right next to the town has some very unique rock and climbing on offer, unlike anything else in Aus. A massive cave and some amazing white rocky outcrops cover the mountain. A must visit if coming to the area.