Rock Climbing Port Stephens

Rock Climbing Port Stephens

Rock Climbing Port Stephens

Outdoor Rock Climbing Port Stephens

Wet your appetite for outdoor rock climbing on Port Stephens sea cliffs with Escape Mountaineering sister company to Escape Trekking Adventures an Australian Outdoor Recreation business.

RC1 Rock Climbing course

Our RC1 rock climbing packages are set up primarily for beginners however can easily be adjusted for those indoor climbers wishing to transition to outdoor rock climbing.

3-hour rock climbing packages from $140 pp.

You will climb beginner-friendly cliffs with a backdrop of the Ocean nearby while safely attached to a climbing top rope system to prevent a fall.

Our qualified guides will show you the techniques to climb more easily as you learn the art of outdoor rock climbing. Our tour covers both rock-climbing and an abseil.


You will learn:

How to move safely around rock climbing crags

How to use climbing equipment correctly

Introduction of how to use various footholds & handholds



Port Stephens a short drive from Sydney or Newcastle you can enjoy one of our experiences in a day or overnight trip to the amazing oasis Port Stephens.

All certified climbing equipment and climbing hardware are included in the price. Ropes, harnesses, helmets, anchoring equipment and rescue systems (although extremely unlikely we will need these) as we have every possibility covered to ensure you are safe and well for your entire tour no matter the situation.

Our guides will belay you while you climb to ensure you are in the hands of experienced belays. Clients are unable to belay any participants on this tour.


If the date you wish to climb is not listed please feel free to contact us for an alternate date.



Shane and Tina Goodwin

0422 372 273

0417 481 731 (alt)



Advanced rock climbing courses and Himalayan mountaineering training

Welcome to Port Stephens

RC2 Rock Climbing Instructional Course

This 1.5-day advanced instructional course has been created for an entry-level participant with minimal outdoor climbing experience, or transition course from regular indoor climber to outdoor climbing.
You must have completed RC1 or climbed indoors regularly

Instructional course covers:
How to move safely around rock climbing crags
Outdoor belay technique
How to use climbing equipment correctly
How to climb safely on rock
Handhold techniques
Foot placement techniques
Rope handling
Tying climbing knots – beginner
Use of friction knots – beginner
Introduction to building anchors for climbing
Course folder included

RC3 Rock Climbing Instructional Course

This two-day intermediate-level course is for those who have gained knowledge of the basics in RC1 and RC2. This course is designed to give you the experience to climb outdoors under top rope anchors.

Instructional course covers:
How to move safely around rock climbing crags
Outdoor belay technique with different devices
How to use climbing equipment correctly
How to climb safely on rock
Handhold techniques
Foot placement techniques
Rope handling
Tying climbing knots – intermediate
Use of friction knots – intermediate
Intermediate anchor building techniques
Building top rope and abseil anchors
Backing up your abseiling and rescue techniques
Route selection
Course folder included

RC4 Rock Climbing Instructional Course

This one-day intermediate-level course is for those who have gained knowledge of the basics in RC1, RC2 and RC3. This course is designed to give you the experience to sport climb outdoors.

Instructional course covers:
Use of sports anchors
Learning to lead and seconding sports climbing
Lead climbing belay technique
Cleaning your anchor
Tying climbing knots – Advanced
Application of friction knots – Advanced
Intermediate anchor building techniques
Advanced rescue techniques
Route selection
Course folder included


If the date you wish to climb is not listed please feel free to contact us for an alternate date.

Rock Climbing Port Stephens


Duration of tour: 3 hours is usual however up to 4 hours may be required depending on the walk in and out of the particular day’s location

Walk-in grade: Easy

Quality of walkway: Formed paths

Departure times: These change slightly due to tidal conditions and access to climbing Crag. Departure time usually start between 9 am to 2 pm (winter time) and 9 am to 4 pm (summertime).

Cost from: $140pp. For a 3 hour tour

Why Climb With Us

  1. We are Local. We live in this area and know the rock climbing crags extremely well. We have done 100’s of safe ascents on our cliffs
  2. Qualified & Trained. We are a professionally qualified rock climbing instructors and an Australian outdoor recreation and tour guiding business.
  3. Safety. We are trained in first aid and well seasoned practising our skills in remote environments. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit in the unlikely event you need a running repair.
  4. Communications. We carry communications on each tour to ensure we know what is happening locally with weather, fires and storms.
  5. Emergency. We have comprehensive risk assessments of our tours and carry Safe Operating Procedures to ensure we are prepared for every situation we may encounter.
  6. Friendly & Fun. We enjoy what we do and love sharing this beautiful mountain and history with you.
  7. Memories. We are here to help make your memories, taking pictures of your group, assisting you reach the summit and providing a fun informative service.
  8. Equipment. We use only the best and safest rock climbing hardware and person protective equipment. All of our equipment meets or exceeds Australian standards.

Meet Your Climbing Guides

Shane & Tina are avid outdoor bushwalking enthusiast and rock climbers, Shane also enjoys high alpine mountaineering. Together they guide and lead our Port Stephens rock climbing tours.

Between them they have 1000’s of hours climbing together. Shane and Tina are both widely experienced in adventure walks within Australia and Internationally to such locations as the Kokoda Trail, Everest Base Camp, MT Wilhelm and MT Kilimanjaro just to name a few places they have hiked.

Shane & Tina are both trained in first aid and members of the Surf Life Saving Club at Birubi Beach. Shane is also a qualified life guard.

Their happy and enthusiastic personalities and high standards will ensure you enjoy your guided rock climbing tour while in Port Stephens.

What included in your Rock Climbing Tour

Cost from: $140pp. For a 3 hour tour

Tour inclusions: All certified climbing equipment and climbing hardware national park fees, public liability insurance and qualified climbing guide

What Do I Need to Bring With Me To Rock Climbing Port Stephens

What to bring: Tight fitting sports shoes, baseball style cap, sunscreen, 1L water, layered clothing to suit the season and raincoat if the weather looks ominous. Please DO NOT wear baggy loose clothing or any jewelry including watches.

Short length shorts are uncomfortable to climb in and we suggest sporting tights for ladies and knee length sport shorts for men.

Polyester or cotton tops are suitable to climb in.

Fitness Requirements to Join our Rock Climbing Port Stephens

You are not required to be super fit to join our tours, however you do need to be able to move your legs and arms freely. Rock climbing requires balance along with some upper and mostly lower body strength. Physical restrictions can prevent you from joining and enjoying our tours. Please contact us to see if you would be suitable to join the experience.

Current physical restrictions that you are experiencing that may prevent you joining one of our tours include;





Or any other type of medical conditions that may restrict or limit your ability to move or carry your own body weight during our walk in or on the sea cliffs.

Location of our tours

Starting and completion locations are in the Nelson bay to Anna Bay area, these will be given the day before in order to suit the best location for the current weather conditions.


Our usual locations


Iris Moore Park Anna Bay

Next to number 8 Birubi Lane Anna Bay


Boat Harbour Scout Wall crag

Opposite number 14 Noamunga Street Boat Harbour


Fingal Bay

Barry Park Pacific Drive Fingal Bay


Rock Climbing Port Stephens

The Kokoda Trail, Everest Base Camp & Kilimanjaro are amazing adventures but prior to the trip you can feel a little under prepared for your journey and wish to seek a little advice. The below videos are intended to take away some of the confusion so that you are better prepared.


First Aid Kits & what they should contain.

When trekking in Remote area’s you should always be mindful of what items you may require to treat any aliments that may occur as if you are on the Kokoda trail or Kilimanjaro you will not be able to purchase any such items. Everest Base Camp treks (and Nepal lodge trekking in general) you can buy some supplies but these are mainly limited to the large Sherpa villages so it is best to carry the right things with you.

If you suffer from heyfever, sinus, reflux or any such medical condition you should bring medication to treat this, plan for the worst case scenario and be prepared.

Some items that are worth your consideration include but are not limited to;

Anti-inflammatory tablets and gel (as prescribed by your doctor, remember voltaren and the like take up to 48 hours to relive symptoms so a fast acting tablet such as ibuprofen is great to start with), antibiotics for treating diarrhoea (as prescribed by your doctor), gastro stop, antibacterial gel, betadine liquid (Betadine can also treat your water for purification as a emergency back up if required), blister packs, one roll of broad elasticated bandage, roll of strapping tape, antihistamines, anti sickness tablets, painkillers such as Panadol Forte/Aspirin tablets/capsules, Codral cold and flu tablets, sunscreen, pawpaw cream along with one pack of a general use antibiotics.


Items you should carry in your day pack

This video details the items you should carry in your day pack as overloading your self will bring excess strain on your self.

Packing and sorting your gear will always be a personal preference however there are many such items you should carry that will be required throughout the day and avoid constantly digging through your main pack for in search of the particular item you require.


Sorting and packing your gear for trekking

The following video explains how to separate your gear into different packs of various sizes and colours.

I personally try to use one colour dry bag for each category I separate the items into, allowing the item you are looking for to be easily identified.

You should try to group things into to medications, toiletries, clothing, sleeping gear, general use items, spare batteries, dirty or wet clothing, first aid kit and snacks in to several separate bags for identification.

Avoid using one large dry bag as this means the entire contents will need removal to find the item you are looking for as well when you pack your bag it will need to be inside the backpack to fit the gear in correctly. Trust me I have been through all of these issue in the past.


Cold climate trek gear for Everest Base Camp and MT Kilimanjaro explained

This video will walk you through the items you require to trek in cold climates at altitude.

Simply using ski field clothing will not suffice and will be very uncomfortable whilst trekking, you will require items to keep you warm and safe. Being cold at altitude can lead to altitude sickness such as AMS, HACE and HAPE.

Layers is still the best clothing configuration for these treks and surprisingly enough you will require lightweight items that breath, high altitude trekking be quite warm during the day one minute to freezing cold blistering winds the next, so you will need to be able to regulate your core temperature according.