Ever wanted to try out climbing?
Well you can at our indoor climbing gym at SportUNE.
There are two different angled walls with four ropes. There are grades ranging from beginner levels right up to advanced climbs. If you’re not a fan of heights or just don’t like ropes we have a newly installed bouldering cave. We have something to suit everyone.
Public climbing nights
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30pm until 8:30pm the climbing wall is open to everyone (up to 25 climbers at a time) with a climbing instructors supervising the wall. Climbing costs for club members are $6 and non-members $8 This includes harness hire and we have a small selection of climbing shoes available if needed. Please refer to the SportUNE website for any changes to this. The wall can also be hired out for parties, group bookings and school groups at additional cost.
Club members climbing night
Thursday night is members night! 5:30pm til late the climbing wall is open to club members for $6 with all of the proceeds going to the club. This helps us fund a significant amount of our events during the year so come on down and hang out with the regulars.
Where is the wall?
The climbing wall is situated in the first squash court within the SportUNE complex.
To climb on the wall you must be shown the ropes by one of our climbing instructors. A climbing instructor will be available during climbing hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The club does rock climbing trips, provides a way to meet other climbers and other stuff.
General info on Rock Climbing in New England
The New England region has seen a lot of development over the last 30 years with the establishment of many large cliffs located in Gara Gorge (15km’s east of armidale), Mt Yarrawick and Ebor Gorge. Around Armidale climbing on granite offers many cracks, slabs and faces.
However, about 70km east can take you out to Ebor which offers an abundance of cracks and aretes on Basalt which originated from a long extinct volcano. In terms of access Ebor is the easiest as the climbs are only a couple of minutes walk from your car. The climbs also happen to be very close to the local pub!.
All cliffs located in Gara Gorge (with the exception of Blue Hole) can be accessed by a demanding long hot or bloody cold walk down the gorge, OR by driving virtually to the cliffs through private property with permission. Therefore, it is advisable just to climb at Blue Hole which has no access restrictions, or to contact a local climber to take you out to the cliff. If unsure follow these simple steps:
- Contact a local climber or the UNEOAC
- Obtain permission before driving through a farmers property
- Leave all gates as you find them
Failure to do so may see climbing access to these cliffs restricted by car and will entail the previously mentioned long walk!
In addition, there is lots of bouldering at Blue Hole (Gara Gorge) and Mt Yarrowyck
The Club regularly runs white water canoe and kayak trips on the multitude of fantastic rivers throughout the New England region, including the Nymboida, Gywdir, Little Murray, Styx and many more. The club is host to two qualified instructors and many experienced paddlers with a wealth of local knowledge.
We also have a fleet of craft to suit everyone ranging from stable beginner boats to more dynamic playboats for the more experienced paddlers. We also have a variety of racing canoes and kayaks for those interested in competition. The craft are provided free of charge to members on club trips and can be hired for private use throughout the year.
The club also runs a very popular Canoe Polo night which is a great way to get into kayaking and canoeing and learn the basics.
Canoe polo is basically like water polo except that you are in kayaks!
Canoe polo is held every Wednesday night starting at 7:00 pm at the Sport UNE heated indoor pool. We usually play 2 competition games plus an informal game after that for anyone who is still keen enough to stick around. We are currently looking for beginners to join our comp. Things are pretty informal so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never paddled before – we look after our beginners so there is no need to feel intimidated by the pace of the game.
NB. Please keep up to date with the facebook group as to the starting date for Trimester 1.
The Club organsies regular bushwalking, hiking and camping trips, as well as canyoning though the rugged gorge country surrounding Armidale. Whether you’re an experienced bushwalker or just keen to give it a try, we run a range of walks to suit everyone.
There are many fantastic National Parks and Reserves around the New England Tablelands and nearby regions that provide an abundance of mountains, valleys, eucalypt studded grassy woodlands, moss shrouded rainforest and coastal terrain to explore. Below are a few of the Parks we play in:
- Bald Rock National Park
- Cathedral Rock National Park
- Gibraltar Range National Park
- Guy Fawkes River National Park
- Mt Kaputar National Park
- New England National Park
- Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
- Washpool National Park
- Dorrigo National Park
For more information on upcomming trips and how to get involved check out our News and Events Page.
- Spatial Information Exchange – for topographic maps and aerial images, etc.
- Bureau of Meteorology – weather forecasts for the north east nsw region
The local Pine Forest has some good mountain biking tracks, suitable for novice through to experienced riders. Also, recently the Armidale Mountain Biking Club was created and as part of that a cool 4 cross track was built near the lookout on north hill (of Crest Rd). For other places to ride, check out the NEMBC maps and directions to tracks page.
The club maintains a fair amount of gear for the activities we do and the majority of that gear is also available for hire. You don’t need to be a member to hire our gear, although you do get a 10% discount if you have joined the club.
All of this gear is available for free on a club trips or for a minimal fee for private trips. We are a non-profit club and all the fees go back into the maintenance of our gear.
Please note: Safety is important to us, so any essential safety gear is free. For example if you hire kayak, you will also get a helmet for free.
- Trangia stoves
- Sleeping bags and bed rolls
- Headlamps / Lights
- Kayaks / Spray decks
- Personal Floataion Device (Life jacket)
Climbing, Canyoning and Caving gear
- Abseil devices (Whale tails, rap racks)
- Ascending devices / prussic cords
First Aid / Safety equipment
- EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon)
- GPS (Global Positioning System)
- First Aid kits
- Topographic maps of most of the region
- Trailer with two optional racks for kayaks
For more information hiring gear contact a club executive.