It's cold or wet outside – are the kids climbing the walls? Then head indoors for some active fun with Melbourne's best indoor climbing centres for kids – you're bound to find some indoor rock climbing near you!
Most of the venues with indoor climbing for kids are suitable for children from 4 years old – but check in advance if you're unsure as to whether your little one will be able to enjoy kids rock climbing.
Indoor Rock Climbing Melbourne – CBD/DOCKLANDS
1. Hardrock Climbing, Melbourne
Hardrock Climbing offers indoor rockclimbing Melbourne CBD that is mainly for hardcore (adult) climbers but there is indoor rock climbing for kids 8+ years at this venue. All children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult to help them and one adult is allowed to help 2-3 children.
The second Nunawading venue is more suitable for rock climbing kids, with easier walls and offers kids rock climbing from 4+ years old.
Hardrock Climbing, 4/8 Franklin St, Melbourne, 03 9631 5300
Indoor Climbing Centres Melbourne – NORTH / NORTH-EAST
2. Latitude, Heidelberg West
Latitude, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, 1300 123 528
3. GoClimb, Coburg
For kids 4+ years you can book a session in the rock climbing area, though it'll be hard to resist the rest of the play equipment!
GoClimb, 64-74 Gaffney Street, Coburg, 03 9350 3181
4. Gravity Worx, Pascoe Vale
Gravity Worx is a modern gym run by climbers for climbers. Gravity Worx has climbing indoor for all three disciplines; Lead, Speed and Boulder.
All first timers will be taken through a belay induction (how to use the ropes, basic technique and safety essentials) and will be supervised at no extra cost. If your child is big enough to safely fit into a harness then he/she can climb. As a guide, usually a 4 year old is big enough for a harness.
Gravity Worx, 182-184 Sussex St, Pascoe Vale, 03 9350 1789
5. TunzaFun Xtreme, Plenty Valley
If the kids are driving you crazy and up the wall, head to the kids climbing centre TunzaFun Xtreme where they can climb some walls and burn off all that energy!
Not only does it have 34 climbing challenges for kids 4+ years, it also includes a games arcade and dodgem car track.
TunzaFun has other locations in Melbourne – Fountain Gate, Fountain Gate Rush and Dandenong – but they do not include indoor climbing facilities.
TunzaFun Xtreme, Shop MMD1/415 McDonalds Rd, Mill Park, 03 9494 0934
6. North Walls, Brunswick
North Walls is the first climbing gym in Victoria featuring walls by Walltopia, a world-leader in climbing wall manufacturing.
There is no age restriction on climbing provided the child fits into the harness properly. They do have age restrictions on belaying requiring participants to be at least 11 years old. They even have a full body harness for smaller climbing if you have an active small person wanting to try toddler rock climbing!
North Walls, Unit 3/17-19 Hope St, Brunswick
7. Northside Boulders, Abbotsford
Go bouldering in this Abbotsford gym, which was the first bouldering centre in Melbourne. It's also known as The Lactic Factory, and if that isn't a promise to test your body, I'm not sure what is!
Children are welcome, but there are safety suggestions for smaller climbers, and all participants will need to be able to demonstrate a safe fall. There are other Northside Boulders gyms in Brunswick and Northcote.
Northside Boulders, The Lactic Factory, 1 Studley St, Abbotsford
Indoor Climbing Centres in Melbourne SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
8. BlockHaus, Port Melbourne
One of three BlockHaus bouldering gyms in Australia, they have a special FamilyHaus area; specially designed bouldering for kids (although adults are welcome to use the space too, as long as they are mindful of rock climbing kids around them). They suggest that kids 5yo+ get the most benefit from the space.
There is also a bouldering gym and workout area for adults and older kids 12+years.
BlockHaus, Unit 2, 359 Plummer St, Port Melbourne, 03 9646 6018
9. Crazy Climb, Noble Park
Crazy Climb is a 26 climb venue for indoor rock climbing for kids big and little, ages 4-94.
Lollipops Playland and Crazy Climb, 6 Elonera Rd, Noble Park North, 03 9862 3400 and other locations
10. J Park, Oakleigh South – Temporarily closed for maintenance
J Park not only boasts the clip ‘n' climb style climbing walls for indoor rock climbing, there's also a four-level rope climb using a harness.
Plus there's a flying fox, zipline, trampolines and crazy ball pit! J Park review.
J Park, 352 – 356 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh South
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11. Activate by Hardrock, Moorabbin
Formerly known as Clip and Climb Moorabbin and then UpUnlimited, Activate by Hardrock features wall climbing for kids in small arena plus the Leap of Faith and the Vertical Drop Slide.
They've also got an artificial caving system with 85 metres of tunnels to clamber through. It's the only system of it's kind in Australia. Children under 6 need to be accompanied through the caving system by an adult.
Walls are of varying levels of difficulty with some easier climbs before gaining confidence to tackle some harder climbs.
Activate by Hardrock, 4/444 Warrigal Road, Moorabbin, 03 9558 1199
Funtopia Carrum Downs is Australia's biggest indoor play arena with a huge playground and indoor climbing play centre combined in one!
Climbing World is an indoor rock climbing area with 40 climbing walls starting from beginner to advanced level. Funtopia Carrum Downs review.
Funtopia Carrum Downs, 586 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, 03 8726 9053
13. Bayside Rock Climbing, Carrum Downs
Want a session of indoor rock climbing kids will love, but want more challenging walls than a clip'n climb style centre? ‘Climb Time’ auto-belay sessions run every hour on the hour during trading hours on weekends, week nights and school holidays – that means you're not stuck making one child wait while you belay another.
You can go top rope climbing or bouldering at Bayside Rock Climbing, and they will also run a rock climbing party for you!
Bayside Rock Climbing, 9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs
Clip n Climb Berwick, one of the Clip ‘n Climb locations in Melbourne, is the same concept as Clip n Climb Williamstown.
Clip n Climb Berwick, 39-51 Intrepid St, Berwick
15. Kemizo Family Entertainment Centre, Pakenham
Kemizo Family Entertainment Centre Pakenham has rock climbing indoors facilities as well as laser tag and a roller skating rink. There is a six metre high rock climbing wall for climbers of different skill levels. You can climb on 8 courses, and there is an auto belay system in place.
There is another location in Somerton.
Kemizo Family Entertainment Centre, 1/100 Bald Hill Rd, Pakenham
16. Bounce, Keysborough
It’s no secret that the climbing walls at Bounce Keysborough (formerly Supaworld Keysborough) are a customer favourite, and it's not just rock climbing for.kids.
With a different challenge at every wall, there’s no doubt that rock climbing provides a total body workout, strengthening both your upper and lower body muscles. As well as being a fun pastime, rock climbing also allows you to increase your range of motion and flexibility.
There is also a high ropes course, trampolines, ninja warrior course and dodgeball in the same centre.
Bounce, 1 Fiveways Blvd, Keysborough, 03 9131 5099
Indoor Climbing Centres in Melbourne EASTERN SUBURBS
Newly opened is Flip Out Box Hill, that has rock climbing and trampoline near Melbourne's east, and also has parkour equipment, and a range of lessons. There is plenty of equipment for the whole family to be entertained for hours!
Flip Out Box Hill, T2, 249 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill, 03 9890 7213
Indoor Climbing Centres in Melbourne WESTERN SUBURBS
Let your imagination run wild at the Rabbit hole Play Centre. Not only does it have a fantastic Melbourne rock climbing wall, but also boasts a cleverly designed play space – and parents you will find a decent coffee here too! Rabbit Hole review.
Rabbit Hole Play Centre, Shop 13, 227 Ballarat Rd, Braybrook
The indoor rock climbing area at Funtopia Maribyrnong has 40 climbing walls starting from beginner to advanced level – it's rock climbing Melbourne kids will love!
And the Australiana-themed playspace is one of the largest indoor playground arenas in Australia and includes a replica vintage Melbourne tram and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Funtopia Maribyrnong review.
Funtopia, 98 Hampstead Rd, Maribyrnong, 03 9317 0413
20. Clip ‘n’ Climb, Williamstown
Kids climb walls. So why not take them to Clip and Climb Melbourne, somewhere they are actually allowed to climb the walls!
Clip n Climb Williamstown, Warehouse 2, 145 Maddox Rd, Williamstown
21. Climb West, Altona
Climb West Melbourne is a dedicated bouldering gym. You don't climb using ropes, and none of the climbs are higher than 4.5m, with mats underneath in case of falls.
Climbers at Climb West need to be a minimum of 10yo. They run instructional sessions for climbers 10 – 18yo, and they also offer yoga classes.
Climb West, 193 Maidstone St, Altona
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