The state of Victoria is replete with routes for mountaineering enthusiasts and climbers among which the most popular locations are Mount Arapiles, the Grampians, and Mount Buffalo.
Mount Arapiles is recognised as one of the best in the world for rock climbing. There are more than 1,200 routes across a wide range of grades. The reason why Mount Arapiles is so popular is that there are only a few peaks in the world that allow for so many ascents in one place. You do not have to walk for hours on goat tracks to gain access to good mountain climbing places, all this is just a few steps from the camping and tourist zone. A magnificent rock, breathtaking view, comfortable camping are just a few of the advantages of this world-class climbing centre located within a 4-hour drive northwest of Melbourne.
The Grampians National Park is a fairly vast mountain range located about 250 km from Melbourne. This is a paradise for climbers. Rocks up to 200 m high are scattered throughout the area. The Grampians provides rock climbing lines across all grades on sandstone rock. The routes vary from short hard sport ones to multi-pitch routes with great adventure climbing. Serpentine, the Taipan Wall's centrepiece route, is considered to be the best route in the Grampians. The main climbing areas in the park are Hollow Mountain, Victoria Range, Mount Difficult, and so on, but there are still rocky arrays on which there is not a single line. Climbing in the Grampians is very diverse. There are sports tracks, a lot of trekking routes, a lot of bouldering stones, and vertical or weakly hanging routes as well. It is well worth visiting this climbing paradise at least once.
Mount Buffalo is one of the leading climbing places in Australia, which offers the highest routes of the country with alpine style climbing. Mount Buffalo is a rather complicated climbing spot, so you should not climb it without an escort who knows the terrain well. The two most famous climbing routes are the Cathedral on top of the plateau and on the east side the 300-meter high Buffalo Gorge.
The best season for rock climbing in Victoria is from spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May), depending on locations. Summers are usually too hot, however, you can still find some shaded gullies to climb in. Winter is the wettest period, so it's not the best time for climbing.