Well last weekend was Queens Birthday Weekend which means a public holiday on the Monday in Australia. For many it also marks the start of the long weekend drive down to Nowra. Most people find the winter temps in the mountains are too cold to climb so instead they head south to the Illawarra where its generally a pleasant 10 to 15 degrees during the day. The climbing in Nowra is excellent and the routes tend to be much more demanding rather than the just straight pulling on small holds that typifies the blueys. Thompsons point is probably the most popular spot and rightly so – it offers everything from the very steep to the very slabby at every grade, all in a nice setting next to the river. The tranquillity only broken by the constant passing of speed boats and jet skis. Consequently it can get very busy but if youre willing to walk a bit farther away from the car park theres plenty of quieter areas.
Just a few shots as the sun was dropping on Monday
The crags get pretty big, but most routes round here dont top out!
The rock glows orange in the evening sun