First Timers

What is bouldering?

Think rock climbing without ropes. Our walls are up to 4.8m high, with thick cushioned mats for a soft landing.

You can start bouldering at Alpine with no previous rock climbing experience! There’s lots of easy climbing mixed in with our intermediate and advanced routes and problems, so don’t be afraid if you have never climbed before. You don’t need to be super strong and fit to start climbing – in fact, climbing is one of the best sports to improve your full body strength and fitness.

Simply follow the coloured holds and our grading scale to progress yourself to more difficulty climbing levels as you go.

Watch our introduction video below to learn more about your first time indoor climbing at Alpine:

For their safety, and the safety of other gym goers, we have limited the entry to 10 years and over.

There are specialised kids climbing walls on the Gold Coast that we hope the young ones enjoy. Please contact us for any enquiries or questions about under ages.

What you need to know

What do we need to wear?

Sporty and comfortable clothes are recommended. No jewellery should be worn while climbing. Climbing shoes are compulsory for our climbing walls. You can bring your own, or hire them from our hire store. A range of sizes are available (socks must be worn so please bring those with you).

Do I need a partner?

No, you can come down and boulder by yourself! Our helpful staff will guide you in the right direction for you to have a great time. Bouldering is a very social sport with a great community, so chances are you won’t be solo for long.

What facilities do we have?

We have a fully stocked retail section where you can buy climbing shoes, chalk bags and chalk, harnesses, tape, rope, and more. Of course, coffee is essential for climbing and our cafe offers great coffee and a small selection of food!

Do I need to have lots of upper body strength and fitness to start bouldering?

No! You can start climbing with a very basic level of strength and fitness. As you progress and become stronger, you will be able to advance to some of our more difficult climbs.

There's plenty of climbing routes to cater to all skill and stength levels. If you have never climbed before, we are sure you will be pleasantly surprised at how much fun it is, and how achieveable it is! There is a high level of satisfaction in completing a climb (or 'boulder problem') that you haven't been able to finish, and this is what keeps people climbing and improving for their entire lives.

How safe is bouldering and indoor climbing?

It's very safe. To start with, we take you through a guided instruction to give you everything you need to know in order to climb safely.

The gym is covered in soft matting, and we will show you some really easy techniques to avoid injury.

Do I need to have previous climbing experience?

No experience is necessary to start indoor climbing and bouldering. Just come in and learn everything you need to know from our friendly and experienced climbing staff.

Do I need to make a booking?

No bookings are needed - just arrive during opening hours, and our staff will be on hand to take you on a tour of the gym, explain the different climbing routes/problems and the grading system we use, and get you started on your first climb.

What times are you open?

Monday to Friday - 6:00am to 8:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
(6am - 8am Monday to Friday is for our members only).

Can I bring children climbing? Are there any age restrictions?

We welcome children aged 10+ to Alpine Indoor Climbing.

Safety Instructions

Prior to your first climb, you will need to watch a safety video and complete a waiver form.

All children under 13 years of age are required to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For all climbers under the age of 18 a parent or legal guardian must also sign the waiver form.