Moonarie is one of Australia's most spectacular crags. Situated on the rim of Wilpena Pound, it is surrounded by sweeping arid inland views. Superb rock and loads of fantastic quality routes make it easily South Australia’s premier crag. As isolated as it is, it is very much an adventure destination, and a worthy stop on the Australian rock climbing tour.
Point Bonney, Warren Gorge and Devil’s Peak are included in this guide to provide some other climbing options and different experiences. They are areas in their own right and are not a part of Moonarie.
Moonarie offers a varied trad climbing experience, with a good range of intermediate to hard routes. There is very little in the way of sport routes, but the trad climbing is fantastic as the quality of the rock makes it ideal for placing gear. The rock has a similar feel to Arapiles, with the same mixture of natural gear and the occasional bolt. Although there are some easy routes, experienced intermediate and advanced climbers will get the most out of Moonarie. Beginners are likely to find the isolation and exposure intimidating and should accompany someone with experience in climbing outdoors. The climbing starts in the low teens and stretches up into the high 20s. The climbing varies from single pitch excursions to long multipitch routes that wind their way up to the rim of the Pound.