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About the Region

From the sandstone of Arapiles and the Blue Mountains to the much-underrated couloir and ice climbing of the Main Range, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia has a lot to offer both native Australian and visiting New Zealand climbers. Whether your interest is rock, snow, ice or all of the above, Australia provides an excellent training ground for approaching New Zealand-based objectives of equal or greater challenge.

The Section

As the second largest Section of the Club, the Australia Section includes many of the country’s, if not the world’s best alpinists. It maintains both a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group, with the former serving as a means of communication between past, present and future members of the Section and Club and the Section Committee, Club Committee and National Office and the latter as a more informal, multidirectional means of communication between current members of the Section.

As well as facilitating participation in the Club’s broader Events Calendar, the Australia Section also maintains its own Section Events Calendar that includes Section-reviewed and approved trips, expeditions and social activities within Australia, New Zealand and internationally.*

Want to stay up-to-date with news, events and happenings within the Section?  Our suggestion is to ‘Like’ the Section’s Facebook Page and, where you are a newly-registered Club Member, ask to join the Section’s Facebook Group.

* Please note that trips, activities or events discussed or advertised within the Section’s Facebook Group have not received approval of the Section and Club unless and until formally published within the Section, respectively the Club Events Calendars. Participation in trips, activities or events that have not been reviewed by and received the formal approval of the Section and Club do not imply a duty of care on behalf of the Section and Club and are at participants’ own risk.

Section Meetings

The Australia Section hosts local Section Meetings/Social Climbing Evenings on the third Tuesday of every month at indoor climbing centres in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.  They provide an excellent opportunity to meet, climb and discuss ideas with fellow members of the Club, including members of the Section Committee (see below).  Please see the Section Events Calendar for more information on these evenings.

Section Events

Events include any trip, expedition or social activity that the Australia Section facilitates.  Facilitation of a Section Event involves a process of submission, review, approval, promotion and execution.  Beyond formally reviewed and approved Section Events, the Section also provides opportunity for Section Members to communicate information about privately-organised trips, expeditions and social activities to the Section’s Facebook Group.

The Section is currently in the process of finalising its Events Calendar through to June 2017.  Got an idea for a Section Event?  Let us know via a post to out Facebook Page or Facebook Group or email us at australia[at]

Section Committee

The Section Committee exists to facilitate the interests of Section Members.  Its current membership is:

Lucas Foxton – Chair
Matt Nielsen – Vice-Chair
Brent McNeil – Secretary
Josh Holloway – Treasurer
Chris Bennets-Cash – Communications Coordinator
Nic Bendeli – Events Coordinator
Dave Wallis – Committee Member
Suzanne Arulogun – Committee Member

Each member of the Section Committee is also a member of the Section’s Facebook Group. Please feel free to let them know your thoughts via public post or private message at any point. Alternately, please feel free to email the Section Committee at australia[at]

Section Committee Meetings

The Section Committee ordinarily meets on the first Tuesday of every second month (January, March, May, July, September, November) and holds an Annual General Meeting in June each year.  Elections are held for membership and offices of the Section Committee in accordance with the Club Rules.


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July 2015
September 2015


New Section Committee Members of the Australia Section

At the Australia Section Committee Meeting of 14th November, the nomination of two new Section Committee Members – Chris Bennetts-Cash…

23 November 2015

An Evening with Andrew Lock

Andrew Lock OAM is Australia’s most accomplished high-altitude mountaineer. He is the only Australian and just the eighteenth person in…

16 November 2015


National Climbing Camp

Click here to register. Following a fantastic camp last summer, the 2016 NZAC...

4 January 2016

Black Peak (2289m)

Join trip leader Danilo Hegg up Black Peak as he brings you up from Matukituki S...

28 November 2015


High Alpine Skills Courses

Course info pack All courses are full for 2015-2016 summer and registrati...

29 November 2015

NZAC Mountain Photography Workshop

Who is this course for?The NZAC Mountain Photography Workshop is aimed at alread...

3 December 2015

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