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Mount Arapiles, Grampians

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Mount Arapiles is a rock formation that rises about AHD above the Wimmera plains in western Victoria, Australia. It is located in Arapiles approximately west of the town of Natimuk and is part of the Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park. Arapiles is a very popular destination for rock climbers due to the quantity and quality of climbs. It is one of the premier climbing sites in Australia along with the nearby Grampians. The Aboriginal name for Arapiles is Djurite.HistoryEarly historyThe Djurid Balud Aboriginal clan inhabited the nearby area for thousands of years prior to the European colonisation of Australia. They used the mountain's hard sandstone for making various stone tools, and found shelter in its many gullies and small caves. Following European settlement in the mid-1840s, the Djurid Balud were displaced from the area, leading to the breaking up of the clan. The loss of the resources that the mountain provided, the ravages of European disease, and armed clashes with the settlers were all contributing factors. By the early 1870s, the last of the Djurid Balud had been relocated to mission stations. Some of their descendants still live in the area and there are also a number of archaeological sites nearby. Indeed, a survey of Mount Arapiles in 1992 located no fewer than 42 Aboriginal archaeological sites, including "quarries" for hard stone for implements, scarred trees and rock art sites.
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  • This is a must do for any climber. The size range and variety of climbing makes this place unique in the world. Camp out at the pines and soak in the atmosphere.  more »
  • If you love rock climbing, this is THE place to go in Australia (especially if you love trad climbing). There are over 3,000 routes available so you could easily spend weeks (maybe even months) here a...  more »
  • Super crowded, uninspiring scenery and boring fauna. Definitely stay away. Go to Tasmania instead. Or Yosemite. Leave this place to... umm ... ... locals. Yeah, locals - leave it to 'em. And when I'm back it's only because my cousin lives here. Yeah, that's it... 🤣
  • Underrated. This is one good place to go if you are near the Grampians. Less crowded as well.

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