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Mount Arapiles is a remarkable island of hard quartzite rock. The area is often labeled “the best traditional-climbing area in Australia.” It’s Victoria's climbing Mecca, its best destination, and maybe the heart and soul of rock climbing in country/continent. There are hundreds of climbs within a 20-minute walk of either of the two main campsites. The rock is a very dense, ocher-red in color. Face features and sporadic cracks make the area pretty easy to climb, and most of the terrain is steep and overhanging.