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Nate Woods, 11, enjoys The Rock Adventure Centre.

From 12 metre-high walls to a huge bouldering cave, Geelong’s only in-door rock climbing centre is sure to provide a unique activity for the kids these school holidays.

With more than 150 climbs across 25 walls, The Rock Adventure Centre allows kids of all ages to test their physical limits, owner Richard Lodge explains.

“We have given so many kids the opportunity over the years to experience some adventure and try something new,” he says.

“Afterwards they often realise they can achieve much more then what they first anticipated.”

Thousands of kids have joined the centre’s school holiday activities since it opened in 2001.

The two-hour-long school holiday sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays include climbing games, techniques and challenges with the centre’s experienced staff.

The supervised program is a perfect way for kids to make their first attempt in the vertical world, Richard explains.

“It’s always great to see how the kids can progress from being nervous to pushing themselves to find some new limits,” he says.

“Often kids who come early during the holidays will come back towards the end because they had that much fun.”

With more than 27 years of climbing experience under his belt, Richard says the sport has progressed to new heights from its original adrenaline junkie risk-taking label.

“A lot of people don’t realise that rock climbing is at the Olympics next year in Tokyo,” he says.

“It’s come a long way since I first started out.”

Located at 403 Pakington St Newtown, The Rock Adventure Centre is open from 12pm to 6pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 12pm to 9:30pm Tuesday and Thursday.

Call 5221 3101 to make a booking or visit rockadventures.com.au for more information.

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