Rock Stars on the Rock Wall

Anyone with children knows what a battle it can be to get them doing the things that are good for them. Brushing teeth, eating veggies, and putting on seat belts can all create the biggest tantrums, yet parents persist because they, unlike the children, understand the value of doing these things.

Climbing a rock wall is equally beneficial but without the negativity. Kids love it. WIRAC recently conducted a free school holiday rock wall program. With over 60 children in attendance, it was a huge success. In addition, Goodstart Early Learning centre brought in 30 children for a rock wall and swim program, with the majority of their children being on the rock wall for the first time. This was so successful that Goodstart will be adding the program to their future school holiday offerings.

The fun and challenge offered by the rock wall means that a lot of these children don’t know how good it is for their bodies – a bit like vegetables but a lot more fun. Given that they love it, it might be best to keep the benefits to ourselves:

  1. It’s a full body workout. Pulling themselves up uses the muscles in their arms and back, as well as in their legs. Their core stabiliser muscles are put through a workout, too, in maintaining their balance and stability.
  2. It helps increase range of motion and flexibility. Most sports involve moving in one direction, or they have a bit of dodging and weaving tossed in. Climbing involves up, down and sideways movements, sometimes at quite a stretch. This keeps joints strong and flexible.
  3. It’s great for both strength and cardio. They’re building muscle while increasing their heart rate. The exertion of climbing is excellent for both forms of fitness.
  4. Grip strength improves. Over time, climbers develop amazing strength in their fingers and hands, as well as their forearms. This makes all sorts of other activities easier. Imagine how helpful they’ll be at bringing in the shopping bags, walking the dog, or opening that stubborn jar lid.
  5. Increases cognitive function. The rock wall provides many options for where to place hands or feet. Kids need to look for the options and evaluate the best for them. Do I reach up high with my hand, or shall I stretch out with my leg because the next option from there will be better? It’s like a full body chess game, where planning strategy is just as important as the strength and skill.

What’s Happening at WIRAC over Spring & Summer 2019

So Winter draws to a close and Spring is upon us. With the warmer months comes the busy season for the Centre and we do appreciate our members and users patience as we conclude not just our massive renovation project (the Heat Pump Project) but also the reduced hours over the cooler months.

We will be moving back to longer hours of operation during September and October and these hours are listed alongside this text on the web page. We have some new programs and services starting and these are listed below. Please check in with reception at the Centre for further details about these listed activities

In addition the pool will re-open on Sundays from 10-2pm for the Sunday of the 29th Sep and Sunday 6 Oct. From then on, our Sunday hours will be 10-5pm up to mid-December.

October Activities

  • 7 October - Public Holiday, WIRAC will be open 9-4pm
  • 8 October - Term 4 commences

October will see extended hours of operation for the Centre including Saturdays and Sundays. Extra group fitness classes will resume with the later hours of operation and we will also introduce 1-2 functional fitness classes and the 6 week Summer Shred Program.

The new Active Youth Program will commence as well with sessions for Active Kids (8-11yrs) and Active Teens (12-16yrs).

We are also holding a special Big Q Basketball tournament on the weekend of the 19/20 October.

November Activities

WIRAC celebrates its 5th birthday in November (it is 5 years since YMCA Brisbane were engaged to manage the Centre for the SDRC) and we will have a special birthday carnival over the weekend of the 9th & 10th of November. There will be a range of activities which will include:
Rockwall/Disco on Fri 8 Nov. Over the weekend, pool fee’s will be half price and we will conduct the Macca’s Mini Meet, and introduce Masters swimming as well as the new Aqua Duck program. The pool inflatable will be up on Saturday and Sunday at specified times.

December Activities

Additional events will be listed in coming months. And there will be some modifications to operating hours.

For more information on any of these events or any of our activities, please call the Centre on 4661 7955 or find us on Facebook here. WIRAC is the Southern Downs one-stop destination for family fitness, sports activities and quality aquatic education!

The Centre hours for 8th October onwards POST school holidays are as follows:

Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am to 5pm

Main Pool:
Monday to Friday - 5:30am to 8:00pm
Saturday - 7:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 10am-5pm

Please note that there will be modified hours over Xmas 2019 and January 2020.

*Operating Hours subject to change at WIRAC's discretion


29 Palmerin St, Warwick
4370 QLD

PH: (07) 4661 7955
FAX: (07) 4661 7950
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