Cape Woolamai

  • Grades: AU
  • Approach time: 30-40 mins
  • Photos: 10
  • Ascents: 79


A wild and beautiful area offing varied quality climbing but always a grand day out


Pink granite sea cliffs located on Phillip Island, just over the bridge from the mainland. Not for the inexperienced. Tides, weather, and choss may dictate your approach and retreat so be prepared. Fixed protection is not trustworthy; bring slings for rap anchors. Wearing a helmet here is a very good idea.

Access issues

This is a sea cliff, so tides are an obvious factor. Check charts before departing. Grassy areas atop the cliffs are rookeries for mutton birds and penguins, so stick to established tracks. Nest burrows will collapse if trodden on. This is a special and unique environment, so read the signs and behave accordingy


From the Wollamai beach carpark, follow the beach/walking track towards the headlands visible to the southeast. Access to the rock is easily visible as penguin tracks down from the lookout area

Where to stay

Nearby Phillip Island towns Rhyll and Cowes, and San Remo just over the bridge offer a variety of accommodation


Trad ethic predominates, largely due to the the short lifespan of fixed steel in the salty spray. Anchors are often slung bollards so bring some tat to lower off


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