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1. Cape Woolamai 66 routes in Crag

Trad and Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.352294, -38.555893

Unique Features And Strengths:

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

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


Having seen some climbing over previous decades, there's been renewed interest in recent years

1.1. The Lectin 1 route in Area

All Trad

Long/Lat: 145.345891, -38.556630

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 The Lectin 10 Trad 12m

1.2. Pulpit Rock 7 routes in Area

Trad and Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.342041, -38.558272

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Ulysses 8 Unknown 31m
2 The Blanc

FA: Steve Craddock, Bob Craddock, 1961

5 Trad 42m
3 Struck Dumb

FA: Jane wil,Steve Monks, Jane Wilkinson, 1989

21 Trad 35m
4 Comfortably Numb 19 Unknown 25m
5 Gardyrobes 14 Unknown 18m
6 Down By The Seaside

FA: Glen tempest,Graham Jones,Elke Rudolph, 1984

17 Trad 25m
7 Seagul

FA: Russel Judge, Neil Sadler, 28th Sep

6 Trad 27m

1.3. Landward Cliffs 2 routes in Crag

All Trad

Cliffs opposite pulpit rock, on the land-side, also near the pinnacles


As for pulpit rock. Descent via gully behind cliff face

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Weird and Haunted Shores

Climbs the 1m wide pillar on the far left when facing the cliffs, with Pulpit rock to the right.

10 Trad 12m
2 Indianapolis

Tallest arret closest to the pinnacles

15 Trad 12m

1.4. The Pinnacles 6 routes in Area

Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: 145.342114, -38.558850

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 The Anemone 5 Unknown 12m
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
2 * The Pinnacle Traverse 5 Trad 110m
3 ** Ocean Views

Start at the bottom right corner of the "bay" side of the 2nd pinnacle, traverse left and up to ledge at the base of the left-facing corner at the very left side of the pinnacle. Up the corner crack, then carefully top-out, trying not to dislodge too much of the choss. Descent by rappelling off the horn at the top of Nerve Case.

FA: Stuart Hollaway,Lachie Currie, 2007

14 Trad 18m
4 Nerve Case 8 Trad 20m
5 Jar of Dirt

Up the "bay" side of the first pinnacle, between two black streaks for the first half. When approaching the top, the route goes over the face, rather than the groove on the right hand size which is significantly easier.

FA: Stuart Hollaway,Pat Clark, 2008

15 Trad 13m
6 * Quint

On the ocean side of the first pinnacle. Walk around the back to a platform on the ocean side, and look for three hand-sized protrusions of pink rock sticking out slightly from the otherwise brown granite, about 2.5m up from the platform. The climb starts beneath these. Up a hand crack through a slight bulge (crux), then into a V-shaped groove and thrutch or bridge upwards. Well protected.

FA: Stuart Hollaway,Lachie Currie, 2008

16 Trad 10m

1.5. Isla de Muerta 21 routes in Area

All Trad

Long/Lat: 145.342932, -38.559862


A broad, twisted sea stack, this complex 3d area has multiple faces and peaks.


Continue past the Pinnacles, Isla de Muerta is located in the next bay.

1.5.1. Front Wall 4 routes in Cliff

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Access Direct 3 Trad 9m
2 Cursed Medallion

FA: Stuart Holloway, Radiance Chen, 2008

12 Trad 9m
3 Aztec Gold

Pull on from the boulder. (If the swell is big your belayer might get wet.) Head straight up the steepest terrain. Great fun.

FA: Stuart Holloway, Lachie Curriel, 2008

7 Trad 10m
4 * Access to Gold

Good option when the bottom of aztec gold is wet. Start up access direct for 2 metres then traverse right into Aztec gold

FFA: @jgoad,@emilieskramsett, 2015

7 Trad 15m

1.5.2. Jaws Area 4 routes in Cliff


Climb a route on the Front Wall and walk down the back or scramble right around Isla de Muerta.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Interceptor 15 Trad 15m
2 * The Opportune Moment

FA: Stuart Holloway, Pat Clarke, 2008

16 Trad 16m
3 Jaws 15 Trad 24m
4 * Not Trying to Find North

FA: Stuart Holloway, Paul Glennie, 2008

13 Trad 25m

1.5.3. East Coast 5 routes in Cliff

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * The Far Seas

FA: Stuart Holloway, Alan Stevenson, 2008

12 Trad 14m
2 Tom's Arete 8 Trad 18m
3 All At Sea 9 Trad 20m
4 Amnesia 12 Trad 8m
5 What Vexes All Men 9 Trad 8m

1.5.4. West Coast 4 routes in Cliff


Rap off the summit ledge or climb right around Isla de Muerta at Grade 8.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Before the Storm

FA: Stuart Holloway, Radiance Chen, 2008

16 Trad 11m
2 ** Edge of the Map

FA: Stuart Holloway, Lachlie Currie, Peter Arch, 2008

18 Trad 11m
3 Man the Yards 10 Trad 7m
4 * Rising Swell

FA: Lachie Currie, Peter Arch, Stuart Holloway, 2008

12 Trad 7m

1.5.5. The Abyss 3 routes in Cliff


Long/Lat: 145.343011, -38.559878

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 ** Here There be Monsters

FA: Stuart Holloway, Lincoln Smith, 2010

20 Trad 18m
2 Honour The Call Project Trad Project
3 ** Hoist the Colours

FA: Stuart Holloway, Lachie Currie, 2011

18 Trad 20m

1.5.6. Poseidon Wall 1 route in Cliff


Scramble across the, cross the Abyss by the chockstone (consider belaying) then climb The Far Seas (12) to gain Poseidon Wall.

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 * Waking the Kraken

FA: Stuart Holloway, Alan Stevenson, 2008

11 Trad 12m

1.6. The Middle Coast Area 3 routes in Area

All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Man The Yards 10 Unknown 50m
2 Jaws 15 Unknown 18m
3 Cleft Chimney 3 Unknown 30m

1.7. The Big Cliff 15 routes in Area

All Trad

Long/Lat: 145.347544, -38.562503

RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Matelot 11 Trad 120m
2 * Poseidon 15 Trad 66m
3 * Tsunami 14 Trad 85m
4 * The Plunge 16 Trad 55m
5 The Plunge Direct Start 16 Trad 20m
6 The Ancient Mariner 14 Trad 67m
7 Carious Crack 11 Trad 75m
8 Carious Crack Variant 12 Trad 21m
9 Carious Crack Variant Start 16 Trad 20m
10 ** Popeye 19 Trad 78m
11 * Barnacle Bill 16 Trad 73m
12 * Nostromo 15 Trad 85m
13 King Neptune 14 Trad 60m
14 The Candle 9 Trad 22m
15 The Mermaid 17 Trad 35m

1.8. Pirate Pete Cove 7 routes in Area

All Unknown
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Point Percy 15 Unknown 85m
2 Pirate Pete 12 Unknown 63m
3 Shock Waves 15 Unknown 90m
4 * Splash The Boots 15 Unknown 53m
5 Terror Firma 15 Unknown 80m
6 Rack Of Ages 17 Unknown 20m
7 I Had Sex On TV 21 Unknown 20m

1.9. Red Rock Area 4 routes in Area

Unknown and Trad
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Balcony Slab 7 Unknown 33m
2 Wet Dream 9 Unknown 24m
3 Hellow Sailor 14 Unknown 24m
4 * Navel Warfare

The top wide crack opposite 'Balcony slab' , unusual climbing. Can be done in two pitches, belay where the crack round the arête. Rap off horn at the top.

FA: Richard Bassett-Smith, Gaetan Riou, 2012

17 Trad 30m

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style Area
3 Access Direct Trad 9m 1.5.1. Front Wall
Cleft Chimney Unknown 30m 1.6. The Middle Coast Area
5 The Blanc Trad 42m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
The Anemone Unknown 12m 1.4. The Pinnacles
* The Pinnacle Traverse Trad 110m 1.4. The Pinnacles
6 Seagul Trad 27m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
7 * Access to Gold Trad 15m 1.5.1. Front Wall
Aztec Gold Trad 10m 1.5.1. Front Wall
Balcony Slab Unknown 33m 1.9. Red Rock Area
8 Ulysses Unknown 31m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
Nerve Case Trad 20m 1.4. The Pinnacles
Tom's Arete Trad 18m 1.5.3. East Coast
9 All At Sea Trad 20m 1.5.3. East Coast
What Vexes All Men Trad 8m 1.5.3. East Coast
The Candle Trad 22m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Wet Dream Unknown 24m 1.9. Red Rock Area
10 The Lectin Trad 12m 1.1. The Lectin
Weird and Haunted Shores Trad 12m 1.3. Landward Cliffs
Man the Yards Trad 7m 1.5.4. West Coast
Man The Yards Unknown 50m 1.6. The Middle Coast Area
11 * Waking the Kraken Trad 12m 1.5.6. Poseidon Wall
Carious Crack Trad 75m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Matelot Trad 120m 1.7. The Big Cliff
12 Cursed Medallion Trad 9m 1.5.1. Front Wall
Amnesia Trad 8m 1.5.3. East Coast
* The Far Seas Trad 14m 1.5.3. East Coast
* Rising Swell Trad 7m 1.5.4. West Coast
Carious Crack Variant Trad 21m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Pirate Pete Unknown 63m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
13 * Not Trying to Find North Trad 25m 1.5.2. Jaws Area
14 Gardyrobes Unknown 18m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
** Ocean Views Trad 18m 1.4. The Pinnacles
King Neptune Trad 60m 1.7. The Big Cliff
The Ancient Mariner Trad 67m 1.7. The Big Cliff
* Tsunami Trad 85m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Hellow Sailor Unknown 24m 1.9. Red Rock Area
15 Indianapolis Trad 12m 1.3. Landward Cliffs
Jar of Dirt Trad 13m 1.4. The Pinnacles
Interceptor Trad 15m 1.5.2. Jaws Area
Jaws Trad 24m 1.5.2. Jaws Area
Jaws Unknown 18m 1.6. The Middle Coast Area
* Nostromo Trad 85m 1.7. The Big Cliff
* Poseidon Trad 66m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Point Percy Unknown 85m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
Shock Waves Unknown 90m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
* Splash The Boots Unknown 53m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
Terror Firma Unknown 80m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
16 * Quint Trad 10m 1.4. The Pinnacles
* The Opportune Moment Trad 16m 1.5.2. Jaws Area
* Before the Storm Trad 11m 1.5.4. West Coast
* Barnacle Bill Trad 73m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Carious Crack Variant Start Trad 20m 1.7. The Big Cliff
* The Plunge Trad 55m 1.7. The Big Cliff
The Plunge Direct Start Trad 20m 1.7. The Big Cliff
17 Down By The Seaside Trad 25m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
The Mermaid Trad 35m 1.7. The Big Cliff
Rack Of Ages Unknown 20m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
* Navel Warfare Trad 30m 1.9. Red Rock Area
18 ** Edge of the Map Trad 11m 1.5.4. West Coast
** Hoist the Colours Trad 20m 1.5.5. The Abyss
19 Comfortably Numb Unknown 25m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
** Popeye Trad 78m 1.7. The Big Cliff
20 ** Here There be Monsters Trad 18m 1.5.5. The Abyss
21 Struck Dumb Trad 35m 1.2. Pulpit Rock
I Had Sex On TV Unknown 20m 1.8. Pirate Pete Cove
? Honour The Call Project Trad Project 1.5.5. The Abyss