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1. Tasmania 3,955 routes in Region

Summary:
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Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: 146.360403, -41.377043

1.1. South East 1,876 routes in Region

Summary:
Boulder, Unknown and other styles

Long/Lat: 147.328888, -42.758537

1.1.1. Hobart and surrounds 869 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 147.359822, -42.913077

1.1.2. Tasman Peninsula 203 routes in Region

Summary:
Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 147.837277, -43.041895

1.1.3. Bruny Island 44 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 147.288113, -43.333729

1.1.4. Elderslie Bouldering 45 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: 147.092770, -42.570823

Description:

The bouldering at Elderslie is on sandstone boulders and is quite good but has always had access issues.

Approach:

To get there drive up the Midlands Highway from Hobart towards Brighton. Take the left hand road just before Brighton (Elderslie Road). Follow this road for 15 minutes or so before reaching Elderslie (not much more than a few farms and a golf club). Take a right a few kilometres out of Elderslie (Clifton Vale Road) and follow this dirt road for about 5 kilometres before reaching a Y intersection; take the right road (to Dysart), you will go up a rise and then the road will go down again, at the bottom of this hill on the left is the fire trail about 1 kilometre from the intersection. (Note: This first area is now mostly inaccessible, unless you can convince the new landowners otherwise!). You walk up here for 100m or so and then to your left is Slug Rock (amongst the trees) and the Ant Rocks are about 100m uphill from here. Drive on another 200m or so and on the right is the pullover next to the creek, opposite the obvious Roadside boulders. Park here to access the Block (access at your own risk!) and Forbidden Forest areas. For the Gully area, continue on the road past the Roadside boulder for another couple of hundred metres, around the corner. Park at a large pull-out on the left.

Ethic:

Most of the bouldering in this area is on relatively soft sandstone. This can, in case of recent rain or general dampness, lead to easy breaking of holds. Hence when climbing in this area on a wet or damp day, be careful not to break any important holds.

History:

It was originally discovered by Mike Berry and developed by Stu Bowling & friends in early 2001. The area got some more life in 2006 with the discovery of the Gully by Jon Nermut and Dave Humphries, and then later the Arch and the Terrace.

1.1.5. Kempton Quoin 26 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and Trad

Long/Lat: 147.273348, -42.542455

1.1.6. Oatlands 189 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: 147.377433, -42.304523

Description:

Oatlands has been in development since 2001 and is now the best bouldering area in Tasmania. The climbing is on both roofs and faces and is of very high quality. The sandstone is generally quite solid, which is fairly unique for Tasmania. As well as Tasmania's hardest bouldering, Oatlands also has an increasing number of quality moderates.

Approach:

Oatlands can be found about 1 hours drive north of Hobart up the Midlands Highway, or a bit longer than 1 hour south of Launceston.

1.1.7. Table Mountain 3 routes in Cliff

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 147.139386, -42.236583

1.1.8. Handsome Crag 332 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: 147.093300, -42.740159

Description:

Handsome Crag has quite a decent amount of reasonable sandstone. There is quite a lot of potential here for bouldering, and there has been a rapid amount of development here since it was kicked off by Dave Humphries, Jon Nermut and Campbell Godfrey in May 2008

Access Issues:

A locked gate has been put at the bottom of the old access road, but you can still use other access roads and some walking to reach the crag. The crag is on Crown Land and administered by Forestry Tasmania.

Approach:

NEW APPROACH

Instead of turning right off Back River Road keep driving for another 400m or until you get to Handsome Cave Road. Enter Handsome Cave Rd, park on the green patch to your left immediately after you've turned. If you have a 4x4 with A LOT of clearance you can keep driving on Handsome Cave Rd over rough terrain. At the first fork you get to, which is right after the BIG hole in the road, it does actually not matter whether you take the left or the right road since they meet up at the top,....for hikers I would recommend the left Rd and for cars the right,.....at the top where the two roads merge again follow the road to the left, past a shack on the left. Park here (if you've driven) as further up the road a gate has been flattened by trees and is impassable. Just past this gate is another fork; take the left hand road and follow the trail. The path bends around the valley and passes under impressive caves (walk left past them). Two minutes on is a cairn marking a foot trail on the right - if you reach a small creek-bed crossing you've missed it. This trail is relatively easy to follow if you stay observant and look for cairns. At the top of the cairned track you arrive at the old access road. Here turn left to get to Weakhold or right get to Stronghold. The main Handsome Crag climbs are ten minutes to the right. The starting tracks to these areas are marked with cairns.

OLD APPROACH

To get there head up to New Norfolk and cross to the northern side of the Derwent River. Head up river and take the first right, followed by a left. Follow this through the outer suburbs of New Norfolk to the T-junction: to get to the cliff turn right along Back River Road. The turn-off to the crag is about 2km along Back River Road from the T-junction. Turn right at the driveway to house numbers 658, 660 & 662 (this is the old access road which is now locked via a gate) Another possible access which involves about 40 minutes of walking is the Handsome Caves Road. Park at the beginning of the road, hike to where the road turn into a walking track and follow to walking track to the caves area. From there follow another faint track leading atop the caves and hill towards the Weakhold end of Handsome Crag.

1.1.9. Riverside bouldering 0 routes in Field

1.1.10. Lowdina 153 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.416242, -42.636388

1.1.11. Eldon 12 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Sport

Long/Lat: 147.440570, -42.486445

1.2. East 807 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 148.174127, -41.911348

1.2.1. Coles Bay 658 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: 148.314813, -42.163081

1.2.2. Bicheno 84 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Boulder

Long/Lat: 148.309503, -41.887397

1.2.3. Lost Falls 2 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.889795, -42.043411

1.2.4. Fingal (Bare Rock) 20 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 147.986344, -41.666619

1.2.5. South Sister 43 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 148.173026, -41.536352

1.3. North East 915 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: 147.467753, -41.286829

1.3.1. Hillwood (private land) 103 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Unknown and Trad

Long/Lat: 146.951034, -41.217990

Access Issues:

The climbing at Hillwood is on private land and the access to this area is a delicate issue. If it is your first time climbing at Hillwood the land owner has requested that you call Gerry Narkowicz on 63301435.

If there is a sign on the fence saying that the area is closed for shooting vermin please do not enter the area!

Approach:

From the East Tamar Hwy: Take the first right off Batman Bridge onto Craigburn Rd, a dirt road. Several minutes down you'll see cliffs, a gate and stile to the left. Park here, use the stile. If you get to the sealed portion of Craigburn Rd you've missed it.

Where To Stay:

Egg Island Reserve, five minutes south of the climbing at Hillwood is the recommended camping location. Egg island has no facilities (no water, no toilets). It is also possible to camp at Batman Bridge Reserve five minutes north of the climbing. Batman Bridge is more widely used (noisy), it does have toilets - however there are now large "No Overnight Camping" signs at this area.

1.3.2. Brady's Lookout 7 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.991631, -41.327498

1.3.3. Launceston (Cataract) Gorge 446 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.116592, -41.450275

1.3.4. North Esk 146 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.240044, -41.482650

1.3.5. Cluan Tier 16 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: 146.806931, -41.656404

Description:© (GerryN)

The Cluan Tiers are a range of hills near the town of Westbury in Northern 'Tasmania'. On the western side facing the Liffey Valley, is a substantial dolerite escarpment about 2km long and up to 90m high, but only two of the faces have been deemed worthy of climbing. The cliff is unusual for dolerite as it is generally void of cracks, and forms overhanging blocky faces with big roofs. Consequently the crag has been developed as a sport climbing area. The nature of the rock lends itself to steep, difficult climbing, and the main wall in particular, is quite intimidating. The cliff faces south-west and does not see sunlight until well into the afternoon, making it an ideal summer crag. Climbers should come prepared for cold weather as it is an alpine area subject to the full force of westerly weather. The views to the western tiers are glorious, making it a spectacular location for climbing.

Approach:© (GerryN)

Access is remarkably easy, being just 45 minutes drive from Launceston and a 10 minute walk on a track to the top of the cliff. From Launceston travel to Westbury and continue another 9km on the old highway to Exton. Turn left at Exton onto C502, signposted Quamby Brook and Golden Valley. Continue straight ahead at the crossroads after 4km. About 3km later is a gravel road on the left signposted to the 'Cluan Tier'. From here it is 16km on logging roads to the cliff. Follow the main 'Cluan Tier' Road and after about 12km is a crossroads. Take the road on the right which goes steeply up a hill. At the top of the hill, keep following the main road and take left hand turns at the two intersections you come across. The road passes underneath a powerline and curves around to meet the powerline again about 1km further. Park here at the powerline easement marked by a cairn on the left. Follow the powerline easement up the hill for 10 minutes to the top of the cliff. After some easy bashing through a grove of ferns for about 100m, there is a good gravel track up the easement. At the powerpole closest to the cliff edge, turn left and follow a rough path for 50m to the descent gully marked by a cairn. A short descent gully leads to the first cliff while the main cliff is about 100m further around to the right.

History:© (GerryN)

Climbers have probably been aware of these cliffs for years, being obvious from the road to Liffey Falls. Gerry Narkowicz scrub bashed up the hill from the western side in May 2006 and realised the potential of the cliff. He made the first climbing trip to the area with Nick Hancock on 10/6/06 and two routes were climbed and another three projects were bolted over three days.

1.3.6. Blackwood Rocks 34 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.905847, -41.814296

1.3.7. Ben Lomond 163 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.682749, -41.605531

1.4. North West 158 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.526801, -41.333763

1.4.1. Rocky Cape 36 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.513647, -40.856651

1.4.2. Sisters Beach 31 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and Sport

Long/Lat: 145.586524, -40.915763

1.4.3. Mount Roland 6 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.246319, -41.496149

1.4.4. Barn Bluff 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.924244, -41.724211

1.4.5. Mount Oakleigh (Cradle Mountain Walk) 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.051738, -41.804760

1.4.6. Geryon & The Acropolis 42 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.050979, -41.931561

1.4.7. Walls of Jerusalem 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.217547, -41.891495

1.4.8. Lake Huntley 11 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Sport and Aid

Long/Lat: 145.609713, -41.938518

1.4.9. Tullah 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.622846, -41.750785

1.4.10. Mother Cummings 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Trad

Long/Lat: 146.542951, -41.674093

1.4.11. Mersey Cliffs 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Sport

1.4.12. The Nook 26 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.352319, -41.327003

1.5. West 148 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.949578, -42.756263

1.5.1. Frenchmans Cap 64 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 145.827113, -42.261797

1.5.2. Adamsfield 56 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

Long/Lat: 146.284640, -42.702678

1.5.3. Sentinel Range 15 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 146.233788, -42.863570

1.5.4. Federation Peak 13 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and Alpine

Long/Lat: 146.472406, -43.274898

Unique Features And Strengths:

Big wilderness climbing in sensational world class environment.

Description:

One of Australia's biggest cliffs in a remote location. The North West Face is outstanding. Adventure Climbing.

Access Issues:

Solid two day walk. This is not an ordinary walk especially with climbing gear. Some of the most difficult and stunning country in Australia. World Heritage National Park.

Approach:

Moss Ridge from Farmhouse Creek.

Where To Stay:

In the hotel on Bechervaise Plateau

Ethic:

Very trad.

History:

A long history but climbing is infrequent due to location, weather and nature if the cliff.

1.6. Flinders Island 51 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 148.077169, -40.109216

1.6.1. Killiecrankie 45 routes in Area

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: 147.853704, -39.809918

1.6.2. Mt Strzelecki 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: 148.072358, -40.203883

1.6.3. Lovett Hill 4 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.6.4. Docks Cliff 1 route in Area

Summary:
All Unknown