Bob's Hollow Mostly Sport climbing30 routes in crag
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Steep Limestone next to the ocean. Spectacular views and probably the best limestone currently available in WA.
The crag is in the Leeuwin- Naturaliste National Park. Whilst the local rangers seem to be quite unsure if climbing is allowed without a permit, it may be wise to contact the DPAW office in Busselton. This is a national park and no fires, no camping and no dogs rules apply in this area. Please take a litter bag and ensure all litter is removed. The current status of this crag is tolerated but not sanctioned so vital that all climbers are seen to be doing the right thing.
2WD (RECOMMENED): 1st option: Follow Caves Rd south and turn onto Contos Rd. Follow this till you reach Contos Spring. Park here and walk northwards along the beach for around 45 minutes. Once you reach the second rocky outcrops entering the ocean, take the track that heads inland towards a large cave. Once at the cave/ cliff face turn right and follow this to a juction. Take the right option which remains at the base of the cliffs and walk for under 5 minutes. When you reach the bolts in the cliff you are there!
2nd Option: On Contos Rd park at the Cape to Cape walking track. Take this track northwards for roughly 45 minutes. It will follow the ridge line until it descends to the junction at the base of the cliffs previously mentioned. Turn left when you reach the track junction and walk for a few more minutes.
3rd Option: Alternately, and the approach we use is to park at Redgate beach and follow the cape to cape south. It's about the same walk in as above but offers shade and is far closer than the contos Rd option, about 20kms less driving from Margaret River. Starting at redgate carpark cross the beach and just follow the cape to cape track.
4WD (REALLY REALLY NOT RECOMMENDED): Travel south on Caves Rd for 2.5 km from the Caves Rd/ Redgate Rd junction. Take the 4WD track on you right which is just before the cave access road for Calgardup Cave. Travel along the track (Bob's Hollow Rd) for around 3km until its end. From the end of the track follow the walking track to the base of the cliffs which takes you to the cave just north of Bob's Hollow. Keep following the track southwards until you reach the track junction previously mentioned. THE TRACK IS VERY SCTACHY; SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR SHINY PAINT JOB. IT’S ALSO VERY ROCKY WHICH GETS WORSE AND WORSE AS YOU TRAVEL ALONG IT. EVEN A RAISED 4WD WILL STRUGGLE NOT TO CLIP SOME OF THE LARGE PROTRUDING ROCKS ON THE ROAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Where to stay
Contos campground is the closest legitimate choice, although it has been known for people to camp in the cave to the north of Bob's Hollow, although this is strictly prohibited by DPAW.. Contos Campground also links up to the Cape to Cape walking track. https://parkstaybookings.dbca.wa.gov.au/availability/?site_id=121&arrival=2018%2F01%2F28&departure=2018%2F02%2F02&gear_type=all&num_adult=2&num_child=0&num_concession=0&num_infant=0 The is also plenty of other accommodation in the region with Margaret River close by. A new camp ground has opened up nearby, just off caves road at the old saw mill. https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/connect/read/new-campground-margaret-river-region-ready-bookings
Bob's Hollow is a sports crag and it seems many routes have been rebolted in the last year or two (2012- 2013). Chalk seems to be widely used.
Earliest climb seems to be from 1994.
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