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Summary

Easy access, quality granite, cool and shady in the afternoons. Can be climbed all year round.

Description

Townsville's star climbing attraction! Mt Stuart offers quality granite and amazing climbing. It's best climbed after 1pm when the mountain provides shade for climbers, most days will have a good breeze to keep cool.

The new guidebook, Townsville Climbing 2020 Edition, covers Mt Stuart and is available at Hot Rock Adventure Centre and Climbing Anchors.

Access issues

Visiting climbers are advised that a significant proportion of the cliffs lie in Dept of Defence (Army) land. Trespassing on defence land is an offense. The Townsville City Council (TCC) controlled cliffs require a permit for climbing and/or abseiling. Do not park too close to the gate else your car may be moved. During the year, the car club holds races on the mountain road; during this time road access is closed. Mark Gommers is negotiating with the TCC to remove certain onerous restrictions such as a permit and indemnity insurance.

Approach

Any map of Townsville will show you how to drive to the top. Park at the first set of gates you see when you reach the top, park a minimum of 5m back from gate. Follow signed walking path near the fence until you come to the edge of the cliffs.

(-19.343609, 146.782210)

Where to stay

No camping on Mt Stuart is allowed. The land is managed by Townsville City Council (and a permit to climb is required).

Ethic

Installation of permanent anchors (eg bolts) is not permitted on City Council land or Dept of Defence (Army) land. Take all rubbish home with you. - Be aware of loose rocks and other climbers who could be below you.

History

History timeline chart

More climbing has been done here than anywhere else in Townsville. Rumor has it that this was climbed back in the 1970s, though apparently only at the large prominent boulder 20m back from the top of the playground. The Playground cliff was first climbed by off-duty defence personnel around 1980.Civilian climbers have been climbing at Mt Stuart since 1982. A lot of development occurred during the early 1990's - with the principal architects being Mark Gommers and Scott Johnson. When Scott departed (and never came back), Mark made a concentrated effort to develop large sections of the cliff. All of this development took place during a period when nobody knew who held tenure over the land or where the survey boundaries were located. More history can be found on Wanderstories.

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