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Summary

World class bouldering! Quality granite boulders some as big as houses.

Description

Boulders in amongst bushland ranging in sizes and grades a must do in Townsville!

The new guidebook, Townsville Climbing 2020 Edition, covers Harvey's Marbles and is available at Hot Rock Adventure Centre and Climbing Anchors.

The old guidebook is available at excellent guide by Steve Baskerville and Madoc Sheehan is available.

Access issues

Stay well away from the rifle shooting range (http://www.tmrc.com.au/). This is private property and potentially extremely dangerous.

Approach

Follow Hervey Range Road out of town, past Willows Shopping Centre. Once you've driven up the range, take the first left and follow it until the road ends at the army gate. Park well away from the gate then head up the small embankment, left of the gate then follow paths to areas.

(-19.38783, 146.48017)

Ethic

Please respect the local ethics and at all times, look after the environment. This means definitely no chipping, use your wire brush sparingly and only on the holds that you are using, leave the trees alone (it is often possible to pull them aside temporarily if they are covering a problem), and of course take out everything that arrived with you. The rocks are covered in beautiful paint-like lichen that for the most part doesn't interfere with climbing. If you need to clean lichen from a problem, remove only what is essential, and preferably as little as possible.

Harvey's has innumerable very high lines, such as Spenser's "Deliverance" and "Walk The Line". Despite this, Harvey's Marbles remains a bouldering crag and therefore no bolting is allowed. Top roping is fine if you want to do something that is too high for you to boulder.

This is private land and we are very lucky to have permission to access it please follow some simple rules:

  • No bolts
  • Keep to the walking trails where possible.
  • Take all rubbish with you.
  • Protect the environment; try to leave as much of the moss growing on the rocks as possible.

History

History timeline chart

Discovered in 1999 by Dr Madoc Sheehan. More history can be found on Wanderstories.

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Areas

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Style
Routes
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Height
Grades
583
1,054
4m
25
The Gallery sector
122
37
6m
1
165
86
4m
5
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0
0
42
1
15m
1
39
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3m
26
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Oddity area
1
1
7m
Roadview sector
14
13
2m
Roadside sector
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0
0
Radar Hill sector
10
1
4m
Andromeda sector
72
17
5m
1
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0
0
Area 51 boulder field
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0
0
The Outlook boulder field
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Routes

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The large boulder on top of a hill near the road (private property). The hand crack up a slab left of the face. No pro at top.

FA: Rik Wittkopp, Mark Gommers & Andrew Rule, 2003

A very high frightening pillar that is not known to have been repeated.

FFA: Spenser Tang-Smith

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