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This particular point on the coastline below Mount Martha's Esplanade has the tallest and best quality granite in the area allowing reasonably reliable gear to be placed although caution should still be exercised. It is not Yosemite.

Access issues inherited from Mornington Peninsula

All documented areas have free access and are generally a short walk from the road.


Park in the second pull off north of Stanley Crescent (Old Quarry). Follow the gritty fisherman's track down to the water's edge and head south. Passing some small bouldering areas along the way, Seth Zawn is reached in just a few minutes (about 200m).

Descent notes

It is possible to traverse into Seth Zawn from the North at most stages of the tide. Descent into the Zawn can also be made from the South by making your way carefully across the top of the dawn though the ground is loose.


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This area was first recorded in 2016 by Kai Seth Robertson, 9 years old, and his dad.


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This is the low level traverse, not possible at very high tide or if the sea is too choppy without wetsuit boots. A delightful way into Seth Zawn from the North West end traversing left to right through a series of awkward overhangs and corners. The water is just deep enough to drop carefully into on a warm day.

FA: Kai Seth Robertson, 2016

Reverse the traverse of Diamonds but escape up the right bulging overhang/arete of the V notch before the end.

FA: Kai Seth Robertson, 28 Dec

Obvious crack 2 or so meters left of Falling Rock

FA: Kai Seth Robertson, 2016

The landward end of the south facing wall of the zawn has a scooped out overhanging section on less than perfect rock. Falling Rock takes the flake/crack system just left of this area. Take care with hollow sounding flakes and loose top.

FFA: Karl Bromelow, Kai Robertson & Mandy Robertson, 28 Jan 2017

FA: Karl Bromelow, Kai Robertson & Mandy Robertson, 28 Jan 2017

The edge of a thin arête at the back of seth zawn, using the edge and north face.

FA: Phil Vaudrey, 24 Jun 2017

FFA: Phil Vaudrey, 24 Jun 2017

FA: Karl Bromelow, Kai Seth Robertson & Amanda Robertson

FFA: Kai Robertson, 26 Nov 2016

The front of the narrow buttress at the back of Seth Zawn via the short overhang/niche. Slightly easier variations exist moving just left or right at the crux.

FFA: Karl Bromelow, 31 Dec 2016

FA: Kai Seth Robertson, Mandy Robertson & Karl Bromelow, 31 Dec 2016


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