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Cape Woolamai

  • Grade context: AU
  • Photos: 12
  • Ascents: 120
  • Content Quality: Emerging

Access: Area closed

Access is not permitted due to unstable cliffs and penguin nesting. “No entry - penalties apply” is clearly signposted at all tracks into the area.

There is evidence of recent climbing activity (slings) on the pinnacles. In the current climate, adhering to access restrictions will protect the reputation of climbers and the sport.

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Created 8 months ago

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Summary

A wild and beautiful area offering varied quality climbing but always a grand day out!

Description

Pink granite sea cliffs located on Phillip Island, just over the bridge from the mainland. Not for the inexperienced. Tides, weather, and choss may dictate your approach and retreat so be prepared. Fixed protection is not trustworthy; bring slings for rap anchors. Wearing a helmet here is a very good idea.

Access issues

This is a sea cliff, so tides are an obvious factor. Check charts before departing. Grassy areas atop the cliffs are rookeries for mutton birds and penguins, so stick to established tracks. Nest burrows will collapse if trodden on. Footpads leading inland are are experiencing erosion and may lead to access issues in the future. This is a special and unique environment, so read the signs and behave accordingly

Approach

From the Wollamai beach carpark, follow the beach/walking track towards the headlands visible to the southeast. While it is possible to access from the lookout area after ascending a flight of steps away from the beach, the erosion caused from people taking this route to get down is significant. It would be much better to stick to the coast, and hop along the rocks until you reach the destination, a very pleasant outing. High tide along the coast is usually fine, and usually only leads to wet feet if you fail to time your waves, but this should only be a major consideration if the weather is bad.

Where to stay

Nearby Phillip Island towns Rhyll and Cowes, and San Remo just over the bridge offer a variety of accommodation

Ethic

Trad ethic predominates, largely due to the the short lifespan of fixed steel in the salty spray. Anchors are often slung bollards so bring some tat to lower off

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Having seen some climbing over previous decades, there's been renewed interest in recent years

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