Harlequin Buttress



Access issues inherited from Coastal Cliffs

A 4WD is highly recommended to access these cliffs. Smaller cars may be able to reach the campsite at whitewater wall, however they will probably bottom out on approach. Track conditions are subject to change, particularly after heavy rains.


Continue past whitewater campsite towards the water, turn right and wander along the clifftop track until you locate a set of stone steps just before a 'no vehicles past this point' sign. Follow this down to the wall.

Ethic inherited from Tasmania

  • The operation and use of drones by park visitors on reserved land including national parks is not permitted​.

  • Please note that Tasmania has notoriously patchy phone reception for particular service providers. Telstra is the most reliable. An emergency Personal Locator Beacon or similar is recommended kit when climbing in remote locations.

  • For more information - follow the link below for some local tips + tricks on how to better reduce your impact during your next Tassie climbing holiday


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Up the bulging crack to easier, dirtier and more vegetated ground.

Start: A few metres left of 'Crayfish Crack' there are two lines. Start below the left one.

Start: At the bottom left end of the approach ramp is an obvious, unattractive corner.

Climb Crayfish Crack to reach first bolt. Crank into line, follow bolts rightwards via. some very creative movement to finish at Beamans anchors.

The exiting moves now succumb to an extreme reach as some holds have disappeared since the first ascent.

FA: Simon Young, 2011

Start up 'Sweet Revenge' but traverse right to base of hanging flake and up this.

Thin face climbing past a bolt leads to the superb hanging flake.

Up corner crack to delicate slab above. Finish at double chains.

Hand/fist crack starting from the far left hand end of the ledge at the top of Harlequin and leading to the top of the cliff. Watch out for the loose flake lodged in the top of the crack that could easily cut your belayer in half.

FA: Some crustry tradster in nineteen dickety two.

Right of Harlequin. Awesomely steep crack to technical groove above.

A popular climb, and the easiest in the area. Can be easily linked in one single pitch. Finish as for Harlequin

Start: On top of the large boulder at the base of the cliff at the far right of the crag.

Jump for the jug a few metres to the right of the start of 'Ice Nine'. Mantle, and continue to the top with minimal pro in spots.


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Author(s): Gerry Narkowicz

Date: 2021

ISBN: 9780646841946

Cracks, sea stacks, big walls, remote exotic locations, volcanic columns, no crowds and your choice of the predominant dolerite, some quartzite and a little sandstone to remind you of the mainland. Many a wilderness climbing experience can be had within a 2hr car trip from the main centers. By Gerry Narkowicz. This guide features 1280 routes.

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