Mount Wellington




Mt Wellington / kunanyi, the grand old lady of Tasmanian climbing. A series of buttresses and tiers that bring grown men to tears and where climbers make pacts with God, Neon or otherwise. There is a lot of history to this crag, listed in successive guidebooks, magazine articles and the web. When using guidebooks, past or present, read between the lines. Any route description which says "thought provoking," "bold" or "great if you're a percussionist" has a high chance of excitement.

The Mountain is the alpha male of Australian suburban crags. It has an alpine flavour and with huge exposure – sitting on a lonely belay ledge, 1400m above Hobart, is cathartic. The rock, dolerite, has been lifted by volcanic processes, frozen by snow and baked by sun. It is friable, it is not uncommon to hear a hollow sound come from under your desperate paws. Visitors tend to stick to the classics because most of the bad stuff has been pulled off by some poor sod before you.

Many start at the Northern Buttress, others head to the Fiddlesticks or Moonraker for their multi-pitch fix, some seek out forgotten routes with rusted pitons and flaring cracks. The tiers through the middle have varied climbing on tall buttresses. Whatever draws you here, be sure to bring a helmet, a fleece, and your courage.

Arrive early on a sunny day as the climber’s carpark only fits about five vehicles - park to maximise this. Take care climbing in early spring as the snow melt and freezing over winter will loosen rock. Be prepared for all weather at any time. Most importantly, enjoy the Pipes experience – it's unique.

Access issues inherited from Tasmania

Many locals continue to use community run website for crag/route updates and noting any access issues. The associated app can be downloaded and used offline!

Gerry Narkowicz also produces hardcopy guides to numerous venues across the state via the 'Climb Tasmania' website


Situated a 15 minute drive above Hobart.

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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