Access: Access for Riverbend crosses PRIVATE PROPERTY

The land owner is supportive of climbers climbing at Riverbend & The Crystal Palace crags but has a few requests for us when we visit. This is a working farm.

  • Don't block the gate with your car. Preferably park at the bridge and walk up along the road, or park on the far (south) side of the gate so the owner still has space for trailer access.

  • Climb that gate on its hinge end to protect it. This gate is used to access both Riverbend and The Crystal Palace cliffs.

  • NO DOGS!

  • When crossing the property, stay off all cropped paddocks. Walk around the edges.

  • When you get to the second gate, open and then close it rather than climbing over it.

  • Stay away from all livestock.

  • Access to the cliffs will be closed annually between June - August for the lambing season. Please climb elsewhere during this period.

  • Carry out all rubbish, no fires and no chainsaws

  • If you've been to other farms, clean your shoes before you go. Biosecurity is a big issue for farmers and they don't need us tracking weeds and diseases through their farms.

  • Generally, just behave like a sensible respectful human, and treat climbing access across private property as a privilege and not a right. Hopefully a good relationship can be maintained between climbers and the land owner, securing ongoing future access.

Happy climbing!

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Created about a year ago - Edited 9 weeks ago



Access issues

This cliff is on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Access has been generously granted by the land owner on the request that climbers shut the gate and behave, NO DOGS, avoid walking across cultivated fields. Access may be restricted seasonally due to lambing. Please do the right thing.


Park uphill of the gate only (or alternatively at bridge car park). Jump gate 200m south of bend, cross field, through gap in trees ahead, down the hill and around the paddock to another gate which you can see from the tree line. Up next hill veering left to avoid prickles, then across open field hand-railing trees and river on left until finding large cairns at edge of slip marking descent gullies. No trail as such. Cairn is obvious.


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FA: Danny Ng

Climb the offwidth facing the river with big gear, trend left after, over some musical flakes with small gear and nice faceclimbing, mantle into the dihedral to climb to the DBB of OBCB

FFA: Jeroen Jansen & Shelly Napier, 5 Dec 2019

A good hard route with bolts that are near impossible to reach from position , with the exception of the second. Rap and preplace for a good time.

Twin cracks in a corner to ledge, then steep jamming and bridging.

The obvious handcrack through a mini roof located around the corner on the right hand end of Claire buttress. Take a big cam (BD #6) to protect the tricky exit moves.

2 bolts. Small gear to DBB

Bolted arete 2m left of Possum Prostanthera. Name and first ascentionist unknown.

3 bolts and abseil chains on top. Third last climb r/h end of cliff

FA: Dennis Kearnes, 2002


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