Waterworks Cave

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 5
  • Aka: Sixpence Cave




This is one of the steepest pieces of choss in Hobart. Limited potential, but with a lot of work some more problems could be done.

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


From the entrance of Waterworks Reserve, drive in to park at the bottom of the second reservoir. Walk up the sealed R4 fire trail until the water tanks. Follow the top fence of the tanks, then the track for another 50m down and around to the cave.

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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Start with RH undercling and LH side pull. Climb up through the steeper section of the wall.

Start on the large sandy jugs and traverse out leftwards on crimps.

Sit start the series of edges through steep ground on the right side of the cave. Might have lost some holds since the first ascent, looks hard.

Steep line of big moves between good holds to the left of Circles.

Sit start below the circles on the right side of the wall.

Stand start at Circles and traverse left along the line of jugs and out along the lip of the cave. Top it out, but watch for the hollow sounding jug.

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Selected Guidebooks all

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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