Cathedral Rock

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 16




Single and multi pitch sport climbing in a beautiful mountain setting.


Cathedral Rock is a jagged dolerite fin overlooking the Northwest bay river and the southern slopes of Mt Wellington. Some nice bolted climbing exists here but it's a steady slog to the top before you can get busy. It's well worth the walk though. There are a couple of two pitch routes and a handful of single pitch climbs that are all accessed by rap from the summit.

This info was gleaned from information on - visit this website for more info and good topos.

This face has a couple of nice two pitch routes on it. To access the rap station head east (towards ocean) from where you top out on the walking track. The anchor is about 30m from this point (about half way to Bells Buttress). Next to the rough track a rounded boulder sits slightly down hill facing north. A cairn was in place at time of writing. The first rap station should be visible on your right. Rap 5m to large ledge and and another rap station. From here it is a 45m rap to the very bottom of the route where a DBBis located. You could split the rap in two using the DBB at around half height.

The rap anchors for Bells Buttress are found by walking east (towards ocean) about 100m from where you top out from the walking track. A small descent is made until you see a large triangular piece of protruding rock. The bolts are clearly visible on the northern face of this rock. Walk behind to access. A 15m abseil will land you on a ledge with two separate bolted anchors. From the ledge abseil (25m) from the anchor directly below the first to access the bolted anchor at the start of the three climbs. The bolts that are short distance to climbers left on the ledge are the ending anchor for The Bishop.

This info was gleaned from check this website for more info and good topos.

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


The track to Cathedral rock's summit is popular and a well established track exists all the way to the . This website gives detailed information on track access Once at the top find the bolted anchors and away you go.

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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Climb up the steep face straight above the belay. After the fourth anchor the climb trends leftwards to a U and then goes further left and into a corner. Up this for a few more U's before climbing the last bulge on the arete right of the final corner. Nine or ten U's.

FA: Roger Parkyn & Steve Goss, 2011

Climb The Bishop to the fifth U then, instead of going left to the corner, blast straight up through the headwall. After 3 more U's go right into The Bells (instead of the flakey arete above). Nine U's

FA: Roger Parkyn & Steve Goss, 2012

From the belay climb rightwards to the first bolt then follow the line of U's upwards; sometimes using the arete but mostly on the face to its right. Gently overhanging and sustained; a great forearms workout. Nine U's.

FA: Steve Goss & Roger Parkyn, 2012

Route starts at the sloping ledge directly below bells buttress rap station.

FA: M Lopez, YC Foong & T Gallagher, Jan 2017

A LH alternative to the first pitch of With The Angels. Face climbing L of the corner. Briefly climb on the L of the arête after the seventh bolt.

FA: R. Parkyn & A. Hill, 2007

  1. 19m 19. 10B. Start by going down from the belay before crossing R onto the face.

  2. 18m 19. 6B. Continue up the face.

  3. 5m 12. 1B. Easy exit scramble.

FA: R. Parkyn & A. Hill, 2007


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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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