The Freycinet Peninsula has a high concentration of quality routes on brilliant granite. From the short steep sea cliffs of the Whitewater Wall region to the long run out slabs of Main Wall and Sow Spur, there is something for every climber to enjoy. Lassie's Wall and Whitewater Wall offer perhaps the best beginner (grades 10-17) climbing in the state. The cliffs of the Hazards deliver longer, scarier adventure routes. Coles Bay offers year round climbing, an advantage over the more alpine areas.
Half way up the East coast, 2hrs from both Launceston and Hobart. From Launceston drive south on the Midlands Highway. At Campletown turn left on to the Lake Leake Road then left again on the Tasman Highway then right at the Coles Bay turn off. From Hobart drive across the bridge to Sorell and then turn left on to the Tasman Highway and follow it ot the Coles Bay turn off. From Coles Bay take the road to the Sleepy Bay and Cape Tourville light house and turn left onto the Whitewater Wall road a couple of km before the light house to end up above the sea cliffs. To reach Main Wall walk along the coast south from Sleepy Bay.
Granite, in all colours and grains. Most climbs rely on natural protection, but there are a couple of sport areas such as Gracelands and the Underworld. There are also a couple of new bouldering areas which will be described in the new guide when it comes out.
There is a camping area at the top of Whitewater Wall (there is no water supply). This site is currently undergoing rehabilitation. Sites are still available, only not directly above the cliffs as previously. There is also camping and more affluent accommodation in Coles Bay itself. National Park entrance fees apply.
Craglets Edition 6 contains the updated guide by Andrew Bisset.
The best time of year for Freycinet is December to March although Freycinet is climbable right through the year and gets Tasmania's best weather. The Whitewater Wall area faces east and gets morning sun and afternoon shade.
There is a ton of outdoor stuff to do around the Coles Bay area: walking, surfing, fishing, diving, sea kayaking etc. The east coast of Tasmania is covered with beautiful surf beaches. If its raining then there are not that many options besides hitting the Coles Bay Tavern or Freycinet Lodge bar.
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