This island truly rocks.
Picture slender sea stacks rising beside Australia’s tallest coastal cliffs. Imagine cracks that run deep into the rock of some of the state’s highest mountains. And towers of dolerite that peer down onto city rooftops.
Welcome to the world of Tasmanian climbing.
Want the down without the up? Tasmania has abseiling experiences to match.
Best climbing & abseiling trips
Wrapped in cliffs and speckled with sea stacks, Tasmania’s coastal climbs are as spectacular as any on Earth. The pin-up route is the Totem Pole, a narrow dolerite sea stack rising 65m directly out of the ocean beside Cape Hauy, a challenge revered by climbers across the globe. And it’s just one of several sea-stack climbs on Turrakana / Tasman Peninsula – the adjoining Candlestick is even taller. On Freycinet Peninsula, Whitewater Wall has more than 50 granite routes overhanging the wild Tasman Sea swell.
Look up in Hobart and Launceston and cliffs loom overhead. In the capital, it’s the Organ Pipes at kunanyi / Mount Wellington, an imposing dolerite escarpment with more than 400 recorded routes and a heady sense of exposure. Launceston’s Cataract Gorge has more than 800 routes on dolerite buttresses. And there’s family-friendly climbing on the quarry walls at Penny Royal Adventures by the mouth of Cataract Gorge.
Climb among some of Tasmania’s highest peaks on Ben Lomond, where there are more than 230 routes, predominantly along the northern escarpment. The massif contains the state’s second-highest mountain – Legges Tor – and is considered by many to offer the best crack climbing in Australia.
Want someone to show you the ropes? Rock Climbing Adventures Tasmania and Rock Climbing Tasmania offer instruction and guided climbs, from single-pitch ascents to multi-pitch walls, at the likes of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, Cataract Gorge and Freycinet Peninsula.
Head indoors to climb or boulder at Hobart’s Rock It Climbing Centre. Beta Park in Launceston is Tasmania’s only dedicated bouldering gym.
Abseil the Gordon Dam
Rope up and let gravity do the work on one of the world’s highest commercial abseils as you rappel off the lip of the Gordon Dam in south-west Tasmania, finishing 140m below.
Abseil through a canyon
Canyoning is the outdoors art of swimming, leaping, squirming and abseiling through a canyon. Cradle Mountain Canyons runs a canyoning trip along Machinery Creek that involves a series of high abseils beside (and in) waterfalls.