Climbs 7
Rocktype Basalt
Altitude 2m a.s.l
Faces S

Mornington Peninsula's majestic basalt (not). Desperation leads to this when you are so far from good rock climbing. © Karl Bromelow

Crag features

This is a very limited area of reasonably solid basalt amongst a tragically endless parade of choss. Mornington Peninsula has granite, sandstone, limestone and basalt in plentiful supply but sadly you can remove most of it with a plastic bucket and spade. The very short edge (split halfway along by a small bay with the right half being slightly taller) 300m east of the east end of Cairns Bay down Tea Tree Creek is one of the few areas that has rock capable of taking body weight within many hours drive. As such it is a fun place to muck about and keep your fingers chalky if you find yourself stuck in this neck of the woods. It is a lovely location.

Approach notes

Free access along the fisherman's path that heads east from the beach across basalt boulders. The crag is wave washed at high tide. The waves along this coastline can be very large and powerful. It would not be advisable to hang around too long on an incoming tide. Retreat back around the bottom of the cliffs and into the bay could be completely cut off and the area has known fatalities amongst fishermen caught out by rogue waves.


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Kestrel V0 ** 1
2 The Pocket V2 *** 1
3 The Pocket (sit start) V3+ ** 1
Climb name Grade
4 Little Freerider V3 * 1
5 Barbecue Beef V2 * 1
6 Cheese 'n' Onion VB 1
Climb name Grade
7 Salt 'n' Vinegar VB 1

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