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Sublime Climbs - A Guide to the best rock climbing venues in Victoria, Australia.By Kevin Lindorff, Josef Goding & Jarrod Hodgson. Over 700 climbs, 158 phototopos, 36 maps, and 380 pages covering the best of Mt Arapiles, Mt Buffalo and the Grampians $45.00
We are heading to Tasmania for a few weeks in Jan/Feb and were wondering what areas to climb/walk/mountain bike you could recommend? We are both soft and weak from a Winter spent not climbing, so some areas with some easier climbs (18 or below) for me would be good, and some areas with some intermediate stuff for Dave (20 or above) would also be good. We are willing to do some multi-pitch (but only in the lower grades - I'm a complete noob to multi-pitch), and scenic areas would be nice, as the in-laws are joining us, short walk-ins would therefore also be great. We will be in four-wheel drive, so places with limited access should be ok. We have two single ropes - one 60 and one 50, so anything requiring any more rope than that is out.
With the mountain biking - I prefer cross country, whereas Dave prefers slightly technical downhill. Any suggestions for great rides would be good - I am sure our arms will need a rest and jumping on a bike will be a good way to get it :)
I would suggest the Freycinet Peninsula would be almost perfect. Assuming you and the inlaws are looking to camp.
If you stay at the climbers campground, which is at the top of Whitewater Wall, you will be at one of the most beautiful coastal environments in the country, with really excellent single pitch routes in the grade 10 to 22 ish within 5 minutes walk. The peninsula around the campground has a good selection of 4 wheel drive trails that make for good riding (dont know if there is any decent downhill). The facilities in the Coles Bay Town (10 or 15 min drive) are basic but all there.
Right next to the Town of Coles Bay there is a National Park Campground. It has more facilities, but may also be booked out at that time of year.
You'll find Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart, and I think it's an awesome climbing destination, especially considering its proximity to the city. It's mostly trad, and mostly multi-pitch. There is enough to keep you busy for a week in the sub-18 bracket. Free guide online at www.thesarvo.com
There is also excellent mountain bike riding on Mt Wellington, but I don't know enough to pass on any suggestions there.