In order to access Big Hill which is on Crown land, you must cross private property to do so. Please do the right thing and contact Craig O’Donnell who is the manager of the Horse Stud which is the private property. Nice guy and happy for climbers to cross. Please read ALL details below.
Contact Craig O’Donnell – 0402 400 880
Happy for climbers to access Big Hill via crossing the property which is a horse stud and training facility. If going to Big Hill to climb, please contact beforehand to let him know. They have had issues previously with 4wd vehicles driving onto property and also shooting. Kangaroos and wallabies have been shot and left to die with some making down to the property. Because of this, the gate has now been locked so that vehicles can’t get on. If climbers see anything like this happening or untoward, please also give Craig a call – he said it would be much appreciated.
NOTE: He said there have been a huge increase in the amount of snakes that have been seen – lots of browns. So take care.
Falcons nest there in September through to about November so don’t access then.
The owner of the property in the saddle area, Jon Day doesn’t mind people accessing the cliff via his property provided that they:
· Do not park in front of his gate or on the road(chain across road)
· Keep away from the house and livestock.
You access the cliffs from Oak Valley Road. The track to Jon’s property is opposite Chalmers’ restaurant. You can follow this to the Y-junction with the saddle area up to the right. Parking at the end of the road is a bit of a problem. Two-wheel drive vehicles may be able to park off the road when it is dry but in the wet you may have park further out and walk in. Also, Peregrines nest on the Magic Block, Jon asks that you don’t climb there from August to early December.
To access all other climbs walk 150 m back along the road towards the Y intersection and use a large rock with a cairn on its top to cross the fence(caution:electric fence) at the step. Walk up the steep hill to saddle/ridge. Follow the saddle/ridge to the left through a break in the fence then walk right around rock and up a track behind it. About 20m further, a central track heads right across the slope. This track meanders northwest for about 1.4km and all other climbs can be accessed from this track.
Climbing is not permitted in the Saddle area.
There is a nice campsite in the bush on private land at the other (western) end of Teneriffe. Contact Access Officer for details.
Parking at Sparrow Slabs
Anyone who has visited Teneriffe from the Sparrow Slabs end will know that there is little space to park on the narrow access road. Fearing a threat to access that might follow a climbers’ car accidentally blocking the road for a local farmer, the VCC Committee approved spending around $300 for a small road widening exercise. There is now space for 3-4 cars. Please use it, and keep road space for passing traffic.
Restricted Access at Western End
Due to private landowners wishing to retain some control over access, they have asked directions not to be widely publicised. Instead you can call the Access Officer on 0425 771413 a few days before you wish to go.
CURRENT ACCESS ISSUES
There have been some slight changes of access to climbing at Teneriffe. As those who climb there are probably aware, whilst the climbing is on public land actual access to it goes through private property. This is certainly not ideal but for a long time the right of way has still been possible. More recently the owners of the land where the access road goes through have requested that while they don’t mind climbers using the road, they would like all who intend to climb there to give them a courtesy call first. The situation with this access to public land should have been resolved a long time ago, and not just for climbers as there are other residents and users who use the area. This is not the first time that problems have arisen with Teneriffe access and I will be looking into this to try and ascertain if a more permanent solution can be found for continued access. Please call ahead of visit to let the owners know, refrain from any kind of noisy and disturbing behaviour when accessing through their property and ensure that the area is left in a clean state.
Val Kneelbone and Frank Dalmau – 0419 328 731
Taking care of the environment covers many areas. Many of the locations we climb at have had a previous history of indigenous culture. Some of this may not even be apparent to the untrained eye. Cultural heritage sites such as artwork and caves are a little more obvious, but much exists out there that consists of unobtrusive rock markers, chippings etc. Teneriffe has a long indigenous history and after a recent visit with a concerned resident/historian and two clan elders, discussions took place to try ensure that any cultural activity that has occurred, remains as undisturbed as possible from now on. While no formal restrictions have been put in place, the hope is for no further cairns/rock formations to be created or in turn, dismantled. Much of the climbing in the area now has a quite well marked track to access it. Should it be decided on at a later date that some kind of directional signage is necessary at minimal points, small arrows will be attached to a tree.
PLEASE : NO CONSTRUCTION OR DISMANTLING OF ANY ROCK FORMATIONS/CAIRNS AT TENERIFFE