It is with shock and confusion that Australia’s climbing community has received news from Parks Victoria about substantial access bans to over 3,000 climbs (38% of total climbs) in the Grampians National Park / Gariwerd, including several world-class climbing areas.
Climbers are absolutely supportive of protecting sites with cultural heritage but banning access to widescale areas without cause is unreasonable, excessive, and unenforceable. The Grampians climbing ban has been brought in without consultation, and without giving the climbing community the opportunity to respond to concerns.
Climbers are generally extremely respectful of cultural values, and tread lightly on the environment, and as such feel grossly mistreated by Parks Victoria.
There are complex issues at play, and this site will hopefully shed some light on the complexities from both sides, and what climbers can do in response.
Quote from Parks Victoria:
The Grampians National Park is one of Australia’s iconic rock climbing destinations, featuring spectacular sandstone cliffs and a proud history of adventure.
That ‘adventure’ is being seriously eroded, with climbers now being funneled into fewer areas, with far less scope for locals and visitors alike to experience the natural wonder and beauty that is The Grampians / Gariwerd.