CAWA’s Australia Day Willyabrup Trip

CAWA’s Australia Day Willyabrup Trip is coming around fast !!!

Saturday 25th thru to Monday 27th January.

Trip Coordinator – Tony Brebner,, Mob 0416186510


Many of you know Willyabrup well. It’s one of Western Australia’s premier climbing venues with many, many routes at a variety of grades. It’s set on the magnificent Margaret River sea cliffs with views across the Indian Ocean and tremendous atmospheric climbing… The majority of climbs are sports routes with trad and even some beginner trad routes to get started on. No doubt there will be some top-rope routes set up for those who enjoy a stress free climb and want to stop to admire the view… It’s a good place for beginners and generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to leave top-ropes set up.


We have booked a “CAWA Group Site” for CAWA attendees at the Gracetown Caravan Park ( It’s a very nice camp site, has great facilities and even has an outdoor movie night on Sat’s in season. It’s also a family camp site, so your consideration is requested after 9:30pm. The unpowered group site is $17pp per night, and we have booked the site for the nites of Friday 24th, Sat 25th and Sun 26th. Please make your payments directly with reception on Friday night or Sat morning when you arrive – Ask for the CAWA Group site – Thanks.


Directions to Willy’s can be found here and the Gracetown Caravan Park is on the corner of Caves Road and Cowamarup Bay Road. If you need, there will be people to guide you to the crag on Sat morning from the camp site anyway. All the routes are well documented in the Margaret River Rock, guide book which can be purchased at any of the outdoor and climbing stores or climbing gyms.


So bring your own gear & you will need to bring your own food etc, but there are many towns/shops/pubs nearby.


Of course you can’t wait !!!! REGISTER NOW by emailing me back and let me know about your attendance so we can collate numbers and details re car pooling to share with others who are coming :


· How many in your party intend to come along to the Willy’s Trip ? :


· I have my own vehicle and have seats available for others who do not have transport : Y/N – How many spare seats ?


· These are the names and contact details of my group :


o Name :


o Mobile No :


o Email address :


Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or on the first day of the trip.


All participants need to be ‘independent participants’. This means you are responsible for your own safety. Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training. If you are an inexperienced climber then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend. However, as already mentioned, Willyabrup is a good beginner’s crag, with some speccy *** routes to lead. There will be top-rope opportunities and plenty of people to give you a go. And unsolicited advice, of course!


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:


Tony Brebner

CAWA President

Mob : +61 (0)416186510

2013 CAWA Xmas Get Together

2013 CAWA Xmas Get Together and Boulder

Point Walter Reserve & Blackwall Reach

Saturday 7th December 2013 (2pm-7pm)

As you are all well aware Christmas is fast approaching. CAWA will be holding our annual end of year celebration and CAWA members and their partners are welcome.

This year CAWA is doing something a little bit different and are arranging for the meal to be catered by Paellas and Tapas (the same people who provided a Paella meal on a Willyabrup trip last year).


When: Saturday 7th December, 2:00pm-7pm (Tapas served at 4:30 and Paella served at 5pm)
Where: Point Walter Reserve in Bicton (See map on the online guide)


Directions: Come down Honour Rd on the left side of Pt Walter Reserve, going straight through the roundabout at Carroll Drive and continuing on past the tennis courts. On your right you will see a kid’s playground some parking and BBQ’s that are quite close to the road. We will be in that general area, fairly close to the road. On your left, if you follow the path down to the water, you will find a long expanse of limestone wall conveniently placed for your bouldering pleasure. Map 1. Map 2.

What to bring: Deck chairs or picnic blankets, Sun screen, hats, mozzie repellent, towel, old climbing shoes, chalk bag, swimmers, jumper (if it its cool) and your favourite outdoor game.
CAWA will subsidise the cost of the meal so for $15.00ea you get two Paella’s (Seafood and Chicken) and two Tapas!!! Non-members will have to pay $25.00ea (Still subsidised). Kids eat free J.

Soft drinks and water will be provided. BYO Alcohol and please drink responsibly. (Please inform us of any unusual dietary requirements when you RSVP)

Activities: Bouldering, Eating and your favourite outdoor game

Perth Guide book will be on sale for only $29 (down from $39 in the retail shops).

RSVP: by no later than Sunday 1st of December.

Please note that RSVP’s are required to ensure that attendees are catered for.

We look forward your attendance at this popular annual event. It’s a great opportunity to join in and meet up with members, new and old.

From the CAWA Committee



Hi All.

We are trialling a new format for CAWA climbing trips and just going to post them up as and when we can.

This POP-UP TRIP # 1 is coming up soon !!! 🙂

It’s to Willy’s, (Willy’s Mud map),  and its on Sat 19th and Sun 20th October.

All the details can be found here…….. PUT1 – Willys 19Oct2013

We hope you like the new format and will see you at Willy’s next weekend 19th & 20th Oct

CAWA Committee

CANCELLED – Update on CAWA Climbing Trip to Mount Frankland 28th – 30th Sept 2013.

TRIP IS CANCELLED – Bad weather has conspired to make this trip unworkable. We will attempt a mini trip in about 1 months time.


Given the medium term forecast (link below), there is a med-high probability that the CAWA trip to Mount Frankland will not go ahead. The final decision will be taken on Monday 23rd Sept next week to give some time to further define the conditions.

While CAWA rarely cancels any climbing trips, where inclement weather may add safety risk to the location, CAWA’s concern is the safety of the all trip participants.

Mount Frankland is mostly multi-pitch slab and consequently difficult and potentially dangerous climbing in consistent inclement weather. The slab needs some time to dry out and the forecast does not provide high confidence in that case.

If the trip is cancelled, we would look to re-schedule another trip in the dryer months ahead.

CAWA Trip Coordinators – Tony Brebner and Mark Kleinman





Friday 30 August 2013 to Sunday 1 Sept 12

There are ~30 routes going from a grade 10 trad through to the classic big crack “Fidget Gene”, a grade 23 trad and “Whiplash”, a 25.. In between there are a mix of bolted and mixes bolted and trad routes to satisfy most. The climbing area is a stones throw from the camp site and the weather, hopefully, will be cold but clear (my prediction…)


As this is a CAWA members trip, you will be emailed the Registration Form for you to fill in with as much detail as you can please. Email it back to and we will process the registrations and confirm back with you. If you join CAWA and don’t get the registration email, please email CAWA and we will send it to you.

We expect to head out Friday 30 August early’ish to meet together at Baker’s Hill Pie Shop about 9:00am. We then, fully pie’d up and tanked, head out past Northam and stop in at Merredin to re-group and pick up some lunch before heading out for another 1-1.5hrs drive to Eaglestone Rock.

Remember, there are NO FACILITIES at Eaglestone Rock, so bring you own camping gear, food, water, head torch, climbing gear, and firewood… and a camera, as the place is quite spectacular. NEW NEWS — THERE IS A BRAND NEW TOILET AT EAGLESTONE NOW, so you wont need shovels, unless you still want to !!!

You won’t need a 4WD but there are patches of soft sand on the 500mt track from the road to the campsite. There will be 4WD’s there no doubt that will have snatch straps etc if needed. If you can throw a 15kg bag of firewood from you local petrol station in you car it will help, thanks.

Closer to the time we will issue a directional “mud” map, contact details, a mini-guide, and forecast weather details. 

So hope you can join us for a “remote” camping and climbing experience – Your happy camper and trip co-ordinator, <SNIP SNIP>  Neil Humphries..

It’ll be OK on the night !

CAWA Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip – Pre Registration Teaser….

“It’s coming………..” Yes folks, Eaglestone Rock is happening soon !! J Registrations open this coming Saturday when an email will be sent inviting all current CAWA members to the CAWA 2013 Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip – Frid 30th Aug to Sun 1st Sept 2013….

A classic taster to encourage you to come along……

Eaglestone Hi Five

Even more big news is that you don’t need your shovels anymore…. J So standby for the email with all the registration details. (PS If you’re not a CAWA member, sign up fast. Trip is only for current members)

Your trip co-ordinator – Tony Brebner.

Wellington Dam Quarry – Closed for redevelopment.

All climbers.

We have been informed by Parks and Wildlife – National Park Ranger for Wellington District – Collie that the Quarry rec site will be closed to the public for redevelopment works from Wednesday 23 July until completion of new facilities.


Access to the bottom car park will be blocked off to prevent unauthorized entry while works is undertaken to install a new access ramp, path and barbecues


During the period of works there will not be any use of the facilities and no abseiling or rock climbing will be permitted until further notice.


Please ensure you support Parks and Wildlife and comply with this regulation.


Thank you,

CAWA Committee

CAWA President takes a “hike”……

CAWA President, Tony Brebner, who late last year stood down to have treatment for cancer, is now stepping up and out this month to raise support and much needed funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Tony leaves Perth on Sunday 26th May to hike the Camino De Santiago. It’s an 800km pilgrim trail from St Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees and northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela and will take 5 weeks, walking every day….

Camino de Santiago - Camino de Frances 02

Affecting many Australian’s every year, Prostate Cancer can be diagnosed early, and support through Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has been invaluable.

During his time, “out of the office”, Anthony Brandis (CAWA Vice President) will take over as Acting CAWA President.

Please support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Tony by providing much encouragement and any donations you can at and hope he makes the whole 800km’s !!

Proudly Supporting with lge P



Labour Day Long Weekend Climbing Trip to Willyabrup

20120305-IMG_1654 20120304-IMG_1561We’re kicking off 2013 with the old time favourite climbing trip to Willyabrup over the Labour Day Long Weekend – arriving Fri 2nd March or Sat 3rd March and departing Monday 4th March (Labour Day) 2013.

We’ll be staying at the Gracetown Caravan Park. CAWA has reserved a group block of  12 tent sites (unpowered) at a cost of $TBA per nite – 3 nite minimum  as it’s a long weekend. As this is a booked out period for Gracetown, you need to register your interest with either Mark Kleinman or Tony Brebner ASAP to book your camp spot. Contact details below.

Most of you know about the campsite and its proximity to Willyabrup and other climbing areas. Drop us an email if you have any questions about the trip.

Gracetown Caravan Park is on the corner of Caves Road and Cowaramup Road that leads to Gracetown.

Some of us will travel down on Friday 2nd March afternoon/evening, but please ensure you arrive no later than 9pm, as requested by the campsite management.  That gives us the ability to get after an early start on the rock on Saturday morning.

Read about the Willyabrup and other local areas in the Margaret River Rock, West Coast Rock or the Perth Rock Climbing Guide and follow the links on the CAWA web.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online. All participants need to be ‘independent participants’. This means you are responsible for your own safety. Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training. If you are an inexperienced climber, then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend.

If you are interested in coming, please let us know asap by email at For any other queries contact Mark Kleinman at or Tony Brebner at on mobile on 0416186510.

See you there 🙂