At about 500m long, Willyabrup is the largest crag of the Margaret River region. The crag is by the coast and has a fantastic atmosphere with the waves crashing below. The rock itself is a very pretty brown/orange colour, and tends to 'glow' in the sunlight.
Willyabrup is a good place for beginners as there are many easy trad lines, however there are also lots of harder lines for the stronger climbers. Most of the climbs are trad, however there are a few bolted climbs. The cliff ranges in height from about 10m down the southern end, to the impressive 40m Steel Wall. You will often find commercial abseiling and rockclimbing groups out here.
Climbing is possible all year round if its not raining. The gets the full sun from about mid-morning onwards and can get quite hot. In summer best to climb very early or late in the afternoon. Spring and autumn are the best.
There are two guidebooks by Climbwest that cover Willyabrup. West Australian ROCK has photo topos (though from far away), Margaret River ROCK has hand-drawn topos. WA ROCK does not cover the Organ Pipes, Driftwood Bay and Beginners Wall areas, whilst Margaret River ROCK does.
Margaret River is probably the best place to stay, its about 25 minutes drive from there. There's a full range of accomodation from a backpacker hostel to luxurious chalets. Another option is the smaller town of Gracetown. Also camping is available at the Gracetown Caravan park and the Margaret River Tourist Park.
Sections are ordered from right to left (south to north) when facing the cliff
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Take Caves Road north from Margaret River. Turn into Willyabrup Road (unsealed) and follow this until you pass a sharp right and then left turn and then a car park. Cross the fence and follow the path (crossing the creek) until another fence is reached. Cross this fence and follow the path down to the top of the Steel Wall (about 20 minutes walk).
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