Blog from March, 2020

Sand River

Stu Scott just got a text from Justin, the owner of the farm at Sand River. He was pretty concerned that people were still climbing at Sand River this weekend, and he asked that 1. No one to climb or be on his land (which is the Panopticon South as well as his farm), and 2. no one to come near his house eg in the case of emergency, which has happened before.
I think from that anyone thinking of climbing out there should think again, at the risk of damaging long term relationships with the locals.

Forestry land is closed as of 30/3. This includes Sand River.

In the interest of public safety, Sustainable Timber Tasmania will close all recreational areas including picnic and camping grounds from 5pm AEST Friday 27 March 2020 until further notice.

In addition, gates on Permanent Timber Production Zone land accessing these areas will be closed from Monday 30 March 2020.

Sustainable Timber Tasmania will notify the public when these closures will be lifted.

  • As of May 11 you can exercise in parks and reserves within 30km of your residence (see the rules below)
  • Same applies to Wellington Park, but Pinnacle Rd is still closed
  • Same applies to Forestry land, including Sand River, but the 30km rule also applies. "As of Monday 11 May, Permanent Timber Production Zone land managed by Sustainable Timber Tasmania can be used for exercise activities by Tasmanian residents. Residents should only use public production forest within 30 kilometres of their place of residence."
  • Social distancing rules apply everywhere

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

In March, a tough decision was made to close all PWS national parks and reserves across Tasmania to limit non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand this has been difficult for our nature-loving community who enjoy a wide variety of recreational uses, including bushwalking, running and swimming in the natural spaces around us.

With strict physical distancing and group gathering restrictions now embedded in our daily lives, limited access to Tasmania’s national parks and reserves will be permitted from Monday 11 May, for the purpose of local exercise only.

So, what does this all mean?

• You may exercise at your local national park or reserve. You can either walk, cycle or run to your nearest park or reserve, and if this is not possible, drive to one within 30 kilometres of your place of residence

• You must return home after you have completed your exercise and only day use is permitted.

• Gathering for picnics or other recreational activities remains prohibited.

• If carparks are full, please move on and return at another time.

• Surfing and swimming are allowed.

• Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between each other must be adhered to and groups are limited to two people, except for household members. Visitor centres and campgrounds remain closed until further notice.

For more information visit our website at

Please note that Wellington Park will re-open but the Pinnacle Road will remain closed to vehicle traffic.

Found keys at Sand River

Set of keys picked up at SR yesterday(Sunday 8th March). Key (Mitsubishi) tag labeled "Vegas". Have left them at Rockit, ask at the front desk for them.

Good luck!

Looking for a climbing partner for the grade 12, 430m rysavy ridge climb at Mt Rowland,

Sometime over the next 5 days while the weather is fine 





Let me know, I have all the gear, just need a partner