Needles Causeway

Faces north so gets all day sun.


Small section of cliff literally overhanging the dirt road leading south from the causeway at the popular swimming spot of the Needles.


100 years ago road builders cut their way down this small cliffline to establish the Old Illawara Rd. Then climbers arrived.


You can approach the causeway from either the north or south side of the river. The southern method is slightly shorter. Park near 56 Woronora Rd, Engadine and follow gated bitumen road for 10 minutes downhill. The cliff is on the right about 50m before the river. For the northern approach - park at 83 Old Illawarra Rd, Bardens Ridge and follow gated dirt fireroad downhill to the river. Cross the causeway and the cliff is 50m up the continuation of the road on the left.

* * Butcher's Dick 22 10m
Slick as! Unique smooth orange wall capped by bulges. Boulder problem start up slopers and flake feature, left to big pocket then up through reachy bulges. Hands on the top for the tick. Lower off.
Neil Monteith, 29/06/2014