Ben Cairn is a mossy granite situated about an hour and a half east of Melbourne, not far from Healesville.
It's a small, but very picturesque mountain residing in a heavily forested region not suitable for climbing during winter. Either way, it's only five minutes walk in from the road, and contains at least half a dozen routes worth a look protected by a mixture of bolts and trad gear. The tourist guard railing makes for fast belay or top rope set ups. Just about every route has some friction slabbing involved, so if this is not your bag, I'd suggest you reconsider. The rock itself is very fine grained, making the slab moves sometimes slippery.
Access: Take the Maroondah Highway out of Melbourne to the pleasant little berg of Healesville. On the other side of town, past the bridge, turn right down Don road for 9.8km to a junction, and after a further 8km or so the road will have become dirt and you'll notice a sign stating "Ben Cairn 1040m".
Head 5 minutes up the foot track to gain the crag.
There are no pics in the gallery, click below to add them:
There are no yet video linked. Add one!: