Explore the Rugged Shores of Rocky Cape National Park

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Situated on far north-western Bass Strait coast of Tasmania, Australia, Rocky Cape National Park covers approximately 3,064 hectares and is conveniently located, being about 30 kilometers west of Burnie and roughly 365 kilometers from Hobart, Tasmania’s capital.

Established in 1967, the park holds historical significance, with evidence of indigenous habitation dating back over 8,000 years. Visitors can explore well-preserved Aboriginal sites, including caves and shelters.

It offers stunning rock formations, abundant flowering plants, and significant Aboriginal heritage. This day-use park, nestled near Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach, invites exploration by foot, with a range of short strolls and longer day walks through scenic hills, tranquil bays, and rocky headlands.

Within the park, you’ll encounter mysterious sea caves, rock pools, and secluded beaches ideal for fishing and swimming. Explore the rock shelters and caves, which were once used by Aboriginal Tasmanians, offering insights into their ancient way of life. Please respect the wishes of the Aboriginal community and refrain from entering the caves.

The park requires a valid parks pass for entry, with various pass options available to suit your needs.

Rocky Cape National Park showcases diverse coastal landscapes, rich birdlife, and unique geological features, with the ancient Precambrian quartzite rocks near the Rocky Cape lighthouse being among the oldest in Tasmania. These rocks display captivating contorted patterns and are slowly shaped by natural forces, creating a jagged coastline and sea caves.

Accessible via walking tracks, North Cave is an easily observed example of these coastal rock shelters. The park’s numerous walks, ranging from 20 minutes to four hours, allow you to immerse yourself in its natural beauty.

Interpretation panels provide insights into Tasmanian Aboriginal life in the area, highlighting their ongoing connection to the land. Visit the lighthouse and enjoy a BYO picnic at Mary Ann Cove, equipped with tables, a gas barbecue, and toilets, making it perfect for beach fishing, swimming, and boating. On the eastern end of the park, Sisters Beach offers electric barbecues and sheltered spots to savor the magnificent seascape.

Explore Rocky Cape National Park on foot and discover its remarkable geological formations, lush vegetation, and deep cultural significance.

Sources:

  1. Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania. (2021). Rocky Cape National Park. https://parks.tas.gov.au/explore-our-parks/rocky-cape-national-park
  2. Discover Tasmania. (n.d.). Rocky Cape National Park. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/attraction/rockycapenationalpark

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