Rocky Cape National Park
Rocky Cape National Park is a small reserve of sheltered bays and wild, windswept headlands. This small gem on Tasmania’s north-west coast is a great place to go swimming, diving or boating. You can explore rock pools, catch a ﬁsh and enjoy some great walks. The national park was declared in 1967 and Rocky Cape Lighthouse was erected a year later. Caves here contain Aboriginal middens that are evidence of continuous occupation over 8000 years, with remains of shellﬁsh, seals, scale ﬁsh, grasstrees and ferns. The Indigenous community continues its close spiritual and recreational connection with Rocky Cape; visitors are requested not to enter North, South or Lee Archer caves.
There are many hundreds of flowering plants here and the windswept coastal heathlands erupt with colour in spring and summer: boronia, purple iris, white-ﬂowering tea-tree, yellow guinea ﬂowers and Christmas bells. Small clusters of wattle, eucalypt, banksia and paperbark species shelter in the gullies; the stand of saw banksia overlooking Sisters Beach is a variety found nowhere else in the state. Short walks include Banksia Grove–Caves Circuit (1 hour return) and North Cave–Lighthouse (10–20 minutes return). South Cave is almost ﬁlled with shells, accumulated over many thousands of years – the walk to the entrance is also 10 to 20 minutes return. Longer walks range from the Postmans Track (2 hours) along the century-old horseback postal delivery route, to the Full Circuit Walk (25 km, 6–8 hours return), which leads along the jagged coast and into the hills to discover fascinating ﬂora and birdlife and enjoy spectacular views.
No camping, but nearby campsites at Peggs Beach Conservation Area
Location and access
190 km north-west of Launceston via Bass Hwy; 22 km west of Wynyard via Bass Hwy
PWS Stanley Field Centre (03) 6458 1480
Wynyard (03) 6443 8330
Stanley (03) 6458 1330
- Rocky Cape National Park, Eco-friendly activity