Rocky Cape National Park, Australian Geographic

Population 4810

This small centre at the mouth of the Inglis River has charming timber buildings and is located on a stunning stretch of coastline in an extremely fertile pocket of the state.

Visitor Information

8 Exhibition Link; (03) 6443 8330


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Burnie

    The first European pioneers believed the Burnie area to be agriculturally rich, but high rainfall and dense forests covering the surrounding...more

  • Penguin

    This northern seaside town was named after the little penguins that shuffle up the beaches, and images of the iconic bird are peppered...more

  • Ulverstone

    At the mouth of the Leven River on the north central coast, Ulverstone is renowned for its fine sweeping beaches and waterfront parklands....more

In Town

Gutteridge Gardens: riverside gardens in the heart of town; Goldie St.

Nature walks: include boardwalk along Inglis River; brochure at visitor centre.

Wonders of Wynyard: an exhibition of veteran vehicles that includes one of the oldest Ford models in the world; Exhibition Link.


Boat Harbour This is a picturesque village ideal for diving and spearfishing. Boat Harbour Beach (4 km NW of town) has safe swimming, marine life in pools at low tide, fishing and waterskiing. 10 km NW.

Rocky Cape National Park With some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock shelters and middens in Tasmania, the park incorporates the pristine Sisters Beach. Contact Parks & Wildlife Service on 1300 135 513. 29 km NW.

Fossil Bluff: scenic views from an unusual geological structure where the oldest marsupial fossil in Australia was found; 3 km N.

Table Cape Lookout: brilliant views of the coast from 190 m above sea level. En route to lookout is Table Cape Tulip Farm, with tulips, daffodils and Dutch irises blooming Sept–Oct. From lookout a short walk leads to an old lighthouse; 5 km N.

Flowerdale Freshwater Lobster Haven: restaurant and artificial lakes stocked with lobster; 6.5 km NW.

Fishing: Inglis and Flowerdale rivers provide excellent trout fishing; also good sea-fishing around Table Cape.

Scenic flights: the best way to appreciate the patchwork colours of the fields in the area; bookings at Wynyard Airport (03) 6442 1111.

Scenic walks and drives: brochure from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Creative Paper, Burnie 17 km

Make your own paper with recycled bits and pieces on a half-hour tour at this non-profit, community-based enterprise. They use all sorts of odds and ends to make their eco-friendly papers, including old jeans, fruit pulp... Find out more

Hiking the Penguin to Cradle walk 32 km

If you want to embark on a little-known, but highly varied Tasmanian bushwalk, try part or the entire 80-kilometre Penguin to Cradle walk. It starts at the coast, goes through a mix of rural areas, woodlands, canyons,... Find out more

Gunns Plains Cave 41 km

Located just south-west of Gunns Plains (some 23 kilometres south-west of Ulverstone), this is yet another great limestone cave. It has one of the largest shawl formations in the Southern Hemisphere, glow worms aplenty... Find out more

Giant crayfish research, near Ulverstone 43 km

Tasmania has the largest freshwater crayfish in the world, and they can grow up to a metre in length, with claws that could cut a person’s hand off. You can go out on a research trip with the world’s expert... Find out more

Tarkine Forest Adventures at Dismal Swamp 53 km

This is a strange mix of natural history, art installations, public relations for Forestry Tasmania and a wild and riotous 110-metre slide. The experience is set in the only known sinkhole in the world with a thriving... Find out more

Platypus Encounters, Latrobe 64 km

Three brothers almost single-handedly turned an old quarry site into one of the most reliable places in the world to see wild platypus. In fact, the guided tours have never failed to encounter a platypus in Warrawee... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Buckaneers for Seafood

Tasmania has more than its fair share of great seafood eateries and this is reputed to be one of the top picks. They have a bustling takeaway business all day, as well as selling fresh fish and offering light lunches and... Find out more

Jolly Rogers on the Beach

All alone at the end of the road, with white expanses of sand to left and right, this little beachfront cafe ticks every box when it comes to summer holiday relaxation. Seafood is a feature, as you would expect, but... Find out more

Campsites around town

Pioneer Park camping area 34 km

Set among farmland and forested hills 15 km from Penguin, the tiny settlement of Riana is picture-postcard pretty. Its quiet little campground is on the left-hand side of the main road (B17), just past the cricket oval... Find out more

Peggs Beach camping area 35 km

This small campground is very popular with locals, so you will be lucky to find a spot here in the summer holiday season. Although it is close to the highway, it is right next to a gorgeous, wide beach with... Find out more

Black River camping area 38 km

These secluded sites are nestled in coastal vegetation next to the Black River estuary. There is safe swimming at lovely Brickmakers Beach and a boat-launching ramp into the river. This large campground is part of the... Find out more

Waratah camping area 53 km

Formerly the location of the world’s leading tin mine, Waratah now welcomes tourists not miners, although there is still gold to be panned in nearby creeks. In the middle of town, there is a lake and waterfall;... Find out more

Lake Barrington West camping area 59 km

Lake Barrington is famous for its world-class rowing course, and while there are big crowds here for rowing championships, the rest of the time there is peaceful camping, all-year angling and beautiful scenery. Camping... Find out more

West Kentish Park camping area 60 km

This informal camping area on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Barrington is 6 km from West Kentish. Busy when there are rowing events at the lake, at other times it is a peaceful campground amid pretty scenery. Bring... Find out more

Julius River Forest camping area 61 km

On the northern edge of the huge Tarkine rainforest wilderness, this forest camping area is 10 km east of the Kanunnah Bridge and Sumac Lookout on the South Arthur Forest Dr (C218). At Julius River Reserve, there are 6... Find out more

Lake Gairdner camping area 62 km

There is a free camping area with no facilities on the banks of this hydro lake, so if the campground at Cradle Mountain is full (as it often is), this may be a good alternative, provided you are completely... Find out more

O’Neills Creek Reserve camping area 67 km

Next to the creek and rodeo ground, this pretty forest reserve has places for vans for short stays (2 nights maximum), making it a perfect overnight stop on your way to Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Park – Cradle Mountain Campground 68 km

This is the only camping area at the northern end of Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, so it gets busy in summer and bookings are essential. Sites are in bush alcoves 2 km outside the park. Most people... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Beach Retreat Tourist Park 1 km

Located at the mouth of the Inglis River and on the beachfront, this park is within walking distance of the town centre. It has good facilities and is ideal for an overnight stay or a few days. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Crayfish Creek Van and Cabin Park and Spa TreeHouse 31 km

In a distinctive bushland setting, this park is tucked away on the banks of Crayfish Creek, a short way in from the coast. It is a popular park during holiday periods, when the weather is warmer for swimming and camping.... Find out more

Penguin Caravan Park 31 km

This beachfront park at the western end of town has undergone a makeover. The waterfront sites have been refurbished and the park has a licensed restaurant. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Wings Wildlife Park 41 km

Staying here is a different experience. There is trout fishing, bushwalking, kayaking, golf, and more. The park has good facilities including powered sites, but we would opt for the unpowered riverfront camping area. The... Find out more

BIG4 Ulverstone Holiday Park 42 km

This is a good quality park with spacious grassy areas and a range of facilities, about 1 km from the town centre and close to the surf club on East Beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park 44 km

This park, on the water’s edge, is a 200-metre stroll from the centre of town and a perfect base for exploring historic Stanley. The spectacular geological feature, The Nut, which is the remains of an old volcano,... Find out more

Abel Tasman Caravan Park 58 km

Located just a couple of blocks from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal, this park has obvious benefits for those arriving or departing by the boat. The park has sites to cater for all size rigs and is ideal for a longer... Find out more

Bay View Holiday Village 59 km

Close to the beach on the east side of Devonport, this park is just a short drive to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Cradle Mountain 68 km

Set in bushland just outside the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness area, this quality park has good facilities including a large recreation building with open fireplaces. It is a popular camping site for walkers... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


Tucked in beneath picturesque Table Cape, Alexandria isn’t your usual cosy cottage B&B. This graceful and spacious Federation home was built in 1905 and all of its grand ensuite bedrooms have a lovely outlook... Find out more

Cape Cottage

Once a studio art gallery, this delightful cottage is now a great place to create a relaxing holiday. Nestled in striking bushland, it’s just a short walk to the white sands of Sisters Beach and Rocky Cape National... Find out more

The Harbour House

It doesn’t get much better than waking up to the relaxing sound of waves crashing against the shore. The Harbour House is a set of three detached properties that sit right on the beautiful Boat Harbour Beach,... Find out more

The Winged House

The Winged House is a stunning piece of award-winning modern architecture perched like a sculpture on the edge of Table Cape. Inside this cantilevered masterpiece there’s an amazing Japanese bathroom, a gourmet... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mountain Valley, Loongana 52 km

Mountain Valley is off the beaten tourist track, situated around 64 kilometres south-west of Devonport (due south of Burnie). Visitors here stay in rustic cabins with open fireplaces on a private and remote 60-hectare... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wynyard park area 1 km

At Wynyard

On the foreshore at the east end of town via Mt Hicks Rd.

Somerset park area 11 km

At Somerset

At the junction with Bass Hwy on the banks of the Cam River.

Sisters Beach rest area 16 km

T/O 13km NW of Wynyard (R) or 54km SE of Smithton (L)

Shady area on the foreshore 8km north of the highway via Sisters Beach Rd.

Hellyer Gorge rest area 33 km

40km S of Somerset (L) or 66km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by forest.

Brickmakers Beach rest area 34 km

40km W of Wynyard (R) or 27km E of Smithton (L)

Adjacent to the highway. On the foreshore.

Peggs Beach camping area 35 km

42km W of Wynyard (R) or 25km E of Smithton (L)

Adjacent to the highway. On the foreshore.

Black River camping area 38 km

T/O 44km W of Wynyard (R) or 23km E of Smithton (L)

Secluded campsites 1km to 5km (unsealed) off the highway in the scrub near the river.

Fossey River rest area 52 km

67km S of Somerset (L) or 39km N of Tullah (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

What's on around town

Wynyard Farmers' Market: 2nd and 4th Sat each month.

Bloomin' Tulips Festival: Oct.

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