ROCKY CAPE National Park is a mysterious, wind swept rocky promontory with spectacular views. There are many interesting walks and great views from the peaks of the rocky hills. These walks very from the long to the short and easy. There is a large cave and a light house on the Cape, plus some great beaches nearby. There is also a holiday settlement on the Cape, but, unfortunately, there are no public facilities.
Rocky Cape is situated between Stanley and Wynyard on the north western coast of Tasmania. From Rocky Cape you are 15 minutes from STANLEY and WYNYARD. While SMITHTON, DIP FALLS and BURNIE are 30 minutes away. MARRAWAH and the TARKINE DRIVE are 50 minutes away. Nearby places are described in the NORTH WEST-TARKINE REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There are no commercial facilities at Rocky Cape. The nearest facilities are located at Wynyard and Stanley. There is accommodation at STANLEY, WYNYARD and BURNIE.
SIGHTS: Rocky Cape is a spectacular series of rocky hills. From the tops of these hills you can get great panoramic views both of Bass Strait and the farm lands to the south. The hills are very wind swept and the whole atmosphere of the place is mysterious. The area is a major Aboriginal heritage site. There is also a light house at Rocky Cape.
There are many walks both short and long. These start at the picnic ground at BURGESS COVE. However, Rocky Cape is a national park, so you need a valid pass to enter it. You will also need to bring your own food and water and dispose of your own litter.
ROUTE: You approach Rocky Cape from both the west and the east on the A2 Bass Highway. Like STANLEY'S Nut, Rocky Cape can be seen from many kilometres away. The turnoff road C227 the road to the Rocky Cape is well signed and easy to follow. The walks start at the picnic ground at BURGESS COVE.
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1/ Rocky Cape is a beautiful national park in north west Tasmania. This photo shows Rocky Cape on the distant horizon. It is so large that it can be seen from Table Cape about 30 kilo metres away.
2/ Rocky Cape is a wind swept, ethereal place. It is not too hard to imagine that it is indeed inhabited by spirits as Aboriginal legends claim. This view is looking to the east towards Table Cape on the horizon.
3/ This photo shows a view to the east of Rocky Cape.
4/ This is a view taken from the light house at Rocky Cape.
5/ This is another view looking towards the east of Rocky Cape towards the sacred Aboriginal cave.
6/ This photo is looking to the west of Rocky Cape towards Stanley. The large object that you see on the horizon is the famous Stanley Nut.
7/ I was fortunate to be able to photograph these birds sheltering in the bracken of Rocky Cape.
8/ The dark area in the centre of this photo is the sacred Aboriginal cave.
9/ This is the view looking west towards the light house of Rocky Cape.
10/ The bare hills of Rocky Cape show some interesting, wind swept shapes.
11/ This is the gravel road that leads into Rocky Cape. It ends at the old light house.
12/ The light house is the major land mark of Rocky Cape.