Rocky Cape National Park
Rocky Cape National Park is full of surprises – from big views across Bass Strait to the bright wildflowers of its coastal heathlands. Nestled between Table Cape at Wynyard and the Nut at Stanley in Tasmania's North West, this national park is small in scale but big on natural and cultural attractions.
Like its neighbour the Nut, Rocky Cape has dramatic geological features including twisted and contorted rocks that were formed over millions of years. It also contains sea caves, rock pools and pretty, sheltered beaches.
The vegetation here is windswept and salt-hardy, including coastal heathlands that bloom spectacularly in spring and summer and several orchid species. The Xanthorrhoea plant, with its grass-like skirt and tall flower spike, is a striking presence throughout the park.
The Rocky Cape area contains many significant Tasmanian Aboriginal sites, dating back thousands of years. Vast cave middens, artefacts and rock shelters reveal much about the lifestyle of coastal Aboriginal people. A strong cultural and spiritual connection to this place continues today, with the Aboriginal community actively involved in the management of the park.
The area offers a range of coastal walks from short strolls to day treks. Tracks lead to sea caves and secluded beaches and pass through banksia-dotted hillsides with sweeping views of Bass Strait.
Look out for the colourful seaweed and starfish that occupy the pretty rock pools along the coast. Swimming, fishing, boating are also popular activities in the area.
Camping and accommodation
Camping is not permitted in the park, but campsites can be found at the nearby township of Rocky Cape, at Crayfish Creek and at the Peggs Beach Conservation Area.
Rocky Cape National Park is about a 2-hr drive west of Launceston.