South Cave

10 min to 15 min

600 m

↑ 88 m
↓ -88 m

Moderate track
Starting from the car park at Burgess Cove off Rocky Cape Road, Rocky Cape National Park, this walk takes you past South Cave. This short and easy walk leads to a large sea cave formed in the quartzite cliffs at Rocky Cape, with superb coastal views towards Table Cape and Sisters Beach. South Cave was the first cave in the area to be used as an Aboriginal shelter and is filled with shells, bones, ancient stone tools and other artifacts resulting from thousands of years of occupation. Visitors aren't allowed to enter, but there's a viewing platform with interpretive signage and great views of the cave. You can also follow the trail beyond the cave down to a beautiful secluded cove, which is a good spot for picnicking, swimming and fishing. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-40.8611899,145.5118029)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bass Highway, A2, Rocky Cape.
  • Turn on to Rocky Cape Road, C227 then drive for 4.4 km
  • Keep right and drive for another 440 m
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Turn map Directions & comments
After another 70 m turn right, to head along South Cave Track.
After another 90 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 40 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 20 m pass the "South Cave" (5 m on your left).
Continue another 85 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 300 m to get back to the start.
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South Cave

Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 600 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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