North Cave and Lighthouse

15 min to 30 min

1.5 km
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Moderate track
Starting from the end of Rocky Cape Road, Rocky Cape National Park, this walk takes you to Rocky Cape Lighthouse and North Cave. Enjoy a short and easy walk that winds through coastal heathlands towards North Cave, which was once an Aboriginal shelter. Visitors are not allowed to enter, but a nearby viewing platform offers excellent views of the cave and the bay, with interpretive signage explaining the history of the area. You can also walk down to Cave Bay, which is a good spot for picnicking, swimming and fishing. After returning to the car park, you can continue to the lighthouse for spectacular views towards Stanley and Table Cape. Some sections of trail may be overgrown, so long sleeves and pants are recommended to avoid getting scratched. 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.
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Getting There
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Start (-40.8546305,145.5082493)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bass Highway, A2, Rocky Cape.
  • Turn on to Rocky Cape Road, C227 then drive for 5.8 km
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Start heading along Rocky Cape Road.
There is a man_made|lighthouse (about 20 m back from the start).
After another 240 m (at the intersection of North Cave Track & Rocky Cape Road) turn sharp left, to head along North Cave Track (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This tiny side trip takes you to the northernmost viewpoint along the North Cave Track. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along North Cave Track.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip taking you to a viewpoint before North Cave. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along North Cave Track.
After another 60 m come to "North Cave".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 730 m to get back to the start.

This tiny side trip takes you to the northernmost viewpoint along the North Cave Track.
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Start.
After another 25 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 25 m to the main route.

An optional side trip taking you to a viewpoint before North Cave.
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Start.
After another 65 m come to the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 65 m to the main route.
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North Cave and Lighthouse


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 1.5 km
Time 15 min to 30 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 Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)
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