Rocky Cape National Park

Enjoying Burnie park.

Enjoying Burnie park.

Rocky Cape.

Rocky Cape.

Cave.

Cave.

Roadkill, by a speeding pedestrian.

Roadkill, by a speeding pedestrian.

Rocky cape, spiky rocks.

Rocky cape, spiky rocks.

Enjo lunch.ying

Enjo lunch.ying

Pebbles.

Pebbles.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

More rocky cape

More rocky cape

Cows near Burnie.

Cows near Burnie.

It was good friday and with no school work, it was time to get out and explore the North West. I had been to Stanley near on 20 years ago and Rosalee was again suspicious of me trying to cram too much into a day, so we settled for Rocky Cape National Park, which was around 35 klms east of Stanley.

The day began with glorious sunshine and as we headed west the clouds began to gather and mennace us, however as we drove along the coast we could see the Spirit of Tasmania off shore making it’s way to Melbourne. The kids were all excited and were talki Fadng about Monday’s trip back on the boat, wondering what movie they may be able to watch in the ships cinema.

After a nice 1 houir drive of straight roads (oh how exciting no twisty, winding roads) we arrived at Rocky Cape, we were a little unsure where to park our car at first, but eventually found a day stay park. The picnic table had been overtaken with a family celebrating Good Friday with fish and chips, so we took our little packed lunch and went walking up the road. The beach was nice, but not sheltered from the wind so we kept walking up the road towards the lighthouse, after around a 1 kilometre we found another bush walk to an Aboriginal cave and beach. This looked like agood spot so Rosalee and the kids headed down the 15 minute walk to a picnic spot, whilst I headed back down hill to fetch the car as it looked like the rain could come at any minute.

On the way to the cave we came across a animal that looked like it once had been a possum dead on the walking track. It was the first time I had seen roadkill due to a speeding pedestrian! Fast walkers of the world take note and slow down between dawn and dusk.

Elijah enjoyed taking photos of the dead animal whilst Amilia and Lilianna were horrified, Marcella who knows that dead animals are great to cuddle thanks to the discovery ranger at Cardle Mountain wanted to pat it!

We eventually made it to the beach and had lunch as the skyies turned grey and rain began to fall, I put my rain jacket around Marcella and the girls, but within 5 minutes the sun had come out again.

After looking at the beach we headed back to Devonport, we stopped at Burnie for the kids to have a play in the park and Rosalee to take some pictures of cows that most likely supply the milk for the Cadbury chocolate factory.

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