After Burnie the Bass Highway heads towards Table Cape (Toin-Be-Noke), where there’s a lookout offering an outstanding view of Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea.
The first people to inhabit Table Cape were the tommeginer people. They used Table Cape as a signalling station, sending fire messages to others in the local area or further afield. Geologically speaking, Table Cape is all that remains of a volcanic feeder plug. The rich volcanic soil in the region is one of the best for farming and growing.
The highway leaves the coast for a while after Table Cape until it closes in on Stanley (Martula). Before Stanley though, there’s a detour opportunity to Sisters Beach and Boat Harbour Beach, which both sit inside Rocky Cape National Park.
Rocky Cape (Tangdimmaa) is sensational. Before the British settled in this area, the region from Table Cape (Lowreene moonartric) to Cape Grim (Draynunroohaa) was home to the Rarerloihenaa people. They travelled along the coast as the seasons changed, enjoying and caring for the amazing beauty of this area.
Many of the caves that they lived in dotted along the coast are now under water. We had a short stop at Sisters Beach, and took a walk along Postmans Track up to a stunning lookout. There’s a full day’s hike possible in the other direction from Sisters Beach to Rocky Cape lighthouse, which we hope to do another time.