A seaside village, Sisters Beach is located within the Rocky Cape National Park and is situated on the old horse trail known as the Postman s Track that once formed the only connection between Emu Bay (now Burnie) and the Van Diemen's Land outpost of Stanley. Sisters Beach was originally established by the Irby family, descendants of whom still live in the area.
It has a beach of white sand, approximately three kilometres in length. The village has a boat ramp, you can do quiet bit of fishing or catch a squid off the jetty. It is also possible to scuba dive around Rocky Cape. However, conditions can be treacherous and diving is recommended only for experienced divers.
Sisters Beach has electric barbecues, toilets and drinking water provided by the local council. The nearest caravan and camping facilities are located at Rocky Cape and Wynyard. These townships are the closest for supplies of food and fuel. Peggs Beach Conservation Area has a camping area. There are toilets and drinking water, however it is recommended to boil water for three minutes prior to drinking.
Though a very pretty location, Sisters Beach is quite small and the building of new homes is currently restricted, due to the surrounding national park. A unique aspect of Sisters Beach is the prevalence of giant Banksia serrata. It is the only place in Tasmania where they occur.
Where Is it?: Sisters Beach is situated on the north-west coast of Tasmania about 2 hours drive west of Launceston. Take Route 1 then A2 to Burnie and on past Wynyard. Access is via the Boat Harbour Beach road (Irbys Road).
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Experience sweeping views of Bass Strait from the Rocky Cape Lighthouse, banksia dotted hillsides, and dramatic cliffs and coastal caves, combined with cultural history, as Rocky Cape has strong links to the Aboriginal community. Many of the bays along the coast are sheltered and tranquil, while the headlands experience the full force of the sea and wind.
Much of the vegetation in the park is low lying, wind and salt tolerant coastal heath. These heathlands flower during spring and summer, giving colour to the surrounding hills.which run down to the water where there are caves with a history of Aboriginal occupation.
Rocky Cape National Park, although small, offers visitors a varied experience on Tasmania's coast. Here you can learn about Aboriginal life on the north-west coast. Swimming, fishing, boating and walking are popular activities. There are pleasant day and half-day walks over the hills from either Sisters Beach or from the lighthouse at the western end of the Park. Rocky Cape s unpolluted waters regularly attract dolphins and seals. At low tide on a calm day, the rocky foreshore reveals numerous rock pools inhabited by a variety of colourful fish and plants.
Within the park there is a picnic area with tables and a gas barbecue at Mary Ann Cove. Toilet facilities are available at Burgess Cove and Mary Ann Cove in Rocky Cape National Park. Drinking water is not available in the park.
Swimming, fishing, boating and bushwalking are popular activities. The park offers a fascinating variety of walks, ranging from less than 20 minutes to a full day. These take in Aboriginal rock shelters and caves, scenic hills full of wildflowers and birds, and tranquil beaches, bays and rocky headlands.
National Parks entry fees apply and can be purchased from Service Tasmania Shops in Smithton and statewide. Pets and firearms are prohibited within all national parks and camping is prohibited in the National Park.
The Postman's Track is an old horse trail that once formed the only connection between Emu Bay (now Burnie) and the Van Diemen's Land outpost of Stanley. A section of the track passes through Rocky Cape National Park. An accessway to the Postmans Track is passed on the way into the village on Irbys Road about 500 metres past the National Park sign and at the eastern end of Sisters Beach. West of Stanley is what is called Old Stanley Road which was part of the track becore it became the former road to Smithton.
From the western end of Sisters Beach a number of other walking tracks into the National Park can be accessed. These lead to caves, waterfalls and the beautiful beach at Anniversary Bay.
Boat Harbour Beach is not only notable for its exquisite location but also it fine white sands which have been weathered from the quartzite rocks that are common along this section of the coastline. The beach here is often named among Australia s Top Ten beaches. The clarity of the water is exceptional, attracting swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers; good fishing is to be had from the rocky points. At low tide, you may see abalone on the rocks. Precious stones have been found in the rocks. A foot track, The Stone Walk, leads from the beach up to the road at the top of the hill. The Postmans Track offers safe swimming and more crystal-clear waters.
The area has two small population centres - the town, high above sea-level, and the beach community below, nestled between rocky headlands. Boat Harbour (the township) is often confused with with Boat Harbour Beach (the holiday resort). To get to the beach it is necessary to drive west from the town and follow the signs which say Boat Harbour Beach.