Visiting the north west and considering visiting Table Cape Tasmania? Great choice! In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about visiting here including full information on visiting the Table Cape attractions including the Table Cape Tulip Farm, Lighthouse, Fossil Bluff and more.
Located next to Wynyard, Table Cape is a picturesque plateau which won’t leave you guessing how it got its name. At 180 metres high and dropping off into Bass Strait, Table Cape dominates coastal views and also offers its own great views over the surrounding areas.
Easy to visit, the remains of this 12 million year old volcano has roads and some low key attractions which are worth a diversion during your Tasmanian road trip. Most famous for its tulip farm, there are reasons to come here at all times of the year.
Below, you will find our guide to what to do in Table Cape with everything you need to know about the best things to do in Table Cape during your visit, as well as information about what you can do here. There is also a handy map of everything discussed.
An Introduction To Table Cape Tasmania
The remains of what is said to be a 12-million year old volcano, Table Cape Tasmania rises steeply from Bass Strait. Soaring up to 180 metres, it was first named by British navigator Matthew Flinders. Together with George Bass, he circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) in 1798 upon the Norfolk, aiming to confirm that Tasmania was in fact an island!
Not so long ago there were still no roads in this area, with teams of ten bullocks used to bring tons of potatoes – grown in the dark, heavy red soil of the Cape – down to Wynyard. These days, two roads wind up to the magnificent plateau – one from Wynyard town centre via Table Cape Road and the other from Bass Highway, between Boat Harbour and Wynyard.
At the top, which was once a lava lake, you’ll discover wonderful farmlands. Renowned for an annual flowering of tulips during spring time, the Cape is perhaps most famous for the Table Cape Lighthouse, standing proud on the bluff since 1888.
And in the Summer months, look out for fields of poppies. Grown in this spot for over half a century, Tasmania surprisingly supplies half the world’s demand for opium poppies!
But mainly, just relish in spectacular cliff-top walks, awesome views of Tasmania’s coast and the scenic beauty of nature.
Things To Do On Table Cape
There aren’t many things to do on Table Cape but they are easy to get to and explore.
Table Cape Tulip Farm
Tulip Farm, Table Cape, is simply breathtaking in Spring. Acres of patchwork fields explode with colour – a global lure for photographers – showcasing one of the world’s most epic tulip displays.
Ironically grown for the Dutch market – when Spring flowers sent to Europe brighten cold Autumn days – Table Cape Tulip Farm can be found by following the narrow winding road up the volcano. You’re sure to see the entrance to the farm as you reach the plateau, surrounded by fields of rich purple Dutch iris or electric rows of Table Cape tulips.
This working farm, which plants over 4 million tulip bulbs each April, operates all year through with tulips blooming from late September until mid-late October. First introduced by Dutch immigrants fleeing WWII, the tulip is a hardy plant that’s ideal for erratic Tassie weather conditions.
Charging a small entrance fee, the farm is open daily from 26th September until late October, 9am-5pm. And once inside you’re free to discover the acres of tulips, along with an impressive indoor floral display.
End your visit with a Devonshire tea, admire their small art gallery, and pick up some information on growing your own bulbs. Keep an eye out here for seasonal information, to be in the know for when the tulips are flowering.
Visitors are also welcome at other times during the year, when the farm opens for bulb sales. Phone ahead to check as the staff are often out working in the fields.
But if you’re really flexible on when you can visit, time it so you can catch the Bloomin Tulip Festival. Running for over 25 years, this is a huge day of festivities in nearby Wynyard, on one Saturday every October during premium tulip-bloom time.
The town literally buzzes with activities, food, music, artists and festivities! The farm also has some additional activities during this day but the majority of the enjoyment is to be found at Wynyard.
In addition to the Table Cape Tulip Festival, there’s also an annual Tunes In The Tulips, a fun family festival at the farm. Surrounded by stunning flowers, enjoy a day relaxing with live music, dining on tasty Tassie produce and probably a glass or two of wine.
Whenever you go, bear in mind this is a real working farm, thus sensible footwear is advised. Full details can be found here.
You can take a quick look at the Table Cape tulips below.
Address: Table Cape Tulip Farm Wynyard Tasmania is at 363 Table Cape Road, Table Cape.
Table Cape Lighthouse
Designed by Huckson and Hutchinson from Hobart, the Table Cape Lighthouse Tasmania sits on a sheer cliff edge surrounded by scenic farmlands.
Constructed in 1888 after several shipping incidents, it was built by brick brought over from Victoria as ship-ballast for vessels returning to Tasmania after unloading cargo. Pulled by bullock-wagon from nearby Wynyard, the bricks were painstakingly transported to the top of the Cape.
At the same time, builder John Luck also constructed three stone cottages next to the tower, but these were sadly demolished in 1926 when the tower no longer needed lightkeepers.
Inside the tower, you’ll find the expected circular staircase that winds up to just over 180 metres above sea level. Expansive views of the coastline and the nearby tulip fields spread out in spectacular panoramic vistas with the fresh ocean breeze making this a wonderful setting. And remember to keep an eye out for migrating whales or pods of dolphins.
First used on 1st August 1888, the tower was initially powered by oil – again dragged up by bullock-wagon – with the keepers having to keep the lamp lit as soon as the sun dipped into the sea and all through the night.
Table Cape Lighthouse is the only operating lighthouse open for tours in Tasmania. Table Cape Lighthouse tours run between September and April, and relate stories from the history of when it was a fully operational lighthouse. Usually open daily, 10am-4pm, with tours every 30 minutes – weather permitting – the Table Cape Lighthouse experience takes you up the four levels.
Revel in stories full of maritime adventures and, of course, end your short tour with the jaw-dropping views from the top level.
Discover more about the tours or make a booking here.
Table Cape Lookout
As you drive to the top of Table Cape – a truly remarkable natural wonder – you’ll eventually reach a viewing platform where on clear days you’ll see George Town’s Low Head and even mountain ranges over 175 kilometres away.
A great place for nature lovers, sea birds hover and dolphins or whales are often spotted. Surrounded by the colourful farmlands on one side and the deep ocean blue on the other, this scenic spot is ideal for a picnic.
Free parking and picnic tables available.
Lighthouse To Lookout Walk
Park up at the Lookout and take a 45 minutes roundtrip walk to Table Cape Lighthouse, which is perhaps the best way to appreciate this stunning geological region.
You’ll see striking rock formations, an incredible variety of flowering plants, varied birdlife and enjoy epic ocean views. Waves pound the coast, hitting gnarly rocks with repetitive intensity, sending salt sprays up into the air. The rocks of the Cape are among the oldest in Tasmania and form a dramatic coastline, interspersed with sea caves, that stretches far into the distance.
Table Cape Map
Table Cape Accommodation
For Table Cape Tasmania accommodation, you are best looking at accommodation options in Wynyard which is less than a 10-minute drive away.
How To Get To Table Cape
You will want your own car to get to and explore Table Cape.
To get here by car is easy – Table Cape is a short detour from the main A2 highway (Bass Highway) along the north west coast. It’s about an hour from Devonport, just over two hours from Launceston or just over four hours from Hobart.
Table Cape With Kids
Table Cape is an easy place to visit thanks to quick, outdoor attractions and they are sure to be blown away by the tulips Table Cape has on display as well.
Table Cape is an easy place to visit which is worth the drive off the highway when you are going by. If you are lucky enough to be road tripping in north west Tasmania in late September and October, you really won’t want to miss stopping off here to see the tulips in bloom – it’s a sight you won’t forget!
Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.