Cape Raoul

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Tip of the cape from the sea.

Cape Raoul is situated at the southernmost part of the Tasman Peninsula, in south eastern Tasmania. It forms the coastline of Raoul Bay, and is part of the Dolerite landscape of the Tasman National Park.[1]


The cape features rock platforms, towering cliffs, columns and off-shore islands. There is a 300-metre-high (980 ft) cliff with scenic views of the coastline. A walking track there then descends steadily onto the Cape Raoul plateau, with the spectacular dolerite pillar cape being at the end of the plateau. It is accessed via Port Arthur at the end of Stormlea Road.


A note from 1911 made a description of the cape:

So named from D'Entrecasteaux's pilot. Flinders called it Basaltic Cape, but only prior to the publication of the maps of the French expedition. "In 1814 Flinders very honestly (writes Comte deFleurieu) replaces on his map the name of Raoull, stating that he gave up the name of Basaltic. This notwithstanding, Scott, Cross, and Arrowsmith chart it as Raoull or Basaltic.




  1. ^ Cape Raoul
  2. ^ "TASMANIAN NOMENCLATURE". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 16 September 1911. p. 10. Retrieved 1 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia. ( TASMANIAN NOMENCLATURE. The Place-Names of the State. A Record Of Origins and Dates. Compiled by "Nomen." – section on Cape Raoul)

Coordinates: 43°13′S 147°47′E / 43.22°S 147.79°E / -43.22; 147.79