EAGLEHAWK NECK is situated at the narrow connection of the Tasman Peninsula to the rest of Tasmania. There was once a chain of savage dogs here to stop prisoners from escaping from nearby Port Arthur. There are some awesome natural attractions here, including the; Blowhole, Tasman Arch, Coal Mines, Devils Kitchen and the Tesselated Pavement. This pavement looks so strange that it is easy to believe that it is man made. A spectacular boat tour of the Tasman Peninsular also starts from here. There is a small settlement with some facilities and a famous hotel at Eaglehawk Neck and just down the road are the many facilities and accommodation of Port Arthur.
Eaglehawk Neck is located in the Tasman Peninsula National Park in the extreme south east of Tasmania. From Eaglehawk Neck you are just 5 minutes from the TESSELATED PAVEMENT and CAPE PILLAR. You are 15 minutes from PORT ARTHUR, the TARANNA Wild Life Park and CAPE RAOUL. You are 90 minutes from RICHMOND, HOBART and MARIA ISLAND. Nearby places are described in the TASMAN PENINSULA REGION page.
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FACILITIES: There are shops and a hotel at Eaglehawk Neck. There is a cafe, a tourist shop and a petrol station at Port Arthur. There is accommodation at EAGLEHAWK NECK, at PORT ARTHUR and at SORELL.
SIGHTS: The cliffs along the eastern coast of the Tasman Peninsula are simply awesome. The list includes the:
COAL MINES near Saltwater River (03) 6251 2310
You can visit them by short walks from the car parks. Alternatively, you can walk the 7 kilometres to TATNELLS HILL and get a great view of the Tasman Peninsula.
ROUTES: You can only enter the Tasman Peninsula on the A9 Arthur Highway. The TESSELATED PAVEMENT is just north east of Eaglehawk Neck off the A9 Arthur Highway.
The boat tours of the cliffs to CAPE PILLAR leave from Pirates Bay, which is just south of Eaglehawk Neck.
You reach the BLOWHOLE, DEVILS KITCHEN and TASMAN ARCH by turning east from the A9 Arthur Highway onto Blowhole Road just south of Eaglehawk Neck.
1/ Eaglehawk Neck is in south east Tasmania. It is just north of Port Arthur. This distant view taken from near Eaglehawk Neck shows Pirates Bay on the right and Cape Hauy on the horizon on the extreme left.
2/ This view looks south from Eaglehawk Neck all the way to the rocks called the Lanterns at Cape Hauy about 20 km away. There is a great boat tour from Pirates Bay that goes past the Lanterns all the way to Tasman Island before returning. This photo was taken from near the walking track to Cape Pillar. This track begins near Eaglehawk Neck.
3/ This photo shows the crisp white sands of Pirates Bay near Eaglehawk Neck. Note the many holiday houses just beyond the beach.
4/ Pirates Bay near Eaglehawk Neck is the harbour for the many pleasure boats that enjoy these waters
5/ This shows the view to the north of the Tesselated Pavement near Eaglehawk Neck.
6/ This photo is looking down onto the famous Tesselated Pavement. Note how it is being pounded by the waves.
7/ The Tesselated Pavement is a single very large, rock terrace, which is semi covered in water in this photo.
8/ This close up shows the brick like pattern of the Pavement. The boy on the left gives you some idea of the size of the stones. This photo shows how the rocks of the Tesselated Pavement look almost, as if they were made in ancient times by man.
1/ The Blowhole at Eaglehawk Neck is caused by water being blasted up the sides of these 100 metre high cliffs.
2/ This photo shows the view as you look down into the Blowhole at Eaglehawk Neck.
3/ This shows the great arch which straddles the Blowhole at Eaglehawk Neck.
4/ This view is looking into the Blowhole from the sea side.
5/ This shows a small tunnel in a cliff at Eaglehawk Neck.
1/ The Dunalley settlement is at the top of the Tasman Peninsula in south eastern Tasmania. At Dunalley you cross a bridge over the Denison Canal to enter the Tasman Peninsula. At the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula is the famous heritage site of Port Arthur. This photo shows the new Bakery to the right and the new walkway to the left. In the distance is the bridge across the Denison Canal. This bridge marks a special exclusion zone, where a great effort is being made to keep a wild population of Tasmanian devils free from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
2/ This is the old general store of Dunalley. Beyond you can see the blackened forest that still surrounded Dunalley, when I visited in December 2015. In January 2013 a terrible bush fire devastated Dunalley and parts of the Tasman Peninsula. The old general store was a fortunate survivor.
3/ Another fortunate survivor of the bush fire was the historic Dunalley Hotel. The Dunalley Hotel is famous for its locally caught sea food.
4/ This view was taken from the bridge at Dunalley and looks south down the Denison Canal towards Dunalley Bay. The canal was built to shorten to time for traders and fishing boats commuting between Hobart and the east coast of Tasmania.
5/ This is the phoenix statue on the new walkway by the Dunalley Canal. It symbolizes the determination of the people of Dunalley to rise from the ashes and rebuild their town. You can help Dunalley by stopping there and buying things.