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Eaglehawk Neck

Eaglehawk Neck is a small town and natural gateway to the many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula, including the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The thin strip of land known as the Neck connects the Tasman Peninsula to the Forestier Peninsula. It's about 400 metres long and less than 30 metres wide at one point. This narrow entrance to the Tasmanian Peninsula was once guarded by a line of chained dogs to prevent convicts from escaping the notorious prison settlement at Port Arthur.  Many tried to escape, some succeeded and there's now a sculpture to mark this once brutal barricade.

There are shipwreck sites here too, but there's much more to this place than its dark and dangerous past. The Neck is also a natural geological wonder with striking rock formations like the Tessellated Pavement, Totem Pole and nearby Tasman's Arch, Blowhole and Devil's Kitchen.

The area attracts bushwalkers, rock climbers, kayakers, divers and surfers and is a popular summer holiday destination for locals and visitors alike with a range of places to stay.

There's also an eco-cruise that takes visitors past dramatic coastline and the local seals, dolphins, penguins and holiday makers.

Eaglehawk Neck is a one-hour drive south of Hobart.

Local tips

  • Stop at the lookout before Eaglehawk Neck for stunning views over Pirates Bay and the coastline
  • Look back towards the Neck from the lookout steps and check out the optical illusion that makes the water on one side of the isthmus appear much higher than the other
  • Take a wildlife cruise along some of the most dramatic coastline in the world
  • Bushwalk at Waterfall Bay in the Tasman National Park, just south of the township, where a waterfall tumbles down a massive cliff face into the sea