May
06
2012

The surfs up at Eaglehawk Neck

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Eaglehawk Neck is one of the hidden treasures of Tasmania's coastline, with some of the best surf in the country.

The small town is a great base to explore from and is ideally suited to surfers in search of great swells, as well as weary travellers wanting a place to unwind and relax surrounded by nature.

With a variety of reef and beach breaks on offer, it is easy to see why this particular stretch of coastline is popular among surfers whether on body boards, short boards and long boards.

This means that you can easily travel with a group of friends without anyone having to miss out.

It is best to trust your own judgement before determining where the ideal place to catch a wave is. Conditions can be variable and rips and exposed reef or rocks may act as a potential hazard. Surfing with a mate or in groups is recommended.

Most surfers know to wear an appropriate wetsuit as the water temperature can range between a high of 17 degrees at the beginning of winter and then a low of 12 degrees in September.

The best time of year to visit Eaglehawk Neck if you are looking to catch clean, glassy waves is from March to September.

If you can’t surf, the local Dive Centre will help kit out travellers with all the necessary equipment, with a reputation for some of the best diving in Tasmania.

And whether you would like to spend your vacation learning how to dive with the help of an experienced instructor, or go on your own adventure there is always something great to see.

In fact giant underwater kelp forests, Weedy Seadragons and Fur Seals are just part of the Eaglehawk Neck experience.

Surfing near the Tessellated Pavement - image credit  rent-a-home

Mays point near Eaglehawk Neck -  Image credit: The Sufing Atlas

In amongst it at Eagelhawk Neck - Image credit: The Collective

Shipsterns Bluff - some of the largest waves in Australia (not for amateurs)

Doing a line Eaglehawk Neck - Image credit: Surf Tasmania

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