Aug
15
2012

Exploring the Tasman Peninsula

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When it comes to coastlines, they don’t get more dramatic than those in the island state and the Tasman Peninsula is just one of many places with rocky cliffs, rolling waves and sweeping views that will take your breath away.

Eaglehawk Neck is known for its adventure sports (and history), which is a good thing for visitors because if the landscape doesn’t inspire you to try something new, the people who live here certainly will.

For those who are travelling from Hobart, you can find Eaglehawk Neck by following the Tasman Highway towards Port Arthur. While weather conditions may change depending on the season, the journey should take on average just over an hour to complete by car; that is if you don’t get too distracted by the opportunity to detour to Richmond or spend time near Sorrell at the fruit farm.

As you enter Eaglehawk, you will notice two bays and a small reserve where you can stop to catch-up on the area’s bushranger past.

A nearby rock formation known as the tessellated pavement might also catch your eye and it is well worth seeing this geological wonder up close. There is a car park clode to the Lufra Hotel, where you can walk five minutes down to this well know and often photographed attraction.

After this, you might want to head towards another famous natural wonder, the Tasman Arch.  This rock formation will surely grab your attention and is conveniently located near the Blowhole and the Devil’s Kitchen – two top visitor destinations – in Doo Town.

The rocks that have been reshaped over the years to form these natural archways and other formations are thought to be 250 million years old – which means that they are also worth seeing in their own right. You will be struck in awe by the power of the waves.

But your visit to his part of the world would not be complete without an eco-cruise to  nearby Tasman Island where you can reconnect with the nature in a pristine setting.

Surfing the break at Eaglehawk - one of many great spots in Tasmania

Nickle Doo at EagleHawk Neck in the midst of DooTownThe spectacular Tasman Arch

Tessellated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck Image Credit - Nick Monk -Red Bubble

Tessellations at the Tesselated Pavement Image Credit - Martin Pot martybugs.net

Cape Pillar Track - just one of the tracks on the Tasman Peninsula Image Credit - Karen Meredith Blog

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