In colonial times, fierce guard dogs were tethered in a line across the width of Eaglehawk Neck and soldiers patrolled the line to ensure no prisoners escaped from the notorious Port Arthur penal settlement.
Today Eaglehawk Neck is a quiet fishing village on the narrow isthmus between the Tasman Peninsula and the Forestier Peninsula. Little remains of the Eaglehawk Neck Historic Site, but there is a museum in the former Officers’ Quarters, thought to be the oldest timber military building in Australia. The dogline is marked by a bronze dog sculpture.
Close by, there is the naturally formed Tesselated Pavement, where the regularity of the rocks makes it look man-made. Further on, there is a lookout over Pirate’s Bay.
In Tasman National Park there are some amazing rock formations, including Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen and the Blowhole. There are several walks of varying duration in the area.
Many people stop at Eaglehawk Neck either on their way to or back from Port Arthur and a visit to this former penal settlement is a must when in the area.
Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania