Welcome to Eaglehawk Neck
Eaglehawk Neck is the second isthmus you’ll cross heading south to Port Arthur, this one connecting the Forestier Peninsula to the Tasman Peninsula. In convict days, the 100m-wide Neck had a row of ornery dogs chained across it to prevent convicts from escaping – the infamous Dogline. Timber platforms were also built in narrow Eaglehawk Bay to the west, and stocked with yet more ferocious dogs to prevent convicts from wading around the Dogline. To discourage swimming, rumours were circulated that the waters were shark infested – the occasional white pointer does indeed shimmy through these waters, but ‘infested’ is an overstatement. Remarkably, despite these measures, several convicts made successful bids for freedom.
Eaglehawk Neck is the northern access point to Tasman National Park. The natural landscape around here is astonishing, with huge stone arches, blowholes, cliffs, craggy shoreline terraces and a superb surf beach.