Camp near the Tessellated Pavement in Eaglehawk Neck

Rate this Adventure 2.5 miles 125 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Carter Clark

Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania is a tiny town that has ample wild lands surrounding it. The Tessellated Pavements are an interesting geological draw and you will find stunning camping locations in the often empty northern section of Tasman National Park.

Getting to Eaglehawk Neck is easy by bus from Hobart. There is a stop at the beach located at the intersection of Old Jetty Road and Arthur Hwy. This is the starting point on this map. From there, make your way up the road (north) and follow signs to the Tessellated Pavement. Once here, there are some signs explaining its geological significance, but wandering around the rocks is the best way to experience it. This part of the visit is in no way fascinating, but definitely interesting. 

All of the preserved land in this area is the large Tasman National Park. There are many more visited features to the south of Eaglehawk Neck, which is why we spent our first night exploring the more unexplored northern portion.

Once you are at all of the state posted information signs about the tessellated pavement, we wandered north (left if you're looking out to the sea) with our backpacks and gear for the night. Following the beach, there is an island that you can hop over to to climb up when the tide is low. Warning - high tide will make this a very messy job to get back to mainland and if the swell is up then it will become dangerous. The island has neat little nooks and crannies to explore. 

The bus stop at the beach has very little as far as resources. We brought enough drinking water and food for our 2 night, 3 day venture with us from Hobart. There are no water fountains or stores around the trails. A few hotels and fancy restaurants dot pretty lookouts, but as that wasn't our scene, we had to make sure we had everything we needed beforehand. 

We made our way down the beach until we were out of distance of all of the development in Eaglehawk Neck. Here, we just found a couple of trees and hung our hammocks. Be sure to leave whatever site you chose completely without a trace of you being there once you are gone.

If this type of uncertainty isn't your style but you still want to explore this part of the park, you can go back up to the roads and go deeper into the park via its road system. Note, there are developed campsites available at Fortescue Bay, farther south.

This is a great spot to spend a relaxing night far from other travelers and puts you very close to some exciting hikes just south of the area. 

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