Eaglehawk Neck, the gateway to the Tasman Peninsula, is an isthmus holding the land to the mainland Australia by little more than a hundred-meter stretch of land. During the colonial times of Tasmania, the Tasman Peninsula was considered a natural prison for these reasons, as it needed minimal security to patrol for escapees. One of the methods they used was the infamous "dog line," with each dog being able to touch the next dog so that nothing could pass through their line without being attacked. There are statues of the dogs here to represent what it was like today and are a popular visitors' attraction.
This spectacular area is also home to some amazing geological features. The coast has been carved out by the ocean giving dramatic cliff and rock faces and some must-see rock formations such as the Devil's Kitchen, the Blow Hole, and the Tasman Arch. There are cruises that can take you on the water to view the dramatic coastline from a different angle. You may see some dolphins, seals, and penguins while you are out, as the area is rich in these species. Some of the charters take people diving to explore the underwater caves in the area.
Eaglehawk Neck hostels are close to the dog line and all of the action. Most of them hire out bicycles, so you can travel around and see the area at your leisure. Getting there, you will most likely need a car, but you may find bus companies that operate out of Hobart that may stop here on their way to Port Arthur.
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