Over Christmas this past year we spent two weeks driving and touring Tasmania. Tasmania is one of my “final frontiers” in Australian travel. I have been to most places on my hit list on the main continent, but Tasmania remained elusive. I had visited Cradle Mountain briefly the winter previous, but you can’t just visit one location and think you can understand an entire state. So I was keen to do some more exploring.
Depending on your plans, you will probably fly into either Hobart or Launceston – the two main cities of Tasmania, located at opposite sides of the island. The Tasman Peninsula is located a short drive away from Hobart. You *could* do this as a day trip, but I don’t recommend it. We stayed overnight in Eaglehawk Neck, and even then we were pressed for time when it came to seeing all the places we wanted to visit.
Eaglehawk Neck is a very small town on the thin piece of land which connects to Tasman Peninsula to the Forestier Peninsula. This is where the infamous “dog chain” was located… a literal chain or ferocious dogs which would attack convicts who tried to escape the peninsula. There are several accommodation options here, and this is where we stayed the night.