The third part in the series featuring photographs from the island of Tasmania.
Tasmanias’s southeast, roughly 90 minutes by car east from Hobart, is where some of the most impressive rugged coastline and isolated forests can be found. Here, a short isthmus called the Eaglehawk Neck gives access to the Tasman Peninsula. Rugged coastlines with some of Tasmania’s highest cliffs, unique geological formations, pristine forests, and astonishing untouched beaches, as well as thought-provoking colonial history, the Tasman Peninsula has a lot to offer to adventurers as well as escapists.
A miniature version of Tasmania itself, the Tasman Peninsula takes remoteness to another level. In fact, it was so remote that for the whole time we spent on the peninsula, according to the GPS, we were out in the sea. It was not even mapped. Water, an absolute scarcity this summer as it was one of the driest since human records, had to be delivered by trucks to our hut. The next decent food store was over an hour away and we, of course, forgot to stock up. Dinner consisted of peculiar tasting Lavendar cake (the only place nearby selling food was a lavender farm) and potato crisps.
While it is obviously impossible to see all of the Tasman Peninsula in a single day, even though many of its more famous landmarks are directly by the main road. The Tessellated Pavement at Pirates Bay beach near Eaglehawk Neck, for example, is a rock surface featuring almost perfectly aligned rectangular and straight rock fractures that hugely resemble man-made pavement, whereas actually it is created by forces of nature: erosion, tectonic movement and the effect of salts. There are countless other unique formations on the peninsula with their own crazy names, such as the Blowhole, Candlestick, Totem Pole or Devil’s Kitchen. At Eaglehawk Bay, divers, fishermen, kayakers and surfers venture off into the blue.