Welcome to Day Five of the A-Z April Challenge.Today, we’re revisiting Tasmania’s Eaglehawk Neck, which featured in my A-Z around Tasmania back in 2017. This trip around Tassie is feeling even more special during this goodness knows how long it’s going to last cononacrisis and with our son leaving school at the end of next year, I’m also wondering how many family holidays, at least as we know them, we have left. Time seems to be flying through the hourglass at the moment, especially in terms of missed opportunities and possibilities even if we are trying to be mindful of precious moments still being created in the present. Right now, for me at least, freedom of movement is something I crave more than ever. Didn’t we all just take it all for granted? Hey, indeed, I confess I’m still not making the most of the capacity for getting outside that I do have. I’m still able to go for a walk and exercise and we have a beautiful beach just down the road and if it wasn’t raining, I could be there. I could still carpe diem seize the day beyond very happily immersing myself in writing and research.
Anyway, back to Eagle Hawk Neck.
The Eaglehawk Neck is a narrow isthmus that connects the Tasman Peninsula with the Forestier Peninsula, and hence to mainland Tasmania. A township settlement in the same region is also called Eaglehawk Neck. Locally known as the Neck, the isthmus itself is around 400 metres (1,300 ft) long and under 30 metres (98 ft) wide at its narrowest point. The area features rugged terrain and several unusual geological formations. These include the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman’s Arch, the Blowhole and the Devil’s Kitchen.
We’re just lucky that we had perfect weather when we last visited Eaglehawk Nest in January, 2017. That’s the trouble with photography when you’re traveling. Most of us don’t have the luxury of waiting day after day til the weather decides to do its thing before we have to move on. These shots are absolutely glorious, especially as it’s wet and dreary today and I’m starting to feel like nodding off.
These days when you visit the Neck, you’re immediately struck by its natural beauty. However, rewinding back to convict times, this narrow isthmus was guarded by a line of ferocious dogs (the Dog Line) to prevent convicts escaping across the Neck from Port Arthur. The slightest disturbance would set the dogs barking and alert the soldiers. Convict bushranger, Martin Cash, was one of the few to escape the dog line – twice, earning him considerable prestige among his peers.
Well, I hope you enjoyed your virtual pizza along with the stunning views with myself and the family. Although that trip was only three years ago, it’s incredible how much the kids have grown up in that time and I’m reminded yet again of the incredibly fast passage of time.