You’d be nuts to miss the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania

Whip out your camera because you won’t want to miss this shot

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Sunset over the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania
📷 JJ Harrison

If you’re looking to get a quick pic with an extremely rare natural phenomenon, don’t look past the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania on the South-East Coast. Thanks to years of erosion, these rocks look like neat man-made tiles next to the shoreline. 

The light reflecting off the water and the rocks at sunrise and sunset make for some incredible photos that you won’t want to miss. 

How were the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania formed?

They were created 300 million years ago and after a while local stresses at the Earth’s surface caused the rocks to crack in certain directions. Years of erosion followed, with salt particles and sediment from the sea getting wedged in the gaps and further dividing the cracks to enhance the pattern. Badda bing, badda boom, the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania appeared! 

What do you bring to the Tessellated Pavement in Tasmania?

Apart from a keen interest in looking at some cool rocks, you’ll probably want to bring a camera bag and a sturdy phone case just to protect your things as you clamber over the wet stones. And you’ll definitely want to pack some car snacks for your drive there!

Getting to the Tessellated Pavement

The Tessellated Pavement is found in Tasmania on the northern end of Pirates Bay at Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. It’s a quick walk from the carpark to view the rocks from afar, or just climb down to a few flights of stairs to wander around on top of them. 

Stay near the Tessellated Pavement

There’s so much to see and do on the Tasman Peninsula, that you’ll want to spend a night to make the most of your time there. Once you’ve finished looking at the the Tessellated Pavement, you can go sightseeing the Port Arthur Historic Site and bushwalking to see the incredible Shipstern Bluff. Your best bet is to stay in and around the town of Port Arthur, where there are more accomodation options to choose from. Just click here to see what hotels are on offer.

All you need to know about the Tessellated Pavement

Where: On the Tasman Peninsula, on your way from Hobart to Port Arthur
When: Open year round
Cost: Free