Tessellated Pavement

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This little tourist spot just an hour’s drive from Hobart is a photographer’s dream come true. A natural wonder, it’s named for the tiled-like appearance of the rocks along the water. This geological phenomena is a sight to behold for nature enthusiasts and visitors who enjoy the the unique aspects of the Tassie wilderness. In addition to the rocks themselves, the Tasmanian crabs and other wildlife living in the crevices of the rocks are sure to delight the curiosity of animal lovers.

A view of the rocks can be seen after a short walk from the car park. However, if time allows for it, it’s worth a trip down several sets of steps to appreciate the rocks and and the surrounding areas close up.

The pavement is near the small town of Eaglehawk Neck, which is considered the hub for many attractions of the Tasman Peninsula, such as the Port Arthur Historic Site. It is a 1 hr. drive south of Hobart and a popular region for tourists to visit. Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania & Andrew McIntosh.

The tiled rocks are a stunning sight formed mostly of siltstone that formed about 300 million years ago. Essentially, the rocks were fractured by the movement of the Earth and resulted in what is called jointing. Jointing itself is not incredibly uncommon, but the presence of salt crystals and consistent erosion by the Tasman Sea’s waves and sediment deepened the pattern to give it its startling appearance.

This natural phenomenon is only found in a few places on Earth where rocks have fractured into polygonal blocks and appear just like man-made tiles.

The pavement takes two forms; 

Depressions known as ‘pan’ formations occurring when saltwater wears away the centre portion of the stone into pools. The opposite effect is known as a ‘loaf’ formation when the edges of the stone are worn away, leaving a rounded crown resembling rising bread. 


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Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the local visitor information centre for the most up to date information.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements when outside exploring.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • Entry fees may change at anytime at the discretion of Parks and Wildlife Services, check their website for the most up to date information.

Photo credits: Eaglehawk Neck Tourism 

Content credits: Eaglehawk Neck Tourism, Tourism Tasmania & Aussie Bucket List®


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Tessellated Pavement

Address: Tessellated Pavement, Eaglehawk, TAS

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