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One of Eaglehawk Neck interesting attractions, located in the Tessellated Pavement State Reserve, just a short walk from the car park is this unusual geological formation, which gives the rocks the effect of being rather neatly tiled by a giant.

The pavement appears tessellated (tiled) because the rocks forming it were fractured by earth movements.

The fractures are in three sets. One set runs almost north, another east north east, and the third discontinuous set north north west. It is the last two sets that produce the tiled appearance. The flatness of the pavement is due to initial erosion by waves carrying sand and gravel, and nearer to the cliff, to chemical action by sea water. The rocks absorb sea water during high tide, then dry out during low tide, causing salt crystals to grow and thereby disintegrating the rocks. This is a process which produces shallow basins.

Information provided by the Geology Department of the University of Tasmania

The reserve is about 4 hectares and when the tide is out, visitors can also try the 1.5 hour return walk that takes you out to Clydes Island, offering the opportunity to see the scenic surrounds and host of rock pools.

Check out our listing of Eaglehawk Neck accommodation and Tasman Peninsula accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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