Without doubt the best view of Eaglehawk Neck is from high up above the panorama of Pirates Bay on the take-off ramp used by daredevils to launch their hang-gliders and paragliders. Finding it is the secret to getting a view you will remember for the rest of your life – however, due to lack of maintenance since the forestry industry was stopped in this area, the road is now only for serious 4WD vehicles.
The circuitous route includes about eight kilometres of fairly rough, unsealed Forestry Tasmania road; no problem for a serious 4 x 4. The truly spectacular views at the end of the road are well worth the trouble. A final 150 metre gravel walking track from the car park, ‘steepish’ in parts, makes a reasonable level of fitness desirable and disabled access very difficult.
So, if you still want to get those views, follow the Arthur Highway out of Eaglehawk Neck toward Port Arthur for 1.3 kilometres past the “End 70” sign to a gravel road on the left marked Pirates Road and “Eaglehawk Lookout – 8 Klms”.
Turn left and follow the road for around 3.5 kilometres to a ‘Y’ junction and take the left fork marked “Eaglehawk lookout – 5 Klms”. After the stipulated 5 kilometres you will arrive at the small, gravel car-park. Then grab your camera, walk to the lookout and take a deep breath!