There’s something about Eaglehawk Neck’s giant cliffs and expansive waters that inspire a sense of wonder, just begging for a story to be told. Approximately 1 hour travel from Hobart, guests won’t be disappointed when they arrive at Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. A trip to our part of Tasmania isn’t complete without visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site around 20 minutes away by car. And just outside your Lufra Hotel window is the site of the infamous ‘dog line’ which was instrumental in confining convicts to the Tasman Peninsula.
From humble beginnings as a timber camp to a prison at the forefront of the criminal methods to what we know today, Port Arthur is a treasure chest of history, both intriguing and infamous. Between 1830 and 1877, Port Arthur operated as a penal settlement tasked with housing and containing those they believed to be convicts. The only land passage north from Port Arthur, convicts would attempt to escape via Eaglehawk Neck. In order to prevent this the Dog Line was created—a line of ferocious dogs and group of armed military guards.
The full history of Lufra, the Hotel, the Gardens, it's place as a health sanitorium is yet to be written, but we at the Hotel treasure those stories we have been able to gather. Listen here for a potted history from guest cottage to our current hotel.
We appreciate that the site;
Today Ansett's 'Lufra' still exists and has been complimented by the addition of 16 Four Star Apartments which were built in 2007.
Has the history of our area peeked your interest? We love to work with local attractions and activities from haunted tours to historic sites. Knowing you’ll get the best of what the area has to offer, here are a few helpful links:
A line of ferocious dogs and detachment of military guards once kept a constant watch along the narrow isthmus at Eaglehawk Neck. They were on the lookout for escaped convicts from Port Arthur.
Port Arthur is known most infamously as a former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and now hosts a museum dedicated to its past.
With its rich history, it’s no wonder Port Arthur is a hot spot for paranormal activity. Join in for nightly ghost tours of what’s considered the area’s most haunted historic sites.
Glen and Margaret Campe begun Campes Coaches 32 years ago from a concrete slab in his backyard. In 1979 saw the purchase of their local school run and eighth months later another bus was purchased to serve the school bus run during the week and charters on weekends.
Locally known as the Neck, the isthmus itself is around 400 metres long and under 30 metres wide at its narrowest point. It forms a natural gateway to the peninsula that was utilised by the British in 1830s, when a line of dogs was chained to posts across the neck to warn of any convicts attempting to escape the prison at Port Arthur.
Come to Eaglehawk, Tasmania, Port Arthur and nearby Hobary to discover the history both small and large.