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West Strahan

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  • Day5

    Ocean Beach, Strahan

    October 27, 2017 in Australia

    You will find Ocean Beach 6km from the township of Strahan. This beach stretches 33kms in length running uninterrupted from Trial Harbour in the north to Macquarie Heads in the south. The surf here is full of strength and pounds its way to the beach, definitely not a swimming spot. The surf whipped up by the "roaring forties" ( strong westerly winds found in the southern hemisphere between the latitudes of 40 and 50degrees ) has at times recorded waves of over 20meters off the coast.
    It is also a great place to watch the sun melt its way into the sea as evening falls.
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  • Day116

    Strahan and Macquarie Harbor

    May 26 in Australia

    Strahan (pronounced more like "Strawn" here) is the principle town on the west coast of Tasmania. Macquarie Harbor is a large waterway with a very narrow and dangerous access to the Southern Ocean. Most of these pics are of the harbor. There are several lighthouses to guide ships in from the days before GPS. The 2nd shows Hells' Gap, the entrance to Macquarie Harbor. the 4th picture is of a lighthouse outside of Hell's Gate. We were there on a rare calm day so that the cruise boat could go beyond the bar into the Southern Ocean. The last pic is of a fish farming operation in the bay. They raise Atlantic Salmon and rainbow trout/steelhead.Read more

  • Day7

    Strahan on Tassie's west coast

    February 27 in Australia

    We fired up the Beast and headed towards Strahan on Tassie’s west coast. Once again we were lucky with the weather as there was a bit of cloud around but no rain.

    Of course Cradle Mountain is quite high so we had to go down some pretty steep hills complete with logging trucks but the Beast handled it with no problems.

    First stop was the very small town of Tullah for a bite and a coffee. Lucky the weather was good as the coffee shop was the smallest I had ever seen. It was at the front of someone’s house and had enough room for a coffee machine, fridge, a small bench, and 2 people. We sat outside with the alpaca watching us.

    Next was the town of Rosebury which was a bit bigger followed by the town of Zeehan - named after one of Abel Tasman’s ships. All of these towns are mainly mining towns with zinc, lead, and silver the main things mined. We went past some big tailing heaps and some mine sites.

    Finally we reached our destination, the town of Strahan on the west coast.

    This is a really neat little town with a strong convict past. This used to be the place they sent all the really bad convicts from places like Port Arthur. Having driven through the forests around here there was no way of escape overland, this would be a perfect natural prison as Strahan is very isolated.

    We spent the day looking around Strahan. There is a nice walk up to Hogarth Falls not far from the middle of town and we drove out to the entrance to Macquarie Harbour, which is the second largest Harbour in the Southern Hemisphere after Port Phillip.

    We are booked in for a heritage railway trip tomorrow and a cruise on Macquarie Harbour down to the Gordon River.

    To celebrate our 25 year anniversary we had a sensational dinner at one of the better restaurants in town.
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