Saturday, February 3, 2018

Exploring a World Heritage Area.

 We took a boat cruise on the Macquarie Harbour from Strahan. Five years ago we took the same cruise and enjoyed it so much we decided to do it again. Macquarie Harbour is the second largest harbour in Australia, Port Phillip Bay adjoining Melbourne, being the largest.
   We went out through Hell's Gate which is where the sailing ships had to enter the harbour. It's only 60 metres wide and 20 metres deep so required some skilled sailing. As the weather was so calm, we traveled as far as the open sea, out to the Sorrell lighthouse, and we had lovely sunny conditions, seeing schools of dolphins in the harbour as well.
    From Hell's Gate we traveled to Sarah Island, which was settled as a convict settlement for prisoners who re-offended, and it was in use from the early 1820s for 12 years.
  The tour supplied an excellent guide who was able to bring the history to life. Although we had seen it before, we still enjoyed it again and probably learned more this time.
      The last photo shows the remains of the slips of the boat yards where the convicts built many ships, large and small. From Sarah Island we traveled up the Gordon River, near where the Franklin River joins it, and we disembarked at a Heritage Area to learn about the flora and fauna, as well as seeing the famous Huon Pine trees.
  We had a really enjoyable day and would take the same tour again if we return to Strahan, Tasmania. Our only complaint would be  that we would like more time on Sarah Island again. We're both history buffs and love learning more about early days in settling the Australian colonies.
 The adventure continues tomorrow. Thanks for enjoying the journey via my blog.
Hugs, Jan Mac



1 comment:

jacaranda said...

The weather looks beautiful especially against a white lighthouse.