When you think harbour, you may well have an image of a port, with artificial structures and jetties. But picture this: an enclosed waterway six times the size of Sydney Harbour; empty it out of people and townships, and instead fill it with rainforest wilderness right down to the water. This has been our world for a while in Macquarie Harbour.
We have gone through internet detox as there is very little coverage here, hence no news from us for nearly two weeks. But we have had fun and we have had some tense moments too.
The surrounding untamed forest and the mighty Gordon River that flows through it make for an outstanding, otherworldly setting, wonderful for cruising, with numerous isolated anchorages. The only settlement is the village of Strahan with its fine old buildings dating back to the 1800s and the mining and timber boom. The rest is grandeur, isolation and the jewel in the crown of Tasmania’s Western wilderness. There is no one around, it is so big and breathtakingly beautiful.
We have discovered Macquarie Harbour in all its moods: sunny when we arrived, then misty, rainy at times, and above all rugged, dramatic and unpredictable. This post shows you a gallery of images from Macquarie Harbour and Strahan. The next post, scheduled in a couple of days will take you up the Gordon River where we hid for several days from wild weather. It has been interesting and eventful, so stay on the lookout for this exciting part of our adventure.
We are in this part of the West coast for a few more days, getting ready to head off to Port Davey some 80 miles south. A weather window is coming up.
For now, click on the first image to display in full screen slideshow.