Wild Rivers, historic penal colony & salmon

Strahan Travel Blog

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John G, Sue, Lauraine, John H, me & Andrew

We had booked a Gold Pass river cruise before leaving the mainland and thought that it would be a great way to celebrate the New Year in style.  Strahan is a small settlement that came about as a boat building place where the workers were convicts housed on the infamous Sarah Island.  Huon pine grew in the wild forrests.  The rivers in this region are the mighty Gordon and Franklin that were the subject of mass protests in the 1980's to prevent them from being dammed for a hydro-electric scheme.  Today the waters house huge fish farms for the production of salmon and ocean trout.  Our boat took us out to the Roaring Forties just out of the mouth of MacQuarie Harbour, we called in at Sarah Island where guides walked us across the island stopping to itell the stories of the Bakery, the Guard's quarters, the Minister's residence.

Harbourside in Strahan
  Passengers were selected from the crowd to portray a convict as the guide told the story.

Our cruise included a buffet meal which had salads, smoked salmon, camembert cheeses, wines and warm drinks.  There was also a stop where we could leave the boat to walk through a boardwalk section of the rainforrest but just as we arrived it pelted down with rain so I snuggled up on the boat and watched the foolish leave. 

Lauraine had sustained an injury to her eye when a carpet she was shaking flicked up into her eye, scratching it.  A nurse at the only medical outpost in the region checked out the extent of the injury and put a patch on it after putting drops in.  This had happened on NYE and L was admiring the spray glitter I put in my hair.  She asked me to spray some on her eye patch, however there were a few nasty moments when some of it went into her good eye!!!   Try explaining that one to the nurse!

Caravan park very expensive here and booked out so it is essential to book ahead.  Fresh produce in the shops is not good as it is so far from anywhere.

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John G, Sue, Lauraine, John H, me …
John G, Sue, Lauraine, John H, me…
Harbourside in Strahan
Harbourside in Strahan
MacQuarie Harbour
MacQuarie Harbour
Aboard the River Cruise
Aboard the River Cruise
Andrew becomes a convict on Sarah …
Andrew becomes a convict on Sarah…
The ruins on Sarah Island
The ruins on Sarah Island
Taking care of the eye
Taking care of the eye
All for the river cruise
All for the river cruise
Fish farms on MacQuarie Harbour
Fish farms on MacQuarie Harbour
The Gordon River
The Gordon River
Strahan
photo by: Sunflower300