Monday, 2 July 2018

To Ocean Beach, Tasmania

From Queenstown where we stayed a few days one of those days we drove to Strahan and Ocean Beach.
It's a long stretch of beach running north of Macquarie Heads and Hells Gates on the West Coast of Tasmania.  It is close to Strahan and parallel to the Strahan Airport runway.  It extends as far north as Trial Harbour and the coast immediately west of Zeehan.

Exposed to the ocean with no landmass at this longitude between it and South America, this beach can be exposed to extreme weather conditions.  In Serious weather it can have large extended lines of breakers, and a swell at the Cape Sorell Waverider Bouy at up to 20+metres.

Whale stranding frequently occurs along this stretch of the West Coast and can be difficult to remedy due to the isolated location and low population numbers to assist in whale rescue.

When I lived in Queenstown for 4 years I often when in school holidays to stay with the local Strahan Policeman and his wife for a holiday.  The Policeman and myself would drive all along Ocean Beach once a week to see if all was well and if anything odd had been washed up by the sea to sand.
When laying in bed at night back in Strahan one could hear the roar of Ocean Beach.

The day my husband visited Ocean Beach it was very pleasant with only a little breeze.



These two photos were taken on the way to Strahan and Ocean Beach.


















38 comments:

  1. Very beautifully caught--- I really felt the wind and heard the waves.

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  2. Schöne das Meer und der Strand.

    Noke

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  3. Se ve extensa la playa y con mucha anchura de arena. Sin embargo se ve bastante desierta, seguramente la temperatura no es la adecuada.

    Besos

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    1. It's a wide beach as you say but not that many go their to sunbake for it's not sheltered there. I have never seen anyone swimming there either..many of Tasmania's beaches don't have a lot of people laying about. There are more people in school holidays of course but still our beaches are never crowded, not in Tasmania.

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  4. How lucky you were to live near this beautiful beach for a while and even take care of it. One of my favorite things in the world is falling asleep to the surf at night.

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    1. Lovely sound falling asleep when you can hear the sea..
      Looking back I was lucky to have had the opportunity to live nearby for some school holidays.

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  5. How very, very beautiful.
    Twenty metre swell? That is seriously impressive. And scary.

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    1. Yes can get to 20m, but it is rough there, the sea.

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  6. It looks a really lovely spot - and how lovely that you had it almost to yourselves.

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    1. I have been there when no one was there :)
      It's certainly worth seeing in reality.

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  7. I reckon people with no "feeling the chill" factor even on the hottest of days would go into the surf there...........it would be an unprecedented heatwave that would get me into the surf direct from Penguin Land.
    However it does look pristine and picture postcard.
    Colin

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    1. I've never seen anyone in the sea there even on hotter days in the middle of summer, too rough I expect.

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    1. As far as I'm aware it's mostly like that..

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  9. Hello Margaret,
    Great pictures. Wonderful to see this lovely beach.
    Shots 5 and 9 are very well taken.

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you.
      The time of day was around midday when the sun was high and harsh...but when travelling there is nothing one can do about that, photos have to be taken when you are there at that time of day...The 6th photo, I believe a cloud went over the sun and made for a softer photo.

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    1. All that sand that is brought in by the strong wave - I like that one too.

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  11. I love visiting a beach, with the waves making such soothing sounds.

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    1. That's true - it's always soothing looking and listening to the sea.

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  12. Lovely vistas...and I jump up and down...beach! Beach!

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    1. I knew you would - it's been awhile since I put photos of the sea, sand and surf on my blog..

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  13. Beaches are wonderful, gentle and rolling.

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    1. Always pleasing to listen to is the sea, and nice to walk along the beach if not windy.

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  14. Just beautiful, lovely photographs.

    All the best Jan

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