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Randalls Bay and Port Sorell - Tasmania
My home is nestled on a cliff top overlooking the mouth
of the Huon River where we can view five islands, the
gap to the south pole and when we are lucky, enjoy the
spectacle of the southern lights! This area is definitely
Tasmania's best Cruising Ground as it is relatively sheltered
and offers myriads of cosy, quiet little anchorages and
endless shores to search for flotsam and jetsam or just
enjoy the scenery.
The local Atlantic salmon farms provide us with an endless
supply of food as seals regularly destroy their nets allowing
us to reap the benefits of finders-keepers!
These beautiful creatures destroy our nets too but delight
us with their cheekiness as we race to beat them to our
Often we sail past them as they slumber after eating their
fill. Penguins are commonly seen here too as well as large
octopi and seahorses.
Crystal clear water abounds allowing us a birds-eye view
of the fascinating kelp forests of this region.
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Mike’s hideaway is in Port Sorell Tasmania where
he can hop across the road to check on the Gannett resting
on her pegs in Muddy Creek, an estuary that is home to
many traditional wooden boats and is steeped in history.
The small slipway here is where he teamed up with Murray
Griffiths and others to learn the dying art of traditional
wooden boat repair and restoration.
The Gannett, like many beautiful old timber vessels, was
under threat of being burned or destroyed as happens to
so much of our historic icons but because of people like
Murray who are willing to pass on knowledge, and Mike
having the interest in old ways, we can still enjoy these
valuable pieces of our past.
The Rubicon estuary leads out to Bass Straight which is
not as sheltered as down south but offers enjoyable short
hops to the Tamar River, another beautiful area to explore
or weather permitting, north-east to the Cruising Ground
of the Furneaux group of islands.
Locally, good runs of couta can be found, not forgetting
oysters, mussels and abundant other treats for the devoted
One might ask why we left such a place (I often do!) but
we want to explore through south-east Asia while we are
young and fit enough and then return home where hopefully
too much hasn't changed.
Map Of Randalls Bay And Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia