Sailing Story - Bathurst Harbour - Tasmania, Australia

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    Tasmania Australia

The Island State
    Tasmania is the southernmost island state of Australia located at latitude 40 degrees south and 144 degrees east and is separated from the mainland by the notorious stretch of water known as Bass Straight. It includes many offshore islands, amongst which are Bruny, Macquarie, King and the Furneaux Group.
The Indian Ocean is to its west, the Tasman Sea to the east and Antarctica can be found by traveling 2000 km south.

Tasmania’s land mass is comparable in size to Ireland but with a population of approx 500,000 (and steady!), 49% of which apparently live in the capital city of Hobart.

We are happy about the limited population growth but not all would agree with us!
    There are 18 National Parks along with The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area which alone covers 1.38 million hectares in the states south west.

    Tasmania is famous for its rugged mountains, spectacular coastline, endless walking tracks, unique fauna and flora, abundant seafood, friendly people and a strong maritime tradition and Boat Building history. Mikes other boat, The Gannett II, is part of this history as she was built for hauling crayfish to St Helens.

    Getting back to the topic of sailing, as discussed in Our Home pages, Tasmania as a cruising ground is paradise interspersed of course with the occasional gale! The many rivers, ie: the Gordon, Tamar, Huon and Derwent, allow for protection but are also navigable for miles. Islands like Maria and Bruny offer peace and tranquility and where allowed, great fishing!

    Once in Port Davey, after running the gauntlet of the south east and west capes, you find yourself in tannin waters, which produce reflections constantly sought by the avid photographer. Our favorite Tasmanian photographer is the late Peter Dombrovskis. You can view a couple of his superb images here. If you sail to Tasmania, you will find it hard to leave! Cold though it may be at times, the rewards are what lifetime memories are made of.