Photo File: Aerial View Franklin and Gordon Rivers, Tasmania

17 May


Strahan is a small town on the expansive Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s remote west coast. About a three hour drive from Hobart, through green rolling hills that turn into wilderness, into mining areas and then to the coast, it’s a fantastic was to see a diverse range of Tasmanian landscapes in a day. You can even dip your toes in the famous waters of the Franklin River, so heavily (and rightly) fought over in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

While there, I took a seaplane flight over the Franklin and Gordon Rivers, spying Frenchman’s Cap in the distance. It’s a dream of mine to raft the river and hike Frenchman’s so to see it from the air really whet the appetite. Speaking of appetite, if you are ever in a seaplane, don’t go for the back seat…makes you sick! Found out the hard way.

Sea Plane

The sea plane arriving in Macquarie Harbour, Strahan.

Sea plane internal view

The view from my little dickie seat at the back of the five seater plane.

Salmon farming

Salmon farming in Macquarie Harbour.

Macquarie Harbour

Sarah Island was known as the Macquarie Habour Penal Station from 1822 until 1833, and got the title of the harshest penal settlement in Australia. The most famous escapee was Alexander Pearce, who managed to escape twice and even ate a couple of his fellow escapees while negotiating the wilderness!

Frenchmans CapFrenchman’s Cap in the distance.

Franklin River

If you look hard enough you can see some little rafters on this bend of the Franklin River.


Feeling sick after we land on the Gordon River. Don’t take the back seat.


Sir James Falls.

steph happy

Happy now I am out of the dickie seat.


Next ride?


Local crayfish and crinkle chips afterwards for lunch.

So lovely readers, have you enjoyed a sea plane flight? Where would be your dream destination to fly over?


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