Ocean Beach (Tasmania)

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Ocean Beach is 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 Buoy at up to 20+ metres.

The mist and spray from the surf can at times give the impression of fog.

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.[1][2]

It was also the name of stopping place on the Strahan-Zeehan Railway which was on a part of the railway line where shifting sand dunes often affected the track.


Cape Sorell lighthouse on right, Ocean beach at left and behind sandhills in foreground

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Montgomery, Bruce: The fatal shore: "A Tasmanian beach seems to hold a deadly attraction for the whales that maroon themselves there by the hundred". Weekend Australian Magazine (2–3 May 1998), pages 22-26.
  2. ^ "Wildlife staff battle bad weather to save whales". ABC News. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

References[edit]

2003 edition – Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
1949 edition – Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC 48825404; ASIN B000FMPZ80
1924 edition – Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC 35070001; ASIN B0008BM4XC

Coordinates: 42°04′08″S 145°15′14″E / 42.069°S 145.254°E / -42.069; 145.254