Ocean Beach (Tasmania)

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Waves and Ocean Beach Road at Ocean Beach from the air

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.

Ocean Beach Road the main access road from Strahan, starts from a junction with Macquarie Heads Road just north of the Strahan airport.

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.

In the 1940s the beach area was utilised by local gliding and soaring club members [1]

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.[2][3]

It was also the name of a 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. ^ "Gliding Activities at Ocean Beach". The Advocate. Tasmania. 3 January 1940. p. 8. Retrieved 27 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Wildlife staff battle bad weather to save whales". ABC News. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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