In Strahan we boarded a boat and headed through Hell's Gate, to Sarah Island, and for a walk in the rainforest. The funny thing is the boat was rented from Brisbane. It was Eye-Spy, the boat we have watched Riverfire on the previous two years, and even some of the crew had made the journey down to work during their offseason. It was fun!
The above picture is what the prisoners of Sarah Island named Hell's Gates due to the narrow passage way, and the torture awaiting them on the other side. Going through this small part of water signified that they were at their living Hell. Hell's gate connects the ocean to Macquarie Harbor.
Our guide told us about a story of one of the lighthouse keepers. He was in his house one night and heard his family, who he thought was in Hobart, calling his name. He ran out to see them, they were in the water, their boat had crashed. He tried to save them, but was too late.
After we went through Hell's Gates and saw the two lighthouses, our boat took us to a fish farm just inside the bay area that was rather impressive in size and efficiency. This fish farm had these huge net things all over the water full of sea trout and salmon. Our boat captain spotted a boat feeding one of the pods, so he pulled nearby to explain the process further. He had this huge hose and shot a stream of water full of food out over the net. It was really interesting to watch.
After we went to the fish farm we went and took a walk about in the rainforest. This was where a lot of the Huon Pine was grown and harvested back in the day, so after our trek around we left with an appreciation for what the loggers must have endured. The beauty was one like you would expect to see in a rainforest, but with a slightly cooler atmosphere that was full of interesting and unique plants.
After this and a few other hikes, we converted Dad to be a hiker!
Where is a real pretty lighthouse you have seen?