On the west coast of Tasmania, is a sleepy little town named Strahan (pronounced strawn). This town was once quite the bussing town. It was a the place where they brought the Huon Pine from its sometimes long journey down the Gordon river to mill it. They said when this town was in its prime, all the men would be out harvesting the pine for the months they could get to it, and the town was full of only women and children that were left there to do all the daily chores of that day in time.
Talk about a beautiful town, no wonder most of the guides to Tassie I read mentioned this little town. It offers a step back in time, there are some relics that are left from yesteryears to give us a glimpse into the past lives of the settlers and loggers.
They had to stop cutting the pine down due to the fact it was bad for the environment by robbing the land of this Tassie treasure. The pine was great for ship building, houses, and anything else you can imagine. It is a real hard wood that held up when it got wet. We saw some trees that had been in the water for almost 200 years and they were still solid as the day they were harvested up to years ago. They soon realized the tree only grew 1 mm every year. Needless to say, they could not grow them near as fast as they could cut them.
Once they stopped cutting the trees, the town really dried up. The main way for a living is for people to come visit their sleepy town. I am so glad we did!
What is a good sleepy town you have been to that let you step back in time?