We meandered down through the old mining towns and made our way to Strahan. Some stunning scenery, with massive mine cuts into the mountains and entire towns pretty much abandoned as the mines have closed down. The whole region around Strahan felt pretty desolate as there were so many beautiful old buildings in pretty good condition, just sitting empty and it is hard to imagine a thriving community hub existing in these places. Zeehan was one town that stood out. Some gorgeous buildings including a theatre with a 1000 seating capacity, yet the last one to leave town had pretty much turned the lights off. On the plus side plenty of affordable housing as pretty much everything was for sale for under $90,000….
Strahan itself was lots of fun. We booked in for the obligatory Gordon River cruise and it didn’t disappoint. It coincided with the kids first official day of school, so while I felt a bit guilty about not “sitting with books” we managed to cover salmon farming, the Huon boat building, Sarah Island, convicts, significant High Court Decisions and finished with a play “The ship that never was” featuring Lucie who played the ships cat.