Rising from the coastline of western Tasmania like soft, shapeshifting mountains, the Henty sand dunes are natural wonders on the outskirts of the town of Strahan. Trek to the top of these wind-sculpted pinnacles for sweeping views of the shoreline, and then feel the rush of wind in your face as you race down the dunes on a sandboard. Tall, dusty and with a soft cushion for landing, the largest dunes can create heart-pumping runs as you slide your way toward the shoreline.
Or, to really explore the depths of the dunes as they stretch inland toward the interior, rev the engine of a 4WD quad bike and bounce away from the coast. Along the way you can drink in the views of Tasmania’s largest dune structure, and given the otherwise lush surroundings of the rainforest-laden west coast, you’ll see that the desert-like pinnacles are beautifully out of place. At the end of the day, stick around to watch the sun go down beneath the distant western horizon, and enjoy the isolated, elevated perch from the top of your very own dune.
The Henty sand dunes are seven miles from Strahan, a popular destination on the west coast of Tasmania located 185 miles from Hobart. West coast winters can be rainy and brisk, so the best time to visit the Henty sand dunes is during the summer and fall. There is no admission charge to visit the dunes should you decide to see them on your own. Sandboarding tours and quad bike tours depart from the center of Strahan.