Ben stumbles across a getaway on water. Stormbreaker is a magnificent 18m steel ketch, moored at Strahan wharf and operating as a floating b&b.
Stormbreaker is a magnificent 18m steel ketch, moored at Strahan wharf and operating as a floating b&b.
Meg and Trevor Norton own West Coast Yacht Charters and rent out Stormbreaker from 8.30pm to 9am the following morning.
The boat has two double cabins, one large cabin with eight single bunks curtained for privacy, two bathrooms with hot and cold showers and a toilet. There is a fully-equipped galley and large saloon with windows for enjoying the scenery. The covered deck is very spacious and perfect for dining.
Continental breakfast of juice, cereal, toast, tea and coffee is provided, as is all linen and towels. All you need is a bag with your personal items.
If you want to see more of this beautiful part of Tasmania, the Nortons will take you on a crayfish or salmon dinner cruise. You sail to a sheltered spot in Macquarie Harbour where you will be surrounded by mountains glowing as the sun sets. Dinner is served in this serene area where there is no sign of a house or car. You can take along some wine and children are catered for. When it’s dark you'll be amazed at the number of stars you can see.
The Nortons also take a two-night trip into the Strahan Heritage Area. With a maximum of 10 passengers, the first night is spent on board Stormbreaker at Strahan wharf. The next day you cruise through Macquarie Harbour to Sarah Island, an old penal settlement, then on to Kelly Basin to see the ruins of the deserted township of Pillinger. You then sail into the Gordon River, past some beautiful geological formations and on to Heritage Landing where you spend a peaceful night, listening to the silence. You can even drop a line in here.
Next day you sail back to Strahan, enjoying breakfast and lunch on the way.