Sand-boarding in Strahan.
Strahan sand dunes.
Ben talks to the experts.
You don't have to go very far to hit the sand dunes. Head to Tassie for a ride on the wild sand in Strahan.
Vanessa Richardson heard about sandboarding, and after holidaying in Strahan several times, realised that its sand dunes made it just the right place to start up her company Devilish Adventures.
Sandboarding is actually an ancient Egyptian pastime and as well as catering for visitors to Strahan, it provides entertainment for the residents of the town. It is a combination of surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding and riders get the buzz of all three.
Vanessa has toboggans and stand-up boards. Boards are one metre long and 30cm wide. They have straight sides and both ends are curved. Made from 7-ply marine ply, they are totally rigid and have three straps one for the toe, one for the top of the foot and one around the Achilles.
Toboggans are converted boards for people not quite ready to try standing, or for small children. Passengers sit on them, head down, and by leaning from side to side you can steer the toboggan down the dune.
The Henty dunes cover an area of about 5Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½ square kilometres and some of them are 30km long. Like waves, they continuously move and change shape quite rapidly. Vanessa advises beginners start on one of the flatter dunes until they feel confident enough to tackle the steeper ones.
There is a picnic area set up if riders want to make a day of it, but an hour of boarding is usually enough for most people. What goes down has to walk back up!
Safety equipment and shoes aren't necessary but Vanessa does give a safety talk before you head off.
Strahan on Tasmania's west coast.
Devilish Adventures rides cost $15 for half an hour. They run from October to April.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.
Ph: 0419 646 738Southcom.com.au
Bookings can be made at the Strahan Visitors Centre, ph: (03) 6471 7622.