Last Updated on February 3, 2023

You can grab your sandboard or toboggan and slide down sand dunes in Strahan, Tasmania.

A vast expanse of sand in the west of the island is formed by a series of giant dunes that stretches several kilometres inland and 15 kilometres along the coast.

The Henty Sand Dunes, which reach a height of about 30 metres, are a desert nestled among the rainforests of Tasmania’s west coast.

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Henty Dunes, Strahan, Tasmania.
Henty Dunes in Strahan, Australia. Photo courtesy of rhein.

Sandboarding at Henty Dunes, Strahan

The Henty Dunes, which rise from the western Tasmanian coast like smooth, shapeshifting mountains, are natural wonders on the outskirts of Strahan.

When you sandboard down the dunes, feel the rush of wind in your ears.

The largest sand dunes, which are tall and majestic, will produce heart-pounding runs as you slide toward the shoreline.

Ocean Beach, Tasmania’s longest beach, is a 1.5-hour return walk through the dunes from the nearby picnic area.

Sandboarding at Henty dunes, Tasmania

Getting there

If you are driving from Hobart, the Henty Dunes are about a 3.5-hour drive west of the city. From Launceston, they are about a 2-hour drive west. There are several car rental agencies in both cities that you can use to rent a car for the trip.

If you prefer to take public transportation, there are several bus companies that operate between Hobart, Launceston, and Strahan. You can check with these companies for schedules and prices.

Once you arrive in Strahan, the Henty Dunes are located a short distance outside of town. You can either drive to the dunes or take a guided tour that includes transportation to and from the dunes.

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