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In Tasmania's west, there's a desert amid a rainforest

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Henty Dunes

Henty DunesIn Tasmania's west, a series of giant dunes forms a vast expanse of sand that reaches several kilometres inland and extends 15 km along the coast.

Reaching heights of around 30 m, the Henty Sand Dunes are a desert amid the rainforests of Tasmania's west coast.

The dunes were formed by the Roaring Forties, an wind that blows uninterrupted from South America, gaining speed all the way to Tasmania.

From the picnic area it's an easy 1.5 hr return walk through the dunes to Ocean Beach, Tasmania's longest beach.

For the adventurous, try tobogganing down the dunes - but you'll need to climb back up the dunes yourself. Toboggans are available for hire from select businesses in Strahan.

There's a shaded picnic area but no water or toilet facilities.

The dunes are 14 km north of Strahan on the road to Zeehan.

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