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Bathurst Harbour - Tas - Australia Highlights:
Marine Nature Reserve, Mt Rugby, Melaleuca
Bathurst Harbour is a bay located in the south west region of Tasmania, Australia. Bathurst Harbour is contained within the Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour Marine Nature Reserve and the Southwest National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The harbour is a large, almost landlocked, shallow bay which provides safe anchorage from the Roaring Forties that buffet the western and southern coasts of Tasmania. The harbour is connected by the narrow 12km (7.5 miles) long Bathurst Channel to Port Davey, and then water flows into the Southern Ocean.

Small islands dot the surface of the dark waters and white sands fringe the shoreline. Mt Rugby the highest and most prominent peak bordering the reserve rises grandly from the western shore of the harbour. Like most estuarine systems in southwest Tasmania, the water is stained a deep red-brown due to tannin leached from buttongrass and adjacent heathland. Although not populated there are buildings located at Melaleuca which supports an airstrip, several light structures, boat moorings and remains from the tin mines in the early 1900s.

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