Strahan

Take a cruise to the point where the harbour meets the sea, up the picturesque Gordon River and stopping off at Sarah Island.

Cruising the Gordon River

Strahan

Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Boat cruises provide an unforgettable journey through World Heritage Wilderness into the pristine temperate rainforests of the Gordon River.

Strahan is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie’s wild west. Nearby, in Macquarie Harbour is Sarah Island, once a notorious convict prison and a powerful reminder of the brutal treatment of Tasmania’s convicts.

These days, Strahan is an iconic travel destination with shops selling artisan wares and eateries serving up delicious local produce.

There are long stretches of wild ocean beach to explore, massive sand dunes to conquer and forest adventures to be had.

Strahan is also the departure point for the West Coast Wilderness Railway. From Strahan, you can take a return half-day journey into the wilderness or a full-day journey to Queenstown and back.

And with so many reasons to stay and explore the town and surrounding wilderness, there’s no shortage of accommodation for all tastes and budgets.

Strahan is a 4.5-hr drive (300 km) from Hobart and a 3-hr drive (226 km) from Devonport.

LOCAL TIPS

  • Take a 30-min walk (one way) to Hogarth Falls and go platypus spotting
  • Hire a bike and ride around Strahan or continue on to 40 km of beach

 

Visitor Information

West Coast Visitor Information & Booking Centre

The Esplanade, Strahan, TAS 7468
Tel: (03) 6472 6800
Fax: (03) 6472 6801
Email: wcvibcs@westcoast.tas.gov.au
www.westernwilderness.com.au

Open: Daily 10am – 7pm (October – February), 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 6pm (March – September).

How to Get There

Bus

TASSIELINK COACHES, Tullah – Rosebery – Zeehan – Queenstown – Strahan. Tel: 1300 300 520.
www.tassielink.com.au

Road (self-drive)

From Burnie take the B18 Murchison Highway.

Travelling distances and times to nearby towns

Strahan to: Queenstown – 41km (45 min), Rosebery – 71km (1 hour), Tullah – 86km (1.5 hours), Zeehan – 38km (30 min).

Accommodation

Strahan

B&B’s, backpackers, camping grounds, caravan and cabin parks, hotels and motels, self-contained apartments, cottages, units and lodge accommodation. Advance bookings are strongly recommended all year. If you have not pre-booked accommodation and plan to stay overnight in Strahan between December and April you are advised to ring in advance and secure accommodation prior to driving to Strahan. Accommodation enquiries and bookings at Visitor Information Centre.

Motor Homes

Self-contained motor homes and caravans can stay overnight at Macquarie Heads, Strahan. Composting toilets and BBQ facilities are accessible 24 hours. Tel: (03) 6471 7382.

Designated Sullage Point

Harvey Street, Strahan.

Internet

Library & Online Access Centre, The Esplanade, Strahan. Tel: (03) 6471 7261.

Strahan Village, Cnr Esk Street and The Esplanade, Strahan. Tel: (03) 6471 4200.

West Coast Visitor Information & Booking Centre, The Esplanade, Strahan. Tel: (03) 6472 6800.

Strahan Village Hilltop, Jolly Street, Strahan.

Activity Centre, Esplanade, Strahan.

Mollys Cafe, Innes St, Strahan

Banks & ATMs

Bendigo Bank, Activities Centre, Esplanade. Strahan

ANZ Bank Agency, The Shack, The Esplanade, Strahan.

Commonwealth Bank Agency, Australia Post Agent, The Esplanade, Strahan.

Bendigo Bank external ATM, Esplanade, Strahan.

Westpac instore branch, Strahan Supermarket, 1 Reid Street, Strahan.

Commonwealth ATM, Molly’s Cafe, Innes St, Strahan.

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