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


Capital of the wilderness. One of the big attractions at Strahan is the Gordon River which allows visitors to access the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Six-hour cruises in swift catamarans take visitors up the Gordon River, 40 kilometres away at the south end of the harbour that averages 30 metres deep and is twice the size of Sydney Harbour. See the ruins of Sarah Island and discover the history of the worst and most forgotten of Australia’s penal colonies.

If you haven’t time for a six-hour cruise, the skippers of charter yachts or fast boats can take you on a shorter trip. For those with even less time, you can fly over the Gordon in a seaplane. Strahan is also home to the famous West Coast Wilderness Railway, some excellent galleries and many activities including kayaking, fishing and four wheel drive tours.

Be sure to visit some of our local shops to buy some unique local timbers and wood crafts before an essential 5.30pm viewing of Tasmania’s longest running play, ‘The Ship that Never Was.’ Ocean Beach,  Tasmania’s longest beach, and its invigorating westerly winds are only a short drive from Strahan.

Visitor Information

West Coast Visitor Information & Booking Centre

The Esplanade, Strahan, TAS 7468
Tel: (03) 6472 6800
Fax: (03) 6472 6801

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

How to Get There


TASSIELINK COACHES, Tullah – Rosebery – Zeehan – Queenstown – Strahan. Tel: 1300 300 520.

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).



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 Cafes

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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