A sleepy fishing village or busy with visitors, Strahan is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers. Originally a port town playing a key part in developing the mining settlements in the area, Strahan was also vital to the timber industry - its piners building a legacy still present today.
Nearby, through the perfectly named Hell's Gates in Macquarie Harbour, is Sarah Island, a reminder of Tasmania's convict past. In the 1980s Strahan became the base for activists campaigning to conserve the nearby untouched wilderness, as part of the infamous Franklin-Below-Gordon Dam blockade.
When visiting Strahan enjoy the long stretches of wild ocean (nothing between you and South America), visit sand dunes, learn more about its history and explore the wilderness, all at your fingertips.
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The harbour may look beautiful - postcard perfect - but it has seen terrible hardship and untold suffering.
Henty Sand Dunes
A series of giant dunes formed by the Roaring Forties are great to explore. The dunes are around 30m high, reaching several kilometres inland and extending 15 km along the coast. From the picnic area it's an easy 1.5 hr return walk through the dunes to Ocean Beach.
Starting in People's Park, this walk will take you through an example of mixed forest. Among the towering gum trees you will also find species typical of temperate rainforest such as leatherwood, sassafras and myrtle. Platypus can sometimes be seen in the creek below the falls.
Places to stay near Strahan
Experience the beauty of Strahan in self-catering accomodation at Aldermere Estate 4 1/2 star apartments. These luxurious 4 1/2 star boutique apartments have the exterior appearance of turn of the century Victorian terrace homes and are situated amid green lawns and golden elms.
All Inn Strahan Holiday Units
Two and three bedroom fully self-contained holiday houses in a quiet safe location just minutes from town. All Inn Strahan offers three immaculately presented two-bedroom and three-bedroom accommodation units which are spacious, well appointed and fully self contained.
Aloft Boutique offers contemporary executive self-contained apartment style accommodation, located in a garden setting.