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.
Popular in and around Strahan
West Coast Reflections Exhibition
Architects, writers, woodturners, gardeners and historians contributed their talents to the acclaimed exhibition West Coast Reflections at the West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre.
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.
Imagine standing on a beach, gazing out at the ocean and knowing that the next landfall is South America, over 10,000km away.
Places to stay near Strahan
Gordon Gateway Motel
A room with panoramic water views guaranteed Relax and take in the 180 degree views of Strahan and Macquarie Harbour. Sit back and watch as all the activities of cruise boats, helicopters, yachts, fishing vessels and town activities unfold before your eyes.
Built by Strahan's founding father, this amazingly restored mansion is the place to stay. Featuring unique hospitality, friendly and courteous service. A magnificent house with a history room, business centre, bar, lounge and breakfast rooms. A luxury guesthouse with 5 en-suited rooms.
We are situated in a quiet area of town, only two doors from the local golf club and from most other accommodation houses. We are pet-friendly by arrangement. We offer affordable and comfortable accommodation in either a studio or two bedroom apartment or in our three bedroom house.