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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Imagine standing on a beach, gazing out at the ocean and knowing that the next landfall is South America, over 10,000km away.
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.
Macquarie Heads Camp Ground
Macquarie Heads Camping Ground offers bush campsite accommodation, great fishing and beautiful views whilst walking along the beach. Located 15km (30 minutes) from Strahan, access is by a gravel road and a boat ramp and public toilets are available. Please carry your own water and firewood.
Places to stay near Strahan
Experience the beauty of Strahan in self-catering accomodation at Aldermere Estate 4 1/2 star apartments. These luxury boutique 4 1/2 star 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.