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.
Imagine standing on a beach, gazing out at the ocean and knowing that the next landfall is South America, over 10,000km away.
The Ship that Never Was
Australia’s longest running play tells the dramatic and hilarious true story about the last Great Escape from Sarah Island.
Places to stay near Strahan
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.
From your lounge-room window, a vast body of water stretches for mile after nautical mile into the unconquerable wilderness of South West Tasmania.
Kitty's Place combines personal service with the comfort of five modern self-contained apartments. Easy access to West Strahan Beach on the banks of Macquarie Harbour.