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
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.
The harbour may look beautiful - postcard perfect - but it has seen terrible hardship and untold suffering.
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.
Places to stay near Strahan
Driftwood Strahan Villas
Driftwood Strahan Villas is 3 1/2 star self-contained accommodation facility providing comfortably appointed, self-catering accommodation within easy walking distance to the town centre, cruise boats, scenic flights, restaurants, swimming beach and supermarket.
If you love Wood Fires, McIntosh Cottages is for you! Originally the McIntosh family home, built in 1898, has been lovingly restored as two co-joined cottages. It gives you a sense of the past with the wood fire and the comforts of the modern interior, making your holiday even more special. Your home away from home.
Strahan Bungalows is sparkling clean self-contained accommodation at genuinely affordable prices. We have 5 modern, spacious apartments. They have a queen bed in the 1st bedroom and 2 singles in the 2nd. Each is beautifully finished with a nautical theme.