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
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.
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.
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
Regatta Point House, Villa Units and Cabins
The Regatta Point Holiday Home is situated in a quiet location, walking distance to the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station and Regatta Point Tavern. A cottage style house with three bedrooms and one bathroom that is fully furnished and can sleep up to six people.
From your lounge-room window, a vast body of water stretches for mile after nautical mile into the unconquerable wilderness of South West Tasmania.
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.