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
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.
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.
Is a comfortable 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, fully self-contained Cottage within walking distance to the cruises offices and main street.
This beautifully restored historic property blends warmth and hospitality with contemporary elegance. At Franklin Manor, take a well-earned break in a standard queen room, or manor suite. Enjoy your breakfast in our dining room or on the porch overlooking the lush gardens.