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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The harbour may look beautiful - postcard perfect - but it has seen terrible hardship and untold suffering.
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
Green Views offers budget-style accomodation in a quiet location within a short walking distance to the main waterfront. Friendly hospitality with all the home comforts at an affordable price.
Peaceful locations with room to move in garden surrounds. Unit "King" is a Studio with a king bed and Unit "Kelly" is a two bedroom apartment with a queen and two singles. They each have a separate entrance and share a covered walkway from the double garage. Each unit shares laundry, barbecue and phone facilities.
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.