Towns

LAST STOP BEFORE THE GATES OF HELL

Strahan

Pronounced Straw-n

The iconic port on the banks of Macquarie Harbour, nestled between the Southern Ocean and gateway to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage area.

Strahan is a microcosm of the history of Tasmania - convicts, pining, fishing and environmental activism are just some of the layers that await you, just outside your comfort zone.

Population
708

In nature we trust

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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