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
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.
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.
Places to stay near Strahan
Is a comfortable 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, fully self-contained Cottage within walking distance to the cruises offices and main street.
Castaway Holiday Apartments
Castaway Holiday Apartments are affordable, modern, spacious self-contained apartments in Strahan. Accommodation for couples, groups or families, offering six two bedroom, comfortably furnished, self-contained apartments, catering for two to four guests.
West Coast Yacht Charters
Go further up the Gordon River than any other commercial boat on the only yacht with a Government Licence to go all the way up the Gordon River to Sir John Falls, where groups who have rafted the mighty Franklin River are collected.