Head to Strahan, located on Tasmania’s western coast, and discover a region rich in history and natural beauty. Don’t let its appearance of a quaint little fishing village fool you - Strahan is the gateway to a host of awe-inspiring adventure that you’re sure to remember for a lifetime. Experience these and much more with our range of Strahan hotels.
Strahan (pronounced “Straw-n”) was founded in the late 19th century and was originally used as a port for miners and cargo. Due to its lush forests of Huon Pine, it was also a key area for the booming timber industry that existed around Macquarie Harbour. Today, these forests are protected and serve as one of the main tourists draws in the region. Catch a cruise and visit the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, one of Tasmania’s World Heritage areas, and take the time to look at these magnificent trees. Some of them have been living for 3,000 years! Take a walk along the Franklin River Nature Trail and see where loggers felled the trees and floated them for use in construction work. For a bit of excitement, hop on a River Raft and paddle your way through the rolling waters while enjoying the sights and sounds of the riverbanks.
The Gordon River cruise will also take you to Sarah Island, a penal colony infamous for being the harshest in Australia. Here, convicts lived in appalling conditions and were surrounded by treacherous seas and dangerous wilderness. The colony was closed in 1833, but can be visited with a tour guide. The Round Earth Theatre Company runs tours on Sarah Island in the form of a play called The Ship That Never Was. The play has been performed over 5,000 times, making it Australia’s longest running play.
Another popular attraction is Ocean Beach, located on Strahan’s western coast. Stretching over 30km, it is the longest beach in Tasmania. Pristine waters aside, Ocean Beach is where the black and grey-flecked mutton birds call home. These birds are in the area in from September to April and can be seen flying back from feeding as the sun sets or nesting in sand dunes. Speaking of sand dunes, head 10km north of Strahan and visit the Henty Sand Dunes. Here, you can slide down dunes made of fine white sand or take a relaxing drive or walk along them.
Strahan is 4.5 hours from Hobart and 3 hours from Devonport, yet feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So wot are you waiting for? Book your Strahan accommodation today!