Strahan, TAS: Destination Guide

Strahan Bushland Tasmania

Experience the best of the beauty of the Tasmanian great outdoors with a trip to the unassuming town of Strahan.

Read on to discover the best things to do and see in Strahan or find and book accommodation in Strahan today.

About Strahan

Located on the banks of Macquarie Harbour, the Tasmanian town of Strahan is the second-largest harbour in the southern hemisphere. As the only safe anchorage on the rugged west coast, Strahan was the major port during the west coast’s booming mining days in the late 1800s. These days the harbour is an anchorage for crayfish, abalone and shark fishing fleets, and the vessels that cruise the scenic Gordon River. Despite many new developments, this pretty little town retains its historical and cultural charm.

Things to do in Strahan

To truly appreciate this tiny fishing village and tourist hub, it's best to get outdoors. A number of cruise operators cross the Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates, where the harbour and the Indian Ocean literally collide, creating a particularly treacherous stretch of water. When your vessel docks at Heritage Landing on the thickly forested shores of the Gordon, you can view rare Huon pines, some of which are more than 2000 years old. In addition to river cruises, visitors can enjoy horseback rides, fishing expeditions, sea kayaking trips, bushwalks and theatre productions. A scenic flight by seaplane, light plane or helicopter will give you a full appreciation of the Gordon and Franklin rivers and this magnificent World Heritage-listed area.

Attractions in Strahan

Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park offers a snapshot into the wilderness of Tassie's west coast. This breathtaking region features dramatic mountain peaks, beautiful rainforest, deep river valleys and spectacular gorges, and provides ample opportunities for avid bushwalkers to stretch their legs.

Magic Cottage

Kids and adults alike will love the Magic Cottage. This fascinating destination includes a picturesque rainforest garden showcasing some of Tasmania's unique flora, as well as an artist's studeio and gallery which showcases and sells some wonderful artworks. Visitors can also view The Captain's Time Capsule, which is a unique room in an historic cottage that will transport you 100 years back in time.

Wilderness Woodworks

Offering free admission, Wilderness Woodworks features quality Huon pine products created by Tasmanian craftsmen. From bowls and rolling pins through to toys and furniture, this workshop is a treasure trove of items, most of which are made on site.

Getting to Strahan

Situated on Tasmania's west coats, Strahan is located about 300km from Hobart

By car

Strahan is a four hour drive from Hobart via the Lyell Highway, and about a 45 minutes’ drive from Queenstown.

When to visit Strahan

Strahan offers visitors a mild and cool climate throughout the year. The most popular time to visit Strahan is between December and March as the weather is slightly more obliging to those who want to make the most of the outdoor oriented lifestyle in Strahan.

Where to stay in Strahan

Strahan offers a number of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. For more accommodation options in and around Strahan, click here.

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