Strahan is the iconic Tasmanian experience. Strahan's main street is an attractive terrace of nineteenth-century buildings facing the majestic waters of Macquarie harbour. In winter it can be a sleepy fishing village but for the greater part of the year, Strahan is the place to be seen and abuzz with tourism activity.
Strahan offers the best of the west coast's secrets:
- Fly by plane or helicopter over World Heritage Wilderness
- Cruise the Gordon River
- Sail or canoe around Macquarie Harbour
- Shop for wonderful bowls and platters and other artifacts made with loving care from Huon pine and native timbers
- Visit Ocean beach, see muttonbirds, whales, dolphins and seals
- Enjoy the best and freshest Tasmanian seafood available
- Book your Cradle Mountain adventure
- Enjoy an hilarious live performance of 'The Ship that Never Was' at the amphitheatre.
Cruise the Gordon River
Fully guided tour of the Gordon River, see Tasmania's famous fish farms, go ashore and explore Sarah Island then cruise the Gordon and enjoy lunch on board. Stop at Heritage Landing and discover ancient rainforest. Cruise takes approx. 6 hours.
World Heritage Cruises - departs daily 9am - Book a World Heritage Cruise
Gordon River Cruises - departs daily at 8.30am - Book a Gordon River Cruise
Both companies operate afternoon cruises seasonally. Enquire at the booking office or West Coast Visitor Information Centre.
West Coast Wilderness Railway
The original steam railway from Strahan to Queenstown has been restored for an exhilarating journey through dense rainforest and past cavernous gorges, rushing rivers and toy-town stations. Book the West Coast Wilderness Railway. At present the train is not running from Strahan to Queenstown, it runs a return trip from Queenstown to Dubbil Barril and takes 4 hours. Please check when making your booking.
Located 11 km north of Strahan (on the Zeehan road) is Henty Dunes. A mass of sand dunes, ideal for walking or Tobogganing - Toboggans can be hired from various places in Strahan. More...
Located in Peoples Park, an easy relaxed 40 minute walk along almost level track. Along your walk you may see platypus feeding but you will have to be very quiet, dusk is the best time to spot them. More...
The longest beach in Tasmania stretching for over 30km, Ocean Beach is home to Mutton Birds which fly here in December staying until mid-February. During summer at dusk you can watch as they fly back from feeding over the ocean with a free Parks and Wildlife tour. It is also infamous for whale strandings. Turn off is located on the highway minutes out of Strahan. More...
Strahan Golf Course
Nine hole, flat course for easy walking close to the centre of Strahan. The clubhouse bar is open from 4pm every day except Christmas Day. There are men's and women's competitions at various times. Clubs are available for hire. More...
Strahan Seaplanes & Helicopters
A choice of either a Seaplane which lands on the Gordon River, aeroplane or helicopter over Cradle Mountain and other sights. Flights can take from 15 minutes up to 1 hour and 20 minutes. All flights are seasonal and subject to weather. Closed Christmas Day. More...
Strahan Woodworks, Risby Cove Gallery and Timber Mills
Buy pieces of huon pine at timber workshops and galleries featuring local artists and selling beautifully crafted native timber bowls, platters, statuary and other artifacts and artwork. At Morrisons Mill see a 100 year old Vertical Frame Saw at work approx 3pm daily - Free. More...
The Ship That Never Was
Live professional theatre production based on a real event in 1843. Dramatic and hilarious true story. The show goes for approx. 1 hour and is on everyday at 5.30pm, the production closes for winter from June to end of August. Next to the West Coast Visitor Information Centre, The Esplanade, Strahan. Tel: (03) 6471 7700. More...
West Coast Yacht Charters
Lunchtime cruises, day cruises and overnight cruises through the World Heritage Area. Closed Christmas Day. More...
Tutt's Whittle Wonders
Fascination, imagination and humor behind 1000 pieces of bush wood. Collected over 20 years, admission $2. More...
- Strahan's history is reflective of the history of Tasmania itself. For tens of thousands of years Aboriginals lived here alone gathering along the harbour to fish and camp.
- In 1815 Macquarie Harbour was discovered by the whaler/adventurer, Captain James Kelly.
- In 1822 a harsh convict settlement was established outside Strahan on Sarah Island, with boat-building as the convicts' principal occupation, using the abundant Huon pine that continued to attract timber workers even after the penal colony was officially closed in 1833.
- By the turn of the century, Strahan had become a major port servicing the inland mines of the west coast, but the population declined to just a few hundred after the facility ceased operation in 1970, leaving fishing as the major commercial occupation, and with tourism limited to cruises on the Gordon River.
- Environmental protests in 1982 over the plan to dam the Franklin River, and the declaration of a World Heritage Area in the adjacent wilderness, transformed Strahan yet again into the best place to begin your Western Wilderness Adventure.
- Bus from Hobart or Burnie:
Tassielink Coaches - Tullah/Rosebery/Zeehan/Queenstown/Strahan.
Tel: 1300 300 520, Fax: (03) 6231 6090.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tassielink.com.au
- Road (self drive):
From Burnie take the B18 Murchison Highway
From Hobart take the Lyell Highway
- Closest Town:
Zeehan 40mins (45km) and Queenstown 40mins (41km)
Risby Cove Gallery
A contemporary gallery exhibiting a collection of artworks in glass, ceramics, wood and paintings, jewellery and furniture by Tasmanian artists. Closed Christmas Day. The Esplanade, Strahan. Tel: (03) 6471 7572
West Coast Reflections
An award winning exhibition by Richard Flanagan, Robert Morris-Nunn and Kevin Perkins, interpreting the story of Macquarie Harbour from pre-history to the battle to save the Franklin River. Admission Adult $2 and Children $1. West Coast Visitor Information Centre Tel: (03) 6472 6800
Targa Tasmania Racing
Held annually during the April/May