Strahan

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DISTANCES: Hobart 298Km, Launceston 290Km, Queenstown 41Km

CLASSIFIED HISTORIC TOWN

Strahan was founded in 1883 and named after Governor George Strahan appointed to Tasmania in 1881. Strahan’s history showcases life in Tasmania. The penal settlement at Sarah Island was the most brutal in the State, where unruly convicts from Port Arthur were transported to harvest the prized shipbuilding timber Huon pine. Strahan was the major port during the West Coast’s booming mining days around the turn of the century and the port was also used for the export of Huon pine from the surrounding bush. These days, the harbour is an anchorage for crayfish and abalone, and a base for a thriving aquaculture industry. Strahan is now also a major tourist destination being the access point for the World Heritage and the Wild Rivers National Park.

WHAT TO DO AND SEE

Ocean Beach stretches along 40 km of what used to be called Great Roaring Beach, ride a horse or take a stroll on the awesome Ocean Beach near Strahan as mutton birds nest in the dunes from October through until April and can be seen on the beach at dark, returning from feeding.

Macquarie Heads gives you a good view of what is known as Hells Gates. The harbour joins onto Ocean Beach and has good fishing opportunities. Sarah Island is the site of the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement 1822-33. Its reputation was one of the bloodiest and most brutal. Up to 380 men were confined on Sarah Island and were guarded by 95 military personnel, tours are provided by all cruise companies.

Heritage Landing was built in 1989, the landing provides access into the rainforest on the Gordon River.

Cape Sorell is the second highest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Whales can be seen from there in springtime.

Visit Strahan’s Huon Pine Gallery production shops come and see wood turners and artists at work.

See Australia’s longest-running theatrical performance. The Ship That Never Was, performed daily at the Strahan Amphi Theatre.

Take a tour and cruise up the Gordon River stopping at Heritage Landing and visit Sarah Island, where ‘the ship that never was’, was built - from this feared penal colony, convicts ventured out to harvest precious Huon Pine. Tours provided by all cruise companies.

The Henty Sand Dunes are located 10 km north of Strahan on the Zeehan Road. Try sliding down a sand dune and explore the Henty Dunes by 4WD or an all-terrain vehicle, you may like to hire a 4-wheeler or simply enjoy the walk, tours available.

Try a 50-minute Jet Boat trip up the King River, embraced by rainforest either side, a scenic and exhilarating ride.

Cross Macquarie Harbour under the billowing sails of a 60-foot steel ketch, Stormbreaker. Spend a night aboard surrounded by ancient rainforests or an evening crayfish cruise on the harbour.

Take a fishing charter or sailing cruise on Macquarie Harbour – bring home your dinner!

Try one of our seaplane, plane or helicopter tours through the World Heritage area deep into the West Coast Wilderness. Land on the remote upper reaches of the Gordon River for a walk ashore to explore this timeless land. Grab a paddle and glide in your sea kayak across the harbour or down the Gordon or Henty Rivers.

Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway with its unique Rack and Pinion steam train linking Strahan and Queenstown. The journey consists of a 34km train ride cutting through the rainforest gorge of the King River and wilderness up 1:16 gradient and across 40 original restored bridges.

RECREATION

Swimming, camping, golf course, tennis, indoor bowling, fishing–river, sea & lake, walking tracks, 4WD or all terrain vehicle area, kayaking, canoeing.