Strahan is a small fishing town on the West Coast of Tasmania, its population at the 2011 census was 824, which swells considerably during the summer months.
Weather in Strahan can be unpredictable, with average temperatures in summer only reaching low 20 degs Celsius, and rainfall higher than average for Tasmania; you have been warned, bring a warm jacket even in summer, just in case of a cold Antarctic blast coming through or rain front from the Southern Ocean. But when the sun shines there is no better place to be, and that is the beauty of Strahan and the West Coast of Tasmania.
Situated 300 kms (4.5 hrs) from Hobart and 270 kms (4.0 hrs) from Launceston respectively, the drive from both main centres is spectacular, with magnificent rain forest, mountain ranges, mountain peaks, lakes and historic buildings welcoming you at every turn. It is not a drive to rush, take your time and enjoy it; but be warned Tasmanian roads are notoriously winding, having said that though, there are generally few vehicles to contend with in the regional areas.
Some of the main attractions in the area are:-
World Heritage Cruises: Take a cruise on the Gordon River. Ride through Hells Gates and see Tasmanian aquaculture Macquarie Harbour style. Take a guided tour of Sarah Island, one of the oldest settlements in Australia. Relive the absorbing tale of how the inmates turned a hell on earth, into one of the largest ship building yards in Australia, and Heritage Landing walk, deep in the rain forest, Buffet lunch included. www.worldheritagecruises.com.au
Gordon River Cruises: Take a cruise aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II. Guided shore excursion to Sarah Island and Heritage Landing walk, Buffet lunch included. www.gordonrivercruises.com.au
West Coast Wilderness Railway: Take a steam train ride into history on the unique West Coast ABT Wilderness Railway, departing from Regatta Point station. Booking essential to avoid disappointment, check out their website for availability www.wcwr.com.au or phone 03 6471 0100.
West Coast Yacht Charters: Sail in comfort across the remote and picturesque waters of Macquarie Harbour. www.westcoastyachtcharters.com.au
“The Ship that Never Was”: The dramatic, and hilarious, true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island. Acted out every evening, 5.30pm, in the Richard Davey Amphitheatre, late September through to early May. During the winter months enjoy the film version of the play, in the warmth of the Risby Cove theatrette. www.roundearth.com.au
Bonnet Island: Enjoy a trip at dusk out to Bonnet Island to view the Fairy Penguins return to nest overnight, limited seating so be sure to book ahead.
Queenstown Heritage Tours: Experience a working, large scale modern underground mining operation. Travel 10km of underground roadway to the heart of the historic Mt Lyall mine. Age restrictions apply. Also available Lost Mines & Ancient Pines Tour, and Lake Margaret Hydro Power Tour. www.queenstownheritagetours.com
Gangplank Expeditions: Personalised Macquarie Harbour Tours, enjoy a boat trip that is tailored to your interests, be it fishing, sightseeing or photography and licensed to carry four passengers, children welcome.
Other places to of interest:-
Wilderness Woodworks: Watch in ore at the master craftsmen creating the Huon Pine products for you to purchase. www.wildernesswoodworks.com.au
Strahan Golf Club: Nine hole golf course providing plenty of challenges, green fees are only $10.00 per day to non-members, all players welcome with club hire available.
West Strahan Beach: Safe swimming and paddling, ideal for young children with BBQ, picnic area and playground.
Peoples Park: Hogarth Falls, a 40 minute return walk, through West Coast rain forest and keep an eager eye out for the elusive Platypus, present in the streams.
Henty Dunes: Explore one of the wonders of the West Coast, the ever changing sand dunes located just 15 minutes drive north of Strahan, towards Zeehan.
Macquarie Heads: The harbour entrance 18 km west of Strahan, renowned as “Hells Gates” by early convicts.
Ocean Beach: Walk along this long expanse of beach, breath in the freshest of air, with the next landfall west of Tasmania being Argentina.
Mutton Birds: See thousands of Short-tailed Shearwater birds return to their nests as nightfalls, after feeding offshore, during December until February.
Castaway Holiday Apartments
Castaway Holiday Apartments
12 Harvey Street
Strahan Tasmania 7468
PH: 03 6471 7400
FAX: 03 6471 7580