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Strahan is a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Nestled on the shores of massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Boat cruises provide an unforgettable journey through World Heritage Wilderness into the pristine temperate rainforests of the Gordon River.

Strahan is full of stories from the days of convicts and pioneers toughing it out in Tassie's wild west. Nearby, in Macquarie Harbour is Sarah Island, once a notorious convict prison and a powerful reminder of the brutal treatment of Tasmania's convicts.

These days, Strahan is an iconic travel destination with shops selling artisan wares and eateries serving up delicious local produce.

There are long stretches of wild ocean beach to explore, massive sand dunes to conquer and forest adventures to be had.

Strahan is also the destination - or departure point - for the West Coast Wilderness Railway that runs between Queenstown and Strahan

And with so many reasons to stay and explore the town and surrounding wilderness, there's no shortage of accommodation for all tastes and budgets.

Strahan is a 4.5-hr drive (300 km) from Hobart and a 3-hr drive (226 km) from Devonport.

Local tips

  • Take a 30-min walk (one way) to Hogarth Falls and go platypus spotting
  • Hire a bike and ride around Strahan or continue on to 40 km of beach