Strahan, Tasmania

By: Claudia Bouma

A picturesque town on tassie’s west coast, you’ll want to stay in Strahan much longer than a weekend.

Tucked away along Tassie’s wild west coast, Strahan is known as the gateway to the mighty Gordon River and the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness Area. The quaint harbour town has a fascinating convict past, with infamous Sarah Island the site of the unforgiving penal settlement. Strahan might be small in size but it has plenty to offer the adventurous traveller. 

Macquarie Harbour Strahan

Macquarie Harbour, Strahan

Strahan accommodation

It doesn’t have to break your budget either, because a spot at the Macquarie Heads campground costs just $6 per family per night. The spacious camping area is a stone’s throw from the ocean and provides shelter from the wind. Of course, the fishing is good too if you feel like throwing in a line with beach access just 1km up the road.

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Sarah Island Ruins Strahan

Sarah Island ruins, Strahan

Once you’ve done your sightseeing, it’s time for an offroad adventure. Head back towards Macquarie Heads until you spot the sign for Lighthouse Track on the right. Initially, the track is very rocky but it soon turns to sand. At this point, it’s wise to let your tyres down as it makes for an easier and softer ride. After about 5km you’ll hear the roar of the ocean and, once you’ve negotiated the last sand hill, Ocean Beach stretches out before you.  

A weekend is nearly not long enough to explore this picturesque town. Stunning natural beauty, fascinating history and fantastic 4WDing make for the perfect family getaway.


Day 1: Set up at Macquarie Heads and walk along the beach

Day 2: Discover Strahan and Sarah Island

Day 3: Explore the Lighthouse Track and bring a picnic lunch

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