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Strahan - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the beautiful Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania, Strahan was once the port for the mineral fields of the 19th-century boom times, handling more cargo than any other port in Tasmania.

It was originally called Long Bay and Regatta Point, then in 1892 it was proclaimed a town, and named after Tasmanian Governor, George Strahan.

The area was originally known for the magnificent timber, Huon Pine, that was widely used in boat building. Between 1822 to 1834, convicts on the Sarah Island penal settlement were mainly employed cutting the timber for boat building.

Ocean Beach

Today, the Union Steamship building and the Customs House are reminders of that era. Gateway to the World Heritage Area, this small township is offering a range of accommodation options from backpackers through to five star motels, and is the perfect place from which to explore the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Bookings are essential during the summer period  of December through to March.

River cruises are a great starting point for visitors to explore Macquarie Harbour and Sarah Island, the state’s first penal colony. Cruises can take you to the lower reaches of the Gordon River and don’t forget to visit the fantastic Ocean Beach, just 6 km from town, which also offers a great fishing location.

A great source of information about the area is the Strahan Visitor Centre and Museum, and the Strahan Community Access Centre both located in the same building as the library.

Check out our listing of Strahan accommodation and West Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

West Coast Visitor Information Centre
The Esplanade
Ph: 03 6472 6800

GPS (Strahan): S 42บ 09.209’ E 145บ 19.689’

Daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Strahan Tours

TAS Tours • Outback  • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
• Strahan Adventure Tours
There are a range of adventure tours for Strahan, including some of those listed here. For more information contact the local visitor centre at Strahan.
• Strahan Air Tours
Adventure Flights
• Cradle Mt Helicopters / Strahan Sea planes & Helicopters
• Ph: 03 6492 1132 • Ph: 03 6471 7718 • Email
• Read our review with Adventure Flights in Strahan.
Wilderness Air Strahan
• Strahan Wharf, STRAHAN TAS 7468 • Ph: 03 6471 7280
• Flights into the heart of the Gordon River to Sir John Falls and over the Franklin River valley and much more.
• Strahan Cruises
Gordon River Cruises
• The Esplanade • STRAHAN TAS 7468
• Ph: 03 6471 4300 • Fax: 03 6471 4317 • Email
• The Lady Jane Franklin is the most environmentally friendly catamaran ever built in Australia, with 3 distinct styles of seating.
Strahan Marine Charters
• Ph: 03 6471 7353
• Specialising in fishing charters and private harbour tours. Your skipper and owner operator is Mario Sorrentino, who enjoys an envious lifestyle. Read our review with Strahan Marine Charters.
Wild River Jet
• The Strahan Shack, Esplanade, STRAHAN TAS 7468 • Ph: 03 6471 7396 • Email
• Wild ride! Wild time! Join the WILD RIVERS JET for an exhilarating 50 minute trip from Strahan to the West Coast's incredible King River.
World Heritage Cruises
• The Esplanade, STRAHAN TAS 7468 • Ph: 03 6471 7174 • Email (online contact form)
• Experience one of the most scenic and sought after cruises with Tasmania's largest eco-tourism cruise operator, World Heritage Cruises. Located in Strahan, Tasmania, World Heritage Cruises offers a mix of history, stunning scenery and wonderful hospitality. Cruise the majestic Gordon River on one of our morning or afternoon cruises.
• Strahan Motorcycle Tours
4 Wheelers - Guided 4 Wheel Motorbike Tours
• Mobile: 0419 508 175
• Operating at the Henty Sand Dunes Picnic Area, which is about a 10 minute (14 km) drive from Strahan.
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