Discover Tasmania’s beauty
From your base at Strahan Village, the best of Strahan’s tours, activities and attractions are within easy reach.
Join Gordon River Cruises to experience Tasmania’s World Heritage wilderness. Aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II, you’ll glide through rainforest and sample gourmet Tasmanian delicacies as you watch mirror perfect reflections on the river’s surface.
Take a scenic flight over the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park or cruise to a remote island, deep in Macquarie Harbour.
Learn about the west coast’s early convict history at Sarah island—once a feared penal settlement and site of the largest boat-building industry in the British colonies. Join the Bonnet Island Experience to encounter little penguins close at hand and learn about the resilient lighthouse keepers who lived on this tiny, remote outpost.
Strahan is the base for a range of high quality local tour operators. Ask the staff at Strahan Village or drop into the Strahan Visitors’ Centre for information on local tours and experiences. Get your heart pumping on a jet boat tour of the King River, go sand boarding on the Henty Dunes, take a bushwalk in the wilderness or join a fishing charter.
Make sure you take time to wander Strahan’s 19th century streetscapes. Stroll along the waterfront and visit an historic sawmill where master craftsmen sculpt prized Huon pine and other Tasmanian specialty timbers into works of fine design. Visit the town’s museums and galleries to uncover the rich history of this place and sample the region’s fresh seafood, fine wine and gourmet produce in Strahan’s restaurants and cafes. Dine at View 42° Restaurant and Bar, head down to the village to Hamer's Hotel for a tasty bistro meal, or sample the freshest local catch at Fish Café on the Wharf.
Gordon River Cruises is an award-winning wilderness experience in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Departing from Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast, Gordon River Cruises offers half day cruises on the Gordon River aboard its purpose-built tour vessel. The Lady Jane Franklin II is a fast, quiet, spacious and sensitively designed cruise craft.
Lady Jane Franklin II
This stable, 32-metre catamaran was created specifically for Gordon River Cruises. The Tasmanian-built vessel’s hull and engine design ensure minimal impact on the delicate wilderness environment of the World Heritage Area.
The beautifully appointed interior of the Lady Jane Franklin II is impeccably designed and features abundant glass for passenger viewing, comfortable seating and excellent passenger facilities, including a dedicated play area for children.
Gordon River Cruises offers two touring options—Main Deck or Captain’s Premier Upper Deck.
The Main Deck of the Lady Jane Franklin II offers a choice of Standard Atrium Seating or Premium Window Seating. Both seating styles are forward facing, spacious and comfortable. Wherever you choose to sit, the vessel’s floor-to-ceiling windows will ensure superb views of rainforest and river, mountains and harbour.
On board, you’ll have access to quality interpretive resources including maps, photographs and guidebooks. Wander on the spacious deck to absorb stunning wilderness views as you breathe in the freshest air in the world.
Your cruise includes two guided shore excursions and a delicious, chef-prepared buffet lunch.
Captain's Premier Upper Deck
The Captain's Premier Upper Deck is Gordon River Cruises’ luxury sightseeing experience. This option includes leather seating, a private viewing deck, and a dedicated guide who will provide you with personal interpretation throughout the cruise. You’ll also enjoy a chef-prepared gourmet lunch of local delicacies. Indulge in fresh seafood, creamy Tasmanian cheeses and select regional specialties, accompanied by complimentary Tasmanian wines and premium beers.
Gordon River Cruises departs Strahan at 8.30am and returns at 2.15pm.
During peak season, the Lady Jane Franklin II also departs on demand for an afternoon dinner cruise at 2.45pm.
On Christmas Day, Gordon River Cruises departs at 10.30am and returns at 4.30pm.
Cruise duration: 5.5 hours
The Bonnet Island Experience is a twilight cruise that invites you to encounter Tasmania’s enigmatic wildlife in its natural habitat.
Departing from Strahan, the cruise offers you the rare opportunity to step ashore at Bonnet Island, home to a thriving colony of two of Tasmania’s most fascinating species of bird. Here, you’ll see little penguins, the world’s smallest penguin species, and short-tailed shearwaters, extraordinary migratory birds that return here from the Northern Hemisphere to breed each year.
You’ll observe these fascinating birds as they return to their burrows after a day spent hunting at sea, and also discover the human history of Bonnet Island as your knowledgeable guide recounts stories of the people who once lived here—including the island’s lighthouse keepers and their families. Enjoy a platter of gourmet Tasmanian treats as you hear stories of wrecks and rescues, storms and survival and the incredible resilience of settlers who carved a life out of this remote and harsh environment.
GORDON RIVER SCENIC FLIGHTS
You can get a unique perspective on the grandeur and scale of the Tasmanian wilderness on a scenic seaplane flight. Departing from Strahan, you’ll fly over the dense rainforests of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, circle the sheer crags of Frenchmans Cap and see the pools and rapids of the famous Franklin River. You’ll land on the glassy waters of the Gordon River and take some time to go ashore for a walk to Sir John Falls. On your return flight you’ll see Sarah Island, the site of a former penal settlement and ship building centre, Hells Gates, Ocean Beach and Macquarie Harbour, the second largest harbour in Australia.
STRAHAN MARINE CHARTERS
Strahan Marine Charters offers a range of experiences including cruises on Macquarie Harbour aboard the Sophia, game fishing expeditions or bushwalks in the national park. Charter a cruise to explore the rivers and bays of the area, take a bird-watching cruise, or visit the historic sites at Sarah Island and Kelly Basin.
Wild Rivers Jet offers high-speed jet boat tours on the stunning King River. Departing from Strahan, you’ll cruise to the mouth of the river before taking an exhilarating ride on its lower reaches, through rainforested gorges, under the historic Teepookana Bridge and on to the rapids. This is a fun and fascinating way to explore the wilderness and discover west coast history.
There is a fantastic range of short and longer walks close to Strahan. Check with Strahan Village staff for information about some of the outstanding west coast walks that are within easy reach of your accommodation.
Hogarth Falls—40-50 minutes’ return (1.2 kilometres each way)
This easy, scenic walk takes you through mixed forest of tall eucalypts and Tasmanian rainforest species including leatherwood, sassafras and myrtle. The wide, gravel track to Hogarth Falls begins in the People’s Park in Strahan. Take the Foreshore Track from the town to the People’s Park or drive to the car park before beginning your walk to the falls.
Kelly Basin—3-4 hours’ return (5.4 kilometres each way)
This walk follows the route of the historic North Mount Lyell Railway, to Kelly Basin and the site of the once-thriving port town of Pillinger. Ruins of the town which once supported 1,000 residents can still be seen among the lush vegetation of the forest. Kelly Basin is part of the Macquarie Harbour Historic Site, within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
To access this walk, drive from Strahan to Queenstown, turn left at the Empire Hotel and then right into Conlan Street. Continue out of Queenstown along Conlan Street onto the Mt Jukes Road. Continue on this road for about 30 minutes until your reach the right hand turn to the Bird River walking track. NOTE: The final five kilometres of this access road is suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles only.
Donaghy’s Lookout—40 minutes’ return (1.1 kilometres each way)
The easy track ascends a small hill to the lookout where you can take in spectacular views of the mountains and forests of Tasmania’s south-west wilderness, including the distinctive quartzite peak of Frenchmans Cap (1446m). This walk is located off the Lyell Highway (A10), between the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers.
The Franklin River Nature Trail—25 minutes’ return (1 kilometre each way)
This easy, accessible walk along the banks of the Franklin River leads through tracts of rainforest and includes interpretive information about the natural and cultural values of this famous river and the wilderness of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The walk is located on the Lyell Highway (A10), 60 kilometres east of Queenstown.
Nelson Falls—20 minutes’ return (700m each way)
This scenic and easy walk is a great way to break your drive to Strahan. Take the boardwalk track through the forest where interpretation panels reveal the natural and geological history of this area. The track ends in a viewing platform overlooking the falls. This walk is located on the Lyell Highway (A10), between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge.
Montezuma Falls—3 hours’ return (4 kilometres each way)
This easy walk leads through rainforest teeming with birdlife, and follows the route of the historic North East Dundas Tramway. The track leads to a viewing platform at the base of Montezuma Falls, which, at 104m, is one of the highest waterfalls in Tasmania. Montezuma Falls is located a short drive south of Rosebery on the Murchison Highway (A10).
Strahan and Tasmania’s west coast offer a year round calendar of intriguing and entertaining events, from local markets and exhibitions to theatre performances, festivals and parades and gruelling multisport endurance events.
The Ship That Never Was
A visit to Strahan is incomplete without taking in a performance of The Ship That Never Was, Tasmania’s longest running play. The performance tells the dramatic and hilarious tale of the 1834 theft by ten convict shipwrights of the last ship built on Sarah Island. The play is performed daily at 5.30pm from September to May in the Richard Davey Amphitheatre, at the Strahan Visitors’ Centre.
The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival
This biennial, three-day contemporary cultural festival centres on the mining settlement of Queenstown in Tasmania’s rugged west. The festival draws together an eclectic program of visual and performing arts and cultural events that showcase the unique community, heritage and culture of this fascinating and resilient west coast town.
The Hydro Tasmania Tullah Challenge is an annual triathlon event through the rugged landscape of Tasmania’s west coast. The race includes a 4.5 kilometre paddling leg on Lake Tullah, a 29 kilometre road bike leg and a 7.5 kilometre run through the rainforest and along the shore of Lake Tullah.
Visit the beautiful, art deco Paragon Theatre in Queenstown and Zeehan’s historic Gaiety Theatre for screenings of contemporary and vintage films. Tours of the Gaiety Theatre are included in your visit to the West Coast Heritage Centre.