Stories and updates
from across the west coast
We love sharing our west coast adventures and inspiring you to get out and explore. From wandering through ancient rainforest to cruising the Gordon River, our team try to cover it all. Happy reading!
North to west: top kid-approved pitstops
Home to UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness, mining history and quirky towns, the west coast is jam-packed with family friendly adventures. For the road-trippers joining us from northern Tasmania, we’ve put together the ultimate list of kid-approved pitstops, sure to replace the dreaded ‘are we there yet?’ with ‘where to next?!’.
Strahan with Kids - Family travel on the west coast
With Tasmanian school holidays coming up soon, we asked two of our local experts about their tips for enjoying the west coast with the kids. Jenni Klippert is our Front Office Manager and Leanne Hays is the Retail Manager at the award-winning Gordon River Cruises.
West Coast Winter Weekend Itinerary
After spending a few months cooped up indoors, there’s no better excuse to get out and explore the Tassie wilderness. Tasmania’s west coast is a truly remarkable place, filled with natural beauty and opportunity for adventure around every corner. We sat down with a couple of our team members to unpack the ideal west coast itinerary for a long weekend away in winter.
Reopening Q&A with Todd Roberts
At Strahan Village we are excited to be back welcoming Tasmanians for a west coast getaway. We recently had a chat with general manager, Todd Roberts to learn about recent updates across the business to help deliver an unforgettable guest experience whilst adhering to coronavirus safety regulations.
West coast weather
Tasmania’s wild west coast is a place like no other. Rich in natural and human history, it is the gateway to Tasmania’s UNESCO Wilderness World Heritage Area. Despite its remote location, the ancient forests, harsh terrain and historical towns are easily accessible through a scenic drive or flight.
A Strahan Story - By Linda Karlsson
I moved to Brisbane from Sweden 4 years ago and quickly realised that taking a long weekend is embedded in the Aussie culture. With that in mind, my partner Calum and I took the Friday off work to explore Strahan. Despite being Tassie locals since 2018, we weren’t sure what to expect as neither of us had been further west than Mt Field. Our neighbour described Strahan as a rugged place which used to be the holiday town for just as rough miners but assured us it changed since then.
Short walks in the Western Wilds: 5 leg-stretchers between Hobart and Strahan
Starting at the Parks and Wildlife Visitor Centre, you can pick those who just completed the Overland Track with their boots off and toes bare. As soon as you start the walk, you’re surrounded by silver wattles and waratahs. The bustling sound of hikers seems miles away. It’s a leisurely walk on an easily accessible flat surface. At the end, where the two rivers meet, a picnic table is strategically placed for you to enjoy a little snack. I’d recommend walking along the beach back. The lake reflections are out of the ordinary and if lucky you might have the pleasure of meeting the local Lake St Clair Echidna!
A Rainforest Like No Other
The rainforests of Tasmania’s remote west are not your typical, movie-set forests—all steaming jungle, hanging vines and coiling pythons. These protected rainforests are cool, dark and damp—peaceful havens where the trunks of rare trees are cloaked in velvety green mosses and lichens.
Macquarie Harbour is Australia’s second largest natural harbour, after Port Phillip Bay in Victoria. This vast waterway is six times the size of Sydney Harbour and measures 35 kilometres in length and nine kilometres across. While most parts of Macquarie Harbour are relatively shallow, it is up to 50 metres deep in some places.
The Original People of Tasmania's West Coast
Tasmanian Aboriginal people have been part of this land for more than 35,000 years. Sometime during the last Ice Age, Aboriginal tribes crossed the land bridge spanning Bass Strait, becoming the most southerly-dwelling humans on Earth. When the glaciers retreated and sea levels rose around 12,000 years ago, Tasmanian Aboriginals became isolated from the mainland, developing a rich culture unlike any other on the planet.
Tasmania is known for its exquisite rainforest timbers, and the most famous of these is undoubtedly Huon pine.
Huon pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) is a native conifer that grows in the wet temperate forests of Tasmania’s south west wilderness. This is an extremely slow growing tree, with a growth rate of just 1mm per year. Huon pine is thought to live up to 3000 years and is Australia’s oldest living tree.
The elegant curves of the Gordon River have their origin at Lake Richmond in the King William Range, within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
This beautiful river flows west over 172 kilometres and descends 570 metres on its journey to Tasmania’s west coast, where it empties into Macquarie Harbour through the narrow opening at Hell’s Gates.
Walking the Strahan Foreshore
One of the best ways to discover Strahan is to take a walk along the town’s foreshore track. This hour long walk follows the path of the old Government Railway line that once ran between Strahan and Zeehan. Along the way, you’ll pass a number of historic buildings that each tell a fragment of the story of Strahan’s past.
TODAY - Live broadcast from Strahan
We couldn't be more excited to welcome the TODAY Show to Strahan for tomorrow's live broadcast. It's a huge event for our beautiful part of Tasmania and our community is ready to turn it on for the team from TODAY. Even the weather looks set to behave for the big day!
Strahan Helicopters - A new day tour in Strahan
The West Coast of Tasmania is nothing short of spectacular and viewed from the air, it's even better.
Strahan Helicopters is a new scenic flight, transfer and charter helicopter tour operator in Strahan and we're excited to say a warm West Coast welcome to their team.
Delightful Diversions: The Ten Best Activities In Strahan
With fewer than a thousand permanent residents, visitors to quaint Strahan often wonder how they will find enough things to do. In fact, most find that they haven’t allowed enough time to enjoy all the attractions of the region. Whether you wish to appreciate the Strahan region’s natural beauty or cultural heritage, here are the top ten activities to fit into your itinerary.
Strahan Tasmania: There's nothing like local knowledge! | By Laura Wilson
In such a vibrant little seaside town, it's not hard to find things to do in Strahan. Whether it's rest and relaxation one's after? Or perhaps it's a bit of adventure and exploration? Or maybe it's a thirst for knowledge and history? The best thing to do sometimes, is ask the locals where to go!
Highlights of touring in Tasmania’s west | By Laura Wilson
When looking for itinary ideas for Tasmania a local’s perspective is always recommended. One of the incredible things about living in such a small state is that travelling to its hotspots can all be done by car!
The Wonders of Strahan at Different Stages of the Day | By Laura Wilson
When waking up in Strahan, one will be greeted by the blissful sound of complete and utter silence. But don’t waste time in bed! Each moment here is precious and provides a completely unique perspective of the beauty Strahan has to offer.
The Taste of Tasmania and the Best View in Town | By Laura Wilson
Tasmania is renowned for its world-class fresh local produce and Strahan restaurants feature the best of what’s on offer! When looking for places to eat in Strahan, then a short 5-minute trek up hill is View 42° Restaurant. Nothing good in life comes easy, right? Rest assured a few minutes uphill is well worth the view and food awaiting.
Step Back In Time: Explore The Past At Strahan Cemetary
Strahan has many tales to tell from its 140-year history. In its heyday, this isolated town attracted a variety of characters as its logging and mining industries developed. The historic Strahan cemetery stands as testimony to Strahan’s colourful past.
Nature At Its Finest: Adventure On The Derwent And King Rivers With King River Rafting
There is no better way to appreciate Mother Nature than spending a day rafting on Tasmania’s iconic rivers. King River Rafting offers tours on the Derwent River near Hobart and King River near Queenstown. They can also organise custom tours for groups if you have a particular request.
Epic Masterpiece In Forest Setting: The Wall in the Wilderness
For those who prefer to see some of Tasmania’s less touristed spots, the hamlet of Derwent Bridge provides a wonderful stopover when travelling between Hobart and Strahan. Its main attraction is The Wall in the Wilderness, a masterful work of art which has almost reached completion. Not only will you see an extraordinary artwork, but you will appreciate Tasmania’s past through the epic tales contained within.
Engineering Marvel Gains International Acclaim: Ride The Award-Winning West Coast Wilderness Railway
Travellers on Queenstown’s breathtaking West Coast Wilderness Railway know Lynchford Station as the location of a former gold mine where they have the chance to pan for gold themselves. Recently, a ceremony was held here to present the railway with a highly coveted Engineering Heritage International Marker. This remarkable feat of engineering has previously won awards; however, this latest recognition has only been given to seven Australian constructions.
Daily Dose Of Exercise: Sandboarding At Henty Dunes In Strahan
If you feel that you have overindulged on Tasmania’s gastronomic delights and are seeking a little active fun, the Henty Sand Dunes near Strahan will definitely give you a workout. Considered to be the most magnificent sand dunes in Tasmania, this “locals’ secret” is signposted on the Zeehan-Strahan road.
Chip Off The Old Block: See Antique Equipment In Action At Morrison's Huon Pine Sawmill
Finding Morrison's Huon Pine Sawmill isn’t difficult for Strahan visitors. When strolling along the esplanade, you won’t be able to resist the delightful fragrance of freshly-cut Huon pine. This is a fourth generation family business which harks back to the romance and pioneering spirit of early loggers who navigated intrepid rivers to obtain the precious timber.
West Coast Wanderings
The West Coast is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in Tasmania and has an incredibly rich history to match. Strahan is the perfect base to explore this; whether you are visiting for a few nights, or have a little more time on your hands; there are wonders and wanders to suit all.
Untamed Beauty | Explore Ocean Beach When Staying In Strahan
When planning your tour of Tasmania, include the rugged West Coast with its windswept beaches, cold climate rainforests and fascinating history. The small town of Strahan is an ideal base allowing you to enjoy the sense of isolation that comes with staying in one of the world’s most far-flung places.
The Ship that Never Was
In order to fully appreciate your cruise to the Gordon River and Sarah Island, make sure you see the play The Ship That Never Was. Held in the Richard Davey Amphitheatre near the Strahan Tourist Information Centre, this highly-entertaining performance brings history to life as you learn the fate of the Sarah Island convicts. Audiences have been coming to see this play for over twenty-two years so this is definitely an experience not to be overlooked.
Convicts And Loggers | Visit Strahan to Learn the Unique Huon Pine Story
The Huon Pine is only found in Tasmania. Some Huon Pines are over 3000 years old, an incredible feat as this slow-growing tree only increases in girth by two millimeters every year. The waterproof, bug resistant wood was attractive to early European settlers. The story of Huon Pine captures the hardships and ingenuity of these pioneers.
From Mines To Ancient Rainforests | A Study in Contrasts with Queenstown Heritage Tours
Carved out of the mountains that rise starkly above it, Queenstown has an old mining town feel. Nearby, spectacular cold climate rainforests can be seen; however, the hillsides were denuded in the past exposing bare pink and grey granite boulders. Learn more about this delicate tug-of-war between nature and industry by visiting some local sites that may not initially come to mind as tourist attractions.
Full Steam Ahead | Explore Strahan's Past On Authentic Rack
Exploring the cool temperate rainforest is one of the most popular activities in Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast. A cruise is one option to view this pristine wilderness. Another exciting way to gain a different perspective of the ancient forest’s majesty is via the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Train buffs, history enthusiasts and nature lovers will definitely not want to miss this unique experience.