Abundant in rugged coastlines, cascading waterfalls and rich bushland, the tiny island state of Tasmania has no shortage of natural wonders.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect hike, looking to embrace your inner history buff or simply wanting to switch off and enjoy the peaceful surrounds, Tasmania’s wild West Coast region has something for every traveller.
Located roughly 4.5 hours from Hobart and three hours from Devonport, the enchanting town of Strahan is the perfect place to station yourself for your West Coast adventure. Once a flourishing port servicing nearby mines, the sleepy settlement of Strahan is located on the picturesque Macquarie Harbour. Though it is home to less than 1000 residents, it is bustling with tourist attractions. Strahan has plenty of accommodation to suit every budget and style. One option is Strahan Village, situated right on the historical harbourfront, which offers a range of accommodation types. From quaint cottages, to hotel-style rooms, as well as three waterfront eateries – you’ll have plenty of places to stay in Strahan.
One of the best ways to kick off your Western Wilds adventure is by boat. There are several cruise options from Strahan along the Gordon River that will take you across the spectacular waterways of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. In addition to offering spectacular views, many of the cruises include a stop at Sarah Island, a former penal settlement renowned for its unforgiving conditions. A popular pick is a tour with World Heritage Cruises, which includes lunch, a guided tour of Sarah Island, and a walk through a transcendent rainforest flanked by the region’s ancient Huon pines. If you don’t quite have your sea legs, why not take a walk along Strahan’s foreshore and enjoy the historic architecture?
Alternatively, take a trip to the theatre to see Australia’s longest-running play, The Ship That Never Was, and enjoy the comedic retelling of a real-life escape from Sarah Island. From vibrant voyages to village charm, you’ll be spoilt for choice in this gem of a town.
This is a sneak peek! To read about the rest of the journey, check out the Autumn 2023 edition of Caravanning Australia.
Image courtesy of Jason Charles Hill