Strahan Village is the gateway to experiencing the best of Tasmania’s iconic west coast wilderness and UNESCO World Heritage areas.
Nestled on the banks of the majestic Macquarie Harbour, and with the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park in close proximity, Strahan is one of the state’s most sought-after and visited destinations.
Known for its 19th century streetscapes and dark convict past, Strahan’s rich history reaches back to the early days of settlement in Tasmania.
From its origins as a tiny port to service the copper mine at nearby Queenstown, the township grew to become a thriving centre for the remote west coast’s mining, fishing and timber industries.
Today, visitors can enjoy the ancient beauty of Strahan in contemporary style at Strahan Village.
Strahan Village offers an exceptional range of three-and-a-half to four-star accommodation options, from beautifully renovated waterfront cottages and elegant terraces to spacious hilltop rooms with sweeping views of the harbour.
Guests can relish the opportunity to soak away any trace of everyday stress in Strahan Village’s deluxe spas suites, spend a morning watching the play of light on the harbour, or savour a glass of fine Tasmanian sparkling wine as the sun sets over the harbour from a private balcony.
General Manager Brad Coelho said the tranquil atmosphere at Strahan Village perfectly reflected the easy pace of the town.
“Strahan Village really is an ideal base for exploring Tasmania’s stunning western wilderness,” he said.
“There is so much to do, see – and discover – in Strahan, and we are very fortunate at Strahan Village that the town’s tours, activities and attractions are all within easy reach.”
Mr Coelho said the best way to experience Strahan was by water.
“The Gordon River is our major drawcard, so jumping on board the Lady Jane Franklin II for a half-day cruise up the river and into the pristine temperate rainforests is a must-do,” he said.
Strahan Village owns and operates the award-winning Gordon River Cruises, which crosses Macquarie Harbour to pass through Hell’s Gate – the narrow entrance to the Southern Ocean – and down the Gordon River.
Mr Coelho said skilled and knowledgeable local guides provide information and interesting commentary on the region’s history and natural heritage.
“On the return voyage, guests can go ashore at Sarah Island – the first convict settlement in Australia – for a one-hour guided excursion of the island,” he said.
“The Gordon River Cruises is perhaps the most popular wilderness experience, but for some people, a six-hour voyage is not always realistic, which is why we have developed the new Afternoon Highlights Cruise – a three-and-a-half-hour peak season trip that runs along the same route.
“We also offer a boutique style experience – “The Bonnet Island Experience”. The tour runs from Strahan and you get to go ashore on the island at the harbour mouth.
“Bonnet Island was once home to lighthouse keepers and their families. It also has thriving colonies of little penguins.
“At dusk, visitors can enjoy close observations of the little penguins as they come back to their burrows.”
Strahan Village and Gordon River Cruises operate as part of the RACT Group.