Looking for attractions in Strahan? The four-hour River and Rainforest tour takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. The full-day Queenstown Explorer takes passengers all the way along the 35km track to the historic mining town. It then returns to Strahan, with sightseeing stops along the way.
The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge. Also see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest. For honey lovers, you will taste wild leatherwood honey, harvested from the wilderness.
During your journey, your guide will tell you the stories of the railway and the resilient people lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest. Also learn about the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life.
Architects, writers, woodturners, gardeners and historians contributed their talents to the acclaimed exhibition West Coast Reflections. The exhibition is at the West Coast Visitor Information and Booking Centre. The story of the people of West Coast starts 35,000 years ago with the Aborigines, and proceeds through convict times, mining and forestry. The exhibit includes rainforests, caves, oral history.
The centre also hosts Tasmania’s longest-running play The Ship That Never Was. The story is based on a real event that happened in 1834. The last ship built at the convict settlement at Macquarie Harbour was about to sail for the new prison at Port Arthur but was hijacked by 10 convict shipwrights.
Climb aboard a purpose-built catamaran, departing from Strahan Wharf and heading towards Hells Gates, the narrow-channel entrance to Macquarie Harbor. Pass ocean trout and Atlantic salmon farms en-route to Sarah Island. Take a 1-hour guided tour of the island to learn about the harsh conditions of Tasmania’s first penal settlement.
From Sarah Island, travel into the majestic world heritage listed Gordon River. Rediscover serenity while gliding deep into the ancient rainforest. Disembark at Heritage Landing for a stroll through the hushed, lichen-covered rainforest. Marvel at one of the forest’s oldest inhabitants, a 2000-year-old Huon Pine.
Address: 19 Esplanade, Strahan Wharf, Strahan, Tasmania.