There are 2 sides to Strahan – after driving all over this stunning Tassie Town situated on the Gordon River, down on the west coast of Tasmania.  We first pulled into a sleepy, pretty township overlooking the water that surrounds this unique part of the universe. The buildings were typically historical & quaint like alot of Tassie homes in these places of years gone by.  I bet their walls can tell many stories.  A corner store, a friendly relaxed caravan park, a small beachside school with a wooden boat featured in the playground !

Little buildings are dotted around the streets everywhere – even a little old Police House.

Extracted from –,_Tasmania

Originally developed as a port of access for the mining settlements in the area, the town was known as Long Bay or Regatta Point until 1877, when it was formally named after the colony’s Governor, Sir George Cumine Strahan.

Strahan was a vital location for the timber industry that existed around Macquarie Harbour.[3][4][5]

For a substantial part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century it also was port for regular shipping of passengers and cargo. The Strahan Marine Board was an important authority dealing with the issues of the port and Macquarie Harbour up until the end of the twentieth century when it was absorbed into the Hobart Marine Board.

And Grand Homesteads – I would love to know the history of this one as we headed further around the bend.

We set up camp first – got settled then …

Ohhh – before we get too far around the bend we find this very tall & distinguished stature of a building – namely the very grand Post Office.  There is so much history in this neck of the woods.

Extracted from –,_Tasmania

Macquarie Harbour Post Office opened on 16 May 1878, was renamed Strahan in 1881 and closed in 1891. East Strahan Post Office opened in 1891 and was renamed Strahan in 1893.[6]

…Then we drove even further to find just this stunning more tourist orientated pocket of Strahan.  It was like opening a door wider & wider to see what was revealed – a spacious span of water enhanced with boats of all types & sizes.  Their colours & sails painted a perfect picture for any artist, not to mention the photographer or the tourist passing by.  I am sure the locals take a few photos too, to show off & to stand proud of their unique town of Strahan.  ‘Can’t say I would blame them!

On one side of the road is the water sparkling clear with the typical Tasmanian clean waterways, and then looking just across the road are these little cottages updated to lend to the atmosphere of this classy part of town.  They still so proudly hold their authentic history, yet tastefully giving the tourists the feeling of bygone eras in Five Star Style.

This is one of my favourites – the stone masonry work is gorgeous; we peeked inside and it was in A1 condition, decorated to suit the Queen – white linen & home wares of a very high standard.  They just all reeked quality at it’s highest level !!!

Then further along the waters edge there was the local industry showing off their very gifted talents in the shape of Wood Turning & Wood Craft.  This place was immaculate in so many ways.  You could get a peek of the woodturner himself working in the background – it gave it a very homely yet professional feel.  The quality was awesome – pricey but quality is worth a lot !  If you are in this neck of the woods, a visit to Wilderness Woodworks is well worth the effort.  Sandi Hands would love to work their way over many of these pieces.

Just a tad further we stumbled upon this – the Round Earth Company presents The Ship That Never Was !!  ‘So much to see & do in this ornate Tassie town on the west coast.

There are boat trips, wooden train trips, helicopter trips, walking trips; gift shops, eateries, very friendly people — you definitely won’t be disappointed visiting this small yet authentic & very attractive town of Strahan in Tasmania.