Strahan is very small, but pretty. It needs to lift its game in providing a decent level of eateries appropriate to the magic of the location, particularly because travellers have made such an effort to get there.
We expected to be spoilt for choice with eateries along the main street. Instead, we found a pub with mediocre food, a very ordinary fish and chips/pizza joint and a welcoming cafe with home-cooked food but no better than we could do at home. So, the big question for us was.....where is the abundance of fresh seafood which we were hanging out for?Apparently most of it is transported out of Strahan because the locals couldn't be bothered filling out the paperwork to sell locally. What a way to treat the travellers!!!! We won't be going again and will warn our friends about the food situation.
The Gordon River cruise on the Lady Jane Franklin was truly amazing. Because the weather was cool, we chose the more expensive tickets as there was warm food on the menu, & it was rather chilly outside.
we were thoroughly spoilt & nothing was too much trouble. We could have anything to drink from hot chocolate to champagne. The seats were luxurious & slanted to make the most of the view. The reflection of the scenery & clouds on the smooth but rippled water was indescribably beautiful! The visit to Sarah island was very interesting, especially as a visitor from another country as we learnt about the history of the Island & of Tasmania. Learning about the different plants & trees was also interesting & explained the absence of bird life on the islands. The weather was unpredictable, so it's best to be prepared for all seasons.
While I have indicated the summer months are preferable to visit Strahan, in fact a winter visit gives a better experience as to what life was like for the pioneers of the area.
Strahan is a delightful town settled into Lake MacQuaire and full of discovery and gem in the history of Tasmania with its convict and mining background very forword thinking.
Worth a return visit
If you are not planning to do a cruise or other specific activities, there is nothing to do. The Cruise however, is very good and is worth the money.
Risby Cove restaurant is very good
Such a beautiful little village on the edge of Macquarie Harbour and gateway to Tasmania's most significant wilderness area.
Strahan is a pretty village. We went on a River cruise up the Gordon River, which was so beautiful and interesting.
The people who ran the cruise were just wonderful, very welcoming. We had dinner on a hill over looking the water it was called 42 degrees, we had a buffet dinner which was very nice. There is a train trip to Queenstown but we didn't have enough time do that trip. Next time.
Excellent base for exploring and touring south west wilderness area. Great scenic attractions. Lovely harbour area.
A focal point in Tasmanian history. Some restrictions on tour frequencies ets in the off season from late May .
Nice small town on the Tasmanian West Coast, worth to visit as there are many interesting places surrounding