Gone are the days of heavy timber and mining exports, and these days, shipwrecks at Hell’s Gates are few and far between. You can still explore the legacy left behind though, with experiences such as cruising the Gordon River and exploring the convict heritage of Sarah Island, and the West Coast Wilderness Railway, which journeys through time to tell a fascinating mining story.
More recently, Strahan’s industrial heritage gave way to activists and conservation and the 1980s saw the infamous Franklin-Below-Gordon Dam blockade which saw the eventual protection of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area and the protection of the Gordon River region.
When visiting Strahan enjoy the long stretches of wild ocean (nothing between you and South America), visit sand dunes, learn more about its history and explore the wilderness, all at your fingertips.
The following accommodation listings are bike-friendly and ready to welcome mountain bikers:
A spacious and stylish motel that opened in December 2006 and has been providing customers with a comfortable bed and hot shower ever since. The motel is modern and informal and provides all the creature comforts you might expect. It offers a choice between standard motel rooms or spa suites. Its Strahan location means accessing most of the trail networks within a 1-hour drive but is also located particularly close to the Ocean Beach trail.
With a variety of rooms to choose from ranging from 3−4.5 star, Strahan Village combines modern conveniences with the charm of yesteryear. Located on Strahan’s waterfront, the village is ideal for a blended holiday of exploring the region by car and its MTB trail network by bike.
Owned by a local family passionate about Strahan and the environment, this property offers self-contained accommodation in a garden setting. Like other Strahan properties, it is ideally located for exploring the region’s history and heritage. It’s also within easy reach of the nearby Ocean Beach trail. Other trail networks are located within a one hour drive from Strahan.
Located on the hill in Strahan, this property has great views of Macquarie Harbour and is nestled on 5 acres of native gardens. Providing adequate options for relaxing post-ride, the property provides BBQ spaces, picnic nooks and even a firepot. Whilst the property offers a variety of options, its Adventure Lodge is ideal for catering to small group trips and provides BBQ and laundry facilities.
Image credits: Motel Strahan, Strahan Village, Marsden Court Apartments, Gateway to the Gordon