The port city of the Wild West, is known for is location near the Gordon River UNESCO World Heritage Site, their salmon and trout fishing farms, and their close proximity to the mining capital of Queenstown.
Things To Do & See
1) Gordon River Cruise
The Gordon River is a part of a world heritage site. The river flows through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The area is know for its rain forest and is home to the rate Huon Pine trees. These trees are only found in Tasmania and can live for thousands of years. The timber from these trees is now protected, but has been sought after for its durability particularly for boats. In the 1800s, prisoners were used for logging and boat building on the nearby Sarah Island. We utilized World Heritage Cruises for our trip down the Gordon River, which included a sailing to hell’s gate, a sail by local fishing farms, and a stop at Sarah Island.
2) Wilderness Railway
Nearby Queenstown has a history rich in mining. The Wilderness Railway is a historical steam railway that departs daily from Queenstown for a half day exploring the areas history and scenery. Due to our time limitations, we were not able to enjoy this site, but received a handful of positive reviews and recommendations from other tourists who had an opportunity to experience.
3) The Wall
Located in Derwent Bridge, The Wall is well worth a stop if traveling between Hobart and the west coast. The artist is in the process of hand-carving three meter high wooden panels to display the history of the area. The craftsmanship is impressive and worth admiring. We had heard about the site and were debating the merits. We decided to make a visit after some encouragement and glowing reviews from other tourists. We were glad we stopped and would definitely recommend a quick stop to anyone passing through the area.
A handful of the 60 Short Great Walks of Tasmania are located between Strahan and Derwent Bridge and can be visited if traveling between the Hobart and Strahan. Due to time limitations, rainy weather, and bush fires in the area, we did not experience any first hand. A few to look at are as follows: Nelson Falls, Franklin River, Donaghys Lookout, and Hogarth Falls.
We spent a couple nights at the Strahan Holiday Park in one of their stationary units. The accommodations were basic. Wifi was available for a steep daily fee through Tomizone.