Mike Fry and Carolyn Nissen are passionate about tourism in Tasmania. They are particularly fond of their home town and the wider west coast region. Since 1995, they have owned (and operated) Ormiston House, a luxurious heritage bed and breakfast property on the waterfront. They invited Think Tasmania to visit so we could discover Strahan for ourselves and learn exactly what the town has to offer.

Ormiston House - Accommodation
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Ormiston House in Strahan provides elegant accommodation in a heritage Federation home

Ormiston House: Bed and Breakfast in Strahan

We were excited to be travelling to Strahan, knowing it was a popular location on the Tasmanian tourist route. Having mentioned our plans to visit Ormiston House on Facebook, many readers voiced their approval about the hosts and the property. We’re pleased to report that our lofty expectations were met in every regard.

Ormiston House - Bed and Breakfast
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The luxury bed and breakfast in Strahan is warm and welcoming

We received a friendly welcome at the front entrance to the elegant home. After initial introductions, we were guided to a large room with gorgeous furnishings surrounding a statesmanlike, four-poster bed. Carolyn promptly brought freshly-baked raspberry muffins to our room and then left us to settle in and absorb the view to the gardens.


As always with places of such quality, we took WAY too many photos to publish in a single article. We reveal just some of the many highlights of Ormiston House in the slideshow below; there will be more to share via social media in the future. We’ll also be compelled to share other stories and photos from our trip to Strahan. We enjoyed a lovely à la carte dinner at Risby Cove for example; and we experienced the most magical of scenic drives, particularly between Tarraleah and Derwent Bridge near Lake St Clair National Park. Those details to come later.

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Frederick Ormiston Henry: History and Architecture

Regular readers may be aware Mike Fry is a long-term contributor to Think Tasmania. We’ve published several articles from the hand and lens of the accomplished author and photographer. Those interested in fascinating Tasmanian history and/or Federation architecture should know Mike has written a book about the property. Copies are for sale from the Ormiston House website, where readers will also find detailed information about Frederick Ormiston Henry, the original owner of the house and the founding pioneer of Strahan.


Bed and breakfast guests have privileged access to an upstairs history room, filled with amazing photos and memorabilia. Besides free WiFi and business facilities, the small library/museum offers access to the roof-top tower with views over Macquarie Harbour.

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Ormiston House guests can venture upstairs to the fascinating history room

West Coast Wilderness and More to Explore

Our hosts are avid supporters of Strahan and the entire west coast, extolling the virtues of their community, and not just their own business. Mike gave us a personalised tour of the town and Ocean Beach, pointing out other accommodation providers and tourism operators, and then introduced us to colleagues during dinner. Carolyn left our company to attend a scheduled meeting for the West Coast Tourism group, and shared details about Think Tasmania with her contemporaries. We’ve already been contacted by some proactive operators from Queenstown, and we look forward to meeting them soon.

Ormiston House - Tourism Awards
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Mike Fry and Carolyn Nissen are passionate about west coast tourism in Tasmania

It will be a pleasure to return to the region… it’s a place of great diversity and intrigue; a brief stay really doesn’t do it justice. Besides, we need to do some fishing, and meet the Tasmanian tree frogs breeding in the grounds of Ormiston House. Next time, for sure!

Think Tasmania stayed as guests of Ormiston House, located on
the Esplanade in Strahan. For more information or accommodation
bookings phone 6471 7077 or email Mike Fry and Carolyn Nissen.
You can also follow the Ormiston House page on Facebook.

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