If you know anything about the West Coast of Tasmania, you’d know there’s lots of things to do in the region. A week-long holiday itinerary would be easy to fill. You could spend the first day in Strahan to get your bearings, and then spread your wings and discover all the adventure and wilderness on your doorstep.
Just One Day in Strahan For Starters
Even if you’ve travelled to the west coast for an adrenaline-filled, action-packed holiday, you may like to ease into the adventure. Try starting with a visit to Peoples Park. You’ll find the entrance almost opposite the Risby Cove complex. The very mention of that restaurant brings back memories of zucchini fritters, fresh Tasmanian seafood and divine banana pudding. But not to be distracted… back to Peoples Park!
Visitors can walk the 1.5km from the wharf area towards Regatta Point along The Esplanade track. Alternatively, drive the short distance from central Strahan. There’s adequate car parking facilities, as well as toilets and a safe, grassy area for kids to run around.
Once there, take the easy 3km walk on a level and stable gravel track through mixed forest to Hogarth Falls. En route, pass towering Tasmanian gums as well as patches of cool temperate rainforest. Tree species include myrtle, leatherwood and sassafras. Allow about 40 minutes for the return journey plus time to soak in the scenery. Dogs are permitted if kept on a leash, but you’re not allowed to ride a bike on the track. Don’t forget your camera, of course!
Grab a Bite to Eat in Strahan
Walking through the rainforest and marvelling at Hogarth Falls will no doubt build an appetite. There’s no shortage of dining options in Strahan, ranging from a bakery pie to substantial chef-prepared fare. Molly’s Great Food Cafe is located at 8 Innes Street and open daily for snacks and light meals. The backpacking fraternity rate the takeaway-style menu highly, loving the burgers, pizza and fish and chips on offer.
Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist a follow-up visit to Choo Chews Lolly Shop. The bright orange and pink colours of the ice-creamery are hard to miss! They stock Tasmanian-made ice-cream, the perfect fuel for a leisurely day in Strahan.
Spend the Afternoon at Ocean Beach
The local expert in all things tourism says… “Ocean Beach is one of Tasmania’s most magnificent beaches with over 36km of sandy beach. The Great Southern Ocean is to one side; and the wilderness of the west coast to the other. The beach stretches north to Trial Harbour and south to Hell’s Gates.”
The awesome sunsets of Tasmania’s west coast have been well documented; images from the region often flood social media to great acclaim. Make any day even more perfect by watching the sun set with a bottle of bubbles. You’ll be ready to face the wilderness in the morning. Or maybe just have another relaxing day in Strahan!
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