A Photo A Week Challenge: Small Towns


Strahan is a small town on the west coast of Tasmania on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. It is a popular tourist destination these days due to the stunning scenery of mountains, rivers and rainforest. I’ve visited there several times, most recently nearly five years ago, and it is one of my favourite places in Tasmania. Strahan is one of Tasmania’s most isolated towns as it is several hours drive from both Launceston and Hobart.

The area has an interesting history which I may write about in another post. I have provided a couple of links at the end of this one.


Early morning view of Strahan taken from our hotel in the Strahan Village.


Strahan Tasmania

Strahan Tasmania


Hamers Hotel in the main street of Strahan.


Cruise Booking Office

The place to book a cruise on the Gordon River or steam train trip to Queenstown.



Gordon River, Tasmania

Gordon River, Tasmania

In the early years of the colony the British government ordered the worst behaved convicts to be housed on Sarah Island a small settlement in Macquarie Harbour. If you take a cruise on the Gordon River you have the opportunity to step ashore and imagine what kind of place it was to live. My visits to the area have nearly all been in autumn or winter and believe me it gets cold and wet down there.

 Sarah Island Penal Colony

The ruins of the Sarah Island Penal Colony can still be seen here.

Strahan is the terminus of the West Coast Wilderness Railway. The railway was originally built to bring tin from the mines around Queenstown to the port at Strahan.



The station at Regatta Point, the Strahan terminus.

The station at Regatta Point, the Strahan terminus.


 West Coast Wilderness Railway

Locomotive on the West Coast Wilderness Railway near Strahan

Further Reading:



4 thoughts on “A Photo A Week Challenge: Small Towns

  1. I have a friend from Tasssie (as he calls it), and he talks about how beautiful it is. Your pictures certainly support his boast. Lovely. I hope to get there soon! Thanks for joining the challenge!

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