A view of Strahan taken from a boat in Macquarie Harbour
|Elevation||20 m (66 ft)|
|LGA(s)||West Coast Council|
Strahan (pronounced "straw-n"), is a small town and former port on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It is now a significant locality for tourism in the region. Strahan Harbour and Risby Cove form part of the north-east end of Long Bay on the northern end of Macquarie Harbour. At the 2006 census, Strahan had a population of 637.
Originally developed as a port of access for the mining settlements in the area, Strahan was a vital location for the timber industry that existed around Macquarie Harbour. For a substantial part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century it also was port for regular shipping of passengers and cargo. The Strahan Marine Board was an important authority dealing with the issues of the port and Macquarie Harbour up until the end of the twentieth century when it was absorbed into the Hobart Marine Board.
Macquarie Harbour Post Office opened on 16 May 1878, was renamed Strahan in 1881 and closed in 1891. East Strahan Post Office opened in 1891 and was renamed Strahan in 1893.
Fishing and tourism 
Historically Strahan has been a port to a small fishing fleet that braves the west coast conditions and Hell's Gates. It is the nearest inhabited locality to Cape Sorell and is literally the 'gateway' to the south-west wilderness - as boats, planes and helicopters utilise Strahan as their base when travelling into the region.
Strahan is the location of the only all weather commercial airport in Western Tasmania, Strahan Airport. Also located at the airport is the Automatic Weather Station, an important western Tasmania weather observation point.
Strahan is the base for boat trips to Sarah Island, the notorious penal settlement that garnered the reputation as the harshest penal settlement in the Australian colonies, and the lower Gordon River.
It is the home of the Round Earth Theatre Company, which conducts explanatory tours of Sarah Island and also has produced a daily enactment/play about Sarah Island, The Ship That Never Was, which has exceeded 5000 performances and is Australia's longest running play.
Cultural references 
Strahan has a mild oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters with uniform rainfall spread throughout the year. However, its wet-winter and drier summer pattern shows some characteristics of a Mediterranean climate. The highest recorded temperature in Strahan was 37.2°C on 14 February 1982, with the lowest being -3°C on 30 June 1983.
|Climate data for Strahan Aerodrome|
|Average high °C (°F)||20.7
|Average low °C (°F)||10.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||89.5
|Source: Bureau of Meteorology|
See also 
- Strahan travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Convicts on the West Coast of Tasmania
- Macquarie Harbour
- Railways on the West Coast of Tasmania
- West Coast Piners
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Strahan (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
- Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved on 14 November 2007
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- "Climate Data". BoM. Retrieved August 2, 2008.
Further reading 
- Blainey, Geoffrey (2000). The Peaks of Lyell (6th ed. ed.). Hobart: St. David's Park Publishing. ISBN 0-7246-2265-9.
- Rae, Lou (2001). The Abt Railway and Railways of the Lyell region. Sandy Bay: Lou Rae. ISBN 0-9592098-7-5.
- Whitham, Charles (2003). Western Tasmania - A land of riches and beauty (Reprint 2003 ed.). Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
- 2003 edition - Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
- 1949 edition - Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC 48825404
- 1924 edition - Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC 35070001
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