Strahan Airport

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Strahan Airport
Strahan Airport 1.JPG
Strahan Airport facilities from edge of aircraft parking apron looking southeast
Airport type Public
Operator West Coast Council
Serves West Coast, Tasmania
Location Strahan, Tasmania
Elevation AMSL 66 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 42°09′20″S 145°17′29″E / 42.15556°S 145.29139°E / -42.15556; 145.29139Coordinates: 42°09′20″S 145°17′29″E / 42.15556°S 145.29139°E / -42.15556; 145.29139
YSRN is located in Tasmania
Location in Tasmania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 1,220 4,003 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Strahan Airport (IATA: SRNICAO: YSRN) is an airport located 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west[1] of Strahan, Tasmania, Australia. It is the main airport for the West Coast of Tasmania, and is owned and maintained by the West Coast Council. The need for an airport in the area was suggested in the 1950s,[2] and suggestions for upgrades have occurred over time.[3][4][5]

Strahan Airport, previously known as Strahan Aerodrome, has a north south alignment and runs parallel to Ocean Beach. Like the rest of West Coast Tasmania, Strahan Airport airspace is controlled from Melbourne Airport in Victoria.

Helicopter and fixed wing flights operate from here for charter flights into the south-west wilderness area, or over locations in western Tasmania. There are currently no regular passenger flights to Strahan from other airports in Tasmania.

Previously, in the 1970s, a runway was utilised at Howards Plains - just west of Queenstown and Strahan, and if weather conditions were difficult at Queenstown, Strahan would be the alternative landing location. Airlines of Tasmania ran the service.

Lack of animal proof fencing has created a need for the landing strip to be checked and cleared before emergency landings by the Royal Flying Doctor Service [6]

General view of the airport looking South
Airport windsock and buildings

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  1. ^ a b YSRN – Strahan (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ "SEEKS AIRPORT FOR STRAHAN.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 17 January 1950. p. 4 Section: The Examiner WOMEN'S SECTION. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  3. ^ 3 Nov 2002 (The Mercury - ABIX via COMTEX) Tasmanian Senator Guy Barnett says an upgrade of Strahan Airport would require support from all three tiers of government. Barnett said the poten... Barnett push for airport upgrade.
  4. ^ 3 Oct 2004 (The Mercury - ABIX via COMTEX) A new regular air service to Strahan on Tasmania's west coast could create tourism opportunities when it commences in November 2004. West Coast M...Air service lift for West Coast.
  5. ^ 6 Mar 2005 (The Mercury - ABIX via COMTEX) West Coast Mayor, Darryl Gerrity, says the proposed $A2.5m upgrade of Strahan airport should consider ongoing maintenance of the site. The upgrad... Revamp of airport 'must consider cost'.
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Looking east from outside tarmac area,(automatic weather station bottom right) towards Strahan, Macquarie Harbour and Regatta Point