5 Family RV Camping Spots In Strahan
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If you're coming to Tassie with a camper there are some amazing places to set up. You can easily spend a fortnight exploring the region and relaxing. Tasmania has a chilled vibe and as locals we love sharing stories about our beautiful state we call home.
One of our favourite places to camp is on the West Coast, particularly Strahan. There is so much to do here and it's only a half hour drive or so to nearby towns where you can explore mountains, museums and the rugged western coastlines.
Regatta Point Station Strahan
Strahan has a couple of places to set up camp with an RV. Our top pick is the award winning caravan park right on the beach in town; Strahan Beach Tourist Park. Their rates a very reasonable and offer all the services you need. There is a current special exclusive to Tassie4Kids where kids stay free until March 2018. Click here for details.
Strahan Beach Tourist Park. The beach is behind the trees in the background.
Strahan Beach Tourist Park is a great place to start a walk around the picturesque foreshore to catch a cruise or train. Bookings can be made at their reception for cruises and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We love it because you're not squashed in like sardines, there is a playground for the kids and you can take your beloved pooch. You can check out their story here.
Strahan Beach Tourist Park
Alternatively, if you want to camp remotley, there are a couple of camp spots at Macquarie Heads, 11 km from town. The Heads, as its locally called, is a shack goers paradise. There are spots for your RV to set up that's private and hidden among the coastal scrub, literally right on the beach.
Fishing at The Heads
There is great fishing at the Heads and you may just be lucky enough to land an escaped Ocean Trout or Atlantic Salmon. Yum!
The beach at The Heads is popular with quad bikes, and you are allowed to drive around the Point near the shacks to Ocean Beach. Only attempt this if you have a 4 wheel drive and are confident driving in sand. Be mindful of the tide.
Quad Bike Tracks, Strahan
Ocean beach is actually declared a public road. It's a great spot to explore and let your kids run wild along it. It's can be windy so pack a beanie to prevent ear aches with the little ones. We don't recommend swimming here either, the rips are everywhere and it's very dangerous. Locals swim at West Strahan beach in town, right next to Strahan Beach Tourist Park.
Swimming at West Strahan Beach
If you choose to camp at Macquarie Heads you'll need to call in and see the Caretaker before you find a spot and set up. He is located opposite the boat ramp. Fees are reasonable and the area can be very busy in the summer months. There is no power or showers and only pit toilets. There is also very little mobile reception, if any. The closet public showers are on The Esplanade in Strahan, just down from the Visitor Information Center. If yourre self-sufficient this will be irrelevant!
Ocean Beach. Tassie4Kids
Another popular place is The Pines. Located just before you arrive at Macquarie Heads, The Pines are the last lot of standing Radiata trees before you enter the coastal scrub. The area has been popular for a few decades and has great areas for RVs, tents and camper trailers. There are tracks for quad bikes that lead to the beach and it's only a five minute drive to The Heads. There is no power or services here either, and it's generally first in gets the best spot. Mobile reception is a bit sketchy too.
Wherever you choose to stay in Strahan you'll be right on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and the Franklin -Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. To access this majestic part of the world, catch a cruise from town.
Hell's Gatesat Macquarie Heads, Strahan
A perfect family day out, you'll head through the notorious Hell's Gates at Macquarie Heads to the Southern Ocean, where you can get a great photo looking down along Ocean Beach. You'll also visit the old convict penal station of Sarah Island, travel up the Gordon River and have the opportunity to go on a rainforest walk through the World Heritage area. A full buffet lunch is included, with smoked salmon on the menu! Yum!
Gordon River Reflections
We recommend staying in Strahan for at least two nights, but three is best. By the time you arrive and set up your first day and night are spent. The second you could explore the area; check out Henty Dunes and take the rainforest walk at Peoples Park to Hogarth Falls. That night attend Australia's longest running play: The Ship That Never Was. Its based on a true story of the last convict ship built on Sarah Island. Its hilarious and the kids will be talk about it for weeks. The third day take the cruise and relax that night, then your off to your next destination the following morning.
There is an RV dump Point on the road out to Ocean beach, just past the Strahan Op Shop before you cross the bridge. If you've gone past the Huon pine mill you've gone to far.
Walking the Strahan Foreshore Track
Walking the Strahan Foreshore Track
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