Stanley to Strahan: the Wild West of Tasmania

A windy night. A rainy morning. A good day for travelling the Wild West coast of Tasmania.

We headed out of Stanley in rain and drove through the area known as the Tarkine. This is an area of temperate rainforests, sand and wildlife. It’s popular with wilderness walkers.

It’s quite remote – not many place to stop. Ginetta had us excited about one little coffee donut shop along the way – but it was closed today.

There has been a lot of rain so we saw little waterfalls and wildflowers along the way.

We followed a dirt road for about 2 hours making it to little Corrina for the punt across the quaintly maned Pieman River.

This is small community. Just a few cottages. Some of the cottages are rented by bush walkers making it a base. Others are for the locals living in the community providing the services.

We met a lovely young man who drives the barge. He is from Bundaberg! Hated the humidity loves bushwalking so has relocated here. We asked where he went during his time off. Hobart? Launceston? No he said. ‘I hate cities!’

We loved the sign for the barge.

We decided to eat in the little tavern next to the barge area.

Great steak sandwich!

By now it was raining again. It seems to be 20 mins on. 20 off. Rain then sun.

Onto the barge to cross the river.

And so safely across we continued onto Strahan.

We stopped for a sticky beak at Granville Bay. Very wild off the coast today.

The boy person we saw in Granville Harbour

We stopped in Zeehan to see the beautiful building which are left from the time the town was an important tin mining town.

One of the many murals in the town telling the history of Zeehan

Strahan is a beautiful little river harbour town and gate way to the Franklin Gordon wilderness. You can do a great cruise of Macquarie Harbour and up along the Gordon River.

We enjoyed a lovely dinner at Risby Cove. It’s by the water and has a slight South American influence. Delicious.

A walk around the river from our accommodation was brisk. The rain kept our walk short!