Located on the West Coast of Tasmania, Strahan is a charming historic fishing village. Founded in 1881 and named after Scottish pioneer Governor George Cumine Strachan, Strahan is among the top tourist destinations in the world and is the gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Not so long ago I found myself in Strahan for a night following a beautiful trip across the Bass Strait from Melbourne to Devonport on the Spirit of Tasmania, and I decided to stay at Strahan Village. With its beautifully appointed waterfront cottages and terraces, Strahan began as a base for bushmen seeking precious Huon pine back in the day and later became the railway port for a rich copper mine inland.

Strahan Village is a sophisticated collection of cottages set on the quiet bay of Macquarie Harbour. Designed to suit a range of needs and tastes, each cottage is personally fit out in a variety of styles; the cottage I stayed in was on the upper level, had a spacious living and bedroom area, separate bathroom with a huge spa and stunning waterfront views with an outdoor deck, perfect to watch the sun set – cosy for one or two people.

Feeling a world away in my gorgeous little cottage, I ventured off in my car and drove around the little town exploring its adorable nooks. Stopping as the sun started to set, I was luck y to experience the mirror perfect reflections on the Gordon River. Following this I enjoyed a delicious dinner at the local pub before retiring to my room with a good book.

For those looking to stay in Strahan for a few nights, make sure to stay at Strahan Village. It’s the perfect base for exploration and offering a warm welcome after a day of exploring. Speaking of which, remember to tuck into some local fresh Tasmanian seafood, stroll along Ocean Beach and watch the swells coming across from the Southern Ocean or see the Little Penguins on Bonnett Island – the choice is yours. How good!

TRIP NOTES What: Strahan Village Where: The Esplanade, Strahan, Tasmania, Australia 7468 Contact: +61 3 6471 4200