All About Strahan
Who are we?
The Company incorporates Strahan Seaplanes & Helicopters and Seair Adventure Charters. SS&H is the west coast based Tourism and Charter operation incorporating seaplanes & helicopters. SAC operates from Wynyard with recently acquired Charter contracts and Tourism on the North West Coast of Tasmania.
Strahan - Where are we
Strahan Seaplanes & Helicopters operate scenic flights from the picturesque township of Strahan on the West Coast of Tasmania. Situated on the edge of Macquarie Harbour, second largest harbour in Australia after Port Phillip Bay, this waterfront village is the gateway to some of the most ancient rainforest in Australia. Our Office is situated on the Esplanade in the very heart of Strahan Township. The seaplane dock is located behind our terminal, adjacent to the Cruise boat departure point. Our departures and arrivals from this central position provide excellent opportunities to advertise and generate booking enquiries. The helipad is also on the esplanade, 200mtrs south of our office premises.
Strahan’s early days
Historically Strahan was established as a port to support the mining operations of nearby Queenstown but became home to the many piners’ seeking the precious ‘Huon Pine’ in the dense rainforests of the upper reaches of the mighty harbour. The first settlement in Macquarie Harbour was on Sarah Island, established as a Penal Settlement because of its isolation and extreme climate, this island has gained a reputation similar to that of Port Arthur, as a place of tragedy and unspeakable horrors that are retold to the hundreds of visitors who make their way to the island via local cruise boats.
Strahan is the location for the only all weather commercial airport in Western Tasmania with the Automatic Weather Station situated there being an important link as a weather observation point. Our landplane charter flights to Cradle Mountain and other destinations operate from the airport which is a mere 3kms from the centre of town. The area is also serviced by the newly sealed Queenstown airport which is located 40kms from Strahan.
Situated 20m above sea level, Strahan has a mild oceanic climate with rainfall spread throughout the year. Its wet-winter and drier summer pattern however show similarities to 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.
The Strahan of today is a thriving Tourist destination and has been since the early 80’s when the Hydro proposed to dam the Franklin River. Australia-wide coverage of the successful attempt to stop the dam highlighted the natural beauty of the wilderness areas south west of Strahan, and has seen visitor numbers grow incredibly as the passion to see ‘nature at its best’ has become stronger. The wilderness areas are explored in many ways – half and full day cruises to the Gordon River, yacht charters, jet boats, 4WD tours, fishing ventures, rafting and kayaking, railway tours and much more. Cruise boats operate all year with daily, and in the peak season twice daily trips to the Gordon River, where visitors are amazed at the incredible scenery and reflections available to them. Federal Hotels realised the potential of this unique area and have invested heavily with accommodation, tours and more recently purchased the famous Abt Railway between Strahan and Queenstown. The permanent population of Strahan is approximately 700. Summertime visitors who generally stay a minimum of 2 nights see the ‘residential status’ increase dramatically. The once rustic fishing and mining village has gradually been transformed into a thriving metropolis known as the ‘gateway’ to the beautiful Franklin Gordon – Wild Rivers National Park. Ocean Beach, 6 km west of Strahan is Tasmania's longest beach at 33 km in length. Along this stretch of beach are the Henty Sand Dunes, the largest moving dune system in Tasmania, with guided 4 wheel motor bike tours available. Historically, Strahan has been home to the many fishing vessels that brave the rugged waters and is the only safe harbour on the West Coast of Tasmania. The once highly sought after ‘Huon Pine’ has long been associated with the area and today is available only as woodcraft pieces from the timber and craft shops within the region.