Strahan Tasmania, which includes Macquarie Harbour, Sarah Island and the Gordon River Cruise, can be described as one of the most unique places in Southern Australia. Strahan is located on a spectacularly beautiful harbour at the end of the world. Located 298 km west of Hobart and 41 km from Queenstown, Strahan Tasmania lies on the edge of the unspoiled beauty of Macquarie Harbour. It is the last outpost of civilization on the West Coast of Tasmania and is surely one of the loneliest places on earth. Perhaps the most famous activity is the Gordon River Cruise that takes in Macquarie Habour and the Lower Gordon River. This is a unmissable cruise in any weather. A short drive from Strahan, Tasmania is the famous Ocean Beach with a huge expanse of sandy beach.
One of the most enjoyable accommodations in Strahan is the Ormiston House which is a grand federation mansion situated on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. This Heritage B & B accommodation offers five beautifully appointed en-suited rooms, affording you a unique experience of quality, service, and hospitality. Ormiston house is superbly decorated, your chance to ‘step back in time’ as a guest and relive the grandeur of a bygone Australian era.
The property is located on the Esplanade in Strahan, right at the edge of the harbour, amid landscaped gardens featuring magnificent magnolia trees, camellias, azaleas, roses, and rhododendrons. A hearty continental breakfast is included in your tariff. The room facilities include remote central heating and cooling, remote colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and wireless internet. The house is a treasure trove of old world charm and you can experience it in many ways, the lounge/Port O Call Bar is an excellent area to unwind and mingle with fellow house guests. Whatever your travels have been, the Port O’ Call bar is designed to provide you an area to relax and enjoy some good old hospitality.
Ormiston House was built by Frederick Ormiston Henry the founding father of Strahan and has been lovingly restored in the mid 1990’s.
Guests can peruse their history gallery with a fine wine in hand, or a gentle glass of port, to finish off the evening. Take a peek at Macquarie Harbour from the ornate tower and enjoy the attic history room. They provide an office area for guests to check their email, send a fax, make a phone call, or copy photos onto a CD from your camera. At Ormiston House your needs and expectations can be met with professional, courteous, and friendly service. There is a wireless broadband network for your use at a very minimal cost.
Originally the library and music rooms, these two rooms now host the guest breakfasts. Ornate ceilings with Italian cornice are but one of the many features of these beautiful rooms with mirrored over mantles and original Edwardian fireplaces.
The History Room is thought to be F. O. Henry’s original office at home and maybe the only place he could peacefully enjoy a cigar and a pinch of snuff. He also had easy access to the tower and through the portholes could see his ships making their way down the harbour. Today it is host to a range of memorabilia and photographs as well as the guest ‘business centre’.
From the history room you climb the staircase to the widow’s walk, where there is a seating area available for you to enjoy a spectacular view of Macquarie harbour.
Nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan was originally developed as a port of access for the mining settlements on the West Coast of Tasmania. Strahan became a vital location for the timber industry that existed around the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour, particularly the harvesting of one of the world’s rarest timbers Huon Pine.
Strahan is today, as it has been historically, a port to a small fishing fleet that braves the west coast conditions and Hell’s Gates. Strahan is the nearest inhabited locality to Cape Sorell and is literally the gateway to the south-west wilderness via boats, planes and helicopters that utilize Strahan as their base when travelling into this region.
The beauty of the west coast is in its natural attractions like Ocean Beach, a 36km stretch of remote coastline just a few kilometres from town….take an inspirational walk on the wild side alongside the Great Southern Ocean.
Ormiston House specializes in looking after single travellers and those travelling without their own vehicle.
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