AT’s guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays
Why do we rate it?
Drenched in Aussie history and that
blinding magnificence of Tasmania, the
West Coast and Macquarie Harbour wilderness centred around Strahan defy easy explanation.
Where is it?
289km from Hobart but a 5hr drive thanks to the endless bends between the halfway-mark Derwent Bridge and Strahan.
Where to stay
Strahan has a large number of options. The Federal Group-owned Strahan Village has the most rooms in Strahan; the most affordable of their properties are the Hilltop rooms. Harbour-view rooms overlook Strahan wharf but the most affordable are the garden-view rooms. Also up the hill in Strahan, Aldermere Estate has eight self-contained apartments that can be configured into two bedrooms to make them more affordable. An hour up the road, right on the fringe of the Tarkine and on another beautiful Tasmanian river – the Pieman – the town of Corrina has cute frontier (read basic) cottages and campgrounds.
How much is it?
The Strahan Village has motel rooms at $189 a room, without a view of the harbour. Aldermere Estate’s two-bedroom configuration costs from $340 per night. Corinna’s one-bedroom cottages are $185 a night or two bedrooms for $245. The best value of all are the $10/person camping spots.
There is limited – and we do mean limited – availability for that key period from December 26 to January 3 among all the options above. Get in fast because there is unlikely to be much left for that period after October 15. After January 3, however, it should be a lot easier and you might snag even better deals.
What to do
It is all about the wilderness and history and how much you want to get into it. Must-dos include
the Gordon river cruise. You can also jump into
a kayak for a more up-close and quiet river experience. Not in the affordable category, but a great experience, is the Piners & Miners full-day tour. In Corinna, it’s all about the amazing Tarkine Rainforest and the Pieman River. It’s all remote
and wild with river cruises, bush walking,
fishing and kayaking.
Strahan Village //
(03) 6225 7016; strahanvillage.com.au
Aldermere Estate //
27 Harvey St.
0438 131313; aldermere.com.au
Corinna Wilderness //
(03) 6446 1170;