Strahan Historic Foreshore Walk
Directions - Located along the foreshore in the west coast town of Strahan, the walk can be started at Regatta Point Railway Station or the beach in front of Strahan Primary School.
The Walk - Finally reaching the west coast of Tasmania, we would be enjoying the hospitality of Strahan for a few days while we explored the area and did the obligatory tourist cruises around Macquarie Harbour and along the Gordon River. As soon as we arrived, I fell in love with this small town on the edge of the wilderness as it just had a relaxing vibe to it. I loved the old buildings, the small footprint of the town and it just seemed like a secluded haven where you could have a relaxing time watching the rain pitter patter away (because it rains quite a lot here).
Even though this area is surrounded by wilderness, there aren't a lot of good walks around Strahan besides Hogarth Falls that starts near the centre of town. After doing a bit of research, I saw this walk and decided to schedule it in but with the weather being typical west coast wetness, finding a window of opportunity would be the key. On our first full day in Strahan, Hal had organised a harbour and river cruise, which was a great way to see the area and learn about the history of the timber and convict industries here (for good and bad). With showers continuing to roll through in the afternoon, Caris and I had a look around the shops on the foreshore before I saw a break in the weather and asked Caris to drop me off at the western end of the walk. I believe the official start point is a little further west of here near the tourist park but I decided to start on the bend near the water. I find walking is often the best way to explore a small town as you get to notice details and places that aren't as easy to spot or appreciate when you're in a car so it's nice that they've mapped out a walk taking in the waterfront of Strahan.
Immediately I spotted Masked Lapwing having a poke around the grass near the water and this would be the first of few of these birds I would see along the walk. Strahan is home to some lovely old buildings that remind me a lot of Albany with the weatherboard exteriors and old cottage look to them. There are a few examples along the walk that are in excellent condition but I can't help thinking they aren't the warmest of buildings during the harsh winters here. Heading along the pavement, it heads away from the road and is well shielded by some thick hedging so it feels like you're somewhat sectioned off from the traffic. Ducking behind some light industrial lots, the local skate park and then past the solid post office building, the start is more about linking up the western part of town and the main foreshore. Once you reach the main waterfront hub where the timber shops, visitor information centre and cruise buildings are, the walk starts to improve. Strahan was built on the demand for Huon Pine and while logging these slow growing and valuable trees is no longer legal, there are still many stores that deal in trading the remnant timber and selling products made from it.