If you keep your eyes peeled on your way to the heads you'll see a sign welcoming RV's (recreational vehicles) right where the golf club turnoff is.
There are no facilities, just a nice flat place to park near some lovely gum trees.
Since they don't charge anything it might be nice if you avail yourself of some of the things that the Strahan Golf Club has to offer.
This is one of the many free camping experiences for self-contained vehicles that you can have in Tasmania. I have to say that I was shocked at the number of motorhomes that were travelling around. At least three times the amount of my previous trip there.
This is the former Strahan YHA and one of my favorites to stay at when in Tasmania. While its a little way out of the town centre, its quiet and well facilitated. The one kilomotre walk into the harbour area is pleasant enough from here.
Brand new cabins and shower block, a hostel kitchen and lounge area as well as free internet!
In Strahan I stayed at the Strahan YHA Hostel. The place was okay, the town and the surrounding nature was exciting!
The manager of the YHA can take you on a 4WD or on fishing tours.
Kitty's Place was a great deal for us - 4 adults for just $125/night (but that was not peak season). Just call to get a price. There are 5 separate units at Kitty's Place and at least 3 were occupied while we were there, but we still had plenty of privacy. We also used the laundry facilities that required coins to operate, but there was some detergent in there to use. The room had little decorations, but was cozy and clean and comfortable. The room downstairs with the two single beds was small, but my parents were nice enough to stay there and let us have the nice, big loft room upstairs. The single bed room is pictured below (complete with teddy bears)! There were cozy electric blankets on all the beds.
There were plenty of dishes and things in the kitchen for us to have our coffee in the morning and a little breakfast. There is a store right across the street with groceries and things. This store advertised internet access, but it wasn't working and didn't look like it did very often!
If you need a night or two in Strahan, Kitty's Place was a great choice! It is a very short drive to the main street or you could have walked there in about 15 or 20 mins.
There was a nice, big bathtub with spa jets! :) Also, we were in the two bedroom with 'kids' beds and there were also a couple of kids movies and a few toys under the tv, so it would be a good setup if you did have kids.
Strahan is not a big city. With just about 500 residents, tourism plays a big part of their income. The city itself is isolated from the rest of Tasmania, which is fairly isolated from the rest of Australia. Within this small town, there is one Comfort Inn, and then the rest of the city is dotted with small bed and breakfasts and motel style vacation accommodations. The one Sarah chose for us on this trip was Kitty's Place. We never did meet Kitty... or the owner for that matter. In fact, we never saw an employee, as we booked and paid online, and the manager was called away but left the door unlocked for us!
There were 6 units on the property that Kitty rented out, and we got a nice 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo style room.
We enjoyed our two nights there, and liked having access to the laundry as well as the conv. store which was right across the street.
The BUG Australia guide is both a great guidebook & forum to tap for reviews from folks who had actually stayed at the hostels you are looking for.
Very comprehensive and useful!
This is the only backpackers' lodge in this far flung corner of Taz. (The picture shows the Hartman Cottage - the best room at A$80 a night) Facilities are in running order; everything seems spick and span. The only thing is that the main office is only open at certain times and on certain days, leaving only a skeleton crew to manage the place. Very quiet but the nearest convenience store is about 15-20 minutes away on foot. It is situated in town, about 20-25 minutes walk uphill from Strahan's harbour.
You made it this far in Taz!
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