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  • Hotel Pickup
  • 3.5 to 6 hours
  • Languages Offered: English
Itinerary
Both tours take place aboard Spirit of the Wild, a spacious, catamaran specially designed to travel smoothly on the Gordon River and fitted with a unique hybrid propulsion system that allows you to cruise quietly on the Gordon River.

Morning cruise (6 hours):
Depart Strahan and pass by Hells Gates, a narrow opening where the Southern Ocean meets Macquarie Harbour. As you take in the small gap—just 240 feet (80 meters)—it’s not hard to see how it got its ominous name from early sailors. Then head across the harbor, making your way to the lower reaches of the Gordon River as you pass by trout and salmon farms and the waterfront rainforest landscape of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Disembark at Heritage Landing for a walk through the forest to see a variety of trees, including leatherwoods and a unique species of pine. Stroll down a raised boardwalk, and arrive at a 2,000-year-old Huon pine that fell to the ground but still grows saplings. Then visit Sarah Island, a former penal colony from the 1820s and 1830s, and watch a theatrical presentation to learn about its history, including how the island was once an important Australian shipyard, where the boats were built by convicts.

When you’re on board the boat, you are welcome to visit the deck for fresh air and views, or admire the display of photos and maps. Enjoy lunch according to your tour option selected. Your cruise ends with return to Strahan.

Afternoon cruise (3.5 hours):
Setting off from Strahan, glide through Macquarie Harbour to the Gordon River, where the boat will slow for your leisurely trip up the river, passing by the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Spot an ancient Huon pine tree on the water, and hear narration from your captain about the history and historical characters of the region.

See native leatherwood trees along the riverbank in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and enjoy a taste of uncommon leatherwood honey. Take a look at fish farms that supply Tasmania with ocean trout and salmon, and then head toward the entrance of the harbor for a look at Hells Gates, the sometimes-hazardous opening where the harbor and ocean meet. Your cruise ends when you return to Strahan.
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Gordon River Cruises
Overview
Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania on a morning or afternoon cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River. You’ll pass by natural landmarks like Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and see Sarah Island as you journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Select a seating category and departure time when booking. The morning tour is longer at 6 hours, while the afternoon tour is just 3.5.
Highlights
  • 3.5- or 6-hour cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River
  • Enjoy the views of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area through the boat's floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Visit Sarah Island, a former convict settlement and shipyard
  • Enjoy a lunch or snack of local Tasmanian foods and beverages (On the Morning Cruise Only)
  • Select from three seating levels on the main deck or premier upper deck
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon cruise to suit your schedule
  • 'Quiet cruising' with electric motors on Spirit of the Wild, a brand new state-of-the-art vessel
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Reviewed 7 August 2018
Just WOW!!!

Hard to describe I could write a novel, you've just GOT to go..... Stunning, Magnificent, simply Beautiful part of the world :)

Thank Raymond J
Reviewed 6 June 2018
Well worth the cost

Great trip food was fantastic crew were super views unfirgetable just do it. The waether was not too kind but that added to the experience.

1  Thank davidmac1949
Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile
Tour is great the extra slug for parking is not

Would recommend this tour loved the cruise and cometary with plenty of food could have stayed longer on Sarah Island the only annoying thing was the council charging to park your car no free parking stopped us from going to dinner in the town and...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 8 May 2018
Don't miss this

One of the best experiences ever. We even had the front row seats so saw everything in detail we passed. Great boat, great commentary, great food and the historic aspect was amazing as it certainly was brought to life.

1  Thank margaretaem
Reviewed 4 March 2018
Beautiful scenery

We had a fantastic cruise, enjoyed every minute. I was my gift to my husband for is Birthday, what a lovely day.

1  Thank Anita P
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