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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

  • 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
Gordon River Cruise from Strahan
From US$ 98.60
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Main Deck WindowMost Popular
Forward-facing seat on the main deck next to full-length windows for exceptional views; includes chef prepared buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am
From US$ 120.51
Premier Upper Deck
Luxury seating with exclusive deck space with nature guide; includes fine food, wine, Tasmanian beer and lunch (smoked salmon, trout, Tasmanian game and Tasmanian goods like cheese). Departs at 8:30am
From US$ 193.54
Main Deck Central
Forward-facing seat in the center of the main deck; includes chef prepared buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am
From US$ 98.60
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (603)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Take our advice if the weather is nice, go cruising along down the river!

Josh MacRae (1961) had the right idea when he sang "When the weather is fine you know it's the time for messin' about on the river". There is no better way to see this breathtaking part of Tasmania than by boat. As someone who gets...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MiningPixie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Interesting day out, but expensive and uncoordinated

We found the cruise to deliver on its promise of an enjoyable day out and a satisfactory lunch, but there were a number of catches. For starters, the onboard kiosk was terribly expensive; $4 for a tiny paper cup of coffee ... you've got to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 9 November 2018
Six Hours of World Heritage

Amazing pristine country on a quiet new boat. Virgin rainforest walk. Sarah Island walk with excellent guide describing the penal colony's history. Sounded like a nightmare novel! A very well put together buffet lunch featuring salmon raised in the bay. We opted for the mid-priced...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank Veggout
Reviewed 12 October 2018
Totally amazing

Well worth the expense of the upper deck, like sitting in first-class on a plane. Service was impeccable and the food and drinks were very delicious and never stopped coming. The commentary added to the experience but the views of the river and wilderness and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Leonie S
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 :)

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Raymond J
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