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  • Location: Strahan, Australia
  • Duration:  5.5 - 6 hours

Glide past ancient rainforests aboard the Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating on this morning departure, your six-hour cruise on the Gordon River allows plenty of time to explore Strahan and surrounding area, the gateway to Tasmania's World Heritage Area.


  • Cruise in comfort through Gordon River into Tasmania's World Heritage listed area
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows for maximum viewing
  • Choice of seating from the main deck Atrium seats and Window Recliners or the premier upper deck leather seating with private viewing deck
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch of local Tasmanian produce
  • Guided shore excursion to Sarah Island, once a convict settlement from 1822 - 1833
  • Plenty of photo opportunities

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What You Can Expect

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Come aboard the fastest, smoothest, most comfortable cruise boat on Tasmania's West Coast, Lady Jane Franklin II, to journey deep into a land lost in time. Your cruise begins in the waterfront village of Strahan, heads towards the open sea at the spectacular Hell's Gate, then crosses Macquarie Harbour to the calm lower reaches of the mighty Gordon River. In the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, marvel at the riverside rainforest, perfectly reflected in the river's waters, then take a walk into the timeless green of the forest at Heritage Landing.

At Hell's Gate, you'll feel the power of the sea and understand why mariners gave the place its name.

On Sarah Island, hear an enthralling actor tell stories of the days when convicts labored to cut logs of Huon Pine, to craft the timber into sturdy ships. The cruise ends with an early afternoon return to Strahan, in plenty of time to discover more about the town and its surroundings. Browse through the Wild Rivers Store and the Thylacine and Endangered Species Center.

Your seating options include:

  • Atrium Seating - All forward seating, spacious seating with a number of styles to choose from. Includes buffet lunch
  • Window Recliner - All forward seating with full length windows for exceptional views. Includes buffet lunch
  • Captain's Premier Upper Deck - Luxury seating and exclusive deck space plus your own dedicated nature guide/steward. Includes fine food, wine and local Tasmanian beer. Gourmet lunch will consist of smoked salmon, ocean trout, Tasmanian game meat and a selection of Tasmanian produce including local cheeses.

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Hells Gate: Huge tidal surges and a sandbar have claimed many vessels over the years at Hells Gate, the narrow entrance to the vast Macquarie Harbour. At only 120 meters wide, the hazardous Hells Gate has been a challenge for sailors since it was discovered in 1815. The entrance is believed to have been named by convicts in reference to the hellish conditions on the Sarah Island penal colony in the harbor.

Salmon Farm: Atlantic salmon are raised in inland hatcheries then transferred to floating pens like those in Macquarie Harbour, where they grow to market size. Commercial farming of Atlantic Salmon only began in Tasmania in the mid-1980s and is now worth more than $150 million a year. Tasmania grows the only farmed salmon in the world that does not require treatment to remove impurities.

Sarah Island: The convict settlement at Sarah Island was once Australia's most productive shipyard, turning out almost 100 vessels. The six hectare island, located in Macquarie Harbour, was a feared penal colony from 1822-33 and ruins of the settlement are still visible today. Convicts built boats from the highly prized native timber, Huon Pine. Almost 2000 prisoners, officials and military passed through the island before the settlement closed.

World Heritage Walk: Enter the eternal silence of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area on a rainforest walk at Heritage Landing, beside the ancient Gordon River. Stroll through some of the world's last remaining temperate rainforest, featuring myrtles, leatherwood trees and species of native pines found only in Tasmania. A raised timber walkway leads through the damp forest to a fallen giant - a 2000-year-old Huon Pine that has fallen to the ground but continues to support new life in the form of saplings.

About the Lady Jane Franklin: The Lady Jane Franklin is a fast, quiet, spacious and environmentally designed cruise ship for the Gordon River. The hull and engine design ensure minimal impact to the pristine wilderness, whilst the interior features create the best possible experience for passengers.

We've designed everything for your pleasure and comfort - there's a play area for children, interpretive facilities including maps, photographs and guidebooks and plenty of deck space to enjoy the freshest air in the world.

With allocated seating there's no need to queue. Relax and enjoy the comfort of our dockside terminal before your cruise. You are also able to move freely about the Lady Jane, take in some of the cleanest air in the world from the open decks and return to your seat any time.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Good trip, comfortable surroundings, polite attentive staff, informative but not overly intrusive commentary. Loved the abundant smoked salmon at lunch.
Excellent guided tour of Sarah Island - very entertaining

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We really loved this cruise, food was great It was very comfortable, staff were amazing and Sarah Island was outstanding.

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