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  • Location:Strahan, Australia
  • Duration:3.5 to 6 hours

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Glide past ancient rainforests aboard a morning or afternoon Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating levels, departure time and duration, this cruise fits easily into any sightseeing schedule. Explore the beautiful Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area as you pass landmarks like Hells Gates and Sarah Island. Depending on option selected, lunch, snacks and beverages may be included.


  • 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 (if option selected)
  • Select from three seating levels on the main deck or premier upper deck
  • Choose either a morning or afternoon cruise to suit your schedule

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What You Can Expect

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

At the river cruise terminal in Strahan, hop aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II, a fast, smooth, spacious boat specially designed to travel on the Gordon River. Take a seat in your selected seating area — a center atrium seat, a window recliner or the luxury upper deck — and head out to the open sea.

Morning cruise (5.5-6 hours)
Pass through Hells Gates, the narrow opening that separates the ocean from Macquarie Harbour, and find out why early mariners gave the place its threatening name. At just 400 feet (120 meters) wide, the hazardous opening has been a challenge for sailors since it was discovered in 1815.

Then travel across Macquarie Harbour toward the calm lower reaches of the Gordon River. Pass by salmon and trout farms, and cruise through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, marveling at the riverside rainforest. Stop at Heritage Landing to take a walk through the lush forest to admire myrtles, leatherwood trees and species of pines found only in Tasmania. The raised timber walkway leads you through the verdant forest to a fallen giant — a 2,000-year-old Huon pine that fell to the ground but continues to support new saplings.

You’ll also visit Sarah Island, a convict settlement from 1822 to 1833. Listen to an actor tell stories of the days when convicts labored to cut logs of Huon pine to build ships — this settlement was once Australia’s most productive shipyard, and approximately 2,000 prisoners, officers and military passed through during this time.

Lunch is served on board according to your selected tour option. You are free to move about the boat if you want to grab some fresh air on the deck or check out the featured photographs and maps. Your cruise ends when you return to Strahan in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the town on your own.

Afternoon cruise (3.5 hours)
Cruise through Macquarie Harbour to the Gordon River, where your speed drops as you travel slowly upstream through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. See an ancient Huon pine tree hanging over the river, and listen to commentary from your captain about the area’s history and notable figures.

See and learn about native leatherwood trees found in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and sample a bit of rare leatherwood honey. You'll also take a look at working fish farms that produce salmon and ocean trout, which you can taste. Continue across the harbor to reach its narrow entrance — the ominous Hells Gates — a sometimes-violent channel where the ocean and harbor meet. Then return to Strahan, where your cruise ends.

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Customer Reviews

Christine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Beautiful location, excellent facilities and knowledgeable staff!

Susan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Really enjoyed the boat trip , very informative, and a comfortable boat, enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine from the bar!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What an amazing part of the world. Cruise Food and Service - Brilliant. Sarah Island Tour - Brilliant. Stroll through National Park - Brilliant Would certainly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A really nice realxing river cruise with great scenery and two off boat guided tours of historic and Forrest features.

Milka M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Guide on Sarah I's land was out standing. This Lady was also the one doing the show at the visitors centre in the Ship that never was. Also very good.

Carolyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Stunning views, comfortable seats and generous lunch!

Anita Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything was fantastic the Cruise the Staff the food could not fault anything. A must do whilst in Tasmania

Malcolm R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The boat trip was fantastic. The staff was very helpful and full of knowledge. The lunch was good. A great day out !!

gordon b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tasmania is a treasure of hidden secrets,every twist or turn is something new do yourself a favour really you must see it any time of the year.The people are so open and friendly


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A work colleague recommended upgrading to Premium service which is what I would recommend also. A fantastic time had by both of us.

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