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  • Address: Gordon River, Tasmania, Australia
  • Hours: Daily

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Gordon River Tours

The Gordon River is as beautifully remote as one could hope a river would be. Beginning in the highlands of the central plateau that dominates inland Tasmania, the riverbank is devoid of any residents along its 117-mile path. Instead, the entire length of this tea-colored river is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, a forested expanse of raw wilderness found on the western side of the island. Many of the trees set along this riverbank are nearly 2,000 years old, and as if the beauty couldn’t get any more stunning, the rolling profile of the surrounding hills is often reflected in the river waters.

When visiting Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast, one of the most popular activities is to spend a day on a Gordon River cruise. Plying the waters of the lower reaches of the river, it’s easy to imagine what it must have been like in the early 1800s, when the nearby prison at Sarah Island housed some of Australia’s most fearsome convicts. Today, however, the Gordon River is as placid and peaceful as the leaves that drift on its waters, and it’s a natural resource that fortifies the beauty of the western Tasmanian coastline.

Practical Info

Gordon River cruises depart from Port Macquarie in the west coast town of Strahan. The month of February is considered the best time to visit because of its high number of clear days, while the autumn months of October and November are often cloudy and wet. Most Gordon River cruises are also combined with stops at surrounding sights, such as Sarah Island, Hell’s Gate or a vantage point for viewing Ocean Beach. 

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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan, Strahan, null

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

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Glide past ancient rainforests aboard a morning or afternoon Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating levels, departure time and duration, ...  Read more

Location: Strahan, Australia
Duration: 3.5 to 6 hours

From USD $94.71
Strahan Day Trip by Air from Hobart with Gordon River Cruise, Hobart, Day Cruises

Strahan Day Trip by Air from Hobart with Gordon River Cruise

Discover the beauty of the Gordon River and small town of Strahan on a full-day tour by air to Tasmania’s west coast. From Hobart, take a scenic flight to ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $678.11
7 Day Private Tour of Tasmania from Hobart, Hobart, Air Tours

7 Day Private Tour of Tasmania from Hobart

A 7 day relaxing personalized tour of Tasmania. See Hobart and surrounds from the top of Mt Wellington to a 5 1/2 hour cruise on the Gordon River, a World ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $2,208.61

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