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Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania on a morning cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River. Pass by natural landmarks such as Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and explore a former penal colony on Sarah Island as you journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Select a seating category when booking.
  • 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
  • Select from three seating levels on the main deck or premier upper deck
  • 'Quiet cruising' with electric motors on Spirit of the Wild, a brand new state-of-the-art vessel
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Chef Prepared Buffet lunch on the Morning Cruises
Dedicated on-board guides
Live commentary on board
Toilets on board
Quiet cruising under electric motors while on the Gordon River
Drinks, unless you travel on the Premier Upper Deck. Cash bar available on the Main Deck
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This tour takes 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.

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 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.

Onboard the boat, you are welcome to visit the deck for fresh air and views and enjoy a delicious, chef-prepared lunch. Your Gordon River catamaran experience ends when you return to Strahan at the cruise terminal.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Gordon River
Cruise quietly in World Heritage wilderness aboard Spirit of the Wild, with her electric motors. The tranquility of this experience has to be experienced to be believed. Hear the stories of the river from our dedicated guides and step ashore at Heritage Landing for an interpretive tour of the ancient rain forest. On returning to your vessel, enjoy a Chef-prepared lunch on the river as you cruise for Sarah Island.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sarah Island
Step ashore at Sarah Island, a place once feared for its reputation as one of the meanest convict penal colonies in Tasmania. Hear the stories of the wild place with a guide who will take you back in time to the tales of hardship, heroes and villains. Sarah Island is a place that balances stunning scenery with a challenging and tangible history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gordon River Cruises
Returning to Strahan, enjoy complimentary tastings of local produce in the Gordon River Cruises terminal, as well as the opportunity to browse souvenirs and gifts for home before exploring the magic of the Strahan waterfront.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infants are free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible on the Main Deck only. Motor scooters are not permitted due to size limitations
  • About the boat: Spirit of the Wild features a unique hybrid propulsion system allowing you to cruise quietly on the Gordon River, as well as an environmentally designed hull to ensure minimal impact on the area’s pristine wilderness; inside, the vessel provides an optimal experience for passengers with interpretive facilities with maps, photographs and guidebooks, and plenty of deck space, including a 360° Viewing Deck at the top of the vessel.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travellers
  • OPERATED BY The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 190 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan.

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  • "Yes expensive but worth every cent with 5star service and comfort." See review

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Floating Excellence
IainMcGill
, Apr 2021
Beautiful creation. Awesome staff and knowledgeable guides for Sarah Island. The highlight of our West Coast adventures.
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Been there, done that, going back !
Jade_M
, Apr 2021
AMAZING Better than we expected Friendly crew Premium deck looked relaxing with angled seating but was booked out. Any seat is ok really because you are up and down the top and lower outside decks so you are not in your seat much anyway
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Memorable cruise.
carmelalasorsa
, Mar 2021
From the start with the to Hell's Gate to the final stop at Sarah Island with the unspoiled rain-forest of the Gorden river in between this was an exceptional cruise. Information was presented in an interesting way, lunch was good and the guides on the board-walk and for the Sarah Island penal colony were exceptional. Could not have been better.
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sensational
Ted_Horner
, Mar 2021
everything was perfect food upstairs, commentary trips off the boat and great boat could not fault anything
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One with Nature
Hannah
, Feb 2021
Beautiful tranquility & excellent staff. Food was delicious too. We would highly recommend this cruise Commentary on Sarah Island made the tour so interesting- Ollie
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Fantastic Experience
Cassy
, Feb 2021
Absolutely Fantastic experience Cruise was so informative crew were amazing I recommend everyone to go
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Enjoyable, entertaining, stunning scenery
lesleyg
, Feb 2021
We had an absolutely wonderful day on our Gordon River Cruise. It started well with beautiful weather and a free drink due to it being valentine's day. The staff were efficient and extremely friendly and the seating comfortable. The scenery was spectacular and our trip through Hell's Gate exciting. The silent cruising up the Gordon river was lovely. The guides were very informative and the video played through the trip very entertaining. Our guide on Sarah Island was excellent she kept everyone interested with her animated story telling. A delicious lunch was the icing on the cake. All in all an excellent day
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FABULOUS - A MUST DO!
CarmenWilson
, Feb 2021
Fabulous! Well worth the money. Boat, staff, food - excellent. History and scenery - AMAZING! Do yourself a favour and get on board.
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Great trip
Tony_H
, Feb 2021
We opted for the $140 value trip. The food was ample and delicious. The explanations were clear. I couldn't imagine that I would have been happier had we upgraded.
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An excellent cruise
LaurieGordon
, Feb 2021
The cruise was an excellent day with excellent hosts to cater your needs. The food was supplied for the duration and drinks from the the time we stepped aboard. It was a marvellous adventure from start to finish Can’t recommend it high enough.
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