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Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan

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

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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
Chef Prepared Buffet lunch on the Morning Cruises
Dedicated on-board guides
Live commentary on board
Restroom 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

Departure Point

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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 travelers
  • 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 travelers. If it’s canceled 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 sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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Traveler Tips


  • "This river cruise is a must for all travellers to Tassie." See review
  • "Yes expensive but worth every cent with 5star service and comfort." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Beautiful
Courtney
, Aug 2020
Amazing scenery, relaxing & intersting. Our young children loved it aswell. The crew were very friendly.
star-5
Amazing experience
Adriana
, Mar 2020
We have done the Cruise three times. Every time is wonderful. The beautiful views, the guided tours and the food and staff. Exceptional.
star-5
Perfect
Jim_W
, Mar 2020
Great experience in every way. We hit o e of the six perfect blue-sky days of the year. This tour is fantastic in any weather!
star-5
Getaway
Leo_W
, Mar 2020
Everything was amazing, well organized, will recommend to others, buffet lunch was perfect , Jack was very informative, friendly and a great host
star-5
A day on the Gordon river cruise
Stephen_B
, Mar 2020
A most enjoyable day! The guide on Sarah Island was fabulous and informative, the lunch was delicious and the service on the boat was outstanding 🌟🌟
star-5
The best day out on the water
Roger_B
, Mar 2020
A fabulous day on the water. The crew were lovely, friendly and happy to help with any requests... absolutely above and beyond. We felt like royalty
star-4
Sarah Island
Barbara_S
, Feb 2020
Very interesting trip and would recommend it to everyone. I gave it 4 of 5 because, due to not very good weather, the windows steamed up so we couldn’t see out often. The windows were wiped 3 times but not enough. I suggest to the company they invest in window defogger equipment to keep windows clear at all times.
star-5
Good expectations
JACQUELINE_W
, Feb 2020
Very good service, friendly crew and great lunch. Boat was under 2yrs old and well appointed. Happy with this experience
star-5
Great Day on the Gordon.
Norm
, Feb 2020
Great day.It was a good learning and we were blessed with the day.The scenery was spectacular .I did a cruise up Doubtful Sound in NZ , there was a lot similarities with the view ect but I think the Gordon River won. Sensational Day had by all.
star-5
Treat yourselves to 5star day trip
GlenE
, Feb 2020
What a great way to spend a day cruising on a fantastic ship and enjoying fantastic service....just a hint, save up your pennies and splurge on the premium tickets ! Yes expensive but worth every cent with 5star service and comfort. There’s a big difference between the two services and worth the extra to upgrade.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Glen, Our Premier Upper Deck is the most popular seating on the Spirit of the Wild. A great way to spoil yourself on your holiday. Kind regards

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