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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

West Coast, Australia
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more


Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania on a morning cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River. You’ll pass by natural landmarks such as Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and explore 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
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 Heritage Landing for a walk through the forest to see a variety of trees, including leatherwoods and a unique species of pine. Stroll down a raised boardwalk, and arrive at a 2,000-year-old Huon pine that fell to the ground but still grows saplings. Then visit 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.
When you’re on board the boat, you are welcome to visit the deck for fresh air and views, or admire the display of photos and maps. Enjoy lunch according to your tour option selected. Your cruise ends with return to Strahan.

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Leo F
, Jan 2019

Everything about this experience was top class. From the moment we arrived at the terminal to journey's end the staff were fantastic. The entire world should be grateful to the comparatively few people who fought to save this beautiful part of Tasmania.

Trent S
, Jan 2019

Fantastic scenery. Informative crew, great buffet and loved the catamaran.Only negative would be that we didn’t need to upgrade to the more expensive window seats as you were able to walk around and stand on the upper decks.

Robert A
, Mar 2018

Extremely interesting and excellent value for money. Boat crew , food and guided tours guides were all first class.
Could not fault any part of the Gordon River cruise.

Christine W
, Mar 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous trip on the Gordon River. The weather was perfect, which made a big difference I suspect. It was the highlight of our trip to Tasmania. Well worth going.

Fredrick John M
, Feb 2018

This trip had been recommended by a friend for a must do trip. She was right, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, staff were brilliant, I also would recommend to anyone to do this cruise.

Kathleen N
, Feb 2018

Well organized, helpful staff, good food, wonderful scenery, really enjoyed the experience.

Bryony H
, Feb 2018

This cruise was amazing. Really nice friendly staff with excellent service. The views were spectacular.
A very special day.
Strahan is a lovely town too.

Kay B
, Jan 2018

A very relaxing ,comfortable trip. Amazing experience with good information.Weather was perfect on day we travelled. The lunch was delicious with a good selection.The Sarah Is segment was a real history of our past.
Kay and Kay

Lynne A
, Jan 2018

Treat yourself to the Captains level experience...definitely worth the money. Nearly 6 hours of uninterrupted entertainment with seat side service, food buffet and commentary. The scenery is amazing and the private outside are at the front a definite bonus. Guided tour of Sarah Island informative and about the right length of time. The catamaran is very comfy and glides across the tannin water. Not much wildlife to be seen but the rugged unspoilt wilderness is to be treasured. Trip through Hells gate demonstrated clearly the differenc between the bay and the ocean and the difficulties facing the original settlers. Fascinating day.

Vanessa M
, Jan 2018

Great way to see Sarah Island and hear all the history of the convicts there. Terrific tour guides. Beautiful trip up the Gordon River with delicious lunch.

Product code: 3895GRCRUISE

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