• Location: Strahan, Australia
  • Duration: 3.5 to 6 hours
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Soak up the serene beauty of western Tasmania on a morning or afternoon cruise from Strahan to the Gordon River. You’ll pass by natural landmarks like Hells Gates, which marks the entrance to Macquarie Harbour from the Southern Ocean, and see Sarah Island as you journey through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Select a seating category and departure time when booking. The morning tour is longer at 6 hours, while the afternoon tour is just 3.5.


  • 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

What You Can Expect

Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Gordon River Cruise

Both tours take place aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II, a spacious, high-speed boat specially designed to travel smoothly on the Gordon River. When booking your morning or afternoon cruise, you have three seating options to choose from: center atrium, window recliner or the luxury upper deck.

Morning cruise (5.5 to 6 hours):
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 400 feet (120 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.

Afternoon cruise (3.5 hours):
Setting off from Strahan, glide through Macquarie Harbour to the Gordon River, where the boat will slow for your leisurely trip up the river, passing by the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Spot an ancient Huon pine tree on the water, and hear narration from your captain about the history and historical characters of the region.

See native leatherwood trees along the riverbank in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and enjoy a taste of uncommon leatherwood honey. Take a look at fish farms that supply Tasmania with ocean trout and salmon, and then head toward the entrance of the harbor for a look at Hells Gates, the sometimes-hazardous opening where the harbor and ocean meet. Your cruise ends when you return to Strahan.

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Customer Reviews

Fredrick John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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

Bryony H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Keren J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Lived up to my long awaited expectations of finally visiting an environment of such outstanding significance- breathtakingly beautiful, serene, pristine wilderness. The cruise was exceedingly comfortable, clean with wonderful access to views via large windows and many outside decks. The Captain's deck experience is highly recommended with wonderful seats, service and great food and wine. We loved the ancient rainforest walk and information talks at Heritage Landing- a very special experience. The Sarah Island tour was a highlight with our outstandingly engaging guide relaying the Island's fascinating history. Do not miss this tour!

kim t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What a beautiful place. Fantastic seats with great views all around. Lunch was just what we needed, plenty of food but nice and simple. Would recommend this tour for sure. Great crew to keep you entertained along the way.

Annette K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This river cruise is a must for all travellers to Tassie. The boat is spacious and comfortable. The natural beauty of the area takes your breath away and the history of the area is amazing. The Sarah island tour was an eye opener to how the convicts survived. Twice i have enjoyed this experience and i am sure i will again.

Geraldine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Wonderful experience and great history....visit to Sarah Island was and the guided tour around was memorable. Our boat tour guide Suzette I think this is right was excellent and very knowledgeable. Pristine country.

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