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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

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  • Location: Strahan, Australia
  • Duration: 3.5 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3895GRCRUISE

Glide past ancient rainforests aboard a morning or afternoon Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating levels, departure time and duration, this cruise fits easily into any sightseeing schedule. Explore the beautiful Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area as you pass landmarks like Hells Gates and Sarah Island. Depending on option selected, lunch, snacks and beverages may be included.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Choice of seating available
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
At the river cruise terminal in Strahan, hop aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II, a fast, smooth, spacious boat specially designed to travel on the Gordon River. Take a seat in your selected seating area — a center atrium seat, a window recliner or the luxury upper deck — and head out to the open sea.

Morning cruise (5.5-6 hours)
Pass through Hells Gates, the narrow opening that separates the ocean from Macquarie Harbour, and find out why early mariners gave the place its threatening name. At just 400 feet (120 meters) wide, the hazardous opening has been a challenge for sailors since it was discovered in 1815.

Then travel across Macquarie Harbour toward the calm lower reaches of the Gordon River. Pass by salmon and trout farms, and cruise through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, marveling at the riverside rainforest. Stop at Heritage Landing to take a walk through the lush forest to admire myrtles, leatherwood trees and species of pines found only in Tasmania. The raised timber walkway leads you through the verdant forest to a fallen giant — a 2,000-year-old Huon pine that fell to the ground but continues to support new saplings.

You’ll also visit Sarah Island, a convict settlement from 1822 to 1833. Listen to an actor tell stories of the days when convicts labored to cut logs of Huon pine to build ships — this settlement was once Australia’s most productive shipyard, and approximately 2,000 prisoners, officers and military passed through during this time.

Lunch is served on board according to your selected tour option. You are free to move about the boat if you want to grab some fresh air on the deck or check out the featured photographs and maps. Your cruise ends when you return to Strahan in the early afternoon, giving you plenty of time to explore the town on your own.

Afternoon cruise (3.5 hours)
Cruise through Macquarie Harbour to the Gordon River, where your speed drops as you travel slowly upstream through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. See an ancient Huon pine tree hanging over the river, and listen to commentary from your captain about the area’s history and notable figures.

See and learn about native leatherwood trees found in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and sample a bit of rare leatherwood honey. You'll also take a look at working fish farms that produce salmon and ocean trout, which you can taste. Continue across the harbor to reach its narrow entrance — the ominous Hells Gates — a sometimes-violent channel where the ocean and harbor meet. Then return to Strahan, where your cruise ends.

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Departure Point:

Gordon River Cruises terminal

3.5 to 6 hours
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point

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Morning: Atrium Seating
Code: AMAS

Forward-facing seat in the center of the main deck; includes buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am

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Morning: Window Recliner
Code: AMWR

Forward-facing seat on the main deck next to full-length windows for exceptional views; includes buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am

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Morning: Captain's Upper Deck

Luxury seating with exclusive deck space with nature guide; includes fine food, wine, Tasmanian beer and lunch (smoked salmon, trout, Tasmanian game and Tasmanian goods like cheese). Departs at 8:30am

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Afternoon: Atrium Seating
Code: PMAS

Forward-facing seat in the center of the main deck; a galley is available where you can purchase drinks and snacks such as muffins and cookies. Departs at 3pm

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Afternoon: Window Recliner
Code: PMWR

Forward-facing seat on the main deck next to full-length windows for exceptional views; a galley is available where you can purchase drinks and snacks such as muffins and cookies. Departs at 3pm

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Afternoon: Upper Deck

Luxury seating with exclusive deck space and your own nature guide/steward; includes afternoon tea (leatherwood honey and other local specialties served with tea and coffee). Departs at 3pm

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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

Gordon River Cruise

  • Buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Honey, trout and salmon tastings
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant are free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible in the atrium seating area only. Motor scooters are not permitted due to size limitations
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • About the boat: The Lady Jane Franklin features an engine and hull environmentally designed to ensure minimal impact on the Gordon River area’s pristine wilderness; inside, the vessel provides an optimal experience for passengers with a play area for children, interpretive facilities with maps, photographs and guidebooks, and plenty of deck space
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Christine H, February 2016

Beautiful location, excellent facilities and knowledgeable staff!

Reviewed by: Susan J, January 2016

Really enjoyed the boat trip , very informative, and a comfortable boat, enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine from the bar!!

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Tour code: 3895GRCRUISE