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
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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Morning: Atrium Seating
Forward-facing seat in the center of the main deck; includes buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am
Morning: Window Recliner
Forward-facing seat on the main deck next to full-length windows for exceptional views; includes buffet lunch. Departs at 8:30am
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
Gordon River Cruise
- Buffet lunch (if option selected)
- Honey, trout and salmon tastings
- Live commentary on board
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- 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
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: C N R, January 2017
Had booked the Captains deck including lunch as a treat. The cruise didn't disappoint. The weather was so perfect the water looked like glass. The service was great with drinks offered regularly throughout the cruise. Lunch was fresh, plentiful and tasty with the best smoked salmon I've had and I've tried a lot. The cost might deter some but it's well worth every dollar - the memories will last a very long time.
We will be doing this again next time we're in Tassie.
Reviewed by: JOHN F, November 2016
This was a wonderful cruise with fabulous staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. The trip itself was excellent, with commentary all the way through and two walking trips, one on Sarah Island with an amazing, enthusiastic guide. Lunch was delicious and tea or coffee was always available. I even left my coat on the boat and it was returned to the office with my name and contact number on it!!! I thought it was lost forever. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Tasmania.