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Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan

Strahan, Australia
Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan

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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
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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
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia

We are located in the cruise terminal on the wharf

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.
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
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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
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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
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Awesome trip
, Nov 2021
Amazing and peaceful we saw dolphins swimming alongside the boat, the lunch was great and was the service and our host hanna
Very enjoyable wonderful...
, Nov 2021
Very enjoyable wonderful crew great food Great weather and the tour guide for Sarah Island was great
, Oct 2021
Staff were amazing. Premiere upper deck was amazing. Food was amazing. Sarah Island was amazing. So everything was yes amazing!
It was a beautiful
, Oct 2021
I cannot find a fault , We enjoyed everything. The Service was brilliant, the commentary was excellent, it was a perfect day.
, Sep 2021
we went there for the first time and it was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. The food onboard was great and lot of it to eat. The cabin crew was polite and the Captain on bridge was very knowledgably briefed in a lovely manner.
Great day
, Sep 2021
It was a great day the hosts were exceptional, we were in the premium deck and well worth it. Food and drinks were great it will be a day we will remember and would recommend to anyone. Really enjoyed both the walks wildness and Sarah Island.
Cruise Review
, Aug 2021
The cruise was amazing , the staff cdo professional and attentive. We chose the premium package and it delivered everything it was advertised. Sam one if the staff , was fantastic, he kept everyone laughing and his service was outstanding. The penal colony was brilliant, so glad we walked with the tour guide, her knowledge and enthusiasm was incredible.
Must do experience
, Aug 2021
This was one of the best tours I've done to date, from the moment we stepped on board , we was made feel welcome , the water was like glass, even saw some dolphins, seals and a sea eagle.All the staff were friendly, especially the lovely lady doing the commentary ,she was wonderful, the food was great as well. if you haven't done the cruise yet,do it, we will do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
Everything the scenery , staff were amazing I would highly recommend it loved every minute . Learnt so much about Stanley
1 traveler found this review helpful
Incredible staff
, Aug 2021
Guides and staff were incredible- really knowledgeable and so friendly! Cabin was a little chilly so pack a coat.

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