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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
24 Esplanade , 24 Esplanade, Strahan TAS 7468, Australia

We are located in the cruise terminal on the wharf

8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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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What an amazing day full...
, Aug 2022
What an amazing day full of beautiful scenery and walking tours full of incredible history and information. The amazing incredible surprise was the mother and baby whale show we were privileged to see
Cruise into beauty and awesome history
, Jul 2022
What a cruise - firstly the vibrancy and professionalism of the crew. Their deep knowledge of the past and present was lightly and interestingly imparted. We saw whales, dolphin, swans and snow capped mountains. Awesome! A walk in the ancient Huon pine, myrtle, sassafras forest was almost overwhelming and the Sarah Island ramble heart rendering - a time of brutal shameful history. Not to forget our delicious lunch and continuous availability of drinks and tasty snacks. A must for visitors to Strachan.
Great experience...
, Apr 2022
Great experience particularly going through rainforest, excellent and informative guides especially at Sarah Isl penal colony
Gordon River Cruise
, Mar 2022
I loved the trip out to Hells Gate. Such an amazing spot. The river cruise was lovely and the staff were very friendly.
Excellent trip
, Mar 2022
Excellent in all aspects Would definitely recommend this trip Excellent staff service and commentary
A great experience
, Mar 2022
Breathtaking scenery- unique and vast. Staff on board were 1st class in there service and knowledge. The ‘Spirit of the Wild’ vessel is spacious and comfortable in every aspect. I couldn’t recommend this trip more highly.
, Mar 2022
Great cruise do NOT book through VIATOR. Great narrative, scenery and food. Spolied by issues bookung thru VIATOR
Natural … beautiful.
, Mar 2022
The passengers were quiet because of the actual beauty of the place. A rare situation in my travels around the world.
, Mar 2022
Brilliant - just prolly any. Worth paying extra for Premium experience. Hannah onboard was extraordinary! Good, service drinks all fires hand first class. Cannot fault a single thing!
Enjoyable but too long
, Mar 2022
Beautiful scenery. Amazing lunch and friendly staff. The cruise in the heritage area too long. The tour guide on island walk we had was 🤩 amazing.
Great tour!
, Mar 2022
Great tour, and good mix of being on water and land. Smooth ride on the boat for those like myself who get motion sickness. Buffet lunch was great!! Good value for money. Thanks!
Majestic Gordon River
, Mar 2022
The pristine wilderness is beautiful, enjoyed the whole experience and very educational as well. Very well organised, great lunch and overall a top day
Excellent-a must if you visit Strahan
, Mar 2022
We enjoyed the walk in the forest. Seeing the Huon Pine and the quietness of the Gordon River. The commentary from our tour guides was excellent too.
The Gordon River Cruise
, Mar 2022
Sarah Island. The rock wall, the staff were excellent, narration on the journey The whole journey was awesome & food was yummy. Fully recommend.
, Feb 2022
The whole cruise was outstanding, the buffet lunch, the island tour and the commentary. A perfect day cruise on the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour
Would definitely recommend this cruise.
, Feb 2022
It was an awesome day, very informative. Lunch was yummy, everything was organised so well. It was recommended to us and we weren’t disappointed.
Beautiful , surreal , educational.
, Feb 2022
A beautiful day from a quaint little town of Strahan out to the heads and back through the river, absolutely stunning day. The Sarah island tour very educational.
Great experience, i would...
, Jan 2022
Great experience, i would recomend other friend and families to have the same experience. Staff was nice and friendly. Good food.
Perfect cruise on the River
, Jan 2022
Cruise boat good size commentary was good scenery and food was excellent. Tours off shore were well done. Staff very knowledgeable and helpful.
Highly recommend the premier package
, Jan 2022
The staff were excellent, can highly recommend the premier package, travelled in luxury in one of the most beautiful & interesting areas of Tasmania

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