Boottocht op de Gordon River vanuit Strahan
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.
- 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
Great staff Great buffet Great scenery Great guides Oh did I mention it was GREAT. Spend the money and go premium. Worth every cent.
It was a rainy day when the Catamaran left Strahan heading to Hells Gate. What an amazing passage between lighthouses, rocky cliffs and an angry sea! How difficult must it have been in the early days to sail through this very narrow passage! An hour later we entered the Gordon River. The pure opposite! A sleepy Gordon River, a quiet and slow cruise upriver. I felt captured by nature and couldn’t see enough of this wonderful and majestic rain forest. Back to Sarah’s Island we stepped back in the convict ages - with impressive explanations about the black past in Australian (and British) history. Impressions you will never want to forget!
Fantastic scenery. Informative crew, great buffet and loved the catamaran.Only negative would be that we didn’t need to upgrade to the more expensive window seats as you were able to walk around and stand on the upper decks.
Extremely interesting and excellent value for money. Boat crew , food and guided tours guides were all first class. Could not fault any part of the Gordon River cruise.
We enjoyed a fabulous trip on the Gordon River. The weather was perfect, which made a big difference I suspect. It was the highlight of our trip to Tasmania. Well worth going.
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.
Well organized, helpful staff, good food, wonderful scenery, really enjoyed the experience.