Gordon River Cruises
The award-winning Gordon River Cruise departs from Strahan and takes visitors into the world-renowned Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Cruising on the purpose-built 'Lady Jane Franklin II', the tour crosses Macquarie Harbour to pass through Hell's Gates, the narrow entrance into the Southern Ocean. Returning into the harbour, you will cruise into the broad lower reaches of the Gordon River, where riverside rainforest is perfectly reflected in the dark waters. There's an opportunity to go ashore and walk into the rainforest to see ancient Huon Pines.
On the return voyage, guests can step ashore again at Sarah Island, the site of an isolated and harsh 19th century penal colony, to hear stories of the convicts who laboured there. Skilled and knowledgeable local guides enhance the cruise with informative and interesting commentary on the region's history and natural heritage.
Seating on 'Lady Jane Franklin II' is allocated to each guest. The main deck offers two seating styles - centre atrium and window seats. All are forward-facing, spacious, comfortable and all options include lunch.
The third option is the Captain's Premier Upper Deck, including complementary fine food, wine, beverages, exclusive deck space and a dedicated nature guide.
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- Gordon River Cruise Tour
The Gordon River Cruise takes you into the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, part of the World Heritage Area, protected for its outstanding universal value. It is home to one of the last remaining pristine wild river systems on earth.
Gordon River Cruises encourages and supports the preservation of this unique region by the adoption of the latest minimal impact philosophies.
After departing at 0830, you cross Macquarie Harbour, 285 square kilometres (110 square miles) of naturally protected water. You then enter the Gordon River bordered by seemingly endless tracts of untouched rainforest reflected in the tannin-coloured waters.
At Heritage Landing, disembark for an intimate walk in the rainforest. You then travel to historic Sarah Island, and the ruins of the infamously brutal penal colony.
The state-of-the-art "Lady Jane Franklin II", 33 metre (108 foot) catamaran, is a multi-million dollar vessel designed specifically for World Heritage Area access. The "Lady Jane Franklin II" is named after the wife of colonial governor, Sir John Franklin. Lady Jane was renowned for her courage and adventurous spirit, as well as her stunning beauty.
Gordon River Cruises now feature friendly and expert nature guides to interpret the history and wilderness of the area.
- Marine Animal watching
- Educational Tourism
- Gordon River
- National Park
- Nature based
- Soft Adventure
- Water based
- World Heritage