Tamar River Cruises
Tamar River Cruises offer cruises on the beautiful Tamar River in Launceston, northern Tasmania.
Experience the excitement and history of Launceston’s spectacular Tamar River from the comfort of the unique vessels. The Tamar River is Australia’s longest navigable tidal estuary and supports Australia’s third oldest city, Launceston. Informative commentary from local skippers takes you on an historical journey where you will discover the stories and tales that shaped Launceston and the magnificent Tamar Valley. Travel into the heart of the Tamar and view the navigable section of the spectacular Cataract Gorge.
Sample the delights of local wines and cheeses as you view breathtaking scenery, world class vineyards, historical buildings and rural settings. Frequent encounters of wildlife including sea eagles, wild duck, black swans, pelicans, plus many other varieties of water-fowl and occasionally playful seals are common.
Choose from a number of award-winning cruises to suit your needs and interests.
Please select a tour service below to find out more information:
- Afternoon Discovery Cruise
- Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise
- Cataract Gorge Cruise
- Morning Discovery Cruises
The Afternoon Discovery Cruise offers two and a half hours discovering the beautiful Tamar River. Discover the secrets of the Tamar on a leisurely afternoon cruise. View picturesque landscapes that display some of Tasmania's finest vineyards. The tales of Launceston's colourful beginnings will entertain you as you sample some of the regions spectacular wines and premium beer. The cruise highlights the history, birdlife and riverside culture of the Tamar River and travels in to the stunning Cataract Gorge. As you soak up the atmosphere of the river you are invited to indulge yourself in a generous afternoon tea and a fresh fruit selection with unlimited tea and coffee. Departs at 1330 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) and 1500 (Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, all weather (October 01 - April 30). Tour cost: Adult $79, Concession $69, Child $35, Family $179.
The Batman Bridge Luncheon Cruise takes you on a four-hour cruise along the Tamar River. This journey takes you into the magical Cataract Gorge and lets you explore Launceston's riverfront precinct. The cruise continues North past Tamar Island up to the Batman Bridge. Enjoy the diversity of the river as you hear the lively tales about thebushrangers, explorers and gold diggers and the numerous historical buildings and landmarks that line the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the diversity of life as you cruise past quaint riverfront communities, vineyards, orchards and farms. Morning tea, a superb light lunch, a generous cheese and fruit platter plus tea and coffee is available. The cheerful crew will invite you to sample local wines and beers. Departs at 1000 (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday), all weather (September 01 - May 31). Tour cost: Adult $125, Concession $110, Child $60, Family $290.
The Cataract Gorge Cruise takes you on a 50-minute tour through Launceston's scenic gorge. Cruise past historical Kings Wharf, Seaport and Launceston's beautiful riverfront precinct. The highlight of the experience is cruising into Launceston's spectacular Cataract Gorge, as we engage the Lady launceston's unique silent electric drive. View the sheer cliff faces from your comfortable seat and appreciated the unobstructured views on this vessel whilst the skipper delivers a captivating commentary. Departs daily, all weather and up to eight departures daily in summer. Does not operate Christmas Day. Tour cost: Adult $29, Concession $25, Child $12, Family $70.
The Morning Discovery Cruise offers two and a half hours discovering the beautiful Tamar River. Discover the secrets of the Tamar on a leisurely morning cruise with full commentary along the journey. View picturesque landscapes that display some of Tasmania's finest vineyards and hear the tales of Launceston's colourful beginnings. The cruise highlights the history, birdlife and riverside culture of the Tamar River and travels in to the stunning Cataract Gorge. Morning tea provided on board with Tamar Valley wine and beer tasting, fresh fruit selection and unlimited tea and coffee. Departs at 1000 (Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday), all weather (September 01 - May 31). Tour cost: Adult $79, Concession $69, Child $35, Family $179.
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- Educational Tourism
- Food and Wine
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