How could any visit to Tasmania be complete without a cruise on the world-famous Gordon River? The fight to save this natural treasure in the early 1980's attracted international attention and support. It's not hard to understand why.
The ancient, mirror like waters of the Gordon River meander down from their source in the Central Highlands, through a breathtaking World Heritage river cape of temperate rainforest and mountain crag, to the mouth of Macquarie Harbour.
The Macquarie Harbour is more than 110 square miles of natural, protected water surrounding the crumbling history of Sarah Island and gives way to the open ocean through the narrow and turbulent Hell's Gates.
However, there's a lot more on your Gordon River cruise route than World Heritage wilderness. On Gordon River Cruises you will see Hell's Gate where the harbour opens to the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's world-renowned salmon farms, and you'll visit notorious Sarah Island, the feared penal colony. Walk among the ruins and hear your guide bring the past alive with astonishing stories of when convicts built amazing ships from precious Huon pine.
Gordon River Cruises purpose built vessel is specifically designed for this World Heritage cruise.
The Lady Jane Franklin II
is a fast, quiet, spacious and environmentally friendly designed cruise ship for the Gordon River. Built in Hobart, the hull and engine design ensure minimal impact to the pristine wilderness, while the interior features provide every facility to make your cruise comfortable and enjoyable creating the best possible experience for passengers.