Cruising with the Lady Jane Franklin II on our national award-winning Gordon River Cruise, you will feel like you're perched at the edge of the world, as we navigate the calm waters of one of the last great untouched wilderness areas on earth. Our expert nature guides will talk you through the points of interest as you cruise across Tasmania's majestic Macquarie Harbour - the only safe harbour early settlers found on the west coast of Tasmania.
GORDON RIVER CRUISE INCLUSIONS:
TIMING AND DURATION:
Please check-in at 8:00AM for 8.30AM departure from the main wharf in Strahan. Total tour duration is 5.5 hours.
Atrium seating (main deck, central): $115 adult, $62 child.
Premium window seating (main deck): $140 adult, $84 child
Captain’s Premier Upper Deck: $230 adult, $230 child
Family tickets from $280 per family of 2 adults and 3 children
The Gordon River Cruise uniquely offers interpretation in German, French, Cantonese and Mandarin. At no cost, passengers can use our headsets to hear about 16 key points of interest. And the technology means that you don't need to press any buttons along the journey, and you can listen to the translations while outside on the viewing decks.
The Gordon River Cruise will first take you through the notorious Hells Gates, where the harbour and the Southern Ocean meet. From there, you will make your way across Macquarie Harbour to the fish farms where you’ll learn the fascinating story of salmon and trout farming on the West Coast of Tasmania (and have a taste of the delicious produce). From the fish farms we then make our way to the beautiful Gordon River.
After gently gliding down the glorious waterways of the Gordon River you will take in the breathtaking scenery and calm of our pristine wilderness. Next, take a walk through the ancient temperate rainforest. Learn of the local flora and fauna when walking along elevated boardwalks that thread their way between the magnificent rainforest species. As well as sassafras, blackwood and myrtle, you can stand in awe next to the pride of the forest, a 2000-year-old Huon pine.
To finish, explore the ruins of Sarah Island – a once dreaded penal colony – before returning back to Strahan where you can continue onto your next Tasmanian adventure. Our guided tours will regale you with convict tales that will send shivers up your spine.