cruise in tasmania's world heritage wilderness

Cruising on the Gordon River is one of Tasmania's best experiences.  Our wilderness cruises take you to interesting and wild places, showing you ancient rainforests, wildlife, amazing Tasmanian flavours and giving you a window into Tasmania's rich history.

Frequently asked questions

If you are planning on joining us for a wilderness cruise from Strahan on Tasmania's west coast, you might like to take a look through our frequently asked questions below.  If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to help.

What is the weather like on Tasmania’s West Coast?

The weather on Tasmania’s West Coast can be variable but that’s part of the attraction. We encourage our guests to bring a rain jacket and a warm layer for when you step off the cruise into the World Heritage rainforest.

What kind of clothing should I wear on the Gordon River Cruise and Bonnet Island Experience?

It’s sometimes said that ‘onion dressing’ is the way to go in Tassie… plenty of layers! A waterproof or windproof jacket is useful as outside on the decks, even a hot day can be chilly with the boat traveling at speed across Macquarie Harbour.  For the Bonnet Island Experience, bringing a beanie is a good idea.  If you don’t have one, you’ll find a range at the Strahan Activities Centre.

What sort of shoes should I wear?

Sturdy footwear is advised. Thongs (flip flops/jandals) and slip-on sandals such as Crocs are not suitable as the decks may become wet and slightly slippery.  The Gordon River Cruise involves a walking component in two locations so comfortable footwear is also advised for this reason.

Will the Gordon River Cruise be cancelled if it is rough?

No. The Gordon River is an all-weather activity and the Lady Jane Franklin II was specially built for Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River. She is a very capable and comfortable vessel.

Am I guaranteed to see reflections on the Gordon River?

We can’t guarantee the weather will always cooperate but as we are the first vessel that cruises into the World Heritage Area each day, there is certainly a good chance of seeing reflections when you cruise with us.

Do you have guides and are they trained?

Yes.  We are very proud of our team at Gordon River Cruises and we ensure that all our guides receive training to make sure we deliver the high quality interpretation that our area’s natural and human history deserves.

Is the Gordon River Cruise available in foreign language audio tours?

Yes it is.  We are pleased to offer interpretation on the Gordon River Cruise in French, German, Mandarin and Cantonese. These tours are delivered via a personal headset.  Please request this at the time of booking if possible.

Can we choose our own seats?

Our staff in the Strahan Activities Centre (check-in location) can help you to choose the type of seating style you would like but the actual seat location is allocated.

Do I keep my assigned seat for the duration of the cruise?

Yes. There are three seating types and once your seat is allocated, it’s yours for the whole Gordon River Cruise.  However, you are free to move around the vessel and use the open-air decks.

Is there a pensioner discount for the Gordon River Cruise?

Yes there is. Please call the Strahan Activities Centre and place a direct booking to access a pension discount.

Can we go outside or do we have to stay in our seat for the whole cruise?

You don’t have to stay in your seat for the whole cruise. You can access the outside decks and in fact, we encourage you to walk around your vessel.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

We cater for most dietary requirements in our Chef-prepared buffet. However, if you have any special requests, it is best to call us at the Strahan Activities Centre or contact us via this website (link to contact page) at least one day prior to departure. 

Where do I park my car while I am on the Gordon River Cruise?

There is plenty of parking close to the Strahan Activities Centre, where you check-in for the Gordon River Cruise. Please note however, the area in front of the Strahan Activities Centre is a loading zone for drop off and pick up only. All day parking is located 250m away and is pay and display.

Can I purchase drinks and snacks with my credit card on the cruise?

There is a well-stocked galley on board with tea, coffee, muffins, biscuits and more available. All purchases are with cash only as we do not have eftpos facilities on the vessel.

Is there an ATM (cash machine) near the Strahan Activities Centre?

The closest ATM is at Molly's Takeaway on Innes Street. Cash can also be withdrawn from the local Post Office, located 200 metres from the Strahan Activities Centre.

Is there accommodation located close to the Gordon River Cruises check-in location?

Yes, there is a range of accommodation throughout Strahan.  The closest accommodation is at Strahan Village, which is less than a 2-minute walk.

Are family tickets available?

Of course! We love having families on board the Lady Jane Franklin II. A family ticket covers 2 adults and up to 3 children. The child ages are 3-14 years old.

How many nautical miles does the Gordon River Cruise travel?

60 nautical miles. To give you an idea of the scale of Macquarie Harbour, the mouth of the Gordon River is 35km from Strahan (our departure point)

Will the Bonnet Island Experience be canceled if it is rough?

There is a possibility that the Bonnet Island Experience will be canceled if the weather is not suitable.  Passenger safety is our first priority and we will operate only if we see the conditions as suitable.

Do I have access to the outdoor decks on the Gordon River Cruise?

Yes, all outside decks can be accessed by all passengers, with only one exception being the private viewing deck for Captain's Premier Upper Deck guests.