Spirit of the Wild

Gordon River Cruises - New Vessel 2018

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Gordon River Cruises offers interpretive tours into the heart of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This is a place unlike anywhere else on Earth and it's a privilege to show it to our visitors.

On 16 June 2018 Spirit of the Wild commenced cruising on the Gordon River. We have enhanced our entire experience to ensure it remains one the country's best eco-tours and perhaps most importantly, our new vessel includes a feature that is unique in Australia - quiet cruising in world heritage wilderness. 

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Excellence on the Water

Gordon River Cruises - New vessel launching 2018

The Spirit of the Wild

Dark, reflective floor-to-ceiling glass provides an unparalleled viewing experience and helps the vessel to 'disappear' while cruising on the river. A 360° viewing deck on top is also a highlight.

Gordon River Cruises - New vessel launching 2018

Upper Deck

Enjoy a superb Tasmanian food and beverage experience on the Upper Deck. The new vessel includes a 'lounge' area for relaxing, as well as angled leather recliners.

Gordon River Cruises - New vessel launching 2018

Main Deck

Window and Central seating provide spectacular views through floor-to-ceiling glass.  The Main Deck includes the exciting addition of some rear-facing seating.

Quiet cruising on the Gordon River

An unparalled cruising experience

New Vessel Progress Update - July 2017

The Gordon River Wilderness - August 2017

Hydrowood on the Gordon River Cruise

Raising the bar


Our Gordon River Cruises team proudly delivers a superb wilderness cruising experience on board our new vessel Spirit of the Wild, including:

  • Hybrid engines to allow for quiet cruising
  • A new Tasmanian food and beverage experience
  • A 180° rear-facing deck and a 360° upper-viewing deck
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure you feel you're within the environment
  • Solar powered on-board electrics to reduce environmental footprint
  • Extensive use of LED strip-lighting to ensure safety and ambience

Frequently Asked Questions

Will it operate every day?

Yes, the Gordon River Cruise runs every day (excepting a short winter maintenance period) at 08:30 from the Esplanade in Strahan.

How big is the new vessel?

The new vessel will be able to carry 190 passengers, with 48 of those on the Premier Upper Deck.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Yes, we're proud to say it certainly is. 

Are you keeping the on-board buffet?

Yes, we will keep the on-board buffet. However, the menu on Spirit of the Wild boasts new inclusions and additions, to form a showcase of Tasmanian produce.

Can everyone access the 360° upper-viewing deck at the top of the vessel?

Yes, it will be open to all passengers.

Will the cruise itinerary remain the same?

Yes it will.  We will still show our guests Hells Gates and local fish farms, as well as stop at Heritage Landing and Sarah Island for walking tours. However, our new interpretive experience will leave guests with an even deeper connection with the area.