Wilderness Cruises Blog

Enjoy our stories of Tasmania's wild west and our wilderness cruises from Strahan

Tasmania's West Coast is a place like no other.  The wilderness here is rugged and the stories that have forged the characters of today run as deep as the cool water of the Gordon River.  Strahan is the western launchpad for the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and we are here to help you explore it.

March 11, 2016

We’re really excited to have Hobart-based seaplane company ‘Above & Beyond’ operating from Strahan this weekend.  The seaplane will arrive on the west coast on Friday morning and will be available for local scenic flights on Saturday from approximately 11AM (31 October). With a water take-off and landing on Macquarie Harbour, the flights will take in views of Strahan, the harbour, the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the rugged coastline of the west.

Date: 31 October 2020

Duration: Each seaplane experience will take approximately 25 minutes, including 15 minutes of flight time.

Check-in and departure: Check-in will take place at the Gordon River Cruises terminal on the Esplanade in Strahan. You’ll meet your pilot and board your aircraft at West Strahan Beach, which is a short drive away.  

Aircraft: Your aircraft is a De Havilland Beaver, one of the most famous and widely recognised seaplanes in the world.  It can take up to six passengers.

Price: $200 per person

Availability: One day only! Above & Beyond will operate just a few flights on Saturday from Strahan, so be quick as seats won’t last!

Booking: via the Gordon River Cruises team. Call in to see us in our terminal or call us on 0364714300


Is the aircraft noisy?
The De Havilland Beaver can be referred to as a noisy aircraft but fortunately our aircraft is fitted with state-of-the-art headsets for each passenger which assists in blocking out the noise.

Is it rough?
Although the weather can determine the experience within the aircraft, the De Havilland Beaver is a very stable and safe aircraft. The weight of the floats on this amphibious machine makes the flight very comfortable and enjoyable.

Do I get my feet wet?
Depending on the departure location, you may get wet feet while boarding and disembarking the aircraft, which is all a part of the seaplane experience.  Our staff will advise this at the time of booking.

Can I take photos?
Absolutely! This is a great opportunity to capture views of west coast like you haven't before.

Can I sit in the front seat?
Due to the weight & balance of the aircraft the pilot determines where each passenger sits.

Will I get a window seat?
Yes! The aircraft has five window seats.