We're very proud members of the Tasmanian tourism industry and work hard to maintain a number of accreditations and memberships that help us to maintain our high level of quality in the experience we provide to our guests.
Quality Tourism: Through Tasmania’s peak tourism body, the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, we maintain a ‘Quality Tourism’ accreditation. This assures our guests that we’re benchmarked alongside Tasmania’s best tourism operators, maintain all necessary licensing and insurances and have regular audits to ensure quality standards are being met.
Destination West Coast: As members of our local tourism body, we can contribute to the vibrancy and direction of the industry in our part of Tasmania. The west coast of Tasmania is highly dependent upon tourism and we actively work with our local partners to help to grow our industry and enhance the quality of the experience we can all provide for our visitors.
Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC): Gordon River Cruises is a member of ATEC and works closely with a number of international partners to help to put Tassie on the world stage.
Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA): Key to making our experience as special as it can be is a capable, strong industry and the THA helps to build a strong tourism and hospitality workforce.
When we designed Spirit of the Wild, we placed an emphasis on the accessible features of the vessel. In addition, our terminal building’s design allows equal access.
With dedicated guides on board Spirit of the Wild, as well as easy ramp access and dedicated accessible toilets on the Main Deck, we aim to make our equal access experience seamless. Handrails are available in numerous locations around the vessel and dedicated seats spaces are available for guests who would like to bring a wheelchair on board and either use it as seating or store it.
Both land excursions (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island) allow for easy disembarkation. Heritage Landing’s raised non-slip boardwalk is truly accessible and with the exception of a small set of steps that can be navigated around, Sarah Island also offers an accessible experience.
If you would like to inquire about how we can assist with ensuring your experience with is comfortable, enjoyable and rewarding, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We’re fortunate to operate our cruises in one of the most amazing wilderness areas on the planet. Without it, we would not be able to provide our guests with spectacular experiences in the wild and connect them with the natural values of this place.
We proudly hold EcoStar environmental accreditation, highlighting our commitment to not only minimal impact operation but advocacy on behalf of Tasmania’s wild places. Of the utmost importance to us, is the idea that our guests cruise with us and take away with them, a truer understanding of the values of the UNESCO Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Gordon River Cruises is a 'Natural Partner' of Wildcare, a non-profit organisation that supports a number of groups statewide, making positive contributions to preserving and maintaining our native flora and fauna. More specifically, we're the founding funding partner for the Wildcare gift fund dedicated to helping Tasmania's penguins. You can make a contribution by clicking here.
ORANGE BELLIED PARROT
We also raise funds for the effort to save the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot, a native bird species that migrates between western Tasmania and Victoria and is under significant threat.
Gordon River Cruises gives you the rare opportunity to experience the UNESCO Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area from the water – it is one of the most fascinating activities you can do when you visit Strahan.
We proudly launched a brand new state-of-the-art vessel (Spirit of the Wild) in 2018 and since then, we have been awarded 'Tasmania's Best Guided Tour' at the 2018 Tasmanian Hospitality Association Awards and a GOLD in the Tasmanian Tourism Awards in 2018 and 2019.
The crew at Gordon River Cruises know the secrets of the majestic river as well as Macquarie Harbour, and we delight in sharing our knowledge of the land, river and local history with you. You will be given an amazing opportunity to explore the wilderness of the West Coast as we cruise up the Gordon River and take a walk through the untamed temperate rainforest of the Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
Gordon River Cruises have two magnificent vessels that were specially built with the environment and your comfort in mind: Spirit of the Wild and MV Sophia.
Spirit of the Wild carries up to 190 passengers – including seats on the Main Deck and impressive Premier Upper Deck. She is well equipped to take you gliding across Macquarie Harbour and through Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean. Most impressively, she cruises the Gordon River on electric motors, ensuring quiet and smooth cruising to allow you the best possible wilderness experience.
The MV Sophia takes a more intimate 11 passengers and is perfect for fishing charters and small tours of the area. To find out more about our vessels click here
Gordon River Cruises has been owned and operated by the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) since February 2014. We are a Tasmanian-owned, member organisation that has been operating since 1923. For more information about RACT click here.
Come and join us for an unforgettable wilderness cruise on Tasmania's West Coast.