Gordon River Cruise

Cruising aboard Spirit of the Wild on our national award-winning Gordon River Cruise, you will experience quiet cruising with electric motors while taking in the tranquil surrounds of the Gordon River. Our dedicated guides and character-based interpretation will take you through the history of this remarkable place as you cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates and then on to the Gordon River. Click here for a virtual tour of Spirit of the Wild and click here for a downloadable route map and tour description. 


  • Quiet cruising on the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild's unique hybrid drive system
  • First access to the Gordon River ensuring the best possible chance of seeing the famous reflections
  • Dedicated on-board guides
  • Character-based interpretation during which you'll meet the likes of Captain James Kelly, Lady Jane Franklin and more...
  • Chef-prepared buffet lunch
  • Three seating options, including the Premier Upper Deck
  • Audio tours for international guests (reservation recommended)
  • Two walking tours (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island)
  • The Premier Upper Deck includes an open bar. Main deck provides a cash bar


  • Complimentary Tasmanian red, white and sparkling wines. As well as beers, juices, tea and espresso coffee
  • Premium leather recliners with full length windows
  • Private viewing deck and lounge area
  • Morning, afternoon tea and canapés


Please check-in at 8:00AM for 8.30AM departure from the main wharf in Strahan. Total tour duration is approx 6 hours.


Main Deck Central: $140 adult, $69 child (3-16 yrs)

Main Deck Window: $175 adult, $89 child (3-16 yrs)

Premier Upper Deck: $295 adult or child 

Family Main Deck Central: $315 per family of 2 adults and up to 3 children. 

Family Main Deck Window: $395 per family of 2 adults and up to 3 children

Please note that Main Deck Central child pricing will increase to $75 and Main Deck Window child will increase to $92.50 from 1 October 2021.

View Gordon River Cruise Seating Plan

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.

Questions about the Gordon River Cruise? Read our FAQ's here or contact us here.

Christmas Day: Departs 9:30AM on Christmas Day and returns at 3:30PM. An additional $25pp applies to all tickets on Christmas Day, with extras added to your cruise, including a Chef-hosted lunch.


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.


While quietly cruising the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild's electric motors you will take in the breathtaking scenery and calm of our pristine World Heritage-listed wilderness. Stopping at Heritage Landing, take a walk through the temperate rainforest, learning of the local flora and fauna while wandering elevated boardwalks that thread their way between the magnificent rainforest species. As well as sassafras and myrtle, you can stand in awe next to the pride of the forest, an ancient Huon pine.


To finish, explore the ruins of Sarah Island – a once dreaded penal colony – before returning to Strahan where you can continue your Tasmanian adventure. Your guided tour on Sarah Island will regale you with convict tales that will send shivers up your spine.

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