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 does 'quiet cruising' mean?

When Spirit of the Wild cruises on the Gordon River, she's propelled by electric motors. This means your cruise experience is remarkably quiet, giving you the best possible understanding of the tranquility of the wilderness. We don't call it 'silent' but many of our guests do!

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?

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. 

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 the weather is not good?

This is very unlikely. The Gordon River Cruise is an all-weather activity and our vessel was specially built for Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River. She is a very capable and comfortable vessel. We often receive feedback that the Gordon River is more spectacular in wet weather than on sunny days!

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 Gordon River Cruises staff can help you to choose the type of seating style you would like but the actual seat location is allocated.

Is there a pensioner or senior's discount for the Gordon River Cruise?

Yes there is. Please call us at Gordon River Cruises and place a direct booking to access a pension discount.

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 surcharge for credit card payments?

Absolutely not.  There is no additional charge if you would like to pay with a credit card.

Can I join a Gordon River Cruise if I am in a wheelchair?

Yes, you certainly can. Spirit of the Wild allows for an inclusive tourism experience, boasting areas on the Main Deck, dedicated as accessible. In addition, the vessel has an accessible toilet, as does our terminal in Strahan.

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 Gordon River Cruises or contact us via this website at least one day prior to departure. 

Where do I park my car while I am on the Gordon River Cruise and how much does it cost?

There is plenty of parking close to the Gordon River Cruises terminal. Please note however, the area in front of the terminal is a loading zone for drop off and pick up only.

All day 'Pay & Display' parking is located 250m away from the terminal. We suggest bringing coins to the value of $5. 

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. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are available on board for all major credit cards.

Is there an ATM (cash machine) nearby?

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 Gordon River Cruises.

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. 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).

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 Premier Upper Deck guests.

I'm travelling with my dog. Do you offer doggy daycare?

Stormhavens Pet Supply & Doggy Daycare, located opposite the cruise terminal, offer day boarding to accommodate guests travelling on the Gordon River Cruise (morning departure) and the Evening Dinner Cruise. Click here to visit their Facebook page and here to read more or make a booking.