Landscape view of the mountains & river at Gordon River Cruise
Gordon River Cruise
Cruise ship experience in Gordon River near Gordon River Cruise
Gordon River Cruise
An Aerial view of The Sarah Island near Gordon River Cruise
Gordon River Cruise

Join us on Spirit of the Wild

Cruise quietly in 'Whisper Mode'

Our awarding-winning Gordon River Cruise is a truly immersive experience. Take in the tranquil surrounds of the Gordon River as you glide across the water in 'Whisper Mode'. Our dedicated guides and character-based interpretations will take you through the history of this remarkable place, including Macquarie Harbour, Hells Gates, Heritage Landing and Sarah Island.

To see a 360° view of Spirit of the Wild and surrounds, click here.

For a limited time, use code FSS on checkout and save 20% on the Gordon River Cruise for bookings on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Are you an NRMA Member? Use code MFSS and save 25%! Valid on bookings from Friday 26 April to Sunday 30 June, 2024. Subject to availability.

People at The Tasmanian Wilderness near Gordon River Cruise


  • Quiet cruising on the Gordon River with Spirit of the Wild's unique hybrid 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
  • Two walking tours (Heritage Landing and Sarah Island)
  • Open bar on the Premier Upper Deck
  • Cash bar on the Main Deck


  • 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



Closeup of a couple sitting on chairs at Gordon River Cruise
An Aerial View of the Gordon River near the Gordon River Cruise
  • Please check-in at 8:00am for an 8.30am departure from the main wharf in Strahan
  • Total tour duration is approx 6 hours
  • Don’t forget your boarding passes! You can collect these from us on the Esplanade the day before or by 8.15am on the morning of your cruise.


  • Main Deck Central: $150 adult, $75 child (3-16 yrs)
  • Main Deck Window: $199 adult, $89 child (3-16 yrs)
  • Premier Upper Deck: $350 adult, $350 child (3-16 yrs)
  • Family Main Deck Central: $345 per family of 2 adults and up to 3 children
  • Family Main Deck Window: $425 per family of 2 adults and up to 3 children

*Prices valid until 31st March 2024.


Buffet arrange for Lunch in the vessel at Gordon River Cruise
Captain James Kelly at Gordon River Cruise

Meet the characters that shaped with west coast region with our onboard video interpretations. Hear stories of hardship and triumph from Captain James Kelly, Lady Jane Franklin, Aboriginal Tasmanians, convicts, prison guards, piners and environmental activitists. 

Historic tales filled with drama, mystery and intrigue, take them in as you glide down the ancient Gordon River. 


Cruise highlights


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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People enjoying the mountain view from Gordon River Cruise
    Additional information
  • We provide equality of services and care to everyone, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Click here for accessibility information.
  • We cruise on Christmas Day, departing at 8:30am and returning at 3:00pm. An additional $25pp applies to all tickets on Christmas Day, with extras added to your cruise, including a chef-hosted lunch.

Please contact us with any questions about your Gordon River Cruise or visit our FAQ page.