People on The Pillinger Explorer tour near Gordon River Cruise
The Pillinger Explorer

Discover the sights and stories

The historic town of Pillinger

On this small-group tour aboard MV Sophia, you will step ashore to wander the historic ruins of Pillinger, before cruising to see Reindeer Lodge from the water. Then, make your way to Hells Gates at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour, pausing at a working fish farm along the way. Pay a visit to Bonnet Island to hear tales of lighthouse keepers past, as you enjoy views of Ocean Beach and beyond.

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  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 guests (min. 2 guests to depart) - departs daily
  • Walking around the ruins of the township of Pillinger
  • Fully guided experience
  • Interpretation from your guide, covering fascinating natural and human history and local environment
  • Fully catered, with morning tea and a chef-prepared gourmet lunch showcasing local produce included
  • A range of soft and alcoholic beverages are included


  • Adult: $250
  • Child: $125 (6-16 yrs)
  • Family (2A + 2C): $625


Please note, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for children under 5 years old.


  • 9:30am Depart Strahan and travel across Macquarie Harbour
  • 10:30am Arrive at Pillinger. Morning tea before guided walk of the Pillinger ruins
  • 11:30am Depart Pillinger to see Reindeer Lodge from the water
  • 12:00pm Depart Reindeer Lodge for Hells Gates - visit a fish farm on the way to Hells Gates
  • 12:45pm Arrive at Hells Gates and learn about the Training Wall, Kawatiri Shoals and weather permitting, Cape Sorell Lighthouse
  • 1:15pm Berth at Bonnet Island. Photo opportunities from the viewing platform: Ocean Beach, Hells Gates and Entrance Island
  • 1:30pm Return to MV Sophia for lunch on board 
  • 2:00pm Depart Bonnet Island
  • 2:30pm Arrive at Strahan
People at The Pillinger Explorer tour near Gordon River Cruise